Posts Tagged ‘Harvest Moon’

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Labor Day Punk Rock Show & BBQ
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7
Alano of Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/943167702424393/

Enjoy some local punk rock and BBQ on this fine holiday afternoon today in Costa Mesa. Admission for this all-ages event simply requires a donation to cover the cost of food.

Amalgamator IPA Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ brings back their Amalgamator IPA in bottles this Tuesday, and you can snag bombers of this brew for $8 each at both of their locations.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Tuesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Get Up Kids: 20th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/881625-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/the-get-up-kids
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 10, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6009375
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/870073-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/

The Get Up Kids currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

OC Pub Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/pubcrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on craft beer at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Charger Girls Calendar Unveiling Party
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/117206798631274/

Meet the entire Chargers cheer squad, buy swimsuit calendars, get autographs, and take photos at this meet & greet at the San Diego House of Blues this Wednesday night, free to attend for all ages.

CaterCon 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door.

2015 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Florent Restaurant & Lounge, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

2015 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-diego-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-15040243774

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/437415339794348/

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

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

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

Einstök Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
The Daily Pint, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610102212597961/

Einstök will stock the taps with their brews at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica this Thursday night. Stop on by for a nice cold one, and take home a specialty Einstök glass while supplies last.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-calendar-view/event/118-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

18th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

The Vibrators @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446285585685765/

Enjoy some punk rock music at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 12
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 12-13
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 12
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/710735092404461/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

2015 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.org/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 12
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/877450855672595/

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

Dogs of Downtown Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Saluting-Our-Four-Legged-Family-Members-DLBA-Launches-First-Event-Dedicated-to-Dogs

Free to attend for all ages, hundreds of dog owners and dog lovers will convene in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled afternoon of all things dogs. Visitors will find an agility course, pet photo booth, pet adoption services, pet care services, vendors, and more. In addition, Beachwood Brewing will release a special brew made just for this event, so make sure you grab a sip of this while in the area.

Venice Beach Music Fest 10
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, September 12
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

San Diego Restaurant Week Launch Party
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 12
Go Green Agriculture, Encinitas
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/upcoming-events/san-diego-restaurant-week-launch-party/

San Diego Restaurant Week returns starting on the 20th this month, but they will have their inaugural launch party this Saturday afternoon in Encinitas. For just $75 admission, sample a variety of foods from over a dozen of this year’s participating restaurants, and enjoy sips from over 20 local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/13th-annual-chalk-art-festival/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

4th Annual Reader Feast
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door, starts at 1pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, starts at 12pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 12
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its sixth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

1st Annual San Diego Crab & Sushi Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.crabandsushifestivalsd.com/

Submerge yourself in seafood and beer this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $75 and comes with a pound of crab legs, one sushi roll, and two drink tickets. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with access to a VIP area, all you can eat crab legs & sushi, five drink tickets, an event t-shirt & sunglasses, and access to an after-party. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food Festival 2015
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_n_music_festival_2015.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 12
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/?page=8&recordid=2926&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/9/13/anaheim-night-market-3

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 12
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/874691769289382/

Attend a screening of a documentary featuring legendary punk band The Damned this Saturday night in Santa Ana. General admission for this screening costs $10.

Lauren’s B-Day Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/469758713192953/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2015 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2015

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

14th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 13
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2015/08/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

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Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returned to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this past weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Orange County Psycho Punk Fest #4
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 2
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004CFFEAD12E45&oid=0

A bunch of Orange County punk bands will perform on TWO stages at the House of Blues this Tuesday night. Tickets to this show cost $10, but contact any of the bands directly to score free tickets. I also have extra tickets, so reach out to me if you want free tickets as well. No one under 18 may attend this show. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the show’s wristband, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Stiff Little Fingers – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/stiff-little-fingers
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/251379

Stiff Little Fingers will headline two shows in the greater Los Angeles area this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $25. The band will also have copies of their new album, No Going Back, available for sale, so have some extra cash available if you want to purchase a copy.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1540412959512087/

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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Huntington Beach Food, Art, & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 6-7
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbfest.com/

Get lost in a sea of people at this massive festival this weekend on the beach in Huntington Beach. Find BBQ, art, live music, beer, and plenty more to see & do all weekend. Tickets cost $20 for all-access, $15 for food & music only, or $35 for reserved seating. Admission does not include food – all attendees must pay for food separately.

3rd Annual Reader Feast
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale and $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $40 presale and $80 at the door, starts at 5pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

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

16th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

The 17th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 11th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Hilton, Costa Mesa
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence/2014/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $35 presale, or $40 at the door if any tickets remain. No one under 21 may attend.

Reunion Ale Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/760543790671447/

Come sip on some rare brews while raising money for charity this Friday night at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood. Buy any of the featured brews, and a portion of the sales will benefit bone cancer research. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win bottles of the special brews to take home.

Skunk & Pedz Birthday Blast
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 5
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/694379867308644/

Catch some local punk bands in northeast LA this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should look for street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Decry in Santa Clarita
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/504899492988378/

Local punk bands play a benefit show this Friday night in Santa Clarita. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Naked Aggression in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/522116031257634/

Naked Aggression will headline this show in Riverside this Friday night with some local up & coming punk bands. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance – Two Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/633931-good-riddance-live-thousand-oaks/
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 6, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/178184

Good Riddance will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend, one in Thousand Oaks on Friday night, and one in Long Beach on Saturday night. Tickets to both of these shows cost $15. For the show in Thousand Oaks, any attendee under 21 must enter with an attendee over 21. For the Long Beach show, admission at the door costs $17 if the show has not sold out by then, and no one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/182195

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. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 6
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Sunday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $44 for children, and $52 for adults. Aquarium members can save $12 on registration. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 6
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

The 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its fifth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 70 different breweries, over 150 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

4th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 6
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. The $40 admission gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

California Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Tickets to this beer fest cost $45. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/206465796216944/

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

Ranch Roundup – Whoop It Up For Kids
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach
http://www.rancholosalamitos.org/

Feast for a cause at this family-friendly fundraiser in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Enjoy live country music, line dancing lessons, open-pit barbecue, cowboy/cowgirl costume contests, silent auctions, vendors, arts & crafts, poker tournaments, and more. Admission to this event costs $125 per person and includes parking and food. All auctions, vendors, and card games come at their own cost.

6th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Guttermouth @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1472026786388325/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show at Tiki Bar this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2014 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2014/

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

Four Sons Brewing – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 7
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.foursonsbrewing.com/

A new brewery joins the prestigious list of Orange County breweries and opens their doors to the public this Sunday afternoon. Four Sons Brewing out of Huntington Beach will have five taps ready for their opening day, plus a special keg that they will tap halfway through the day.

Crust Punk Night @ The Other Place
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 7
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1541583632729476/

Rock out this Sunday night at The Other Place in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs only $5.

Doing business with the public comes with great social responsibility. In 2012, many new businesses commenced, each with their own backing and marketing. “Survival of the fittest” never shone brighter, as mainly the strongest businesses survived the year, while those without a proper business plan closed. Entrepreneurs can seek out help from third parties, who usually would not hesitate if they receive some benefit in return. In order to garner more publicity to these businesses, event planners hold festivals for the public that contain multiple similar businesses. Some of these fests turn out well, while some others fall hard. When some people do not like the event purely because it does not fit their likings, those reviews can slide by. But when an event causes problems for lots of potential attendees, you have a social issue at hand. While 2012 saw many terrific public events, 2012 also saw a handful of events that did not live up to the expectations of the guests of the respective event. As an event-based marketer, I narrowed down my catalog to a semi-top 5 list of fests that flopped this year. These fests did not only affect me – they affected other guests too, taking into consideration how many others felt the same way I did. On a side note, none of these events carry an associated Twitter account.

5. TIE: Taste of West Orange County and Harvest Moon Festival


Both of these events clock in at number five for the same reason: putting corporates before the mom & pop shops. The Taste of West Orange County originally claimed to boast over 40 of the finest local restaurants for a $30 admission. They ended up only carrying nine different vendors, mostly consisting of corporate businesses like Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Sam’s Club. The Harvest Moon Festival also promised to feature plenty of local shops at their fest. I had to plow through the long lines of people at booths for McDonald’s, Starbucks, Hyundai, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and more before I discovered the so-called local businesses tucked away at the back, where few people even realized those booths existed. Why host a fest to grant marketing privileges to established corporate companies? The people already have heard of these companies, and most have gone to or consumed from one. For anyone hosting a fest like this, pay attention to the local businesses, and give less attention to corporates, since the corporates have a plan and know what to do to continue their success.

4. Long Beach Sea Feast-ival

How the mighty have fallen… Here you see an example of what happens when progress goes south. The Long Beach Sea Feast-ival originally started two years ago as a food fest for all of Long Beach. Many local food businesses in Long Beach set up at this fest on the pier and sampled their food to guests for free. Although the tickets cost $50 per person, they proudly held the title as the official Long Beach Food Fest. Fast forward to this year, and their decision to overhaul the fest has downsized the fest by leagues, as the extent of the fest reduced to only the end of the pier. Admission decreased to $20 per person, but in exchange, all guests still had to pay for food. Speaking of food, no longer about Long Beach local businesses, a local fisherman provided all the seafood for the day: lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, and more. Unfortunately, the exorbitant food prices coupled with the bad quality made for an uneasy trip to the restroom afterwards. What happened to servicing the local restaurants of Long Beach? The original food fest setup worked wonderfully – why change to this tiny little “fest” that essentially marketed just one guy? Follow the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and you shall succeed with your goals.

3. The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)

Every event promoter needs marketing to have a successful event. Unfortunately to the public, you cannot always identify the legitimacy of marketing sometimes. The organizers behind the Chocolate & Art Show (Experience) marketed more than they delivered. If you use ALL CAPS to market something, one should expect to clearly witness such a thing at the event, correct? From their event website, they claimed these in ALL CAPS: DJ’s & bands all night, gourmet artisanal chocolate, nude body painting, and tons of art. We can already get the art out of the way, since this took place at an art gallery anyways. As for the music, only one band played the entire night, and they had to take occasional breaks, leading to periods of silence throughout the gallery sans the expected chatter among the guests. I hate the word gourmet as much as I hate the word foodie because of the desensitization of the definition. I mean, to some people, they can call mini Snickers and Three Musketeers gourmet chocolate. But if you ask me, I would NEVER consider mass-produced candy as gourmet. Did the organizers really believe they could get away with giving away Halloween candy as their “gourmet chocolates”? Lastly, if you market nude body painting, I expect to see real naked bodies in the flesh. I expected to see women, but even men would have fulfilled their promise to feature nude body painting. I did not expect to see just paintings of nude people. Sadly, it appears that event organizers can get away with marketing something grander than reality. Heck I could even inform someone “You won a brand new car!” and give that person an unwrapped Hot Wheels car, as that qualifies my statement as true.

2. Manhattan Beach Beer Fest

When one man complains about something, most would simply discredit him. When hundreds of people complain, they may hold a valid argument. Entering the Manhattan Beach Beer Fest, guests immediately saw the problem. The fest itself ran fine, but entering the fest caused many headaches and swollen veins. The organizers decided to allow only a single file line to enter, but the entire time, only one security guard checked ID’s, and he started doing so at 3pm when the fest started. Because all guests could only purchase will-call tickets, the volunteer at the will-call table had to check ID’s once more. In addition, only one person worked the will-call table. Did they just not have enough volunteers? This food fest also hosted some food trucks, including the infamous Grilled Cheese Truck. However, some local business provided free food for the first hour. Gather all of this information together, and you will spot the frustration shared among hundreds of guests. For a beer fest lasting only three hours, the organizers ought to maximize the guests’ time within the fest, not waste their time checking them in. Also, why invite food trucks when someone else provides free food, and why provide it for only the first hour if it took longer than an hour to check everyone in? To avoid amateur mistakes, event organizers need to attend similar events to learn from them. Event organizers should never operate solely on research without real experiences – these real experiences teach infinitely more than research ever can.

1. Color Mob

No, I do not even have my own picture of the event because I simply never made it, as did thousands of ticket holders. The organizers of Color Mob perhaps got a little too excited to throw their first event that they overlooked one exceedingly important factor: transportation. They picked a venue far in the mountains away from civilization due to the nature of a color run – fine, we get that. However, know that only one road leads to that location, which stretches for miles before entering a city again. Also consider that the location could hold no more than 3,000 cars, excluding camper vans, motor homes, trucks, and other large vehicles. Why would you still sell over 10,000 tickets? Did you honestly expect all tens of thousands of ticket holders to carpool to this remote location, a place that has no cell phone reception because of its far proximity from the city? For selling that many tickets, they still only ran one start time instead of staggering it – if they had a few thousand per hour, traffic would not have frustrated so many people as it did. And apparently many people did carpool, as I witnessed many people leaving their cars to run to the venue. As many of them passed, I shouted at them to demand refunds, which I eventually discovered that many had done, but to no avail – the Color Mob organizers firmly stated all sales final, no matter what happened. Enraged, hundreds of ticket holders ranted on their Facebook page. Showing lack of professionalism and social responsibility, instead of acknowledging this issue, they chose to never address it and delete all negative comments from their Facebook wall. They also somehow removed their tag from my post about them a few weeks ago. Nobody should ever have to tolerate or give money to a group as irresponsible as this. I humbly bestow Color Mob the 2012 Badge of Shame.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/ai1ec_event/taste-of-arcadia-sept-17/?instance_id=10684

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, or pay $60 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

21st Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

As a bonus, anyone who dons a full pirate outfit to any participating Krispy Kreme will receive a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts!

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all locations
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=42

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

Cerritos Taste of the Region
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 20
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://cerritos.org/chamber/about-the-chamber/programs-events/taste-of-the-region-business-expo

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

Last year’s participating restaurants:

LA Beer Week
September 20-30
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate.

Big Orange Book Festival
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22
Chapman University, Orange
http://bigorangebookfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 23
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, Unit F @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dead-kennedys

The Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, and Unit F play a show this Friday at The Observatory in Santa Ana. This all-ages show costs $25. To Dead Kennedys fans, Jello has other priorities, and will not play with the band.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 21-23
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/446096902078260/

This three-night event filled with live music, art, NUDE BODY painting, and of course, chocolate will take over the KGB Studios in Los Angeles across from LA State Historic Park. For just a $10 cover, attendees will get to see over 150 artists, photographers, designers, body painters, and more. Live DJ’s will keep the venue loud and pumping, while you snack away at chocolate. Because of its location by the park, attendees can park for free on the street.

13th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing. [sic]

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.ocfestofales.com/

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/DrinkGoodBeerMashUpHomebrewCompetition

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for September 2, presale tickets still sell for $25, while tickets will sell for $30 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition.

2012 Better Weather Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/341720145915669/

Golden Road Brewery will host their own beer fest this Saturday (just like everyone else). Presale tickets purchased before September 20 cost $30, then tickets cost $40 afterwards. Admission comes with five 6oz pours – additional pours cost $3 each. Attendees get treated to numerous breweries & beers, brewery tours, food trucks, live music, gifts & goodie bags, and more. Attendees can park on the streets surrounding the brewery.

Septemberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 22
Santa Monica Pier
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest/

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

10th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

Autumn Lights
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/autumnlights.html

Anyone who has gone to the Downtown LA Artwalk will see similarities in Autumn Lights. This light show makes its annual return to Pershing Square this Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, lights turn on at 6pm, revealing “some very large scale sculptural light installations, interactive light and performances, life black light paintings, photo booth, and other visually interesting work.” If you like going to the Downtown LA Artwalk, you do not want to miss this.

2012 Zam Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
University High School, West Los Angeles
http://www.zamfest.com/

Moving from Long Beach to Los Angeles this year, this arts & music festivals caters to children. Zam Fest features a plethora of activities for kids, such as art, baking, acting, sports, dance, music, crafting, and more. Some activities cost nothing, while others cost tickets, of which the website lists the prices.

2012 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/101430326675498/

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

The International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. $20-25 gets you all-you-can-eat chocolate.