Posts Tagged ‘July 2017’

Torrance’s Mitsuwa Marketplace hosted their second annual Nagoya Fair this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini indoor fair represented the food and culture of Nagoya, Japan. While Nagoya has Japan’s third largest population, much of the world has less familiarity with Nagoya than other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, or Hiroshima. Regardless, Nagoya has its fair share of unique culture that sets it apart from the rest of Japan, especially in their cuisine. At this Nagoya Fair, visitors could get to sample all sorts of Nagoya foods, such as Sekai no Yamachan (specialty rubbed chicken wings), Kawakyu Ice (Japanese fluffy shave ice), Nagoya miso oden (a type of egg dish), and hitsumabushi (eel, think unagi). Some of the food stands originated from real locations, such as the shave ice that comes from a real Nagoya shop called Koriya Kawakyu. As such, one cannot find these specific recipes and flavors anywhere else except for these actual shops. Throughout the weekend, the lines for all these foods never subsided, making for a long wait in order to taste every single item. A group of four could easily split into all the lines and order enough for everyone to share, as all of these foods together can represent a complete meal.

Mitsuwa Marketplace holds multiple events like this throughout the year, some big and some small. As far as Southern California goes, the Torrance location tends to host the most events since their location lends well to hosting larger events, but that should not deter you from visiting the other Mitsuwa Marketplace locations! For a full list of locations, check out their website for store hours and addresses. Check out Mitsuwa Marketplace on social media too – they have specific accounts based on location, so for this post, check out their main Facebook page and the Twitter page for Southern California.

The 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returned to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this past 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 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 would also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival featured other activities besides the racing that non-racers would enjoy. A tent in the parking lot housed a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees found 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 allowed everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allowed spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all started 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!

As one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory. Fans of racing sports should not miss a dragon boat race. The next opportunity to view a race will take place on Saturday, October 7th at the Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival. Like Long Beach, anyone may spectate for free, so bring your friends & family out to this race!

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
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.

Monday Melt Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381759148568857/

A grilled cheese contest will take place in Downtown Fullerton tonight. They have not provided any information regarding admission fees or how much each thing will cost.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 2-6
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Opposition Rising: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3, Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 4, Bar 1650, Corona
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/oppositionrising

A series of hardcore punk shows will take place in Southern California this week. The cover charges for these shows vary by the venue, so check with the location for details. No one under 21 may enter any show.

2017 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 6
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

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

IPA Day 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1982772172007344/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two new IPA’s this week. Stop on by their tasting room starting this Thursday to enjoy a cold one or two.

64th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

2017 Bon Odori
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, August 4
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/jfg-events/obon-festival

San Diego gets an Obon Festival this Friday in Balboa Park. Admission costs $10, and gets you in to enjoy food, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, music, vendors, and more.

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

69th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Kirby’s Dream Band, Super MadNES, Extra Lives
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/112490802715742/

Rock out to some video game inspired music this Friday night in North Hollywood. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

10th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-ages event costs $20 to attend on Friday or Sunday, or $40 to attend on Saturday.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
August 5-13
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dine Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

28th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
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.

8th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2017 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5-6
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

6th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

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

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/846780582147307/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

5th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

5th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5-6
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-fest/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

5th Annual Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival/

A waterside beer festival comes to Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The So-Cal Hoedown
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.socalhoedown.com/

A concert will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday, featuring four stages and three indoor venues. This event will also have a car show and pinup contest. General admission to this all-ages concert costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes an event poster and t-shirt.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
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 Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

High & Mighty Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5-6
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
http://highandmightyfest.com/

An all-ages concert with some big names in rock and rap will take place in Garden Grove this weekend. Tickets start at $39.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 5
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 5
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.

Golden Park Summer Music & Movie Event
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Golden Park, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=312&targetid=1

A free and all-ages music and movie night will take place in Downey this Saturday evening.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.

5th Annual International Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 5
Planet Rehab, San Dimas
http://www.planetrehab.org/

Sample vegetarian and vegan food from 30 different cuisines this Saturday evening in San Dimas. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and provides unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

15th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Dickies – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/129121090975321/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

3rd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 6
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach.
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_aug_2017

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

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

41st Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 6
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zine Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

21st Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/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.

11th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

Game Day: Battle Royale
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 6
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://gamercon.com/

Play fighting video games for free this Sunday afternoon in Downtown San Diego.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.

A Sausage & Bierfest took place at Anaheim’s Phoenix Club this past Saturday evening. Open to all ages, it cost each person $5 to enter, which came with a ticket good for three sausage samples out of six varieties. Once inside, attendees could check out the handful of booths outside serving food and drinks, and they could have a seat under the big top to enjoy some classic German music (think Oktoberfest style). That pretty much sums up the event, as it did not have too much else going on. You could try some German-style sausages, sip on German beers, and enjoy the music. For the most part, the event primarily attracted the elderly, with the occasional young adult couple, as well as a handful of children. This makes for a neat small event to bring friends and family out to, as a lot of the attendees appeared to recognize each other. Still, for a small event, it does not occupy too much time.

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.

The 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returns to Marine Stadium in 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.

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
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 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Presented by Crunchyroll
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 26
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/the-ancient-magus-bride-presented-by-cruncyroll/

A highly-anticipated anime movie will screen one time this week in Santa Ana before its release. Admission to this screening costs $15 per person.

Beachwood Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 27
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/422743131442021/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

10th Annual Supergirl Surf Pro
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 28-30
Oceanside Pier, Oceanside
http://supergirlpro.com/

Over a hundreds of the world’s top women surfers will compete this weekend in Oceanside. Visitors will also find various demos, vendors, booths, and entertainment all weekend at this free and all-ages event.

Nagoya Fair
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 28-30
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/nagoya-fair/

Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance will have a free and all-ages event all this weekend. Visitors will get to experience a taste of Nagoya culture with unique food and entertainment.

Urban Hive Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
The Pike Outlets, Long Beach
http://www.urbanhivemarket.com/

Free to attend for all ages, a night market containing dozens of vendors takes place in Downtown Long Beach every fourth Friday night.

24th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $17 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

27th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 28
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $55 presale or $75 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.

6th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Vibiana, Los Angeles
http://luckyrice.com/event/los-angeles-feast-4/

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Friday night in Downtown LA. 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.

Every Time I Die: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 29, The Wiltern, Koreatown, Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 30, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://everytimeidie.net/

Post-hardcore band Every Time I Die currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

Late Night Street Eats
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 28
Kaya Street Kitchen, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://kayastreetkitchen.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1889577004701407/

A popup night market will take place near West Hollywood this Friday night. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of local food vendors showcasing their signature goods.

Ten Years of Tease
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 28
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque troupe will perform an anniversary show this Friday night in Long Beach. General admission costs $10. If you want seating, those admission prices will cost more. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
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.

12th Annual Unleashed by Petco Imperial Beach Surf Dog
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 29
Imperial Beach Pier, Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Imperial Beach. Various events will take place throughout the day, with a few taking place on Sunday as well. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Adventure Hunt – Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 29
Huntington Beach
http://adventurehunt.co/products/huntington-beach

Go on a scavenger hunt all around Huntington Beach this Saturday and race against others to compete for prizes. Registration starts at $49, and the more you pay, the more advantages you get.

28th Annual AVCC People’s Choice Car Sho[sic]
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 29
Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande
http://www.arroyovalleycarclub.org/

Check out a free and all-ages car show up the coast of California this Saturday afternoon.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest 2017
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-30
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 29-30
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.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Northridge Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 29
Northridge Fashion Center, Northridge
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/244242902733826/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

HessFest 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 29
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their seventh 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 12:30pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and also provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Vista BBQ Classic
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 29
Historic Downtown Vista, Vista
http://www.vistabbqclassic.com/

A free and all-ages street fair and barbecue competition returns to Vista this Saturday afternoon. Visitors can check out dozens of vendors, food booths, rides, games, entertainment, and more.

Midsummer Scream 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 29-30
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://midsummerscream.org/

A horror and Halloween expo comes to Long Beach this weekend, filled with vendors, entertainment, activities, and more. Tickets range from $25 to $75.

4th Annual Love Long Beach Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 29-30
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://lovelongbeachcelebration.com/

This all-ages event that costs $5 to get in will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

1st Annual North Long Beach Tomato Festival
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, July 29
North Long Beach Victory Garden, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1458023390924122/

At this free and all-ages event in North Long Beach, sample some locally-grown tomatoes, partake in arts & crafts, and browse the goods of local vendors.

LMU’s 2nd Annual BeerFest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 29
Hannon Field @ Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, Los Angeles
http://alumnicommunity.lmu.edu/s/1013/lmu16/interior.aspx?sid=1013&gid=1&pgid=3616&cid=5455&ecid=5455&crid=0&calpgid=61&calcid=919

LMU will bring back their beer festival this Saturday afternoon to their campus in Westchester. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 12pm, and includes an event t-shirt and pretzel necklace. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over a dozen participating breweries while supplies last. Attendees should bring cash for parking and food, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Fun Feast
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 29
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/event/summer-fest-cornhole-tourney/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will host a cornhole tournament this Saturday afternoon, and they will also serve up a pig roast. Entry into the tournament costs $25 per person. All other visitors can attend for free – they will pay for food and drinks as they go.

Puente Community Arts Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 29
Puente Learning Center, Boyle Heights
http://www.puente.org/event/community-arts-festival/

This free and all-ages event will have art, music, food, crafts, entertainment, demos, and more.

Punk Invasion 2K17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1326000534152453/

An all-day all-ages punk concert comes to Santa Ana this Saturday. Tickets to this concert cost $35.

6th Annual Taste of Summer
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 29
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 $85 presale or $150 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Prom 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 29
Pinup Girl Boutique, Burbank
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/807320619436888/

Free to attend for all ages, a pinup-themed prom event will take place in Burbank this Saturday night.

Skylent Disco
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 29
Skyspace LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/skylent-disco

A big dance party will take place above Downtown LA this Saturday night. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and grants you access to the dance floor, complimentary beverages, glow sticks, and one ride on the slide above Downtown LA. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 30
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 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 30
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.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 30
Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica
http://modernluxury.com/los-angeles/

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. The $95 admission gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Opening weekend of the annual Orange County Fair took place this past weekend. As it does every year, the OC Fair this runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 14 with the final day on August 13. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12am on weekends. Every year, a new food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid, donut cheeseburgers, or the Pepsi Dog. This year, the OC Fair has delivered yet again with a slew of new foods. Lots of the new items have piqued the interests of many, but only one truly caught my eye instantly – the Unicorn Leg. They call it that due to the rarity of the pig that it comes from, but this Unicorn Leg basically represents an entire pork leg with meat all around the bone. Basically, you get five pounds of meat on a stick. That weight does not include the bone, so the entire thing weighs more than five pounds. If you order one, you may struggle to hold it with one hand! This massive plate of meat will set you back $29, and with all that meat, I highly advise sharing it with friends or family.

Watch my visit to this year’s OC Fair below, as I walk through the fairgrounds and finally lay claim to the fabled Unicorn Leg. If it does not play, click here to watch the video.

The 39th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival returned to Alondra Park in Lawndale this past weekend. Always taking place on the third weekend of July, this free and all-ages, this Hawaiian/Polynesian cultural fair contained numerous cultural vendors, food, treats, games, music, dance, entertainment, and more. Most of the action revolved around the main stage, where they had the music, dance, speakers, occasional comedians, actors, and more. Spread throughout the park, visitors could stroll through the dozens of vendors selling things from accessories, apparel, house goods, food, treats, trinkets, souvenirs, and beyond. At the left side of the event space, visitors found the food stalls plus the games for the children to win toys at. Due to the small size of the park, the organizers had to fit everything in to a tight space, meaning that visitors could stroll through the entire festival within ten minutes or so. Regardless, anyone who visited surely had a great time checking out all the different cultural goods around.

The 2017 South Bay Greek Festival returned this past weekend to St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. This festival normally contains a lot more to it, such as rides, another stage, and church tours. Due to construction on the property, the organizers could not have any of that this year, so we will have to wait until next year to check those out. However, we still got to enjoy lots of yummy Greek food as they always serve up. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.