Posts Tagged ‘Highland Games’

10th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 16-24
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

9th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

10th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 20
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 20-21
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.

2nd Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $50 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

Make Music Los Angeles 2018
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Thursday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

4th Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2018/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 22
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 24
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

2018 Taste of Covina
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21
Heritage Plaza, Downtown Covina
http://covina.org/event/taste-of-covina-2018/

Sample food from restaurants of Covina this Thursday night. The $25 admission gets you unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

19th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 22
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

2018 Santa Monica Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
7:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 23
7:30 am – 4:30 pm, June 24
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://www.pierpaddle.com/

A series of water sports will take place on the beach in Santa Monica this weekend. Registration varies in price depending on the event you wish to participate in, so see the website for pricing details. Spectators may attend for free.

4th Annual AleSmith Tony Gwynn 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 23
Lake Poway, Poway
http://www.tonygwynn5k.org/

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 23
StubHub Center, Carson
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/los-angeles/

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

45th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 23
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Fairy Festival 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm

Bring your children to this event to enjoy fairies, tea, treats, games, arts & crafts, shows, and more. Admission to the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, or $8 for children.

2018 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

57th Annual Fiesta of Gems Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 23-24
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercityrocks.org/

This free and all-ages event will exhibit a handful of rocks and minerals, as well as feature educational seminars and speakers.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 23-24
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

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

39th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

32nd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 23-24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

CSUF TitanCon 2018
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 23
Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton
http://www.csuftitancon.com/

Hosted by fans for fans, this all-ages event involves all things anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, and more. Visitors can expect to find artists, vendors, panels, merchandise, games, gourmet food trucks, cosplay contests, and more. One should not underestimate this event, as it attracts thousands of visitors annually. Admission now costs $10 per person.

Summer Suds Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Mile Square Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://summersudsbrewfestfv.com/

A beer tasting event comes to Fountain Valley this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Inland Empire Brewers Guild Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Dos Lagos Golf Course, Corona
http://www.iebrewersguild.org/

A beer festival will take place in Corona this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and gets you a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/231977710714990/

Hamilton Brewery turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of special beer available at their tasting room in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday. Free to attend, they will have over 20 beers on tap, plus free food while supplies last. They will offer prepaid packages that will include beer pours plus other souvenirs, so click on the event’s link above for package details.

LA Taco & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 23
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.latacobeerfest.com/

Enjoy unlimited beers and taco samples this weekend while supplies last. General admission costs $49 per day and includes all beer during the event. The event will have additional food trucks and restaurant vendors selling food and drinks for an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2018
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23-24
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/fka720/

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

6th Annual San Diego Night Market
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23
Convoy St, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this Saturday, this year for FREE. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fairplex.com/tlcfairplex/events/viewevent?id=080d586b-2586-61b9-b02f-ff000060b1a3

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dickies – Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/EventDetail?tmeventid=090054AEE2ED64FD

Legendary punk rock band The Dickies will headline a show in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

2018 Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
6:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 24
Two Harbors/Isthmus Cove, Catalina Island
http://rock2rockrace.com/

This annual paddleboard race from Catalina Island to San Pedro returns this Sunday morning. Interested participants may register as an individual or on a relay team.

Highway Earth Car Show 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 24
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Van Nuys Blvd, Arleta
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

18th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 24
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

18th Annual SOULstice
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

18th Annual Taste of La Verne
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 10
University of La Verne, La Verne
http://www.tasteoflaverne.com/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of restaurants and bars from La Verne this Tuesday night in Pomona. General admission costs $45 and comes with free parking and unlimited food and drink samples from all the vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Fleet Week San Diego 2017
October 11-17
Throughout San Diego
http://fleetweeksandiego.org/

A handful of events celebrating military personnel will take place throughout San Diego starting this week. Check the website for a full list of events and their locations.

8th Annual A Taste of Coronado
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 11
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.atasteofcoronado.com/

Sample eats from various Coronado businesses this Wednesday night in Coronado. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and allows for unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

44th Annual Los Angeles Korean Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 12
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 13-15
Seoul International Park, Koreatown
http://www.lakoreanfestival.org/en/index.php

Immerse yourself in Korean culture at this four-day Korean festival in Koreatown this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this festival will have food, drinks, treats, music, entertainment, rides, games, arts & crafts, merchandise, vendors, and much more.

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

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

2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-14
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale
http://www.formulad.com/schedule/irwindale

Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event starts at $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking usually costs $10.

20th Annual Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 13-15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

He’e Nalu Aloha Pier Festival & Luau 2017
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 14
Huntington Beach Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/he-e-nalu-aloha.html

A free and all-ages Hawaiian & Pacific Islander festival comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Visitors can expect food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, activities, and more.

2017 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

2017 Orange County Japan Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 13
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://oc-japanfair.com/

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find lots of ramen, sake tastings, live entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, other food & drinks, vendors, and more. Admission costs $7 presale of $8 at the door. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

The Aquabats – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 13, House of Blues, Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14, House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.theaquabats.com/

Skapunk band The Aquabats will headline a pair of all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Big Bear Yoga Festival 2017
8:30 am – 8:00 pm, October 14
Big Bear Performing Arts Center, Big Bear Lake
http://www.bigbearyogafestival.com/

A free and all-ages event for all things yoga comes to Big Bear Lake this Saturday. Lots of activities and programs will take place throughout the day that anyone can participate in. Check the website for the full schedule of events.

14th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 14
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116089055740004/

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!

26th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

9th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 14
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

Taste of South Lake 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2017 Oxnard Steampunk Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14-15
Heritage Square, Oxnard
http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this huge steampunk gathering this weekend in Oxnard. Adult admission costs $12, while children’s admission costs $5 on Saturday or nothing on Sunday. Lots of activities and meetups will take place, including live music, vendors, food booths, tea parties, fencing/dueling, and more.

12th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 14
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2017 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

I-15 Brew Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $70 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters until 4pm while supplies last. After 4pm, attendees will need to pay for beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Pico Block Party: Translation
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 14
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/pico-block-party-translation/

A free and all-ages art exhibit and festival takes place in Santa Monica this Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.ladecom.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience nonstop music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE.

2017 South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Pour On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 14
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 presale. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $4 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://offthehookseafoodfest.com/

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $65 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 14
MainPlace Mall, Santa Ana
http://oozefestival.com/

Get cheesed out at this festival celebrating all things cheese this weekend in Downtown Santa Ana. They have returned to a ticketed format much like their first year. $75 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 3:30-6:30 or 7:30-10:30. All attendees receive unlimited food samples for the duration of the session while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Taste of Italy
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
Italian American Museum, Los Angeles
http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-los-angeles/

Sample the best of Italian in Los Angeles at this tasting gala this Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles. Samples food & drinks from dozens of restaurants & wineries, enjoy the live entertainment, and more. General admission tickets cost $60, while children 12 and under get in for $25.

OC Roller Girls – Silence of the Slams
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
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.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl 2017
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 14
Uptown Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/841127889378440/

A handful of zombie and punk rock themed events will take place in Uptown Whittier this Saturday night. Activities will include costume contests, trivia, karaoke, live music, and more.

Nardcore at Roy’s Birthday
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1137424753024684/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Lower Class Brats – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 15, The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk rock band Lower Class Brats will headline a pair of shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 15
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

2nd Annual Spacerock Trail Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, Santa Clarita
http://spacerocktrailrace.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out the Spacerock Trail Run, a wild course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $90 for the 5k, $110 for the 10k, or $130 for the half-marathon.

Disneyland Lolita Day 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 15
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://disneylandlolitaday.wixsite.com/home

This Sunday, lolita fans will congregate at Disneyland in Anaheim. Dress up and come mingle with others, or simply come admire those who do dress up.

Glitterfest Fall 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

Fallbrook Harvest Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/autumn-in-fallbrook.html

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Fallbrook this Sunday, complete with arts & crafts, vendors, food, games, entertainment, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://brunchattheraces.laweekly.com/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 15
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://totsandbeer.com/events/santa-clarita-ca-session-1/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Sunday in Santa Clarita. $34 gets you in to one of two three-hour sessions, 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 12th Annual The Food Event
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 15
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu
http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent2017/

$130 gets you in to this event in Malibu this Sunday afternoon with food and drink samples from dozens of vendors. No one under 21 may attend.

43rd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://www.abilityfirst.org/events/festival-of-fall/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

A Taste of Old Town Monrovia
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Myrtle Avenue, Old Town Monrovia
http://tastemonrovia.com/

Taste the local flavors of Monrovia this Sunday evening on the streets of Old Town Monrovia. $50 allows you to receive unlimited samples from participating businesses for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites and The Skatalites: Live at the Belly Up
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1821997454797516/

Get your skanking on this Sunday night in Solana Beach. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

8th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

3rd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

9th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21-22
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.

1st Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $47 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

The Mad Caddies – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.madcaddies.com/

Ska/punk band The Mad Caddies will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2017/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Brutal Hearts of Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1888437541442061/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands for free this Thursday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 23
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

39th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

2017 OC Pride Festival & Parade
June 23-25
Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.prideoc.com/

A series of events will take place in & around Downtown Santa Ana this weekend. Check with the website for a full schedule of events, as well as their prices and age limits.

Chron Gen w/ JFA in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.facebook.com/events/1924708007748184/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3074

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show in Silverlake this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13.

Sal’s Photos 1 Millionth Photo Celebration
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 23
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1499122873483031/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

13th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

2nd Annual The Liquid Run
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.theliquidrun.com/

This floating obstacle course returns to Newport Beach this weekend. Traverse a quarter mile of inflatable objects and obstacles to reach the finish line. Registration filled up long ago, so bookmark this event for next year if this event looks fun to you.

CCOA Western Nationals 50th Anniversary Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Courtyard Marriott, Cypress
http://www.socalcougarclub.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Cypress.

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

Regal Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Irvine Marriott, Irvine
http://www.regalcon2015.com/

A fandom & pop culture expo comes to Irvine this weekend. Attendees can expect to find celebrities, art, vendors, cosplay, panels, entertainment, and more. General admission costs $60 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $95 for both days.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 24-25
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

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

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $20 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
JapanLA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/769244469910420/

A Japanese studio will have a popup market this weekend in Fairfax. In order to enter, you must line up at 9:30am on Saturday morning to receive a free ticket to attend. They will only hand out tickets to the first 800 people in line. If you do get a ticket, you can then return any time this weekend to enter the popup.

6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1884473848478072/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

31st Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

4th Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 24
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/goldlinepubcrawl

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no official website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

2017 Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/long-beach/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

37th Annual Padres Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, June 24
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www2.mda.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109602

Tailgate prior to this Saturday’s Padres game and sample some chili too. Admission ranges from $20 to $50 based on age and if an attendee will go to the Padres game.

Societe Five
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $30 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and unlimited beer pours for the duration of the session. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
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.

1st Annual PotterParty Anaheim
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://potterconusa.com/

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

8th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $3 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2017
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 24-25
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Celebrate Yorba Linda
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Yorba Linda
http://www.ylmainstreet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768275453352649/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Downtown Yorba Linda this Saturday night.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2017/06/25/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

SMD Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 24
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/240777349660734/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in East LA. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Highway Earth Car Show 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Classics in the Groves
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo
http://venturavintagerods.org/
http://hulalounge.com/events/classics-in-the-groves/

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Camarillo this Sunday afternoon.

Bombs Super Show – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.bombsmagazine.com/2017-events/los-angeles-classic-carshow/

A classic car show comes to the Long Beach Convention Center this Sunday. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $20 per person.

17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

17th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & OC Beer Alley
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 25
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/25/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

8th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Beers Workshop
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Workshops/

Learn how to make beer this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Registration for this workshop costs $50 per person.

Punk Rock Swap And Show 3
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
The OffBeat, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/113150949234798/

Punk rock bands and vendors will convene this Sunday evening in Highland Park. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Taco Tuesday
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/164468780661349/

Release some mid-week frustration at this free punk rock show this Tuesday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of the NFL: Rams
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 5
Globe Theatre, Universal City
http://www.tasteofthenfl.com/teamandcommunityevents/taste-of-the-rams

Taste food from local chefs for charity this Wednesday night in Universal City. Tickets cost $150 and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 6
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 8
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

The Interrupters @ The Observatory’s Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

The Interrupters embark on a tour this week, and that tour starts in Santa Ana with this all-ages show. Tickets to this show cost $12. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free, especially since a sold-out show will take place that same night in the main room. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Ontario Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 7-9
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

3rd Annual Golf & Give Back
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 7
Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood
http://rmhcsc.org/chapter/events/view/138

Play some golf and eat dinner for charity this Friday in Lakewood. Registration costs $150 per person, and includes lunch and dinner. Dinner alone costs $50 per person.

30th Annual California Avocado Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Downtown Carpinteria
http://avofest.com/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Carpinteria this weekend. Visitors will find vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, games, rides, entertainment, and more.

Barrel Aged Beer Day
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/107-barrel-aged-beer-day/

This Friday, Orange’s Valiant Brewing will have a LOT of barrel-aged beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy some sips.

12th Annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 8
Ocean Beach Pier, San Diego
http://oboktoberfest.com/

Enjoy Oktoberfest on the beach this weekend with this two-day Oktoberfest celebration. For just $3 admission, gain access to this event filled with beer, pretzels, sausages, and other typical Oktoberfest festivities.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
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).

2016 Seaside Highland Games
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8-9
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.seaside-games.com/

Celebrate Scottish history and culture at the Ventura Seaside Highland Games this weekend. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends out to enjoy bagpipes, dancing, clan history, awesome music, Scottish athletics, and more. Adult admission costs $17 for one day or $27 for two days. Senior admission costs $15 for one day or $24 for two days. Children enter for $5 regardless.

18th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 7
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 9
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Los Angeles gets their own Greek Fest this weekend that will basically have the same things as any other Greek Fest: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

4th Annual Whiskey & Wine BBQ
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 7
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://meritagecollection.com/estancialajolla/hotel/hotel-events/#event|whiskey-wine-bbq-with-trinitas-cellars-jack-daniels|1458

A whisky, wine, and barbecue tasting event comes to La Jolla this Friday night. General admission costs $105, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last, as well as complimentary valet parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Tsunami Bomb: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 7, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1090176857742264/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8, Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3115
http://tsunamibomblives.com/

Tsunami Bomb will perform a series of shows this week in California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, October 8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Saturday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $45. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Los Angeles Heart Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 8
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.heartwalkla.org/

Raise money to walk around Pasadena during this charity walk this Saturday morning.

29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

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

Rising of the Rods
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 8-9
Glen Helen Regional Park, San Bernardino
http://www.sledlifeproductions.com/

Check out custom cars, pinup models, and rock bands this weekend in San Bernardino. Tickets to this all-ages festival cost $10 per person per day.

2016 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee. Otherwise, park at Dana Hills High School, and take the free shuttle service to the park.

8th Annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 8-9
Girard Ave, La Jolla
http://www.ljawf.com/

This free and all-ages street fair takes over the streets in La Jolla. Visitors will find hundreds of booths containing artists, merchandise, vendors, food & drinks, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

25th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://filamarts.org/

This free and all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more.

2nd Annual Shopping Extravaganza
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 8
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/

Do shopping, enjoy a catered lunch, and sip on some adult beverages this Saturday in San Clemente. Participation in this charity shopping event costs $35.

FitCon LA
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 8-9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://fitcon.us/

Check out all things fitness, health, and sports at this convention this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. FitCon will cover a broad range of fitness, from gymnastics to dance to weightlifting to sports and more. A handful of celebrity athletes will also make an appearance for autograph sessions, such as Arianny Celeste. Tickets cost $20 per day, $30 for both days, or $50 for a VIP pass that comes with front-of-line pass and a goodie bag.

Taste of South Lake 2016
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 8
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/

At this free outdoor festival, enjoy mouth-watering offerings from over 25 South Lake Avenue restaurants, live cooking demos with celebrity chefs, music performances by internationally known bands, a vendor village, and more.

2nd Annual Beer By The Bay
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.beerbythebay.com/

Coronado gets their own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples from the 15 participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash if they plan to buy food. No one under 21 may attend.

Culver City Art Walk 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Washington & La Cienega, Culver City
http://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events-2/artwalk-2106/

A free and all-ages art walk will take place in Culver City this Saturday afternoon.

South Bay Oktoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 8
Bay Club Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

An Oktoberfest-themed beer festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $55 and includes a separate VIP line, a souvenir mug, and access to a VIP area with mixed drinks, complimentary food, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Covina Thunderfest & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Citrus Avenue, Downtown Covina
http://covina.com/covina_thunderfest/

Check out this free and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Covina. Each October, the streets of Downtown Covina roar to life with classic cars, hot rods, live music, food, shopping, and more.

Autumn Harvest Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Heritage Hill Historical Park, Lake Forest
http://ocparks.com/historic/heritage/events

A family-friendly event will take place in Lake Forest this Saturday evening that celebrates the fall harvest as well as Halloween. Admission costs $5 per person.

Anaheim Brewery’s Oktoberfest #2
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery will celebrate Oktoberfest with two Saturdays full of Oktoberfest activities, such as live music, freshly-prepared sausages on-site, German-style beers, and more. No admission required – simply show up, paid for beers as you go, and have fun.

ARTX Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
ArtExchange, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.artexchangelb.org/

A new art exhibit will open up in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday evening. Come check it out for free as part of the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Long Beach.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 8
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in Anaheim. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Champagne & Fried Chicken
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 8
Molino Street Loft 218, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/chicken

Enjoy champagne paired with gourmet fried chicken this Saturday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $140 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Women Of Horror
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 8
Pizza Beer Wings, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1142877439110691/

Art, music, and burlesque collide this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover charge for this event costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 8
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422988937716937/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in West Hollywood, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Long Beach Marathon
6:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 9
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://runlongbeach.com/

The annual Long Beach Marathon takes place this Sunday. Please note the street closures for that day, and adjust your day accordingly.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 9
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

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

2016 Grand Fall Festival & Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos
http://www.sanmarcoschamber.com/events/details/2016-grand-fall-festival-street-faire-we-re-making-an-impact-join-us-support-and-strengthen-the-voice-of-local-business-10-09-2016-6668

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in San Marcos this Sunday. Visitors can expect to find vendors, booths, games, rides, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Art & Music Festival + Tribute Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 9
Casita Del Pueblo, Whittier
http://www.casitadelpueblo.org/pages/2016-d-o-d-festival-application

A free and all-ages cultural street fair and car show comes to Uptown Whittier this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find lots of cars, vendors, food, arts & crafts, activities, entertainment, and more.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Placita Olvera, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event at Olvera Street will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

Little Italy FESTA!
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 9
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-festa/

Bring out your friends and family to this free and all-ages event taking place on the streets of Little Italy in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find Italian food, live music, cooking demos, arts & crafts, games, vendors, and more.

Brunch At The Races
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://microapp.laweekly.com/brunch-at-the-races/

Basically a food tasting event, participate in watching the races this Sunday afternoon, as well as sample bites and sips from dozens of restaurants. General admission costs $45, while VIP admission costs $65, comes with a goodie bag, and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover Marina Del Rey
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 9
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://marinadelrey.lacounty.gov/

A free and all-ages event will take place in Marina Del Rey this Sunday afternoon. Visitors can expect activities, rides, games, vendors, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 9
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/10/9/ukulele-festival

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Fullerton this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $12.50.

7th Annual Redondo Beach Taste of the Pier
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-annual-taste-of-the-pier-king-harbor-waterfront/

This food fest will include food tastings, bands, balloons, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Enjoy a variety of small bites, live music, and fun while you tour the pier. Each restaurant will feature a different menu item and non-food retailers will offer other discounts and items in support of the Cancer Support Community and Redondo Beach Educational Foundation. Free to attend, tasting tickets cost $1 each.

42nd Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 9
AbilityFirst, Pasadena
http://abilityfirstfestival.org/

Enjoy food, wine, craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and more this Sunday evening in Pasadena. General admission costs $175, while VIP admission costs $300 and includes VIP seating.

MDC @ Brick By Brick
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 9
Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1038245512937126/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The 84th Annual Scottish Fest USA returned this past weekend to the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The mayor of Costa Mesa has Scottish ancestry, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. But how often can groups prance around wearing kilts and grunting in Scottish accents?

A Scottish Festival such as this one contains enough activities for you and your friends & family to enjoy a full day of fun. From the music competitions to the food to the various sports to all the vendors, enthusiasts will find something here for entertainment purposes. Any of the music features surely would have taken up much of the time here. As for sports, the festival provided visitors with the Highland Games, as well as a broadsword demo and an archery range. Food mainly revolved around the standard Scottish faire found at festivals like these, so we found a lot of haggis, meat pies, fish & chips, and potatoes. With the exception of the haggis, none of the food impressed me much, as many Scottish and Irish pubs exist in Southern California that serve that kind of food, only at a more affordable price and higher quality.

For a two-day fest, the OC Fair can pack a lot into Scottish Fest USA. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended Scottish Fest USA in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

The 23rd Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest returned this past weekend to Long Beach. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The Scots built the Queen Mary many decades ago, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. The shepherding demo moved to the front of the venue area, providing more room for the highland games to take place at. The vendor village also expanded, albeit the expansion only made more room for weapons. Those Scots sure do love their weapons. Within the Queen Mary, the main banquet room hosted piping contests and dancing contests. Eventually, all the piping moved outside to give room for the girls to dance in the competitions. Just below that, a dart tournament took place, allowing anyone who registered online to test their skill at this pub game.

The way the Queen Mary handles pricing irritated me the most, and represents one of the main reasons why I originally boycotted events at the Queen Mary for many years. Simply put, the Queen Mary will always try to nickel & dime you as hard as possible in any fashion. For example, take a gander at the admission fee. Presale tickets cost $19 plus $3.63 in service and transaction fees. The website also mentioned that tickets at the gate would cost $22. In this case, people would think to buy tickets at the gate to save money. Unfortunately, the Queen Mary decided to pull a fast one and raise ticket prices at the gate. Visitors buying tickets at the gate had to pay $23 per ticket plus a $2.74 service fee. I understand the online fee because of the third party ticketing broker (Flavorus), but why a service fee at the front gate? Why not incorporate that into the ticket fee? Once you get past the admission shenanigans, you have to deal with exorbitantly priced products inside the festival. Things like bottled waters cost at least $5 while Bud Lights cost $10 or more. The vendors did not relent either, charging $10 for something as simple as a hot dog or slice of pizza. Coming back to the ScotsFest after many years of purposely avoiding events at the Queen Mary (except for Bacon Fest, which I got into for free) reminded me of why I originally boycotted all events at the Queen Mary.

The Highland Games took center stage as the main event of the fest, drawing in the largest crowds. Something about burly men in kilts tends to attract many people, men and women, old and young. I suppose in ancient Scotland times, someone picked up a heavy object, threw it, and his comrades decided to turn that into a competition, thus giving birth to the highland games. Purely speculating, all games involved throwing some object, usually with no technology involved; thus, the Highland Games.

For a two-day fest, the Queen Mary can pack a lot into ScotsFest. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended ScotsFest in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

The 20th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest returned this past weekend to Long Beach. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The Scots built the Queen Mary many decades ago, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. But how often can groups prance around wearing kilts and grunting in Scottish accents?

The shepherding demo moved to the front of the venue area, providing more room for the highland games to take place at. The vendor village also expanded, albeit the expansion only made more room for weapons. Those Scots sure do love their weapons.

Within the Queen Mary, the main banquet room hosted piping contests and dancing contests. Eventually, all the piping moved outside to give room for the girls to dance in the competitions.

Just below that, a dart tournament took place, allowing anyone who registered online to test their skill at this pub game.

A nearby vendor sold imported European treats and other goods.

Speaking of food, you cannot attend a cultural fest without trying the food of that culture. Thus, I opted to order the Haggis, and I added a Pork Pie. Sadly, this year did not measure up to last year, as they did not provide brown sauce (such as HP Sauce), and they kept the pork pies in a cooler. I do not usually eat meat pies cold, and after I discovered that the filling resembled ground pork, I immediately thought of a pâté chaud, which I could buy hot for just a dollar at markets in Westminster. To anyone instantly turning away from the haggis, do not knock it until you have tried it. It does not taste as bad as many people believe, as it simply tastes and feels like salty meatloaf.

If you go to a Scottish festival, you will hear bagpipes guaranteed. Throughout the fest, numerous piping groups marched around the Queen Mary and competed to win best in show and other prizes.

The Highland Games took center stage as the main event of the fest, drawing in the largest crowds. Something about burly men in kilts tends to attract many people, men and women, old and young. I suppose in ancient Scotland times, someone picked up a heavy object, threw it, and his comrades decided to turn that into a competition, thus giving birth to the highland games. Purely speculating, all games involved throwing some object, usually with no technology involved; thus, the Highland Games.

Every year, ScotsFest hosts a single-malt scotch whisky tasting for the adult crowd. This year, they added a craft beer tasting class, hosted by Deschutes Brewery. A $10 entry ($11.75 after fees) provided any guest with five tasters of Deschutes beers. As each taster amounted to about one ounce each, each person received the equivalent of about half a can of beer. Paying $11.75 for this little beer sounds terrible, but it sure beats the $8 Bud Lights served throughout the fest.

For a two-day fest, the Queen Mary can pack a lot into ScotsFest. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended ScotsFest in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.