Posts Tagged ‘Ink N Iron’

7th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

Left Hand Brewing @ Beachwood Brewing
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Left Hand Brewing will make their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, including Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by this Tuesday night to sample what this brewery has to offer.

Master Pairing Dinner: Stone Brewing Co. & Beachwood Brewing
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 9
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568556

Attend this 4-course beer pairing dinner for just $65, featuring all IPA’s for your palate-cleansing pleasure. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals Free Show on Melrose @ Fairfax High School
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 10
Fairfax High School, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551901058368082/

The Vandals will perform at a FREE show in Los Angeles this Wednesday afternoon.

Left Hand Brewing Pint Nite @ Restauration
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 10
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/115324342134649/

Left Hand Brewing makes their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, which include Restauration in Long Beach. Stop on by this Wednesday night for a pint, and keep the glass too!

Lower Class Brats: California Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10, The Garage, Ventura http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5750785
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, June 11, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/202616
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 12, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806573-zero-boys-lower-class-brats-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/zero-boys-tba/
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/lowerclassbrats

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform shows daily this week throughout California. Every show has a different ticket price and age limit, so check with the venue for more details.

Avery 22nd Anniversary @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/929680337090292/

Avery Brewing celebrates 22 years in business this week, and Select Beer Store will have plenty of Avery beers to go around this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

Business & Beer @ King Harbor Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/890161777708574/

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 King Harbor Brewing in Redondo 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, June 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

39th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12-14
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 12
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 14
The Forum, Inglewood
http://www.sanrio.com/hkfestival/

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this extravaganza of a Hello Kitty event going on all weekend at The Forum in Inglewood. Various sessions take place of this event that last three hours or four hours for general or VIP admission, respectively. General admission costs $43.50 while VIP admission costs between $130 to $255 depending on the VIP package.

2015 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival (FINAL show in Long Beach)
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
11:00 am – 1:00 am, June 13
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeach.ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend for the show’s FINAL year in Long Beach until they move to Nashville. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $42.50 per day, or $80 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

Left Hand Brewing LA Launch Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/811496895623972/

Left Hand Brewing makes their debut in Southern California this week, and Select Beer Store will have some of their brews on tap to celebrate. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 13
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium this Saturday 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 $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Nuke The Fridge’s Cosplay Con 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422347528079365/

Hundreds of cosplayers will gather at this FREE cosplay meet-up at Frank & Son’s in Rowland Heights this Saturday.

30th Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 13
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fastivus 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Saturday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.

Ultimate Dog Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Columbia Park, Torrance
http://ultimatedog.net/

Enjoy a canine day where you can bring out your dog for fun in the at this all-ages event. For $10 admission, find all sorts of vendors and services for your dog, inquire about adopting a dog, and discover many more activities that you and your dog can participate in.

6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 13
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $32 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Cosplay Con 2015
11:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Hyatt Century City Plaza, Century City
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $20 for general admission, $15 for cosplayers, or $10 for children and students.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Oceanside Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 13
Pier Plaza Amphitheater, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-oceanside-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Long Beach Cocktail Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beachs-craft-cocktail-festival-tickets-16680410557

Enjoy craft cocktails by mixologists from over 14 of Long Beach’s finest bars. General admission costs $20 but does not includes drinks. VIP admission costs $100, includes drinks, and also provides access to an indoor lounge, plus other giveaways. No one under 21 may attend.

Santa Monica Grand Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13-14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://santamonicagrandtasting.com/

Taste fine foods at this culinary adventure as you sample creations from some of LA’s top chefs. General admission costs $100 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Poison Idea @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/817779-poison-idea-los-angeles/

Get your punk rock on at this show in Silverlake this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

3rd Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 14
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616411761927967/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this fundraising event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon.

H2O @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/H2O

East coast hardcore punk band H2O will headline a show in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

UK Subs @ Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2359

See legendary punk band UK Subs live in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $18. No one under 21 may enter.

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The Dead Kennedys performing Holiday In Cambodia at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

The Dead Kennedys performing California Über Alles at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

The 2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival wrapped up at the Queen Mary this past weekend. This weekend-long festival celebrates alternative and pin-up culture with tattoos, custom cars, models, and endless loud rock music. As the weekend’s most anticipated day of the music lineup, numerous attendees decided to don their best band shirt or other band paraphernalia. Many of them had not heard of the unwritten rule of not wearing the band’s shirt to their show. Anyways, I digress – back to Ink-N-Iron.

In addition to the main attractions of the music, tattoos, and cars, Ink-N-Iron featured many other activities to keep guests occupied all day. The entrance placed guests immediately in Vendor Village, filled with lots of music memorabilia, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more. Continuing forward from here placed guests between the Tiki Drive-In Stage and the Motorama dome, filled with more cars to gaze at. The wide area in front of the dome held more cars as well.

More cars parked on the grass in front of the Tiki Drive-In stage.

Attendees could walk into the dome for the grand Motorama central. In here, attendees could stroll down aisles with custom cars on both sides.

All the tattooing took place inside the Queen Mary’s promenade area. Vendor booths filled the entire room among all three floors, including some of the side areas. This area appeared more organized than previous years largely in part to most of the vendors that only operated on appointments that attendees booked weeks to months in advance. While some of the artists allowed walk-ups, attendees already knew that getting inked would require a previous appointment.

One of the side rooms featured a model that artists could sketch:

Of course, all the attendees would not pay the hefty ticket fee for simply cars and tattoos – they paid to see the live music. With a fully stocked weekend lineup, music fans would appreciate all of the three nights with lots of major bands like Sublime, NOFX, Offspring, and more. I attended only on Saturday and arrived in the late afternoon, so I first got to see The Dwarves. Best recognized for their sexually explicit album covers, The Dwarves has carved out a show presence that one could call Rated R, in a similar manner to how Guttermouth shows gained notoriety with the crowd spitting endlessly. If any true fans of The Dwarves showed up to Ink-N-Iron, they toned down their behavior a lot, as the crowd remained fairly tame – even the circle pit appeared controlled. The Dwarves played a continuous set, with no real breaks between songs, which included the single I Will Deny. They abruptly ended their set once 30 minutes had elapsed, continuing the notion of no breaks nor speaking to the audience between songs.

Rumors of Jello Biafra returning for this performance by the Dead Kennedys had circulated around ever since his cameo at Coachella this year. Alas, no sign of Jello ever appeared during the Dead Kennedys set. Entering the stage to a wild and packed audience, the Dead Kennedys played all of their hits, from Holiday in Cambodia to California Über Alles to Chemical Warfare to Police Truck and more. Without Jello, this felt more like listening to a Dead Kennedys cover band, much like how Pennywise sounded at last year’s Ink-N-Iron with Zoli Téglás on vocals. Regardless, the Dead Kennedys still delivered a killer show, with plenty of moshing and crowd surfing about.

Reuniting after an 8-year hiatus, Rocket From The Crypt made their way onto the stage in brilliant stage lights. Lead vocalist Speedo made an introduction prior to starting the set, reminding us all about the band members’ characters and personalities. Those not familiar with Speedo may think he dabbled with some marijuana prior to the set, but I assure you that he purposely acts the way he does. As they had a one-hour set, Rocket From The Crypt played all of their hit songs throughout their history, from their first album all the way through Live From Camp X-Ray. They intended to keep playing after an hour, but the sound crew unexpectedly cut them off mid-song. Technically, Rocket From the Crypt just played an extremely stretched out instrumental section, leaving the crowd to wonder what would have occurred if the sound crew allowed Rocket From The Crypt to continue playing.

At last, the band everyone paid to see – Iggy & The Stooges – burst onto the stage to a see of screaming fans. They opened their set with Raw Power, a fitting first song to get the crowd ripping and roaring. In typically Iggy Pop fashion, all throughout the set, Iggy sang and danced in a spastic yet sexually-suggestive manner, provoking all the women to scream in desire. The band played all of their popular songs, such as Search & Destroy and I Wanna Be Your Dog. They eventually got to Fun House, where similarly to Pennywise’s Bro Hymn, a handful of audience members climbed up onto the stage to dance with the band. The set lasted a good hour and a half, which started 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. No one minded the late start, not even the mosh pit that formed during the set and lasted the entire time.

Did you miss Ink-N-Iron? With the price to attend increasing annually, Ink-N-Iron may turn into somewhat of an alternative version of Coachella. In fact, sooner or later, Ink-N-Iron may even occur on two consecutive weekends! Some of this year’s attendees have voiced their opinion, stating that they will not return if prices continue to rise as they have risen the past few years. At this point, admission mainly covers the cost to see the bands performing. Next year’s lineup will greatly determine if the bands selected to play merit the price increase. Keep your eyes open for some more music festivals coming up later this year, such as FYF Fest and Riot Fest. Orange County sees three local punk rock shows this Saturday night, including one with Agent Orange – check my weekly Upcoming Events post for more details!

The 2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival returns to the Queen Mary this weekend for its annual installment. This massive three-day festival covers all aspects for alternative personalities, with plenty of live music filled with amazing talent enough to blow anyone’s minds out of the gutter. True to its name, guests will find hundreds of tattoo artists from around the world in the Tattoo Hall, and no one will judge for taking time to choose an artist wisely. Ink-N-Iron will also refund $20 off your ticket price if you get a tattoo here, so go nuts with your ink! Guests can also gaze at the hundreds of select hot rods, kustoms, and motorcycles in the dome, all pre-1969. Other forms of entertainment include cabaret shows, burlesque shows, pole dancing, aerial acrobatics, art exhibits, pin-up models, tattoo contests, vintage merchandise vendors, movies, and more. Unlike last year, the pin-up pageant will not occur on stage this year; instead, the Top 4 will introduce bands and host shows all weekend. General admission costs $60 per day presale, or $180 for all three days.

If you plan to commute to Ink-N-Iron, prepare to shell out some cash for parking or transportation. Parking at the Queen Mary has cost $15 per vehicle in the past, and this lot fills up within an hour or two after the gates open. Guests should opt to park somewhere near Downtown Long Beach, and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary. Keep in mind that public transportation ends service around midnight, so if you leave the fest around that time or later, start searching for alternate methods of transportation, such as a taxi. Speaking of which, consider splitting a taxi ride with other people going to the same area. The Belmont Shore area, in addition to having bars open until 2am, contains many neighborhood streets with free parking, and costs about $20 for a taxi ride – split that among four people and pay about $5 per person. Alternatively, ride a bike – the Queen Mary provides complimentary bike racks for use.

Some other preparation tips to make your journey as pleasant as possible:

  • If you arrive in the early afternoon, apply sunscreen prior to arriving, as this fest takes place mostly outdoors. If you do not plan to style your hair, consider wearing a hat. The weather remains relatively warm at night, so do not worry about getting cold at night.
  • Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards.
  • Do NOT wear studs or spikes. The website says that they allow studs; however, security did not allow anyone with studs to enter last year.
  • Planning to drink? Remember to bring your photo ID then!
  • If you only have a one-day ticket, do not plan to leave the fest early only to return later, as they will only allow reentries for guests with two or three day passes.
  • Eat well before arriving, and stay hydrated during the entire festival.

Check out the weekend’s schedule of talent:

Unfortunately some bands could not make it to the show, including Bad Brains. Plan your trip accordingly, as you may not even need to arrive so early in the day depending on the bands you wish to see.

Scroll down for see pictures from last year’s Ink-N-Iron Fest, featuring the bands T.S.O.L., Suicidal Tendencies, The Slackers, The Adolescents, The Vandals, The Misfits, Punk Rock Karaoke, Face To Face, and Pennywise.

Ink-N-Iron traditionally features a pin-up pageant, where judges select the face of Ink-N-Iron for the following year. Last year, they held the coronation on-stage. This year, the judging has already occurred, and the Top 4 contestants will instead introduce bands and host shows. Take a gander at how the pageant went down last year:

I originally planned to purchase a weekend pass, but the removal of Bad Brains and the removal of a discount for returning guests has discouraged me enough that I will go only on Saturday. For a weekend with lots of events already occurring, I suggest carefully planning out your weekend so you can best capture the experience of anything you plan to do or go to.

Formation Flight Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2472

For $25, enjoy a night of gourmet ice cream pairings with Hangar 24 beers. The website says June 3rd, but since that already sold out, they added another night, the 4th. Contact the tasting room to buy tickets or inquire more info.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5-6
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue?id=65137

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 6-8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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

2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $60 per day, or $180 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

2013 Jubilee Music & Arts Festival
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
http://jubileemusicfest.com/

Check out this 2-day festival full of local artists, musicians, authors, comedians, and more in Downtown LA. In addition to the all-day live entertainment, attendees will find food trucks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more at this all-ages festival. Tickets cost $30 per day, or $50 for both days. If you plan to arrive early, prepare yourself for standing outdoors for a long time – hat, sunscreen, etc.

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

The Ultimate LA Block Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://celebratela2013.com/

Have some fun in the park this Friday night. This free and all-ages event celebrates Los Angeles’ heritage with food, music, art, games, celebrity appearances, and more.

Free Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/290308897771280/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. Playing in order: Criminology, Shindig Avenue, Rodents of Unusual Size, Civil Disgust, and Dirty Hammer. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/171335703027453/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

2013 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 8
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

2013 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 8-9
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.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20.

26th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 8-9
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

5th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 8
The World Famous Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for the low entry price of $25 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. This small beer fest only has about 50 tickets left at the time I write this, so act quick!

38 Degrees Ale House 4th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/559526597421446/

To celebrate turning four, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

8th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $65. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://100eats.com/store/beergarden/

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, drinks, and first dibs at purchasing tickets to PigOut 2.0.

Full Eight Fest
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Lots of punk rock and ska/core bands will play at this all-day all-ages show at The Vex in Los Angeles. Two stages will alternate bands to eliminate dead time, while guests can check out art and vendors. The venue will sell food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over. Tickets to this show cost $20. Keep in mind that the venue does not allow reentries, so do not plan to leave without paying the ticket fee again.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Punk Rock Show @ La Habra 300 Bowl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/159360304235542/

See local bands rock it out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 9
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65. With construction going on in Griffith Park, parking will get tight – consult the website for alternative parking choices.

OC Weekly Summer Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summer2013/

Enjoy a day in the sun with live music, merchandise, contests, games, prizes, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs only $10, while VIP costs $50 and includes special preview hours. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of the Nation – Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 9
Media Park, Culver City
http://ce.strength.org/losangeles

Sample culinary creations from over 30 of Los Angeles’ greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $110, while VIP costs $160, which the website does not indicate what benefits the VIP admission comes with. Attendees can find nearby parking structures designated for this event, though the website does not specify any parking fee.

T.S.O.L. in Baldwin Park
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/453596208057502/

See punk rock legend T.S.O.L. headline a show in Baldwin Park along with The Grim, The Stains, Experiment Perilous, Baldwin Park Disasters, Underground Alliance, Sgv Infected, The Rejected, No Priority, and The 405 Pile Up. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Yesterday, the folks over at the Ink-N-Iron Festival announced the full music lineup for their 2013 festival that takes place in June. Boy have they outdone themselves this year. Similar to how music fans swear by Coachella’s 2012 lineup, nobody can honestly scoff at Ink-N-Iron 2013. On Friday, Sublime w/ Rome will draw massive crowds, but punk rock fans will not want to miss Bad Brains. Saturday will draw the largest crowds, as Iggy Pop & the Stooges headline Saturday night. Other terrific punk bands to grace the stage that night include Rocket From The Crypt, Dead Kennedys, and The Dwarves. Sunday looks no lesser than the previous nights, as Offspring headline, and NOFX also play that day.

Besides all the amazing bands playing, Ink-N-Iron has tons to see. As an all-ages tattoo & car expo, tattoo artists from around the world will gather this weekend to showcase their work and to ink up willing guests. Guests may also exhibit hundreds of custom cars, with a few opportunities to hop inside. In & around the Queen Mary, guests may spectate a cabaret show, a burlesque show, pole dancing, aerial acrobatics, art exhibits, pin-up pageants, tattoo contests, vintage merchandise vendors, movies, and more activities & entertainment. Tickets have already gone on sale at the early bird price, so do not hesitate to purchase tickets and get that weekend off from whatever else you may have planned.

In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the 2011 Ink-N-Iron Fest, featuring Anti-Flag and The Buzzcocks:

The Vandals performing I’ve Got An Ape Drape at the 2012 Ink-N-Iron Fest at The Queen Mary. Filmed on June 9, 2012.

Pennywise performing Bro Hymn Tribute at the 2012 Ink-N-Iron Fest at The Queen Mary. Filmed on June 10, 2012.