Posts Tagged ‘Highland Park’

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 3-7
Santa Barbara

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.

Zaigermeister Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock

This Wednesday evening, Eagle Rock Brewery will release their first ever sour ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or take bottles of it to go.

2016 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 4-5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach

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.

Mermade Market
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Dana Point Community House, Dana Point

Check out this free and all-ages vendor and arts & crafts fair taking place in Dana Point this week. Visitors will find apparel, accessories, food, entertainment, and more.

Great Society Cider & Mead – Soft Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach

One of the few places dedicated to ciders soft opens their doors to the public this Thursday evening before they officially open their doors on Saturday. Free to attend, stop on by either Thursday or Saturday to see how far craft cider has come.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
Valiant Brewing, Orange

Celebrate IPA Day this Thursday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange as they bring their Overdrive Quad IPA out on draft and in bottles.

63rd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 5
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach

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.

VRLA Summer Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this weekend. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5-7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

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, August 5
Various locations
Long Beach:

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

5th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $9, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

23rd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6-7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $17 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Unsung Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim

Another brewery opens their doors to the public this Friday evening, and even the mayor will make an appearance at the beginning. All visitors receive a dollar off pints during the first hour. Free to enter, stop on by this Friday night to see how much hype they have built up over the past year.

68th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 7
El Centro Park, La Habra

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
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles

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.

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Reggae/ska band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show will cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5-6
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

27th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
South Clairemont Park, San Diego

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.

7th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake

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.

2016 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

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.

Unique Studio Tours
8:30 am – 2:30 pm, August 6
The Unique Space, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Take a guided tour through multiple maker spaces this Saturday morning in Downtown LA. Registration costs $55, which includes transportation throughout the tour, a gift bag, food & drinks at each stop, and more.

5th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Lou Costello Park, Downtown Los Angeles

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.

18th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles

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.

4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Carddine Home Resort, San Marcos

Dozens of professional and amateur cooks will enter their prized burgers into this competition for a chance to win big, which includes a new grill and a chance to go to the world competition. Although free to attend for all-ages, the general public will not get to taste any of the burgers, since only judges can taste. Attendees will get to see the cooks in action, as well as speak with professional cooks, chefs, and other industry folks.

5th Annual Latino Comics Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

As the name suggests, this all-ages event features all things Latin with comics, from Latin-themed comics to comics created by Latin people. Admission costs $10 on Saturday, or free on Sunday.

4th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

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.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Culver Studios, Culver City

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

International Sailor Moon Day Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park

A meetup of Sailor Moon fans will take place this Saturday afternoon in Highland Park, free to attend for all ages. This meetup will function like a potluck, so bring any food or drinks you may wish to share, as well as any media to share with the other fans.

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 7
Mid-City Arthouse, Los Angeles

A special art exhibit comes to LA this weekend, free to attend. No one under 21 may attend after 7pm.

2016 Taste of San Pedro
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55, starts at 5:00pm, and comes with five food tasters and five drink tasters. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 4:30pm, and comes with unlimited food and drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

14th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
California Science Center, Los Angeles

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 $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

Karate In The Garage: Tour Kickoff Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim

Ska band Karate In The Garage will embark on a tour soon, but before they do, they will headline a FREE and all-ages show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

8th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 7
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

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.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 7
Just Ride LA, Downtown Los Angeles

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

40th Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 7
Venice Beach, Venice

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.

International Festival of Masks
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

A special masks exhibit will take place at Bowers Museum this Sunday afternoon. For the cost of museum admission, gain access to all sorts of historical and cultural masks, and participate in arts & crafts activities including face painting and mask creation.

20th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista

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.

2016 OMShoes Summer Horseshoe Tournament
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Mariner’s Point, Mission Beach, San Diego

A charity horseshoe tournament will take place in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20, while participation will cost an additional $5. All proceeds go to charity.

10th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 7
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa

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!

8th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 7
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach

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.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier

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.

Red Table’s 5th Birthday Party
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 25
Red Table Restaurant, Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach’s Red Table Restaurant turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have $5 happy hour available all day.

Monster Mixer #8: Pop-Up Virtual Reality Arcade
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
The Copper Door, Santa Ana

Experience the new generation of virtual reality for free tonight in Downtown Santa Ana. No one under 18 may attend.

Terror: The Life & Death Tour 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 27, The Industry, Chula Vista
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30, Chain Reaction, Anaheim

Hardcore band Terror currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

2016 International Food Blogger Conference
July 28-31
Hyatt Regency, Sacramento

The world’s top conference for food bloggers moves to Sacramento this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. Registration costs $195 for food bloggers or $495 for non-bloggers.

Pizza Port Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia

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

14th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 28
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Nagoya Fair
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 29-31
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance will have a free and all-ages event all this weekend. Visitors will get to experience a taste of Nagoya culture with unique food and entertainment.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-31
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

Urge Gastropub’s 6th Anniversary
11:30 am – 11:30 pm, July 29-30
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Juily 31
Urge Gastropub, Rancho Bernardo

San Diego’s Urge Gastropub turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a weekend full of beer, music, food, and more. Expect local bands, food specials, and unique anniversary beers all weekend. Although this costs nothing to attend, Urge will offer a VIP package that includes many items – check the website to see what the VIP package gets you.

KCON Food Street Night Market
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 31
LA Live, Los Angeles

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market for FREE! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market.

Pinup Prom 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Pinup Girl Boutique, Burbank

Free to attend for all ages, a pinup-themed prom event will take place in Burbank this Friday night.

26th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 29
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $55 presale or $65 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

5th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Vibiana, Los Angeles

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Friday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Delicious Little Tokyo
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
10:30 am – 9:00 pm, July 31
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

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.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 29, Underground DTSA, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Bar 1650, Corona

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so click on a show’s link for details.

11th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 30
Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, San Diego

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Imperial Beach. Various events will take place throughout the day, with a few taking place on Sunday as well. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 30-31
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

Run/Yoga Challenge Brouwerij West
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro

Participate in some running and yoga this Saturday morning, then follow it up with beer at Brouwerij West in San Pedro. Participation costs $25 and includes the physical activities, vegan brunch, and beer samples. Participants under 21 may not have any beer though.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 30
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Midsummer Scream
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 30
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 31
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

A horror and Halloween expo comes to Long Beach this weekend, filled with vendors, entertainment, activities, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

Cook’s Corner 2nd Annual Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, July 30
Cook’s Corner, Trabuco Canyon

Check out lots of motorcycles and sip on craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Trabuco Canyon. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and provides unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Cook’s Corner serves food at cost, so bring extra cash for that. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Venice Bar B Que
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
Oakwood Recreation Center, Venice

A free and all-ages community potluck will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon in Venice.

3rd Annual NOS Brew Fest & Home Brew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 30
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino

A craft beer and homebrewing festival comes to San Bernardino this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40, starts at 12pm, and also includes a t-shirt, key chain, and VIP parking. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Gourmetzia 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30-31
The Reef, Los Angeles

Described as “the international food lovers ultimate sampling event,” this two-day expo at The Reef showcases the finest in trending foods, gourmet, and artisan delicacies. Between all of the food sampling and browsing, check out all the culinary demos, performances, and high-energy activities. General admission costs $30 and grants full access to all the vendors and their samples.

Fiesta Pilsner Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Telegraph Brewing Company, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s Telegraph Brewing will release a special pilsner this Saturday, and you can check it out at their tasting room all day. Telegraph will also have a Mexican mobile food vendor on site, plus appropriate music. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30-31
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana

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.

HessFest 2016
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, July 30
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego

Hess Brewing will celebrate their sixth anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $50, starts at 1:00, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12:30pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 30
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 3pm and costs $75 with beer or $55 without beer. VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Twilight Chow Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Martin Auto Service, Riverside

The Inland Empire gets their very first night market this Saturday, following on the heels of the very successful night markets of Arcadia, Koreatown, Costa Mesa, and recently Long Beach. Admission costs only $3 per person or $5 for two.

5th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank

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.

3rd Annual Vegan Faire
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Healthy Junk, Anaheim

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.

Tiki Night 2016
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Egyptian Theater, Hollywood

Enjoy an all-ages Pacific Islander festival and show this Saturday evening in Hollywood. Visitors will find music, dance, entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. General admission costs $18, or $14 for students or seniors.

Popfuji II
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Brouwerij West, San Pedro

This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.

Ska In The Park 4
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 30
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills

Get your skanking on at this free and all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim Hills.

No Clue Brew Ride
8:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 31
No Clue Brew, Rancho Cucamonga

Go on a bike ride this Sunday morning, which will include a brunch stop and beers. The bike ride costs nothing to attend, but participants should bring cash for food and beer.

2nd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 31
The Carson Center, Carson

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.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 31
Swiss Park, Whittier

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

Reckless First Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 31
Reckless Brewing Company, Miramar, San Diego

Formerly Wet N Reckless Brewing, they will celebrate the first anniversary of their reopening this Sunday afternoon. They will have 12 beers on tap, and you can get a sampler flight of all of them for $15.

Summer Soda Tasting 2016
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 31
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park

$15 gets you a pass to sample various sodas in Highland Park this Sunday evening while supplies last.

letlive. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Post-hardcore band letlive. will headline an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
Abigaile Restaurant, Hermosa Beach

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

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

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.

2nd Annual youbloomLA Music Festival & Conference
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, December 10-11
9:30 am – 1:00 am, December 12
Highland Park Ebell, Highland Park

A handful of bands will perform across three different venues around Los Angeles, along with a musicians’ conference in Highland Park this Saturday. Each show has its own cover charge, while the conference costs $25 to attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On The Road
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11-12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego

The Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for prices.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego

The Aggrolites will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Agnostic Front: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 11, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 12, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Hardcore punk band Agnostic Front currently tours across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age restrictions for each of these shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

Punk Night @ The Redwood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Thursday night at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover charge for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Ho Ho Holiday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
Surf Dogs Sports Grill, Huntington Beach

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night in Huntington Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 12
Uptown Whittier

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

Gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon for FREE!

6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 12-13
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Pet Winter Wonderland
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 13
LA Convention Center, Los Angeles

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $10 to $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12-13
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park

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.

Beer Geek Brunch
11:30 am – 2:00 pm, December 12
Native Son Alehouse, Santa Ana

Enjoy a three-course brunch this Saturday early afternoon complete with craft beer pairings. Registration costs $40. No one under 21 may participate.

4th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 12
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30, or $15 with promo code FB15. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

2015 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona

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

62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 12
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 12
Four locations, Santa Monica

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $12 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

33rd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 12
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

53rd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

69th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim

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

Litmus Green – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Maya’s Cafe, Corona

Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

10th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
Kensington Park, San Diego

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 13
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

AleSmith’s 1st Annual IPA Week
July 13-17
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego

In the past, AleSmith has celebrated IPA Day, which typically falls on the second Tuesday of July. This year, AleSmith will expand the celebration to a full week of specialty IPAs, educational seminars, and unique hoppy creations.

LA Restaurant Week
July 13-26
Greater Los Angeles Area

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-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 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

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.

Boulevard Brewing: Beer & Cheese Pairing @ Phantom Carriage
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson

Enjoy some Boulevard Brewing beers along with gourmet cheese pairings this Wednesday night at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson. Call Phantom Brewery via the link provided for reservations, pricing, and offerings.

12th Annual California Wine Festival
July 16-18
Multiple locations, Santa Barbara

This weekend, a variety of wine events will take place throughout Santa Barbara. Events vary in content and price, so click on the provided website for details about what to expect.

2015 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 16-17
11:30 am – 6:30 pm, July 18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Numerous workshops, sessions, demos, and activities will go on all week outside of the expo hours (see the website for the full schedule), while over 300 exhibitors will occupy the expo hall to display their goods and/or services. Learn about the latest fitness trends, diet plans, health statuses, and more from the various speakers and coaches throughout the expo. Although visitors can receive free admission, visitors will still have to pay for parking, so have cash available for that.

* = Register yourself online to receive free admission to this expo. At the door, entry will cost $15.

2015 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 17
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 18
Imperial Beach, San Diego

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

2015 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 17 with the final day on August 16. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2015 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 17
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 18
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 19
Fairplex, Pomona

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Alpine Village, Torrance

Southern California heavyweight Stone Brewing will take over the beer taps at Alpine Village this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 17
2:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 18
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Dance Downtown
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 17
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles

Every other Friday this summer, the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles will hold a free and all-ages dance event. Learn to dance the moves, show off your moves, and/or meet new people interested in dance.

Punk Rock Night @ the Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 17
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Release some aggression at this local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Casualties: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 17, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 19, Los Globos, Silverlake

Famous punk band The Casualties will headline three all-ages shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica

Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

2015 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 17
Location TBA, Los Angeles

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

2nd Annual Love Long Beach Festival
6:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 18-19
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

67th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 18
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 18-19
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

37th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 18-19
Alondra Park, Lawndale

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

2nd Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Three 4-hour sessions, July 18-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

The OC Brew Ha Ha team returns with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering three 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate and lasts three hours, while VIP admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the gate and lasts four hours. All ticket-holders receive unlimited beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take 12-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

6:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 18
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona

Catch Agent Orange, D.I., and many other great local punk bands at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15.

3rd Annual Bicycle Drive-In
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 18
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach

Roll up with your bicycles to Downtown Long Beach this Saturday night for a free nighttime event with a movie screening, laser light show, costume contest, live music show, beer garden, and more.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 18
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Rock out to some skacore music this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets for this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone 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.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Alex’s Bar
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Rock out to some local punk bands this Sunday afternoon at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Around the World in 80 Sips
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park

Enjoy an evening of tasting international sodas, live music, and entertainment in Highland Park this Sunday. Presale admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children. Admission at the door costs $15.

Slaughter & The Dogs: Live in San Bernardino
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino

Rock out to a bunch of punk bands this Sunday night in San Bernardino. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale or $17 at the door.

The hot summer days lends perfectly to grilling weather. As an American tradition, citizens officially start the grilling season on Memorial Day weekend, as that signifies many things. First off, on that weekend, Americans celebrate an important federal holiday to celebrate and honor the lives of those lost while serving for the United States Armed Forces. The weather starts to significantly heat up by this weekend, following the inconsistent weather of April and much of May. As a result of the warmer weather, Americans take advantage of a holiday weekend off of work until the next federal holiday, Independence Day, to gather some friends & family for a party involving grilling. When thinking about grilling for a group of people, what food exactly comes to mind? I guarantee that hot dogs and hamburgers top the list. The notion to purchase these items in bulk contributes to the misconception that these foods do not taste good. The phrase “You get what you pay for” has never applied as much as it does now, as most who purchase in bulk tend to pay low per individual unit. If you seek quality, you will have to drop extra money for it. Hot dogs tend to bear questionable ingredients, but true hamburgers still exist in this world. If you happen to find yourself in Southern California this summer, check out these five places to grab some of the best burgers you will ever have. One bite into these will change the way you look at hamburgers forever.

5. Seoulmate‘s Fresh Off The Burger

In this day and age, people love to eat all sorts of diverse foods. California has almost every type of cuisine from around the world, which may overwhelm people who crave multiple types of cuisines at once. Thankfully, restaurants offer fusion dishes that mix up cuisines and combine two foreign concepts together, something that Seoulmate does very well. Nestled in a small shack that used to belong to Moshers, Seoulmate combines Korean BBQ with Latin dishes. The best of both worlds, this means that you can enjoy the savoriness of Korean BBQ in the form of finger food. For example, take their Fresh Off The Burger, which uses a Kalbi-marinated quarter-pound Angus beef patty. This burger also comes with fried onions, tomato, lettuce, American cheese, Seoulmate’s special spread, sesame, kimchi, and relish. Basically, they put a Korean BBQ bowl on a burger. You can snag this Korean-inspired burger for just $8.75.

4. Dog Haus‘ Holy Aioli

Americans traditionally have eaten at least one hot dog in their entire lives. Hot dogs represent one of the most common American foods when the rest of the world thinks about American cuisine. Depending on who prepares the hot dog, it can take on a variety of flavors based on either the meat or the toppings. This same concept applies to burgers – it can vary in flavor based on the meat and the toppings, and Dog Haus carries enough of a variety of toppings that they can come up with just about anything. Although known for their hot dogs, Dog Haus also deploys a lineup of burgers on their menu, such as their Holy Aioli. They use Hawaiian bread to hold together this burger with smoked bacon, white american cheese, garlic aioli, and caramelized onions. Put together, this burger tastes more like a dessert than a meal, and you can splurge on this because of its low price tag of $5.95. Grab a burger, a side, and maybe a nice cold beer while you dine here.

3. Fusion Burgers‘ Mexican BBQ Burger

One of the themes of my blog follows the premise of “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Colloquially known as hole-in-the-wall businesses, the external appearance of some buildings may mask the true nature of the business inside. If you drive through a neighborhood that looks worn down on the outside, that does not necessarily tell the story of what goes on inside. If you drive through Highland Park, you may accidentally miss Fusion Burgers if you have no intention of looking for it. Though they appear simple from the outside, this restaurant truly serves some outstanding cuisine inside that rivals many of the more expensive restaurants around Los Angeles County. One of their customer favorites, the Mexican BBQ Burger, uses a burger patty made of al pastor meat, and comes with aillade (a variation of aioli), a grilled pineapple, caramelized onions, and Boston lettuce. Though it does not carry that fancy ingredients, it has all it needs to highlight the amazing natural juices of the al pastor meat. At just $9 for this burger, you cannot go wrong with this burger gone Mexican.

2. The Bottle Room‘s B&B Deluxe

There exists a concept called synergy. This concept states that the interaction of elements, when combined, produce a total effect greater than the sum of the individual elements and contributions. Basically, certain mixes and combinations together make for a greater product than the items separately. For example, bleu cheese and bacon burgers have existed for a while because the contrasting flavors of the bleu cheese and bacon make their flavor come out even more. If you seek an example of such, look no further than The Bottle Room. Locals regard The Bottle Room best for their ever-changing selection of craft beers from across the nation, but The Bottle Room also serves up some world-class cuisine, such as their B&B Deluxe. This marvelous burger contains black fig jam, St. Agur bleu cheese, duck fat onions, bacon, and arugula. I know many people who avoid bleu cheese – I used to stay away from bleu cheese too. However, this burger has the power to change your mind, and show you the wonders of how bleu cheese and bacon synergize so well together. Visit The Bottle Room and devour this burger for $15.

1. Wild Goose Tavern‘s Peppadew Cheddar Burger

People can often get surprised when they discover that a particular place serves food. Most adults go to bars to enjoy a few drinks with friends, or to simply take in the social environment. These patrons would not normally have food on their mind when they go out drinking, but food and adult beverages go so well together for flavor contrasting. When a bar serves food, it can serve to simply fill you up, or it can taste great A.K.A. hit or miss. If you want a bar to hit the mark, seek out Wild Goose Tavern in Orange County. You will often find locals visiting this bar multiple times a week due to not only their generous drinks, but the amazing food cooked up here as well. Patrons looking for a full and tasty meal will want to gravitate towards the Peppadew Cheddar Burger. A perfect handheld meal that frees up a hand for you to sip your beverage, this fulfilling burger comes with golden peppadews, oven-dried tomatoes, arugula, alfalfa sprouts, garlic aioli, and cheddar cheese. This burger not only tastes amazing, but will not break your bank, costing just $8. Come with friends, or come alone, but make sure you leave full and satisfied.

Something strange has happened to Highland Park in the past few years. Traditionally, this neighborhood located northeast of Downtown Los Angeles contained a population consisting of a majority of Latinos, with more than half of the inhabitants born in Mexico. From the outside, commuting through Highland Park gives the vibe of a sketchy neighborhood, similar to East LA or South Central. Most of the streets, buildings, and houses appear old and unattended, yet within these walls, a new life stirs amongst the locals. It appears that the young generation seek to work from the inside to polish this neighborhood into something that travelers would love to visit instead of commuting through. I never considered Highland Park a destination – I always drove through it on my way to Eagle Rock or Pasadena. With the recent changes to some local businesses and the rise of a punk rock culture here, Highland Park may soon start to see much more consumerism here, especially since Highland Park contains a hidden microbrewery.

Located inside The Hermosillo, Highland Park Brewery plays it subtle by not explicitly broadcasting their location with a glamorous sign outside of their building. This brewery’s tap room shares its space with The Hermosillo, a local bar & grill that proudly blasts punk rock music. Despite the dimly-lit interior that makes this place appear like a dive bar, The Hermosillo has more going on than any old dive bar – they serve restaurant-quality food that can qualify them as a gastropub. In addition to the food, they proudly pour beers from Highland Park Brewery, as well as beers from other local breweries. Because they can fill any of your growlers here, The Hermosillo functions as both a restaurant and a tasting room. Typically this falls under the definition of a brewpub, but The Hermosillo does a few things differently that set them apart from a brewpub, such as no table service, no hard alcohol, and no guest under the age of 21 allowed here. Basically, you walk in, order at the bar, pick up your drinks, then have a seat at the bar or a table. If you order food, they do have servers that bring food out to you, but they do not wait your tables – you can still order from the servers if they pass by your table, but the staff behind the bar holds your tab, so ultimately you must order at the bar.

Highland Park may not appear as a hip neighborhood on the outside like Echo Park or Silverlake, but keep in mind that inside those antique buildings lie the ambitious hearts of thousands of millennials hoping to turn this neighborhood into a bustling hangout spot. You truly cannot judge a book by its cover when you venture into Highland Park – you must open the covers to reveal these diamonds in the rough, especially Highland Park Brewery. Find out what Highland Park Brewery has in store next by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter. Alternatively, check up on The Hermosillo’s Facebook and Twitter pages since they do share the same building, and likely have the same things going on.

11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-23
Various locations, San Diego

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

2nd Annual Seal Beach Restaurant Week
November 17-22
Various locations, Seal Beach

Following the success of last year, Seal Beach Restaurant Week will return for its second year starting today and lasting through Saturday. Over ten of Main Street’s restaurants will offer food & drinks specials during this time, ranging from discounts on certain items to prix-fixe meals, such as the one shown below.

7th Annual (Ice) Skate And Destroy
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles

Spend an hour ice skating in Pershing Square with no heed for children. Afterwards, grab some pizza from Pizzanista in the Arts District.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 20

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Animation Breakdown 2014
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 20-21
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 22-23
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 24-25
The Cinefamily, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles

Watch over a dozen independently-produced animated films all throughout the weekend for just $12 per film. See the website for a full schedule of all the films.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 21
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Orange County’s 2nd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

Beaujolais Nouveau Passions
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
The Castaway, Burbank

Celebrate a night of French foods, wines, and entertainment in beautiful Beverly Hills. At this one-night fest, guests get treated to French food samples, merchandise, live music, silent auction, caberet dancers, and more. Presale tickets cost $20, while tickets at the door cost $25. VIP presale costs $50, and $75 at the door, and comes with preferred seating, a 4-course meal, complimentary wine & other drinks, and covers tax & tip. Guests may find free street parking surrounding the venue, while the venue will provide valet parking as well.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside

Enjoy some local punk rock at this FREE and all-ages show this Friday night in Riverside.

Wasted Ones – Live in Canoga Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 21
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park

Get crazy at this all-ages punk rock show in the valley this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10.

OC Baking Company 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 22
Old Towne Orange Farmers & Artisans Market, Orange

This Saturday morning, purchase some bread and/or baked goods from the OC Baking Company in Orange, and a portion of the sales will go to diabetes research.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Lummis House, Highland Park

This Saturday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

29th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Microsoft Store Grand Opening Celebration w/ Kelly Clarkson
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 22
Los Cerritos Center (Mall), Cerritos

A new Microsoft Store will open their doors to the public starting this Saturday, and they will have two items at a very low price for that day only. In addition, the first thousand people in line for the store will receive a pair of tickets to see Kelly Clarkson perform live at the Cerritos Mall for FREE. People may start lining up as early as 11pm the previous night at the mall entrance between Lazy Dog Café and California Pizza Kitchen.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Warmer Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, November 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

This Saturday, Hangar 24 will release the next beer in their Local Fields series, Warmer, ahead of the normal yearly schedule. Anyone visiting the tasting room can sip on Warmer from draft, as well as take bottles or growlers of it home. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music, as well as food from the local mobile eatery.

14th Annual Cranksgiving Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 22
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park

Thanksgiving has inspired many 5K/10K runs in the past, colloquially know as Turkey Trots. This Saturday, participate in a Thanksgiving-inspired bike ride called Cranksgiving. Registration starts at noon, while the actual ride will start at 1pm. All participants must bring their own bike, helmet, lock, and bag(s).

24th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.