Posts Tagged ‘June 2015’

Up to no good like always, pirates swarmed all over Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach this past weekend for the 2015 Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier. This free and all-ages event caters to families and kids with the costumed pirates and activities mainly geared towards entertaining children. Many attendees dressed up as pirates, and many get into character for the entire duration of their visit. The fair zone included many vendors, pirate swag, a pirate stage, and ship battles. Down on the dunes, the actual kids area and performance stages made for a mini fun zone. The main fair zone consisted of the entire pier, from start to end. All the primary pirates (actors hired to portray pirates here) mingle throughout the area, occasionally stopping for photos and to pester the attendees with mindless pirate gibberish. The vendors ranged from selling actual pirate equipment & clothing to the typical commercial vendors like KROQ and Coors Light.

If you missed this pirate invasion, Alfredo’s Beach Club, the company that organizes the pirate fest, holds TWO pirate fests annually. This one at Belmont Pier always takes place at the beginning of summer and costs nothing to attend. The second one at the end of September at Marina Green by Shoreline Village has a fee to enter.

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One of the bigger punk rock events of this calendar year, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returned this past Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 50 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert showed that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Most of the bands hailed from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, The Gears, and many more. This concert also brought a lot of bands out of a hiatus, such as Amerikan Made, Agression, One Less Zero, and some others. Despite an outdoor concert lasting all day at the start of summer, the overcast prevented the day from getting too hot, and made for the perfect outdoor setting. Attendees who arrived early enough got to enjoy a great amount of bands while getting a good amount of exercising due to the two main stages situated at opposite ends of the park, the four side stages in between, and the various vendors plus skate ramp along the center.

Perhaps what lingers on the minds of most of the people revolve around how the Punk Rock Picnic ended. Certainly if anyone left prior to approximately 8:30pm, they would have had the time of their lives. Unfortunately, the city police shut down the event at 8:50pm due to 1) complaints from people living on the yachts nearby, 2) rowdy & violent attendees, and 3) people loitering in the parking lots doing drugs, making noise, and causing trouble. Not surprising, the people got violent due to this news of losing their headliners of Cockney Rejects and Discharge; however, this event’s history only amplified the people’s rage. Punk Rock Picnic got unexpectedly shut down in 2013 because the Queen Mary embodies the absolute worst corporate archetype when it comes to hosting events, exemplifying their level of greed on inconceivable levels. But of course, as punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object: the organizers of Punk Rock Picnic. This led to bad press and carried over to 2014, preventing the return of Punk Rock Picnic that year. Fast forward to 2015 where the organizers valiantly tried to resurrect Punk Rock Picnic, another unfortunate circumstance had befallen them again with the untimely shutdown of the event. As punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object, blaming the organizers for the loss of the headliners.

In hindsight, for $45, the value of this concert will vary with each individual. People who arrived early enough to catch the early bands certainly would have gotten their money’s worth. Does the loss of the two headliners merit the people’s rage? After all, the 2013 Punk Rock Picnic never even happened! At least the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic almost completed a 100% run. Heck, I would consider this all a successful event if not for punks acting like punks. Think about the cost to get in, and the value brought forward by this concert. Bands like these normally play local shows for less than $10, and you get like four or five bands. Here, you get over 50 bands all in one venue in one day for one cost. If a 4-band show costs $5, that already amounts to over $60. The caveat revolves around the value of seeing Cockney Rejects and Discharge, as most of the attendees place a greater value of seeing those two bands. If we place an artificial value of $10 for each of them, that makes all the other 50+ bands value at about $40, which still represents a great deal.

Do punks ever truly think about numbers like this? No. Their linear thought process only allows them to see as far as you can on a dense foggy morning. If a corporate or professional entity put on this event, then it would not carry the same underground punk rock feel. Since a handful of locals built this from the ground up, one can only expect so much. To everyone complaining about the loss of the headliners, how about YOU try to set up an all-day punk rock concert without relying on corporate backing? Concerts like Warped Tour and FYF run without a hitch, but those have sold out to corporate a long time ago, and no longer carry the traditional punk rock environment of the old days. As for the Punk Rock Picnic, I have greatly enjoyed them the past few times that I have attended, and I do not foresee this returning ever again under the same name. To the organizers: stick with small shows – find a venue, and just do shows with four or five bands. This has worked for many organizers everywhere, and should allow you to stay in the game.

Anyways, enough of my ranting – I captured over a hundred photos at the Punk Rock Picnic, so take a look at how it all went down. If the photo links die, you can view them all in my Facebook album.

Following the mishap of losing the headliners, I do not foresee the Punk Rock Picnic returning any time soon, at least not under the same organizers. If Southern California will ever get another punk rock concert like this again not aligned with a corporate entity, it will have different organizers or a different name. Sayonara Punk Rock Picnic – I will forever have fond memories of all the Punk Rock Picnics that I have attended and all the awesome bands that I have met.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/908510255875460/

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.

2015 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 2-4
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 5
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $80, while one day costs $39. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

7th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405770269739899/

At this free and all-ages event this Thursday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

Viernes 13 @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 2
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/viernes-13-2/

Rock out to some local skacore this Thursday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

111th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 3
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 5
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3-5
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

3rd Annual Ballast Point Independence Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 3
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592719104313973/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

America Stands For Freedom – Independence Eve Show & Revue
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/869941-vandals-pomona/

Legendary punk band The Vandals will headline this show at the Glass House in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.76.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/884455-secret-affair-long-beach/

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. No one under 21 may enter.

Independence Day
July 4
United States

Plenty of holiday events will take place this weekend, so check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they have anything going on. Have a FUN and SAFE holiday weekend.

4th of July Party on the Pier
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 5
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $10 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

OC Block Party July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 4
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://ocblockparty.com/

From the organizers behind Ktown Night Market comes the OC Block Party, a 4th of July extravaganza taking place at Angel Stadium this Saturday. It costs $7 to attend this all-ages celebration, complete with fireworks, live music, food, drinks, vendors, a car show, and more. Bring lots of extra cash with you for parking and other things you may purchase in the event area.

Up to no good like always, pirates will swarm all over Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach this weekend for the 2015 Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier. This free and all-ages event caters to families and kids with the costumed pirates and activities mainly geared towards entertaining children. Many attendees dress up as pirates, and many get into character for the entire duration of their visit. The fair zone includes many vendors, pirate swag, a pirate stage, and ship battles. Down on the dunes, the actual kids area and performance stages makes for a mini fun zone. The main fair zone consists of the entire pier, from start to end. All the primary pirates (actors hired to portray pirates here) mingle throughout the area, occasionally stopping for photos and to pester the attendees with mindless pirate gibberish. The vendors range from selling actual pirate equipment & clothing to the typical commercial vendors like KROQ and Coors Light. Festivities begin at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, and run until 9pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. The beach parking lots all have paid meters, but street parking costs nothing, so you may opt to search for neighborhood parking to alleviate parking costs.

If you cannot make it out to the pier this weekend, Alfredo’s Beach Club, the company that organizes the pirate fest, holds TWO pirate fests annually. This one at Belmont Pier always takes place at the beginning of summer and costs nothing to attend. The second one at the end of September at Marina Green by Shoreline Village has a fee to enter.

The 9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend to the Calabasas Country Club. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $100 and starts at 8pm, while VIP tickets cost $150, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir wine glass to take home. On-site valet parking costs $20. No one under 21 may attend. For more media regarding this event, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. Check out some photos from a previous year’s festival:

An Orange County original, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach after a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. As for the reason why they took two years off, basically the organizer bit off more than he could chew in 2013, and the event completely fell apart, leaving hundreds of people concert-less with a $40 piece of paper. Since then, the event received terrible publicity, and many did not expect to ever see anything come back out of it. Luckily, that unexpected day will return this Saturday.

Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day. This time, the concert features a more realistic lineup of bands, many of which hail from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, Agression, The Gears, Shattered Faith, and many more. Of the bands not from Southern California, definitely check out Cockney Rejects, Discharge, and The Meatmen. Personally, I look forward to seeing Amerikan Made, One Less Zero, Whitekaps, Hollywood Hate, and any other band I can squeeze into my day. Regardless of the bands listed here, everyone should really check out as many bands as possible to support the local music scene. I will admit that I have my doubts about returning to this event, but I will give it a second chance to see if they can truly escape the hole that they fell into two years ago, and you should give it a chance too.

This past Saturday, the Crossing Foursquare Church in Whittier held their inaugural car show for the ninth year in a row. Free to attend for all ages, this small display of classic cars took over the street and parking lot of this local church, allowing people to freely walk around and gaze upon the classic works of art. In addition to all the cars, local vendors set up to sell food, apparel, trinkets, accessories, car parts, and more. Car enthusiasts would love events like this, despite its small size for a car show. This event made for a great precursor to the Uptown Whittier Car Show that takes place annually in mid-August. If you like cars, remember to check out the Cross Foursquare Church next year, and bookmark August 15th this year for the Uptown Whittier Car Show, also free to attend for all ages.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I cannot include every event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all. Read here for a sample of the beer events to expect this week:

Slaughter & The Dogs @ The Whisky
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/slaughter-and-the-dogs-defected-drones/

Punk band Slaughter & The Dogs will perform in West Hollywood tonight. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 26
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

4th Street Market Culinary Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
4th Street Market, Santa Ana
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-street-market-culinary-crawl-tickets-17288943696

Come play with rich people and tour through 4th Street Market while enjoying samples from every vendor inside. This event costs $85 and includes gratuity.

2nd Annual Chefs & Shakers Mash-up
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 25
Saltbox, San Diego
http://chefsandshakers.bpt.me/

Enjoy an elegant evening of food and drink pairings at this upscale event that costs $30 to attend.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 26
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

37th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26-27
Calabasas Country Club, Calabasas
http://www.malibufoodandwinefestival.com/

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm, while VIP tickets cost $300 and starts at 6pm.

Ignite @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ignite_

Join Ignite and other great local bands for an intense show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 3
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Music Hall, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1082893

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert vary in price, starting at $21.

Tartar Control @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399702633691400/

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.

Bad Acid Trip @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559234027673562/

Rock out at this local show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 Screening
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 27
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1435776890064205/

Enjoy a marathon of the first season of The Aquabats! Super Show! this Saturday at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. Admission to this screening costs $25.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 27-28
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 27
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 29
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

2nd Annual Euro Bierfest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 27
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-euro-bierfest-tickets-16193002707

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 27
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

2015 Punk Rock Picnic
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
Marina Green, Long Beach
http://www.punkrockpicnicmusicfestival.com/

After a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off, Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day.

Hangar 24 Summer Sour Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 27
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1119902774692564/

Hangar 24 gets sour this weekend with the release of not one, but TWO different sour beers. Stop on by to taste these sours, or even take home a bottle or two. Throughout the day, enjoy live local music, and stick around at 5pm for the announcement of the homebrew competition winners.

3rd Annual Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. Free to attend, visitors can freely roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

38 Degrees Ale House 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/456423291191415/

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

Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits 5th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1015626085131520/

Twisted Manzanita turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a tasting event in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night. For $40 general admission, receive unlimited samples of beer while supplies last, and received select samples of their craft spirits. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 27
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

720° Pine
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 27
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/

Enjoy some nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
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.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Smut-Peddlers

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 28
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Stone Sour Fest 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 28
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1171599

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover, Pig Roast, and Crawfish Boil
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Tender Greens, Irvine
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tender-greens-barley-forge-brewing-co-tap-takeover-crawfish-boil-pig-roast-tickets-16866702762

For $30, gain access to this pigout of a night with Barley Forge beer and all sorts of food. Admission costs the same for everyone, even those under 21.

Skaussie Aussie Aussie
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/melbourne-ska-orchestra

Get your skanking on this Sunday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 40th year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

 

Unity Beer Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1611333909145540/

Come to Smog City Brewing in Torrance this Wednesday evening for the bottle release of Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week. Visitors can purchase bottles, fill growlers, and/or enjoy Unity right in the tasting room.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $30 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Psychonauts 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/710551265723205/

Indie video game Psychonauts released to the public ten years ago, and to celebrate, iam8bit will have a free night dedicated to it with art, drinks, and gaming. Guests under 21 must have an accompanying adult.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

AleSmith & Modern Times Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 18
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/112234452443474/

Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring beer pairings courtesy of AleSmith and Modern Times of San Diego. Reservations cost $64 per person excluding tax and tip. No one under 21 may attend.

iam8bit 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 18
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/766631996787578/

Art gallery iam8bit turns ten years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have over a hundred artists from around the world display their gaming art at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park starting this Thursday night, complete with a live DJ spinning tunes all night.

The Slackers – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5819225

Ska band The Slackers will headline a show in North Park this Thursday night as part of their North American Summer tour. Tickets to this show cost $16. No one under 18 may enter.

Guttermouth – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guttermouth-tickets-17238403529
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/857359-guttermouth-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/guttermouth-tba/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a series of shows in California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a link for more details.

The Misfits – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18-20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Misfits-Three-Day-Pass
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5618905

Legendary punk band The Misfits will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches CREAM Irvine Spectrum Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 19
Cream Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1598286637085707/

As the title says, get a FREE ice cream sandwich during this shop’s grand opening this Friday, limit one per person.

Hot Sünner Nights
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/369770383222746/

To celebrate the summer solstice, Select Beer Store will pour Sünner Kölsch, a hard-to-find beer, this Friday night at their shop in Redondo Beach. No admission required – come in and enjoy a cold one there, or take a bottle or two to-go.

Valiant Brewing & Center Street Cheese – Beer & Cheese Pairing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/869609686451667/

For $20, receive a pairing of five gourmet cheeses and five craft beers at Valiant Brewing in Orange this Friday night.

Original Long Beach Punk Rock
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480973508859622/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636442293265154/

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

Gang Green – 2015 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/816461821756629/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/206546
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/gang-green
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/871463-gang-green-long-beach/

Punk band Gang Green currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Tickets and age limits vary with each show, so check with a particular show to see how much it costs and the age required to enter.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

AleSmith Mr. Padre 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 20
NEW AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.active.com/san-diego-ca/running/races/alesmith-mr-padre-5-5k-2015

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

9th Annual Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 20
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/862630587113226/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

40th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

8th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Hamilton Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/949206648465273/

Hamilton Brewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they have a special anniversary beer ready to release to the public. In addition, they will have special merchandise available for sale, plus FREE food for all guests starting at 12pm.

29th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 20
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

So Cal Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 20
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-brew-fest-tickets-15723453272

Here comes a new challenger! A new beer festival arrives in Orange County this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-beer-week-kickoff-festival-tickets-16242788618

LA Beer Week moves from September to June this year, and along with that huge change comes the big beer fest moving to the beginning of the week, as well as its new location of Exposition Park. Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala. General admission costs $45 and includes 25 2oz beer tasters and the souvenir glass. VIP admission sold out long ago, so I have no reason to list its features! No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summerfest/2015/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $15 presale or $25 at the door, while VIP admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2015 San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/6/21/anaheim-night-market-5

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Stitches @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423979067911418/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 21
United States

Do something nice for dad today!

Make Music Los Angeles 2015
June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Sunday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Father’s Day Craft Beer Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/sunday-may-21-fathers-day-brunch/

Treat dad to a brunch buffet this Sunday morning, which includes two craft beers. Adults cost $23.95, teens cost $16.95, while kids cost $9.95. In addition, 5oz beer tasters will cost $1.50 on Father’s Day.

LA Beer Week Hangover Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/857246381022877/

Got a little too sudsy at the LA Beer Week Kick-Off the previous day? Far Bar will have a special brunch menu this Sunday morning in preparation for LA Beer Week.

6th Annual Summer Solstice Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/events-performances/festivals/

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Cascade Brewing & Friends for Father’s Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399338190254468/

Just in time for Father’s Day, Select Beer Store has some uncommon Cascade beers on tap ready for your sipping pleasure.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://macleodale.ticketbud.com/cask

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a trio of cask beer tasting events at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Guests can choose to attend any of three sessions that each last three hours, and admission will vary based on how much guests intend to drink. $15 nets five drink tickets, $25 nets ten drink tickets, and $50 provides unlimited drinks for the duration of the session. Each session has a 275-person limit, so act fast if you want to attend.

Slaughter & The Dogs w/ The Briggs @ The Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2456

Punk bands Slaughter & The Dogs and The Briggs will perform in San Diego this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.