Posts Tagged ‘July 2015’

Not one to shy away from anything food-related (and free), I decided to visit the 2nd Annual Vegan Faire at Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim this past Saturday afternoon. Hosted by The Healthy Junk, this free and all-ages outdoor event brought the vegan community together for a day of vegan eats, vegan drinks, music, activities, and more. Visitors could snag samples of various things, especially drinks. Visitors could also view demos of crossfit, karate, and zumba. Other than that, this fair mainly set out to spread the vegan propaganda, what with the signs attempting to dispel myths about veganism. Non-vegan visitors would likely not find much to do here, other than try all the samples around. While a Vegan Faire has all the right tools to end up a successful hit, it falls short with lack of content.

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Corgi lovers and Corgi owners united this past Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach at the SoCal Corgi Nation‘s Summer Corgi Beach Day. At this free and all-ages event, thousands of passionate Corgi owners gathered for a fun & fur-filled day on the sandy dunes of Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach – it had to move from its original home of Huntington Beach due to the US Open of Surfing taking place in Huntington Beach at the same time. Over 600 Corgis appeared to play, mingle, and enjoy this special day for them. Activities primarily included an Instagram photo meet-up and a limbo contest. Other than that, the day consisted of mingling, chatting, and playing with all the cute pups.

Looking forward to the next Corgi Beach Day? Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24th, back in Huntington Beach. In the meantime, check out some of the photos from this past Saturday at the Summer Corgi Beach Day.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/810939248994910/

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

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

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/978341268865611/

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460147750971809/

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

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

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/stiff-little-fingers
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC2C51C30B0&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EBC35D46C85&oid=0

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/_the-aggrolites
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/the-aggrolites
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu http://www.facebook.com/events/1452202035079676/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-31st-fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202210274

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/934400023277394/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576875682601019/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://moshimoshi-nippon-la.com/

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1609913935917154/
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1617638718511055/

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/twisted

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570326229922320/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

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

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2015-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County got their very own Zine Fest this past Sunday afternoon. Taking place at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, this free and all-ages event featured dozens of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. To engage guests, some of the artists held demos and workshops at their tables, allowing attendees to take part in or observe live art. However, due to the limited space of the venue plus limited parking in the area, this event saw mainly ins & outs all day in regards to guests.

The OC Zine Fest makes occasional pop-ups at events throughout Orange County. Stay up to date with things going on with the OC Zine Fest by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter.

The 2015 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to it new location at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

A little bit of inclement weather will not bog down the fun people will have at the local city or state fair. Despite some inauspicious weather, the 2nd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw craft beer festival returned to the Orange County Fair & Event Center this past weekend. This weekend-long beer tasting event took place on the opening weekend of the 2015 OC Fair this past weekend, and covered a large span of the weekend with three different beer tasting sessions that each lasted four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw received UNLIMITED beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day. The actual Brew Hee Haw area did not contain much else to do besides get beer, as the small space only allowed for just drinking. A small stage allowed a DJ to set up, as well as host speakers to talk about beer and beer pairings. Attendees could still wander about the fair, but could not bring beer outside of the event area.

The OC Brew Ha Ha Productions crew has taken some of the cues from last year’s festival, and vastly improved it. Changes from last year include reducing the sessions from four to three, allowing unlimited beer tasters, and providing more space in the event area by eliminating unnecessary objects. Many of last year’s problems also got resolved by the start of the festival, either by Brew Ha Ha or by the OC Fair. Attendees parking at the free off-site parking structure took a shuttle that dropped them off right at the gate leading to the Brew Hee Haw. For attendees who entered through a different gate, signs all over the fair pointed out the directions to Brew Hee Haw. If anything, the only thing that rained on this parade involved the rain itself. Due to the rain, attendees did not go to the outdoor portion at the back of the event area, so everyone crammed inside, making for a tight event space. The attendees did not seem to mind this – if anything, it made people get closer and make new friends. I mean, just look at all these people – they look like they had a great time!

If you missed out on the Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its sixth installment on Saturday, September 12th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 80 breweries serving over 170 different beers. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.

LA Restaurant Week
July 13-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

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

Restauration One Year Anniversary Bluegrass Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 22
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655604981335677/

Long Beach’s Restauration turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a crawfish boil accompanied by bluegrass music. Reservations to this lovely dinner cost $30.

VidCon 2015
8:00 am – 12:00 am, July 23-25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration has sold out long ago, so bookmark this landmark event for next year.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 23
The London Hotel, West Hollywood
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $50.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Five Iron Frenzy: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/897873
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24-25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/MxPx-night-one

Punk band Five Iron Frenzy will headline three all-ages shows in Orange County this week. Each show’s ticket price varies, so click on a link for more details.

3rd Annual Bicycle Drive-In
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/

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

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 24
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/848191428606748/

Get your skanking on at this FREE ska show in the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 24
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.thekarmanbar.com/event/live-music-31/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Decry @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564133890529470/

Check out a local punk show in Northeast Los Angeles this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

34th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 25
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

Gladiator Rock’n Run – Orange County
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/register/7/25/2015

Test your might at this unforgiving outdoor 6K obstacle course this Saturday at Irvine Lake in Silverado. Registration costs $75 online or $100 on-site, and parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 25-26
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/sidewalk-sale/

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

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 25
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/418774744960459/

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.

HessFest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 25
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/mhb-anniv-2015/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their fifth anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive a souvenir glass that they may bring back to the Hess tasting room for $4 refills for the rest of the year.

2nd Annual Vegan Faire
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 25
Healthy Junk, Anaheim
http://www.thehealthyjunk.com/

This Saturday, check out this FREE and all-ages all-day festival showcasing the full spectrum of healthy lifestyle goods & services with booths & workshops focusing on food, environment, clothing and fitness. Catch live music on the promenade all day too.

Pizza Port Flip Flop Fest
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 25
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1688776858010472/

Pizza Port will completely take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Saturday. Don your beach or Hawaiian gear, and go enjoy some cold ones.

Cambodian Music Festival 2015
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
Pearson Park Amphitheatre, Anaheim
http://www.cambodianmusicfestival.com/

Listen to multiple genres of music in the Cambodian language in a family-friendly setting this Saturday in Anaheim. General admission costs $50 for adults or $25 for children.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 25
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Taste of Summer 2015
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.fulfillment.org/tasteofsummer

Mix and mingle with rich people at this luxurious tasting event in Santa Monica this Saturday evening. Admission costs $100 presale or $125 at the door.

2015 Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.platebyplate.org/event-la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in Downtown LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Freeze @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451864138460341/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/810133-adolescents-weirdos-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets for this all-ages show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 25
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1160577843968390/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 26
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 26
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

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

The Generators Summer BBQ Matinee
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/215327

Enjoy some local music and food this Sunday afternoon in Pomona. The cover for this event costs $5.

First International Harajuku Fashion Walk Day
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 26
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/500245646808241/

If you like Japanese culture, you will not want to miss this Japanese women’s fashion exhibit this Sunday afternoon in Little Tokyo of Downtown LA, free to attend for all ages.

The 2015 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returns to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may still attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers will also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival features other activities besides the racing that non-racers will enjoy. A tent in the parking lot will house a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees will find the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allows everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allows spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all starts at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

The Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, providing ample time to attend. On both days, the main festival area opens at 9am and runs until 6pm. The actual races follow their own schedule, so please refer to the website, linked above, for the race schedule. Spectators can find plenty of free street parking on Naples Island, Belmont Park, or Belmont Shore – do not attempt to park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, as that entrance will remain closed to the festival goers. Find some time this weekend to bring your friends, family, and pets down to watch these races – as one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory.

Breaking new grounds by combining two unlikely worlds, the brazen crew behind the OC Brew Ha Ha will boldly step into the Orange County Fairgrounds to host the 2nd Annual OC Brew Hee Haw, a craft beer festival held within a local fair. This weekend-long beer tasting event takes place on the opening weekend of the 2015 OC Fair this weekend, and covers a large span of the weekend with three different beer tasting sessions that each last four hours. All attendees to the OC Brew Hee Haw receive UNLIMITED beer tasters, as well as admission to the fairgrounds for that day. The actual Brew Hee Haw area does not contain much else to do besides get beer or play Jenga, as the small space only allows for just drinking. A small stage allowed a DJ to set up, as well as host speakers to talk about beer and beer pairings.

Historically, the OC Brew Ha Ha Productions crew has put on some of the most memorable beer festivals in Southern California. With this new festival that pairs them up with another large production group in the form of the OC Fair, expect some speed bumps to surface. Keep these tips in mind to make your visit a more pleasant experience:

  • Parking: Parking directly at the OC Fair cost $10 per vehicle, and subjects everyone to the madness of one-lane traffic in the lot. On weekends, a free parking lot with shuttle service exists not too far from the fair at Orange Coast College, so consider parking there. However, a swap meet occurs at that location on weekends, further limiting the amount of available parking.
  • Navigation: None of the fair staff knows anything about the Brew Hee Haw. Any attempt to ask about the event’s location would lead attendees in circles because the fair staff know how to do only their job and nothing else. Walk all the way to the back northeast corner of the fair to locate Brew Hee Haw.
  • Restricted space: All prior Brew Ha Ha events had tons of space to move about in. This event restricted all guests to a tent. While this means guaranteed shade from the harsh sun, beer cannot leave the immediate premises.
  • Limited restrooms: Any beer fest must have ample access to restrooms. Brew Hee Haw guests can only use the fair’s restrooms, which have a consistently long line all day.
  • Food restrictions: Attendees cannot bring beer outside of the Brew Hee Haw area. This means that anyone wanting food has to finish their current cup of beer before leaving to go get food and bring it back.

If you cannot make it to Brew Hee Haw, fret not. The one that started them all, OC Brew Ha Ha, returns for its sixth installment on Saturday, September 12th, back at Oak Canyon Park in Irvine. Tickets have already gone on sale for $45 general admission or $60 for entry an hour earlier. All visitors gain access to UNLIMITED beer tastings for the duration of the event from over 80 breweries serving over 170 different beers. Expect to find plenty of food trucks, other food vendors, free soft drinks, merchandise booths, beer industry speakers, games, and more, which includes live music. To stay updated on news such as this and more from OC Brew Ha Ha, like the Facebook page and follow them on Twitter so you know what goes on in the realm of Orange County’s greatest beer festivals.

The 2015 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo moves to the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world will travel to Los Angeles this week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos will take place for registered attendees to participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo will open up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo can enter for free. This expo contains numerous vendors who will all exhibit the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends. Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should  register for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo will yield great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.