Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.