Posts Tagged ‘KGB’

4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 17
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Bottle Logic Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1664156433853138/

Bottle Logic Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19-20
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-and-art-show-los-angeles-february-19-20-2016-tickets-19570978323

This chocolate and art show returns for another installment this weekend for $15 per person. If you plan to attend, do not carry high expectations.

Breasts: An Explorative Exhibit
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
Oddville: A Creative Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.oddvillestudios.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1696576560579382/

An art gallery featuring breasts will open to the public this weekend in Downtown LA. The cover for this art gallery costs $10 before 9pm or $20 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Visitors may not bring cameras into or take cell phone photos in the art gallery.

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/324750977719396/

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Riverside with Starpool and more. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Symbol Six @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/982715695115636/

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

Pliny The Younger Day
February 20
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available. Click here for a brief list of places that will have it.

38th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 20-21
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2016/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Admission starts at $15 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

2016 Pomona Gold & Treasure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.goldprospectors.org/goldshows

This show brings hundreds of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their gold and other rarities. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5 per day.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

2016 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Noble Ale Works 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fifth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Belasco Theather, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Moonshine Flats, Downtown San Diego http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/san-diego/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 20-21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $75 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

3rd Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 20
East Village Tavern, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/175456696145701/

Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2016/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $70 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Winter Wine Classic
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Attend this wine tasting event this Saturday night in Santa Barbara with unlimited wine samples & appetizers, and a souvenir wine glass. General admission costs $90 and starts at 6:30pm while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Toasters: Live in Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://thetoasters.band/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512750922359392/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a show in Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter.

The First Ever Skacademy Awards
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/512193625628242/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw the first ever awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well.

Punk Rock Karaoke
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1061173-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Sing your favorite punk rock hits accompanied by a live band this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this event cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Toasters: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/458619857674489/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a FREE show in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Doing business with the public comes with great social responsibility. In 2012, many new businesses commenced, each with their own backing and marketing. “Survival of the fittest” never shone brighter, as mainly the strongest businesses survived the year, while those without a proper business plan closed. Entrepreneurs can seek out help from third parties, who usually would not hesitate if they receive some benefit in return. In order to garner more publicity to these businesses, event planners hold festivals for the public that contain multiple similar businesses. Some of these fests turn out well, while some others fall hard. When some people do not like the event purely because it does not fit their likings, those reviews can slide by. But when an event causes problems for lots of potential attendees, you have a social issue at hand. While 2012 saw many terrific public events, 2012 also saw a handful of events that did not live up to the expectations of the guests of the respective event. As an event-based marketer, I narrowed down my catalog to a semi-top 5 list of fests that flopped this year. These fests did not only affect me – they affected other guests too, taking into consideration how many others felt the same way I did. On a side note, none of these events carry an associated Twitter account.

5. TIE: Taste of West Orange County and Harvest Moon Festival


Both of these events clock in at number five for the same reason: putting corporates before the mom & pop shops. The Taste of West Orange County originally claimed to boast over 40 of the finest local restaurants for a $30 admission. They ended up only carrying nine different vendors, mostly consisting of corporate businesses like Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Sam’s Club. The Harvest Moon Festival also promised to feature plenty of local shops at their fest. I had to plow through the long lines of people at booths for McDonald’s, Starbucks, Hyundai, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and more before I discovered the so-called local businesses tucked away at the back, where few people even realized those booths existed. Why host a fest to grant marketing privileges to established corporate companies? The people already have heard of these companies, and most have gone to or consumed from one. For anyone hosting a fest like this, pay attention to the local businesses, and give less attention to corporates, since the corporates have a plan and know what to do to continue their success.

4. Long Beach Sea Feast-ival

How the mighty have fallen… Here you see an example of what happens when progress goes south. The Long Beach Sea Feast-ival originally started two years ago as a food fest for all of Long Beach. Many local food businesses in Long Beach set up at this fest on the pier and sampled their food to guests for free. Although the tickets cost $50 per person, they proudly held the title as the official Long Beach Food Fest. Fast forward to this year, and their decision to overhaul the fest has downsized the fest by leagues, as the extent of the fest reduced to only the end of the pier. Admission decreased to $20 per person, but in exchange, all guests still had to pay for food. Speaking of food, no longer about Long Beach local businesses, a local fisherman provided all the seafood for the day: lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, and more. Unfortunately, the exorbitant food prices coupled with the bad quality made for an uneasy trip to the restroom afterwards. What happened to servicing the local restaurants of Long Beach? The original food fest setup worked wonderfully – why change to this tiny little “fest” that essentially marketed just one guy? Follow the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and you shall succeed with your goals.

3. The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)

Every event promoter needs marketing to have a successful event. Unfortunately to the public, you cannot always identify the legitimacy of marketing sometimes. The organizers behind the Chocolate & Art Show (Experience) marketed more than they delivered. If you use ALL CAPS to market something, one should expect to clearly witness such a thing at the event, correct? From their event website, they claimed these in ALL CAPS: DJ’s & bands all night, gourmet artisanal chocolate, nude body painting, and tons of art. We can already get the art out of the way, since this took place at an art gallery anyways. As for the music, only one band played the entire night, and they had to take occasional breaks, leading to periods of silence throughout the gallery sans the expected chatter among the guests. I hate the word gourmet as much as I hate the word foodie because of the desensitization of the definition. I mean, to some people, they can call mini Snickers and Three Musketeers gourmet chocolate. But if you ask me, I would NEVER consider mass-produced candy as gourmet. Did the organizers really believe they could get away with giving away Halloween candy as their “gourmet chocolates”? Lastly, if you market nude body painting, I expect to see real naked bodies in the flesh. I expected to see women, but even men would have fulfilled their promise to feature nude body painting. I did not expect to see just paintings of nude people. Sadly, it appears that event organizers can get away with marketing something grander than reality. Heck I could even inform someone “You won a brand new car!” and give that person an unwrapped Hot Wheels car, as that qualifies my statement as true.

2. Manhattan Beach Beer Fest

When one man complains about something, most would simply discredit him. When hundreds of people complain, they may hold a valid argument. Entering the Manhattan Beach Beer Fest, guests immediately saw the problem. The fest itself ran fine, but entering the fest caused many headaches and swollen veins. The organizers decided to allow only a single file line to enter, but the entire time, only one security guard checked ID’s, and he started doing so at 3pm when the fest started. Because all guests could only purchase will-call tickets, the volunteer at the will-call table had to check ID’s once more. In addition, only one person worked the will-call table. Did they just not have enough volunteers? This food fest also hosted some food trucks, including the infamous Grilled Cheese Truck. However, some local business provided free food for the first hour. Gather all of this information together, and you will spot the frustration shared among hundreds of guests. For a beer fest lasting only three hours, the organizers ought to maximize the guests’ time within the fest, not waste their time checking them in. Also, why invite food trucks when someone else provides free food, and why provide it for only the first hour if it took longer than an hour to check everyone in? To avoid amateur mistakes, event organizers need to attend similar events to learn from them. Event organizers should never operate solely on research without real experiences – these real experiences teach infinitely more than research ever can.

1. Color Mob

No, I do not even have my own picture of the event because I simply never made it, as did thousands of ticket holders. The organizers of Color Mob perhaps got a little too excited to throw their first event that they overlooked one exceedingly important factor: transportation. They picked a venue far in the mountains away from civilization due to the nature of a color run – fine, we get that. However, know that only one road leads to that location, which stretches for miles before entering a city again. Also consider that the location could hold no more than 3,000 cars, excluding camper vans, motor homes, trucks, and other large vehicles. Why would you still sell over 10,000 tickets? Did you honestly expect all tens of thousands of ticket holders to carpool to this remote location, a place that has no cell phone reception because of its far proximity from the city? For selling that many tickets, they still only ran one start time instead of staggering it – if they had a few thousand per hour, traffic would not have frustrated so many people as it did. And apparently many people did carpool, as I witnessed many people leaving their cars to run to the venue. As many of them passed, I shouted at them to demand refunds, which I eventually discovered that many had done, but to no avail – the Color Mob organizers firmly stated all sales final, no matter what happened. Enraged, hundreds of ticket holders ranted on their Facebook page. Showing lack of professionalism and social responsibility, instead of acknowledging this issue, they chose to never address it and delete all negative comments from their Facebook wall. They also somehow removed their tag from my post about them a few weeks ago. Nobody should ever have to tolerate or give money to a group as irresponsible as this. I humbly bestow Color Mob the 2012 Badge of Shame.

Beer & Cheese Part 2: Barrel Aged Beers
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/114379688725274/

Because of the brewing and aging process, barrel aged beers not only cost more than regular beer, but tastes stronger and contains higher alcohol content. You can taste some barrel aged beers and pair them with artisan cheeses this Thursday night at Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach.

Bad Brains, H2O, Year Of The Dragon @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/bad-brains

See legendary punk rock band Bad Brains headline an all-ages show with H2O and Year Of The Dragon this Thursday night. Tickets cost $25 for this show.

2nd Annual Taste of Mexico
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 30
Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
http://thetasteofmexico.org/

Taste the best of LA’s top Mexican restaurants at this food fest in Downtown LA this Friday night. Guests receive unlimited tastings of food, while drinks may come at an additional cost. Expect live Mariachi music and entertainment the entire time too. General admission costs $50 and allows guests to enter at 6pm, while VIP costs $70 and can enter at 5pm. No guest under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 30-December 2
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/372425606166475/

This chocolate and art show that occurred in September returns for another installment this weekend for $5 per person. If you plan to attend, do not carry high expectations.

18th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 1
Downtown Anaheim Promenade
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

5th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 1-2
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

3rd Annual Taste of LA
Nighttime, December 1-2
Koutoubia, West Los Angeles, December 1
Got Kosher? Cafe, West Los Angeles, December 2
http://www.tasteofla.net/

This two-night five-course dinner takes place across two different venues in West Los Angeles. Night 1 occurs at Koutoubia and features a Moroccan feast for $35 per person. Night 2 occurs at Got Kosher? Cafe and features a kosher dinner for $39 per person. Seats fill up fast, so grab your tickets before they sell out!

30th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/104475533039337/

This year’s Christmas parade ties in with the recent Summer Olympics, as it will feature Long Beach Olympians in addition to the typical entrants in the parade. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

6th Annual Home For The Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 2
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/animalcare/events/home_for_the_holidays.asp

Looking to adopt a pet? For just $1 admission, come to this pet adoption fair this Sunday to see cats, dogs, rabbits, and more animals that need a good home. In addition, attendees will also find vendors, food trucks, raffles, a bake sale, a silent auction, trainers, and more.

Enjoy Jakarta Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 2
Hollywood & Highland, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/423864487668995/

Free to attend for all ages, this festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, dance, shadow puppetry, food, painting, and more.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience) occurred this past weekend at KGB Studios in Los Angeles. What sounded like an amazing event on the website for the low price of $10 sounded too good to come true… which actually happened. In other words, the organizers did not fully deliver what they promised.

First, I shall describe what they envisioned putting on:
Dedicated to LA’s underground artists, this weekend gala will feature live music, incredible art, nude body painting, and lots of free chocolate. Come see over 75 of LA’s top artists, photographers, designers, live nude body painters, and chocolate. Crispy Truck will serve their delicious liege waffles too! Free parking and $10 cover.

Did all of this really happen? Check out my photos, then scroll down to read what truly happened while I stayed.

Based the on pictures, the event looks like a typical art exhibit. Sadly, this show only lived up to the expectations of a normal art exhibit.

When you call an event a Chocolate & Art Show, guests need to expect to see art everywhere and snack on lots of chocolate. While plenty of art adorned the halls, the only chocolate consisted of a small table with Oreos, chopped fruit, marshmallows, and wrapped mini chocolates (Snickers, Three Musketeers, Butterfingers, etc). Two other vendors present sold desserts, but as vendors, those did not come included with admission.

When you advertise nude body painting as a draw for more attendees, at least clarify that paintings will have nudity on them, not that actual people will sit/stand nude for painters and onlookers. Not a single person showed extra skin the entire time – guests could only see nudity in the paintings.

The website also posts a schedule of the weekend’s live music. However, only one band played in a few hours, and the schedule did not match at all.

After about half an hour of waiting for something to happen, I began to regret leaving Autumn Lights early just to see this event. The description left me with that “More! More!” feeling, which quickly dissipated the longer I spent at KGB. Did I end up arriving at a bad time? I figure Saturday night equals primetime, and thus the best of the weekend should occur at that time. Alas, for a weekend where everyone went out to do something, this show at KGB severely disappointed for not living up to expectations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year’s participating restaurants:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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