Posts Tagged ‘Jello Biafra’

6th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/6th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-4th/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

First Tuesdays Tap Takeover: Bottle Logic
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/685025194973562/

Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita has a feature tap takeover every first Tuesday of the month. This month, they will feature Bottle Logic on tap. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or more.

Stone Pilot Series: Experimental IPA Taste Test
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 6
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1107186412637100/

Stone Brewing has some experimental IPA’s going on, and Far Bar will have two of them, #2 and #3. You get to help decide the customer favorite. Participants will get a taster of each first, then get a pint of their favorite. Whichever brew sells the most at the end of the day wins.

Brewballers Bottle Share
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6
The Brew & Meatball Co., Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/576171029212075/

Got an interesting beer that you would like to share? Bring at least 750mL of beer, your own glass, and $10, and you can enjoy all the wonderful beers that everyone else will bring.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 7-9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 7
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Spring Cider Slam with 2 Towns Ciderhouse
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/spring-cider-slam-with-2-towns-ciderhouse/

Enjoy some spring seasonal ciders in Long Beach this Thursday evening. Enjoy them individually, or try all four as a flight. This event has no cover charge.

4th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 7-9
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to three nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Individual shows cost $10 to $15, while a pass for a full day costs $25. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Lucidity Festival 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 8-10
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2016.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

2016 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Jello Biafra DJ Set
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1730562247155489/

Enjoy a night of punk rock music this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Skarnales Boss Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243090

Rock out to local punk/ska bands this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

5th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 9
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 9
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

42nd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 9
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

ArtFest 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 9-10
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 9
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

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

21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

5th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2016 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 22nd this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

San Diego BBQ Fest 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 9
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://eliteeventssd.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of food and craft beer in San Diego this Saturday. Admission comes in three tiers ($25, $40, and $75), and each provides a different amount of perks, from unlimited food and beer to just admission only. If you get any of the two lower admissions, bring cash to pay for food.

5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

KROQ Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Party with hundreds of other people this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. The $5 admission gets you access to food trucks, lawn games, live music, horse racing, and the beer garden. Bring plenty of cash to pay for food and beer. Upgrade to the $30 VIP admission for backstage access, two drink scrips, a souvenir hat, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $55, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Innovation Brew Works One Year Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/

This young Pomona microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary party at their tasting room this Saturday. Admission ranges from $10 to $30, and each type of admission will provide varying levels of beer and other goodies. Check their website linked above for a full breakdown of what each level of admission gets.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Bane: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 9, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1071657-bane-final-los-angeles-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/bane
http://www.banecentral.com/

Hardcore band Bane currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) @ The Frida Cinema
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, April 9
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/tmnt/

Come watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Attendees will also get treated to pizza, trivia, prizesm giveaways, photo opportunities with the characters, and more. Admission costs $17, or add $1 more to receive a Foot Clan headband.

Mad Parade @ Cafe NELA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/931104043647949/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

Bubble Run Irvine
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/irvine-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

10th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

6th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/session

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Sunday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

Peelander-Z @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1098379-peelander-z-long-beach/

Enjoy a night of punk and ska this Sunday at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

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Left Coast Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory Gastrobar
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/438397969677256/

San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach this Wednesday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

Epik Vibes – Halloween Punk Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/909723659101894/

Rock out to some local punk bands for FREE this Wednesday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Chef Showdown
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.ccssd.org/event/chefshowdown2015/

Admission to this glorious food event costs $250 and allows you to witness ten of San Diego’s finest chefs complete in five different food competitions.

Escape From Cursed Forest
October 29 – November 1
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://realescapegame.com/ecf/

Real Escape Game returns to Southern California this week with Escape From Cursed Forest. Use your brains and wits to solve the mystery of the forest and escape its clutches. Each game lasts about 90 minutes, with sessions taking place throughout the day Thursday through Sunday. Registration cost $27, and participants should form teams of six.

Metalocalypse NOW
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 29
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/846958952068440/

Creator and star of Metalocalypse Brendan Small will make a special guest appearance at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Thursday night for autographs, photos, and a meet & greet. Grill ‘Em All will also have a special Metalocalypse burger exclusively on this day.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 1
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://comikazeexpo.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Good Beer Company’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://thegoodbeerco.com/

Good Beer Company turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a light celebration at their tasting room in Santa Ana this Friday night. Free to attend, Good Beer Company will have some new beers on tap, as well as some new bottles to take home.

25th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 30
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Friday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Howl-oween Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 30
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/887034381374667/

Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween festival at the park in Long Beach this Friday night. Admission costs $5, and visitors will find live animals, music, food, arts & crafts, and more Halloween fun.

Octoberflame VII
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30-31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these two all-ages sold-out shows this weekend at The Observatory in Santa Ana. While tickets sold out months ago, you may still find some after-market tickets around.

Curse Of The Tiki 2
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, October 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/132467397107759/

Enjoy a variety show this Friday night at Don The Beachcomber in Sunset Beach. Visitors will find freak show acts, punk rock music, costume contests, magic acts, burlesque dancers, and more. Admission to this event costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, October 30-31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Friday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940489-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/
Saturday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940495-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/

The legendary Jello Biafra will headline two shows at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this weekend. Tickets to these shows cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls 1st Annual “Halloween Monster Mash”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/954674441278144/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline a Halloween’s Eve show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets for this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 31 – November 1
Los Angeles, Long Beach
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/

Punk band D.R.I. completes their Southern California tour this week, with a show in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Check the website for a full list of shows.

X1039’s Blind Date Beerfest
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 31
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.x1039.com/

Contrary to the event name, the “Blind Date” refers to the mystery bands that will perform at this beer tasting event in Riverside this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this event costs $45 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and includes a front-of-line pass for beers plus an exclusive musical performance in the VIP hour. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

15th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 31
Marina Vista Park, 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! 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.

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/599206523550461/

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Doll Hut Halloween Bash
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1115925071755861/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show with a costume contest this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dia De Los Muertos 2015
November 1

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

1st Annual SoCal VegFest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food fair takes place this Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services.

Beachwood Blendery Bottle Release
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 1
Beachwood Blendery, Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Say hello to one of the first blenderies, the sister of microbreweries, to open in the greater Los Angeles area. Beachwood Blendery will release their first bottles to the public starting this Sunday from their location in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by and check out the next big craze in the craft beer industry.

Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque: Dia De Los Muertos Extravaganza
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will put on a special Dia De Los Muertos tribute burlesque show this Sunday evening in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine performing California Über Alles at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on April 17, 2013.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 30 – April 5
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/732408876798896/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 3
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

MONKEY @ Dipiazzas
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/743017295728991/

Enjoy an all-ages ska show featuring local bands this Thursday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area.

Dead Anthem Records Hardcore Punk Night
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/532822710166703/

Hardcore punk takes over The Airliner northeast of Los Angeles this Thursday night. Get into this show for only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

2014 Formula Drift
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/pro-championship/long-beach.php

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 4
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 Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/166505

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.

The Co-Dependents @ The Juke Joint
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 4
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/639456126123528/

Catch Orange County legends The Co-Dependents as they headline a FREE show this Friday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

2nd Annual Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 5
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest
http://slaters5050.com/backyard-brewfest/

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 25 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

2014 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 5
Worldwide
http://2014.pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

2nd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, April 4
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $115 and allows entry at 3pm.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 5
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncasked-a-neighborhood-craft-beer-fest-tickets-10827737053

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/584206

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

Rodents of Unusual Size 10-Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226545214199258/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut this Saturday night with some fun local bands. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Psychobilly Night @ O’Hearn’s in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 5
O’Hearn’s Pub, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/592948677467676/

Catch some local psychobilly bands this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, April 5
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/164104

Punk rock icon Jello Biafra will headline a show with his band this Saturday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking.

8th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 6
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Mustard Plug, Left Alone, and More @ Dipiazzas
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2062&year=2014&month=4&day=6&Itemid=26

Ska-punk icons Mustard Plug and Left Alone will headline this packed show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door.

5th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 1-10
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Escape From The Werewolf Village
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 4-6
iam8bit, Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/regla01/

This live puzzle event sees teams of up to six attempting to solve riddles and puzzles to escape from a village with hidden werewolves. Sessions will occur from 7:00-8:30, and 9:30-11:00. Admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the door. Arrive early to receive priority in choosing teams. Although an all-ages event, consider bringing adults with the knowledge necessary to crack the puzzles.

Subhumans @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/337681-subhumans-pomona/

Catch old school UK punk band Subhumans headlining a show this Tuesday in Pomona, along with Reagan Youth, ACxDC, and 13 Scars. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Guests can find free parking in select lots in Downtown Pomona, so search around and read the signs carefully.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/156920637852293/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in Hemet
6:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 8
The Wheelhouse, Hemet
http://www.facebook.com/events/640254359317944/

An epic night of punk rock hits Hemet this Friday night. Get into this all-ages show for $12 presale or $15 at the door.

The Generators @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8
Loaded Hollywood, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/498545050243809/

The Generators headline a local show this Friday night in Hollywood. Admission to this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Monrovia French Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 9
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Monrovia
http://thefrenchmarket.info/

Check out this outdoor French-themed market this Saturday. Set up like a farmer’s market, visitors can find plenty of French goods and products for sale.

2013 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This one-day event takes place this Saturday in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

17th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 9
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

San Diego Brewery Tour
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 9
San Diego County
http://www.facebook.com/events/496678637106820/

Join me this Saturday as I go on a tour of San Diego breweries in celebration of San Diego Beer Week. The tour contains over 30 possible locations all over San Diego County, but given the short time frame, we cannot visit every location in a day, so we will visit whatever locations sound good on a whim. Please RSVP via the Facebook page if you would like to join in on this tour.

2013 Wine Riot LA
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 9
Majestic Halls, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secondglass.com/event-categories/wineriot/los-angeles-2013/

Love wine, or want to get into wine? Wine Riot covers the entire spectrum of wine and people, from the newcomers to the experienced. Just like how a beer fest allows guests to sample different types of beer, Wine Riot allows guests to sample different types of wines from all around the world. Wine experts will deliver seminars for both consumers and those in the industry. Live DJ’s, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more will adorn the venue space. Wine Riot occurs in two sessions: 1pm-5pm, and 7pm-11pm. Tickets currently cost $50 per person. Prepare to either pay for parking or arrive via public transportation.

L’art Pour L’art – L.A. Be Mine
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 9
The Holding Co., Westlake, Los Angeles
http://www.artforartmixer.com/

Check out the best of local art in LA at this mixer this Saturday night. Attendees will find live music, fine art, comical illustrations, sculptures, photography, a unique interactive art installation, and an open bar, complete with complimentary snacks, beer, and wine. Tickets cost $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

The Casualties, Negative Approach, and MDC
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 9, Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/373467-gitbam-casualties-negative-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 10, Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-casualties-negative-approach

Some major punk rock names storm Southern California this weekend, as The Casualties tour through two locations this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages show cost $25 for the Saturday show in Los Angeles, and $15 for the Sunday show in Orange County.

Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 9
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/150842

Original Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra returns to Alex’s Bar this Saturday night to headline this show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. Guests should park up Orizaba Avenue or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 10
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$60 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Guttermouth and Angry Samoans in Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 10
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/726191807410862/

Long Beach gets a mad dosage of punk rock this weekend with Guttermouth and Angry Samoans playing at this same show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15, but you can find cheaper tickets by directly contacting some of the opening bands. Guests can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

Reagan Youth @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 10
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/380113-gitbam-reagan-youth-los-angeles/

Reagan Youth headlines a show this Sunday night along with the legendary Union 13. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

Punk rock icon Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine headlined a show last Wednesday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. As one of the pioneers of punk rock, Jello Biafra’s presence attracted a large and diverse crowd. One could spot guests as young as 21 and as old as 70 in this crowd. Jello’s political views also managed to draw in non-punk rock listeners just to listen to his musings between songs. But before we could get to Jello, three other local bands opened up the night with their sets.

Kicking off the night, White Murder entertained the crowd with their dueling female singers. Their sound did not resemble typical punk rock; rather, their music carried a hard yet indie sound to it. Imagine a cross between Bikini Kill and Sahara Hotnights to better understand White Murder’s sound. Whereas one singer in a band typically carries the melody, with White Murder, both vocalists sang different parts to create harmony in their songs. Fans of indie rock will definitely want to check out White Murder soon to discover something great.

Up next, Death Hymn Number 9 clamored to the stage with their strange and unique set. Appearing as zombies or ghouls, these guys come off as a total surprise during the show. Upon initial appearance, the guitarist remained seated during the entire performance, a rarity in the punk rock industry. The vocalist and bassist liked to spend time down on the floor with the crowd, screaming and moving with the sway of the crowd. Speaking of screaming, their music style did not match any preconceived notions of guests not familiar with the band. Once the vocalist let loose, all guests received an earful of thrash punk core music. They did not stop to humor the guests between songs – they kept the fast pace up the entire time. If not for the headliner, Death Hymn Number 9 wins for most entertaining act of the night.

Ominous winds blow about as the hour for Jello Biafra neared. Once the dust settled, Spindrift waltzed through the fog. This psychedelic rock band played 95% instrumentals and 5% vocals, sticking with their western theme throughout the set. As a break from a punk rock night, the music mainly flowed slowly, as if telling a story with music. One could certainly envision hearing this type of music around a campfire while telling ghost stories. However, the slowness of the music plus the fact that they did not pause between songs made their set feel dragging. Their set also lasted 40 minutes, twice as long as the prior two bands, which only played for 20 minutes each. I understand that the second-to-last band gets more time than openers, but when a band does not match the genre of the rest of the bands, they cannot stay on stage as long as they did.

Jello Biafra did not hide anything prior to his set. Once the band had finished setting up, they took their respective spots, while Jello decided to warm up outside the bar. All fans eagerly awaited as Jello fired himself up for his lengthy set. Jello needed all the energy he could muster, as he rarely took any dead time during the set. Whenever given a chance, such as between songs or during instrumental sections in songs, Jello would go into some sort of ranting about politics. In fact, during California Über Alles, Jello stretched the middle bridge section to a few minutes just to rant about the corruption in government. The crowd initially received Jello very well, remaining in place while jamming to the music. By a few songs into the set, the crowd finally woke up and started the pit… a delayed reaction, perhaps. This relentless energy kept up all the way to the end of the set, but everyone could tell that the band would return for an encore. Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine returned for a two-song encore, where they played a new song, then ended the night with Holiday In Cambodia. Coincidentally, Cambodian New Year had just ended a day prior.

Any fan of punk rock simply must watch Jello Biafra perform live. Jello made a surprise appearance with the Dead Kennedys at Coachella this year, but how many times can he truly appear with them now? You can catch the Dead Kennedys at Ink-N-Iron this June, but no one knows if the set will include a special cameo by Jello. Plenty more great punk rock shows will take place in the upcoming weeks, so bookmark this blog and check back every week for upcoming events in Southern California.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/125300704328632/

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma2013

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/355125444607668/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/132118

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://chinatownla.ticketbud.com/dimsumcrawl

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/351104

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/296807210448572/

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://www.artneedsfreedom.com/pda/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/l-a-taco-and-grand-park-present-taco-madness/

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomusicfoundation.org/beerfest/home.html

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/628303773849726/

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.stopcancer.org/Main/default/EventsDetail.aspx?id=58#.URS9d7aTQ7A

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 21 and April 26, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://countryboil.bpt.me/

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego
http://www.dlhfoundation.org/?PageID=WineChocolate

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.

Indulge LA & Sugar Lounge
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 29
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/
http://www.sugarlounge.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. The $45 admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass. In addition, guests 21 and up may also purchase a ticket to Sugar Lounge for $30, where they can enjoy beers, bourbon, more food, more sweet treats, an ice luge, and sultry burlesque dancers. VIP Hour begins at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm. The Olympic Collection charges for its own parking, which ranges from $5 to $10. I advise against parking in the neighborhood, which requires a permit that only locals carry.

Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and Tijuana Panthers @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=75718

Come see The Reverend Horton Heat and the legendary Jello Biafra perform a show this Saturday night. Tickets cost $25 presale, and $27.50 at the door.

29th Annual Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

Ska Luau III
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=77495

Time to skank! This Sunday night, get all ska’d out with Starpool with Code Name Rocky, Paul Schiada of the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe, The B-Sharps, and The Skank Agents. Tickets cost $12.50 presale and $15 at the door.