Posts Tagged ‘Lakeview Park’

When one claims the best of anything, people quickly speculate that claim as hogwash. For example, if a product claims to work ten times better than the leading brand, then why does that product not lead the market? Do the testimonials prove anything else, or do the testimonials get bought? The 9th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha returned to Silverado this past Saturday up the way at Lakeview Park, living up to its proclamation as “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival!” Featuring over 90 breweries, a dozen food vendors, FREE sodas, live music, games, and more, I assure you that no other beer fest in the history of Orange County lives up to the proportions of the crew behind the Brew Ha Ha series of events.

The massive venue area contributes the most to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha. Despite the incredulously long VIP line, guests began entering five minutes prior to the fest’s start time. Fortunately, all volunteers and brewery staff knew not to pour until the time began. Upon entering, one can quickly feel overwhelmed trying to figure out where to find what. Lakeview Park has much to explore, and OC Brew Ha Ha used a much larger space than previous events to accommodate for the increased number of breweries in attendance.

With a vast venue, plenty of vendors, a variety of beer & food, entertainment, and more, time flies by for any guest at OC Brew Ha Ha. The average consumer cannot possibly experience everything within the allotted four hours. Like a typical weekend vacation, guests would require more than a few days to experience it all. Luckily, the Brew Ha Ha team organizes multiple events throughout the year, including some events that do not fall under the same naming convention, such as Sabroso Taco Fest, Ye Scallywag, and Driftwood Festival. In addition, the team will bring back their signature beer fest in December under the moniker OC Brew Ho Ho, so if you need your beer fix, keep this in mind when December rolls around. No other beer fest in Orange County can top OC Brew Ha Ha, because it triumphs over all.

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On a weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo week with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $3 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day.

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, The Viking Truck, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 24, 2016 on your calendar, as the 7th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 5pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, April 30th, from 11am up until 5pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $65 at the door. Use promo code beerpunks to save $10 off admission. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $20 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Arrive early, because another major festival takes place this same day on the other side of the road, which will heavily clog up traffic.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Lakeview Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

On a holiday weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo weekend with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $3 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day.

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, The Viking Truck, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

Words can only say so much, so enjoy the photo tour of Sabroso! We start with a preview of the event grounds, prior to everyone entering the festival.

Before the beer tasting could start, all guests remained in the upper area with all the food. Once 12pm hit, the barriers came down, and everyone flocked down the hill to get some refreshments.

The first wrestling matches started within the first hour. These two back-to-back matches provided some warmup entertainment for everyone starting to feel the buzz of the beers.

With the first hour of beer underway, people started to feel good here, despite the overbearing sunlight and heat. At this point, I started to encounter familiar faces from previous beer events.

Before I knew it, 2pm had come around. 2pm marked a significant turn as that represented the halfway point of the festival. Not only that, but at least four breweries had special beer releases at that time: Bottle Logic, Valiant, Einstök, and Left Coast. Bottle Logic had a ridiculously long line, so I lingered around the other three to indulge in their rare brews before I wandered back over to Bottle Logic.

Announced earlier in the day, the main wrestling event would represent a feud between Bottle Logic and Noble Ale. As two of the largest breweries in Orange County, they each possess a massive fan base that continuously go at it to decide who should reign as the top brewery. The wrestling match contained three wrestlers per side in a tag-team match with the respective brewery representatives on the sidelines: Brandon from Bottle Logic, and Brad from Noble Ale. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, the match ended up getting postponed from its original 2pm time slot.

While waiting for the main wresting event, I took this time to explore around to see how the guests fared up until now. A few guests certainly felt the pressure of intoxication, while most others simply enjoyed their day here. Oh, and Clown Shoes Beer brought a clown for additional entertainment.

The main wrestling match provided more comedy than athleticism, as more than just the wrestlers started to get involved. Eventually, both the Noble Ale and Bottle Logic camps put their feet forward, leading to what appeared as a brawl in the making. However, they bluffed us all, and ended up “agreeing” to brew a collaboration beer. Did they arrange this announcement beforehand? Will they actually make a collaboration beer? Only time will tell, so we will have to wait until the next major beer festival to discover the fate of there two breweries’ agreement.

Remember the clown from earlier? Not wanting to lose the attention of the crowd, she started doing some… interesting things with her clown toys.

With minutes remaining in the final hour of the event, I walked around one more time to see how all the guests felt after hours of drinking in the hot sun.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 12, 2015 on your calendar, as the 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 5pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 11am up until 5pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $65 at the door. Use promo code beercats to save $10 off presale admission! Use this link to purchase tickets, as the main website above leads to last year’s ticket sales. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $20 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

On a holiday weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo weekend with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $2 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day. Words can only say so much, so enjoy the photo tour of Sabroso!

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub with Great Divide, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, Cooper Confections, Garlic Scapes, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

Once the lower area to the festival opened up, a vast hillside of beer and entertainment awaited! In order to completely navigate the entire festival area, I decided to make rounds around this area, circling the area a few times until I could pass by every table. Along this first trip around the breweries, I encountered Bottle Logic, Beach City Brewery, Belching Beaver, Bootlegger’s (not pictured), Left Coast, Lagunitas, Backstreet Brewery, JT Schmid’s, Clown Shoes, Ballast Point, Ritual Brewing, Drake’s, El Segundo Brewing, Cismontane, Firestone, Hangar 24, and Saint Archer.

By the time I had reached Saint Archer, the first wrestling match started to get under way.

The wrestling match ended slightly after 1pm, which meant that Bottle Logic had just released their Leche Borracho, their famous Leche Molé with tequila oak chips. As expected, Bottle Logic saw a huge line of eager visitors all vying to taste some of this special batch brewed just for this occasion.

After the previous wrestling match had ended, live music got started on the main stage with Santana cover band Sol Sacrifice, which got the crowd up and dancing away.

With other timed beer releases approaching, I started my second round of the breweries. This next round consisted of I And I, Old Orange, Pizza Port, Ritual, Ironfire, Mission, and Tustin. Ritual released their Art of Dankness at 1:15, so I made it a priority to show up there when they started to pour it.

Following some antics at the Sabroso sign, I spotted another wrestling match that had already started.

This wrestling match ended just before 2pm, when two more breweries would hold timed releases: Clown Shoes, and Valiant Brewing. I never officially asked the Clown Shoes people what beer they released at 2pm, so it still remains a mystery to me. As for Valiant, they released their special Dos Kratos at 2pm, an offshoot of their standard Kratos brew.

Following this small section at the front, I took it easy to enjoy the sights, and observe the people enjoying their day.

I made one final round at the back section of the festival. In this small shaded area, I found Tap It, Black Market, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Stone, Coronado, and North Coast. By this point, I do not even remember taking these photos. Enjoy them anyways!

With the festival’s closing time of 4pm approaching, I took my last sip of beer to opt for some water, provided free to all visitors by the festival organizers. At this point, I witnessed Patricia from Bootlegger’s having a little fun with her friends.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 6, 2014 on your calendar, as the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 4pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $2 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

This all goes down at Lakeview Park in Silverado. Those who have attended last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha will know how to get there. Take the same road as you would towards Oak Canyon Park, and once you turn off of E Santiago Canyon Road onto Blue Diamond Haul Road, instead of curving towards the right, take a left into the shaded area on the left. This will land you at Lakeview Park, situated between Irvine Lake and Oak Canyon Park, complete with FREE parking. This festival will operate on four levels on a hillside, with the entrance at the top level. On the top level, attendees will find all of the food vendors, which includes chefs, restaurants, and food trucks from the greater Los Angeles area. On the next level, guests will find all of the 30+ breweries all serving their beers. On the third level down, attendees can spectate the live Lucha Libre wrestling going on here in the wrestling ring. Down at the bottom on the last level, attendees will find the music stage, where live bands will perform throughout the day, with live DJ’s filling in the time in between.

Take a look back at last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

The 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, from 11am up until 4pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the first food section. The gates to the remaining levels will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $60 at the door. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $15. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

For those planning to attend the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha this September, I have awesome news for you. Iron Fist Brewing and Bottle Logic Brewing have teamed up to work on a special collaboration beer that they plan to release just before this year’s OC Brew Ha Ha. This collaborative French-style saison will contain pink peppercorns and holy basil grown in Bottle Logic’s head brewer’s own garden, and caramelized honey.  Bottle Logic will age 30 barrels of this brew in white wine barrels, while Iron Fist will receive 60 kegs of the non-aged brew. Expect to find this special collaboration beer at special locations starting in late August. Thanks to Brandon and Easton from Iron Fist for explaining this beer to us.


Thanks Bottle Logic for all the hospitality over the past few months!

Still have not bought a ticket yet? Why wait? Tickets may sell out fast! If you have not yet purchased your ticket, I have an exclusive 50% off promo code that you may use. However, due to the savings, I cannot post the promo code publicly. Before you may request the promo code, I have some requests of you:

  1. LIKE OC Brew Ha Ha on Facebook. If you have a private Facebook profile, I must somehow see that you like the page, so show proof of this!
  2. LIKE MY PAGE on Facebook.
  3. FOLLOW OC Brew Ha Ha on Twitter.
  4. FOLLOW ME on Twitter.

Once you have completed all of the above, reply to this post with your Facebook name, Twitter username, email address, and proof that you LIKE OC Brew Ha Ha on Facebook. Once I have verified all of the above, I will email you the promo code.

If you still have any general questions about Sabroso, you can reach me as easy as a tweet! I respond to Twitter fairly quickly, so I can answer most questions within 140 characters.

Slow Children @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/315673

Catch a local punk rock show this Wednesday night at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, with six bands total playing that night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. If you cannot find parking in their parking lot, park on S Loara St.

2013 Lightning In A Bottle
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 13
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Lake Skinner, Temecula
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

2013 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 12 with the final day on August 11. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. Last year, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2013 Body Art Expo
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 12
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 13
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

Black Flag @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
July 12: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag
July 13: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/black-flag-2

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Act fast on these tickets, as the first night has already sold out.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 13
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. At this moment, all of the morning times have sold out, so if you would like to register for this race, you may only choose an afternoon start time. Registration costs $65 through Wednesday, and $70 on the day of the event. If entering as a team, the team with the more registrants receive a 25% refund on their registration. Parking costs $10 per vehicle (hint: carpool), so bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

2013 Tomato Battle – SoCal
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Lakeview Park, Silverado
http://tomatobattle.com/

Prepare to get messy and release some pent up frustration as you hurl tomatoes at thousands of other people. As an old Spanish tradition, at the inaugural Tomato Battle, thousands of attendees will throw hundreds of thousands of tomatoes through the air in hopes of smacking someone, whether aimed or not. While the tomato zerg runs, local bands will play live music, while a costume contest will occur on the stage. Food trucks and a beer garden will fill up empty stomachs (at an additional cost). Registration for Tomato Battle costs $50. No one under 14 may participate. Bring cash for parking and food. Obviously, wear goggles and clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring clean clothes to change into when the event ends.

Agent Orange @ Stingers Bar
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
Stingers Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3591184

Catch Agent Orange, D.I., Whitekaps, and more at this punk rock show at Stingers Bar in San Bernardino, complete with a full bar and food menu. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Lace ‘Em Up!
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 13
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/139002

This all-ages show features a mixture of reggae, soul, punk, ska, hardcore, and oi bands all in one night. Tickets to this show cost $8. Attendees can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 14
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://beachbabecycling.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $80 for a solo rider, and $210 for a team of three. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

2013 Concrete Hero – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 14
Los Angeles State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.concretehero.org/

If you think you have the toughness to survive anything, think again. Withstand five brutal miles of unforgiving strength and agility obstacles at the annual Concrete Hero this Sunday morning. Run, crawl, climb, and swing your way to the finish line, and prove to the world that you have conquered the Concrete Hero challenge. All those who wish to participate must raise at least $400 to participate, plus pay the registration fee of $35. Concrete Hero does not discriminate, so anyone of any shape, color, ethnicity, and even age can participate. Spectators may enter for free. If you arrive early enough, you can find free street parking on N Spring St and any connecting street from W College St and northward. Later arrivals should opt for public transportation, or simply paying for the parking lots.

Origami Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 14
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Long Beach
http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/event.html

Come meet and watch many origami experts at this family-friendly event on the CSULB campus. Watch origami experts create works of art, and participate in lessons to learn the art of origami. Admission ranges from $7 to $10 and includes folding origami paper. Bring cash for parking. The venue does not allow reentries, so eat prior to arriving here.

2nd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 14
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Black Flag @ The Vex
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Legendary punk rock band Black Flag has reunited with the original lineup to play a short tour that swings through Southern California this weekend. Do not miss this opportunity to catch Black Flag in all their glory this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show costs $30. You may park behind the building for free, but do not park too deep, or you risk getting blocked by other cars.