Posts Tagged ‘Hermosa Beach’

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

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LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro
http://www.lafleetweek.com/

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail/

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
Water Wheel Saloon, Norco
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Stiff Little Fingers: 40th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 7, El Rey Theater, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.slf.rocks/

Legendary punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers starts a tour this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 7-9
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. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Taste of Del Mar 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 7
Del Mar Village, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/tasteofdelmar2017/

Sample food and drinks from local Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening in Del Mar. Admission costs $30 for food only, or $40 for both food and drinks, and gets you unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

2nd Annual Ohana Music Fest
2:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A three-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

St. Maurice 12th Annual Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 10
Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church, Pomona
http://www.saintmauricechurch.org/

A family-friendly fair comes to Pomona this weekend, free to attend for all ages. This fair will have rides, games, prizes, entertainment, food, treats, vendors, and more.

21st Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
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.

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Bubbles-and-Botanicals/

$35 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

SFUA’s 2nd Annual Harvest Moon Celebration
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Tanaka Farms, Irvine
http://www.solutionsforurbanag.org/events/

Sample an assortment of food and beverages this Friday night in Irvine. Admission costs $125 for adults or $80 for anyone 30 or under. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and unlimited beverage tasters for anyone 21 and over, also while supplies last.

The Vibrators at Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1069204789847871/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County Team Relay
7:00 am – 11:00 am, September 9
Mike Ward Community Park, Irvine
http://laceuprunningseries.com/

Participate in a running relay in Irvine this Saturday morning. Distances will range from 1k up to 10k. Registration ranges from $20 up to $300 depending on the distance and number of participants in a relay team.

14th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://weekendinpolynesia.com/

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.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373502896030821/

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!

South Coast Corsa Corvair Cruise-In 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo
http://www.southcoastcorsa.org/

A free and all-ages car show comes to El Segundo this Saturday.

4th Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 9
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles
http://paddleguru.com/races/LARiverBoatRace

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

PowerCon 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9-10
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

15th Annual Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/16th-annual-chalk-art-festival-on-the-pier/

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.

2nd Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/burgers-and-beer-2017/

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2017
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
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.

12th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

San Diego Pizza & Beer Fest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 9
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.pizzabeerfest.com/

$55 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sunstock Solar Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://sunstocksolarfestival.com/

This green-type event features music, food, art, speakers, and more all focused on all things environmentally friendly. Presale admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for military/seniors/students, or $12 for children & teenagers. Admission at the door costs $5 more.

Buy a Dog a Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 9
Wolf Creek Brewery, Santa Clarita
http://www.buyadogabeerfest.com/

Despite the name of the event, this festival represents your typical beer festival. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees may NOT bring their dogs.

Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/120022445299072/

In celebration of the Sega Dreamcast’s birthday, Burbank’s Game Realms will have a bunch of Dreamcast games available for you to play this Saturday evening. Admission costs $7 and grants you free play for any available machine, a raffle ticket, and entry into any tournament.

8th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 9
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://cityofsanteeca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3635/202

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.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Vibrators at Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/142837216292814/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/car-show/

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.

Alley Art Festival 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Downtown Vista, Vista
http://www.vistaart.org/alley-art-festival-home

A free and all-ages art street fair will take place in Vista this Sunday.

Geek Meet: Aliens
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.geekmeet.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882922198639739/

A free and all-ages geeky meetup will take place in Downtown Fullerton this Sunday night.

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

12th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, August 31
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 1
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 2
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 3
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its twelfth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Black Market Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1887163158202114/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

A Ska Family Birthday
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31
Parks & Rocks, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/106767130007891/

Get your skanking on at this local ska show this Thursday night in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs $2.

LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro
http://www.lafleetweek.com/

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 1-3
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like CVS and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

2017 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 2-3
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail/

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 1-3
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 1
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).

2017 Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 1
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 2-3
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

2017 Vegan Street Fair: Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1-2
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their nights in North Hollywood this weekend. General admission costs $20 while VIP admission costs $40 that includes a “fast pass” for food lines. This event will operate similarly to a night market, where guests will still have to pay for any food or drinks they wish to consume.

La Fiesta de San Gabriel 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2-3
San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielmissionfiesta.org/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to San Gabriel this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and more.

PunkPalooza 2017
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 1
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/143602236224311/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

15th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 2
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

2017 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 3
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.

New Blues Festival IV
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 2-3
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $30 for one day or $50 for both days. VIP admission costs $125 for one day, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 Hawaiian Plumeria Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 2-3
Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.socalplumeriasociety.com/hawaiian-plumeria-festival

Free to attend for all ages, this event in San Diego will have many things centered on Hawaiian culture, such as flowers & plants for sale, live music & dancing, cultural food booths, vendors, arts & crafts, activities, and more.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

5th Annual San Diego Bacon Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 2
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $55 presale or $70 at the gate and starts at 1:30pm. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, starts at 12pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Four Sons Brewing 3rd Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-3
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://foursonsbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1951474745125307/

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room all weekend. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

3rd Annual Tacos, Tequila, and Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 2
Lane Field Park, San Diego
http://www.tacostequilafestival.com/

As this event’s name suggests, it will have tacos, tequila, and beer for you to get to work on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited tastings of everything for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BrickToYaFace

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

1st Annual L.A. Brewers Cheers & Beers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 2
StubHub Center, Carson
http://labrewersguild.org/galaxybeer/

A beer fest will take place prior to the LA Galaxy season opening game. Tickets start at $50 and gets you access to the beer fest plus a seat at the game. The closer the seat to the field, the more the ticket costs. No one under 21 may attend the beer fest.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

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

Throw Rag: Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1532080-throw-rag-long-beach/

$15 gets you in to this show in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 3
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

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.

Tacotopia at the Track 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/tacotopia-at-the-track-2017/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Big SoCal Euro 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 3
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.big-euro.com/big-socal-euro/

A free and all-ages car show comes to San Diego this Sunday afternoon.

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show tonight in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
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.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

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

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of 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 $15 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.

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/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.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
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 $45 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.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
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 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

3rd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 19
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $85 and starts at 7:00pm while gold admission costs $175 and starts at 6:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $210, starts at 5:30pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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

Hop-Con 5.0
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 19
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

AVP Hermosa Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-23
Hermosa Beach Pier, Hermosa Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hermosa-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Hermosa Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20-21
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 22
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 23
Honda Center, Anaheim
http://www.marveluniverselive.com/tickets/details/112305

Basically, a live-action Marvel movie with play out on stage in Anaheim this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $30.

Dead Kennedys – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.deadkennedys.com/

Legendary punk rock band Dead Kennedys will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

1st Annual Ska-Mic Con
11:00 am – 1:00 am, July 21-22
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.skamiccon.com/

Dozens of ska bands will perform at this all-ages concert in Anaheim this weekend. Single-day admission costs $40, while two-day admission costs $65. These only grant you entry to the concert, and do not include parking, food, or drinks. VIP admission costs $80 and grants access to both days, a private bar, the restaurant’s menu, and the after party. No one under 21 may purchase the VIP admission.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 21-23
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2017 FYF Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This three-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, tickets have not sold out yet! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these three days.

Delicious Little Tokyo 2017
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 22
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/delicious/

A handful of food & beverage events will take place around Little Tokyo this weekend. Some of these events have an admission fee, while some do not, so check the website for the full list of events.

Pirate Con
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 21
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-con/

A pirate-themed adult party takes place in a museum this Friday night. Admission costs $40 and includes a Funko Pop Barbossa collectible, one drink ticket, and complimentary appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Underground Alliance in LA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 21
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1350254855066030/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $3. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 36th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 22
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 22-23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 22
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/805276009649773/

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

Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 22-23
Plaza Park, Ventura
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in Ventura. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Poetry Slam
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, July 22
Michelle Obama Library @ DeForest Park, Long Beach
http://www.deforestpark.org/

Free to attend for all ages, sample some chili made by locals this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach.

5th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $60 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Sneaker Con 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://sneakercon.com/

Discover hundreds of shoe vendors this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days.

5th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday evening. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. They have changed the admission tiers for this year’s festival. General admission costs $20 and starts at 4pm but does not include any beer – these ticket holders will have to pay for all beers consumed. Early access admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters for only the first two hours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $99, also starts at 2pm, but allows unlimited beer tasters for the entire duration of the event. It also provides access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

SPOCOM 11th Annual Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://spocomusa.com/2010/01/27/event-info-2017-spocom-super-show-anaheim/

A car & trade show comes to Anaheim this Saturday evening. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30.

Sausage & Bierfest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.thephoenixclub.com/?upcoming-event=sausage-bierfest

$5 gets you in to this event that will have sausages and beer for sale, as well as live music throughout the night.

Fried Chicken & Champagne
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 22
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Partake in a blind champagne tasting along with fried chicken pairings this Saturday night in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person or $275 for a pair of tickets, and includes all food and drinks for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1952387895047880/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. 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 in Orange County, 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. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

2017 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

I Love Poke Festival 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 23
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2017 Lightning In A Bottle
May 24-29
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.nextdoorsd.com/

Enjoy local craft beer paired with ice cream from local creameries this Wednesday night in La Mesa. Tickets cost $20, and gets you in to one of two two-hour sessions (6-8pm or 8-10pm) along with four total pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/burgers-bourbon-beer-2/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Ranchwood BBQ Grand Re-Opening Mixer
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, May 25
Ranchwood BBQ, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-bbq.com/

This San Diego barbecue restaurant opens their doors to the public once again this Thursday night. The cover for the opening reception costs $10 and includes two beverages.

6th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Down By Law – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Holding Company, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Punk rock band Down By Law will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices for each show vary by the venue, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Gamex 2017
12:00 pm, May 26 – 6:00 pm, May 29
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27-28
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 29
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Blackest Of The Black Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 26
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://blackestfest.com/

Metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and more bands will rock out the hills of Silverado this weekend. Tickets to this black concert start at $39.

14th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 28
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-wine-festival/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

The Varukers – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3097

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The Adicts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Ten Foot Pole – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.tenfootpole.com/

Punk rock band Ten Foot Pole will headline a few shows in Southern California this week – they will co-headline a show with Down By Law, mentioned above. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 27-29
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 1st Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

85th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

9th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
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.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1958778197741755/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Los Angeles featuring geek culture.

31st Annual California Festival of Beers
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Spend an afternoon drinking lots of beer this Saturday in San Luis Obispo. General admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm. Aficionado admission costs $80, starts at 11am, and provides access to exclusive beers and food samples. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All non-VIP food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend.

Beer Fest & Pool Party
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373435679412750/

$25 gets you in to this beer tasting event and pool party this Saturday afternoon in the South Bay. For an additional $10, receive access to a taco bar plus food bites. No one under 21 may attend.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 27-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Cismontane Brewing 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/220535458441293/

Cismontane turns seven years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have rare beers on tap at their Santa Ana location. Unlike previous years that acted like a festival, this event will have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Eat Drink Vegan – 8th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

2nd Annual Long Beach Craft Beer & Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm , May 27
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Get schwifty in Long Beach this Saturday with beer, tacos, music, and raunchy times. Depending on when you want to attend and how much you intend to consume, ticket prices will vary from $22 to $110. See the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 5
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901159830168798/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $7.

Dirt City Roller Rats vs Rough Diamond Rebels
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Holiday Skating Center, Victorville
http://www.dirtcityrollerrats.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Victorville. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Nick Lamagna Benefit Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1280822628654078/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this weekend in Northeast LA. The cover for these shows cost $7 for one night or $10 for both. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

21st Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

6th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 28
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/event/charles-phoenix-long-beachland/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 28
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

Timeless Booty BBQ
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Woodley Park Section Two, Van Nuys
http://www.timelessdnb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/402558446769022/

Free to attend for all ages, a music concert will take place in Van Nuys this Sunday afternoon. They will have food vendors present, so have cash available if you want to buy food.

Los Skangeles Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/282783288821053/

An all-day all-ages ska concert takes place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets to this show cost $22.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 28
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

Under the Sun Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Under the Sun, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400083713400546/

A vegan cafe will officially open their doors to the public this Sunday evening. Enjoy free samples during this time as well as live entertainment.

19th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 29
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour Week 2017
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 5-14
Participating Starbucks, Worldwide
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages

During this 10-day period, visit any participating Starbucks location between 3pm and 6pm, and any Frappuccino drink will cost 50% less.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 9
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

The Gears: Live in Fullerton
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/421381751552767/

Enjoy a free local punk rock show this Wednesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10-12
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 13-14
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lafoodbowl.com/night-market/

The LA Times decides to jump in on the night market craze with their first attempt at a night market this week in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find dozens of cultural food vendors here, as well as miscellaneous vendors and live entertainment. Although free to attend, they will have a Super Market that costs $10 to enter and includes exclusive vendors plus additional seating.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 11-14
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

22nd Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 11
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://www.tasteofanaheim.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
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.

Gator By The Bay 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 12
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 13
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 14
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Taste Like a Pro
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 11
Off The Vine, San Pedro
http://www.offthevinewines.com/

Taste six wines and learn about them this Thursday night in San Pedro for $40 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/gimmegimmes

Punk rock cover band Me First & The Gimme Gimmes currently tour across the country, and that tour will end in California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Suburban Legends: Live in Southern California
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12, House of Blues, Anaheim
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 13, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
http://www.suburbanlegends.com/

Popular ska band Suburban Legends will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Punk & Psychobilly Night
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 12
Original Mike’s, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/332900010458521/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 18 may enter.

2017 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 13
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 13
Fairplex, Pomona
http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/pomona-ca-2017/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

1 Shop Auto’s 4th Annual Classics & Hot Rods Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Home Depot, Signal Hill
http://1shopauto.com/classicsandhotrodsshow.html

Bring out your friends & family to this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Signal Hill.

16th Annual Stanton Spring Car Show & Kids Fair
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Stanton Park, Stanton
http://ci.stanton.ca.us/Departments/Community-Services/Special-Events

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show and fair this Saturday in Stanton.

2017 San Diego Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 13
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

CurioCon 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13-14
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.curiocon.com/

An expo for all things toys, art, and design returns to Pasadena this weekend. Tickets cost $10 per day or $15 for the weekend and gets you full access to the show floor full of vendors, exhibits, demos, shows, and more.

50th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

Fullerton Airport Day 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 13
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

8th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

40th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13-14
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

14th Annual Culver City Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

9th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10 for one day or $16 for both days.

1st Annual Comic Con Revolution
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 13
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.comicconrevolution.com/

Comic fans rejoice! A new comic con arrives at the Ontario Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $25 for adults or $15 for teenagers, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. Bring plenty of cash for parking and food at the convention center.

2nd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – San Fernando Valley
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Woodley Park, Van Nuys
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

3rd Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $15, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

8th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of 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 $15 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.

EAT Show 2017
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 13
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $60 and gets you in to either of two 4-hour sessions: 11am-3pm or 5pm-9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Like Totally 80’s Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 13
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.liketotallyfestival.com/

An all-ages concert featuring 80’s pop bands moves to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Tickets to this concert cost $40 each.

Tacos y Cerveza
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/tacos-y-cervezas/

$35 gets you eight food tickets (tacos cost either two or three tickets), eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the race track for a day. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Spring Day
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/199229833915525/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

Newport Beach Spirit Tasting: 2017 SIP Awards
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 13
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach
http://sipawards.com/

Sample dozens of different liquors and spirits this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $70 and includes priority tasting plus a VIP gift. All attendees receive unlimited spirits tasters while supplies last, plus appetizers and live entertainment. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Avenue Amps & Ales
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 13
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/avenue-amps-ales-pours-onto-third-avenue-may-13/

A beer festival comes to Chula Vista this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 presale or $90 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $40. VIP admission costs $125 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, May 13
Bay Club, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

Sample dozens of beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards this Saturday in Redondo Beach. Visitors will also find food, music, and more. Admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Guests should bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Market 90254
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 13
Hermosa Design, Hermosa Beach
http://www.market90254.com/

Check out local vendors, food, drinks, entertainment, art, and more this Saturday evening in Hermosa Beach. Non-alcoholic admission costs $20, while admission with access to drinks costs $35. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus access to all the vendors.

Vintage Guess
3:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 13
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/vintage-guess-bordeaux

Do a blind wine tasting this Saturday in Downtown LA. Tickets cost $140 presale or $250 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 2-hour sessions: 3:30-5:30 or 7:00-9:00. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – Indio
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13
Indio Open Air Market, Indio
http://www.blacklightrun.com/indioca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Indio this Saturday night. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $50 and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/142841239579895/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

D.I. – Live in Laguna Niguel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 13
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1853519121604137/

Local punk rock legend D.I. will headline a show in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 14
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Exotic Bird & Animal Expo – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
American Sports Center, Anaheim
http://www.exoticbirdmart.com/

Explore a colorful array of exotic birds, as well as snakes, lizards, guinea pigs, rabbits, poultry, and more at this animal show this Sunday morning. Admission costs $10 cash at the door.

Perception never falls into the simple categorization of black versus white. Perception falls anywhere within a boundless spectrum of antipodes. The problem lies with people’s ability to conceive perceptions beyond their scope. You can ask a person what type of music they love the most, while the next person may loathe that type of music. Most people claim to not like country music, yet the truth reveals that they simply have no preference for it; however, few people actually get adamant about the music. Going beyond preferences commonly exists in food and beverages. Where one person may call something “the best,” another will claim something else as better. For example, my father swears by the $2 wine from Trader Joe’s, unable to accept that pricier fine wines taste better. Some people say that no other burger can top a common burger from corporate fast food or corporate restaurants. People truly get attached to their fast food burgers and refuse to believe that better burgers exist out there. Whether or not you claim to know about the best burger in the world, I encourage you to seek out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season and give them a try. Who knows – maybe you will alter your opinions after one bite!

5. Eat Chow‘s Chow BBQ Burger

Portion size means a lot to the typical person who goes out to eat. Fine-dining restaurants focus on quality over quantity, so while fine-dining entrées appear small, it makes up for it with outstanding flavor. Generally, people want that happy medium between fine-dining and fast food, a restaurant that serves high-quality yet affordable food, something that Eat Chow specializes in. Now with three locations in Orange County, Eat Chow does not boast too much, perhaps because their foods speaks for itself. Eat Chow takes common foods and makes them well, from their burgers to the sandwiches to the entrées and more. Clearly a lot of care has gone into the dishes, evident by how much of the food’s natural flavor one can taste. In addition to the heightened food quality, Eat Chow doles up generous portion sizes too, such as in their Chow BBQ Burger. This grass-fed chuck patty comes topped with housemade barbecue sauce, smoked gouda cheese, crispy onion strings, bacon, mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes on a brioche bun. You can take on this huge burger for just $13.

4. Ocean Diner‘s Kiss Me Kate Burger

Different ingredients yield different flavors to the palate. Some ingredients have mild flavors, while some ingredients have extreme flavors. Some of the extreme-flavored ingredients may come with inauspicious side effects, such as spicy foods attacking the taste buds or foods invoking halitosis, or bad breath. Some of the latter ingredients taste so good that people often endure the side effects, such as garlic. For a calamity of ingredients that can cause bad breath, Ocean Diner has found just the combination. From the outside, Ocean Diner looks like your typical small-town American diner. However, Ocean Diner truly has some amazing things going on in here, such as their Kiss Me Kate Burger. This specialty burger comes with bacon-roasted garlic puree, grilled onions, and goat cheese. This $11.95 comes served with French fries, mashed potatoes, brown rice, coleslaw, or cottage cheese. As a special menu item, it will not last forever, so head over to Ocean Diner fast before this burger leaves their menu!

3. green2Go‘s Grass-Fed Bison Burger

A simple human truth states that people desire control in their lives. When someone lacks control over a situation, they may start to feel stress or panic. Give someone control, and they feel a lot more comfortable over their situation. This applies to all walks of life, including food, and green2Go gives you that control over your food. green2Go uses only the freshest all-natural ingredients to ensure pure flavor and nutrition. While you may certainly order any of their items as the menu describes, green2Go proudly offers a Build-Your-Own section where you get to dress up your favorite menu items, such as their Grass-Fed Bison Burger. This bison patty comes on your choice of brioche or squaw bread, or a lettuce-wrap, organic lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a dill pickle. From there, you can select up to four add-ons to accompany your plate, which you can pick by walking up to the BYO bar to the left of the front counter. For $16, this burger comes to you with your choice of a side salad or roasted mini potatoes.

2. Abricott‘s Lemongrass Chicken Burger

Who says that a burger must contain a ground beef patty? Not all burgers must contain beef.  We have seen multiple different types of burgers, such as turkey burgers, salmon burgers, and even vegetarian patty burgers. We rarely ever see a chicken burger, much less a chicken burger done right. Abricott would like to turn that perception around. Known for their French-Asian cuisine, Abricott remains a staple in local Pasadena food, and has attracted the attention of locals and travelers alike. Pasadena brings in huge amounts of travelers between the convention center and the Rose Bowl, and travelers often want to savor the local flavor. Abricott’s menu covers multiple forms of food, including their Lemongrass Chicken Burger. Not just any old burger, this burger contains a ground chicken patty seasoned with lemongrass, topped with tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise served on a bun with coconut tamarind sauce. At $10.95, you can taste this unique burger that few other places can match in flavor.

1. Gus’s Barbecue‘s Brisket Burnt End Burger

When one orders a burger, one can typically expect a ground beef patty supported by various toppings, correct? The beef patty usually stars as the protagonist in the story known as the burger, but once in a while a burger may feature more than one co-protagonist. For a story featuring more than one star, we turn to Gus’s Barbecue in South Pasadena. A local barbecue legend, Gus’s Barbecue has done barbecue right for such a long time that they know exactly how to apply their prized meats to other forms of food. For example, take their Brisket Burnt End Burger. This beef burger comes topped with beef brisket burnt ends, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun. All burgers come with your choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad, cole slaw, or BBQ baked beans. You can pound this mound of meat at Gus’s Barbecue for $13.95.

The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade returned to Downtown Hermosa Beach for its 32nd year running this past Saturday afternoon. Covering the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce gives back to the community every year with this local treat that celebrates the local politicians and businesses. Featuring a plethora of local businesses, organizations, and politicians, every participating group represented one part out of the South Bay’s many diverse aspects. From marching bands to local dance crews to community service organizations to servicemen, if it had roots in the South Bay, it had a spot in this parade.