Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

The Sounds @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 23
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-sounds

Swedish indie rock band The Sounds returns to Southern California this week. While their Los Angeles show has sold out already, you can still purchase tickets to the all-ages Orange County show this Wednesday night for $25.

Sausage Fest & Belgium Beer Pint Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/416570478466229/

Pair sausages made with exotic meats with delicious Belgian beers this Thursday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. No reservations required – simply arrive, grab a table, and order away.

Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, and H2O @ The Observatory
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/alk3-nfg

These three bands will start a tour this week, which rolls through Southern California this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Streetlight Manifesto @ House of Blues
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82123
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81921

See Streetlight Manifesto at two different locations this week in Southern California. Tickets to both all-ages shows cost $20 presale, while costing a few extra dollars if purchasing at the door.

Mad Caddies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mad-caddies

Catch a ska show this Thursday night with the Mad Caddies at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Taste of Japan
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/event/taste-japan

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

5th Annual Hoptoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/497818267000593/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beautiful Transylvania
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26
San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel
http://www.facebook.com/events/553815481347386/

Catch a Halloween-themed all-ages art show this Saturday afternoon in San Gabriel. Admission only costs $5.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This all-day zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this Saturday. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

BierBuzz Masquerade 2013
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
Luna Supper Club, Pomona
http://www.bierbuzz.com/events/3-bierbuzz-masquerade-2013/event_details.html

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at this costumed beer fest. General admission costs $35 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 5pm. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Taste of India
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Neighborhood Community Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.aidla-events.org/swaad/

Sample Indian food all night at this tasting event. Admission costs $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Raise The Woof – Haunted Dog House Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Pasadena Senior Center, Pasadena
http://angelsinfurdogrescue.com/

Bring your dog out to this Halloween variety show this Saturday night in Pasadena. This event will feature comedians, actors, musicians, and more in hopes of raising money for their charity. Admission costs $25 per individual, $35 per couple, and $45 per family of four.

Surf City Beach Derby
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 27
Huntington Beach Pier
http://www.beachderby.com/

Not your typical race! This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 2K & 5K obstacle course, half marathon scramble, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

13th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 27
Marina Vista, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show last year! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

1st Annual Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightout.com/events/lasrirachafestival

Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $49, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

Ska Costume Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 27
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/384121-ska-costume-party-los-angeles/

Wear your best costume and get your skanking on this Sunday night, as Raskahuele headlines this show with The Originalites and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/ai1ec_event/taste-of-arcadia-sept-17/?instance_id=10684

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, or pay $60 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

21st Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

As a bonus, anyone who dons a full pirate outfit to any participating Krispy Kreme will receive a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts!

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all locations
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=42

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

Cerritos Taste of the Region
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 20
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://cerritos.org/chamber/about-the-chamber/programs-events/taste-of-the-region-business-expo

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay a low flat fee, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Last year’s participating restaurants:

LA Beer Week
September 20-30
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate.

Big Orange Book Festival
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22
Chapman University, Orange
http://bigorangebookfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 23
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, Unit F @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dead-kennedys

The Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, and Unit F play a show this Friday at The Observatory in Santa Ana. This all-ages show costs $25. To Dead Kennedys fans, Jello has other priorities, and will not play with the band.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 21-23
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/446096902078260/

This three-night event filled with live music, art, NUDE BODY painting, and of course, chocolate will take over the KGB Studios in Los Angeles across from LA State Historic Park. For just a $10 cover, attendees will get to see over 150 artists, photographers, designers, body painters, and more. Live DJ’s will keep the venue loud and pumping, while you snack away at chocolate. Because of its location by the park, attendees can park for free on the street.

13th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing. [sic]

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.ocfestofales.com/

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/DrinkGoodBeerMashUpHomebrewCompetition

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for September 2, presale tickets still sell for $25, while tickets will sell for $30 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition.

2012 Better Weather Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/341720145915669/

Golden Road Brewery will host their own beer fest this Saturday (just like everyone else). Presale tickets purchased before September 20 cost $30, then tickets cost $40 afterwards. Admission comes with five 6oz pours – additional pours cost $3 each. Attendees get treated to numerous breweries & beers, brewery tours, food trucks, live music, gifts & goodie bags, and more. Attendees can park on the streets surrounding the brewery.

Septemberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 22
Santa Monica Pier
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest/

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

10th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

Autumn Lights
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/autumnlights.html

Anyone who has gone to the Downtown LA Artwalk will see similarities in Autumn Lights. This light show makes its annual return to Pershing Square this Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, lights turn on at 6pm, revealing “some very large scale sculptural light installations, interactive light and performances, life black light paintings, photo booth, and other visually interesting work.” If you like going to the Downtown LA Artwalk, you do not want to miss this.

2012 Zam Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
University High School, West Los Angeles
http://www.zamfest.com/

Moving from Long Beach to Los Angeles this year, this arts & music festivals caters to children. Zam Fest features a plethora of activities for kids, such as art, baking, acting, sports, dance, music, crafting, and more. Some activities cost nothing, while others cost tickets, of which the website lists the prices.

2012 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/101430326675498/

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

The International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. $20-25 gets you all-you-can-eat chocolate.

The Mitsuwa Summer Festival is going on at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This FREE festival is open to all ages and exhibits what Japanese culture is about. The festival area has games, vendors, lots of food & drinks, and a stage for performances and more games.

The stage’s schedule:

What really caught me by surprise was the consistent low prices on all goods. All merchandise appeared priced as normal, and the food was way cheaper than other fairs would have. Some examples include fruit-infused tea for only $1 a bottle, green tea soft serve ice cream for $2, and okonomiyaki for only $5.

Some more pictures from the festival:

The aforementioned green tea soft serve ice cream definitely claimed its $2 price, albeit the portion was ridiculously small.

Even after the festival is over, definitely invest some time to visit a Mitsuwa Marketplace soon, as you will find many new and interesting items. I enjoyed not only seeing what the festival featured, but also walking around inside the building. Besides the Torrance location, the only other location I have been to is Costa Mesa. Check out their event calendar too – you may find another similar event coming soon that you can attend.