Posts Tagged ‘Latin’

The 2nd Annual Latin Salsa Festival took place this past weekend in Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this event contained dozens of food vendors all selling their Latin-inspired foods to visitors. In addition, a music stage housed a handful of bands and musicians all playing Latin dance music. Nothing else out of the ordinary occurred – you just have a weekend of food vendors and live music. Southern California has gone through a heat wave recently, and on this weekend, the weather went well over 100 degrees, making for a hot event in more ways than one. Despite that, this event still managed to attract hundreds of visitors over the weekend. I anticipate that this event will return again next year, so keep an eye out for it in early July next year when it will return.

2017 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles

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 $90, while one day costs $55. 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 $20, 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.

113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach

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.

Locale’s 7th Annual Red, White, and Luau
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 3
Newport Back Bay Dunes & Marina, Newport Beach

A food & drink fest takes place tonight in Newport Beach. Tickets to this event cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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.

Surf City Run 5K
6:00 am – 11:00 am, July 4
Worthy Park, Huntington Beach

Participate in a community 5k run this 4th of July morning, followed by a festive parade. Registration for the 5k costs $40.

31st Annual Sespe Creek Car & Cycle Show
9:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 4
Central Park, Fillmore

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in historic Downtown Fillmore this Tuesday afternoon.

4th of July Picnic Dinner
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego

Enjoy a seaside dinner along with fireworks this Independence Day in San Diego. Admission costs $35 for adults or $18 for children.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 7
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

1st Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, July 8
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 9
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego

A weekend of jazz music comes to San Diego this weekend. Admission to this all-ages concert ranges from $65 to $250 – check the website to see what each admission type gets you.

2017 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 7
Location TBA, Los Angeles

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

64th Annual Over The Line OTL Tournament
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
Mariners Point, Mission Beach, San Diego

An over-the-line tournament will take place throughout this weekend in San Diego. The tournament costs $120 for a three-person team.

Taste of Paleo 5.0
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 8
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Los Angeles

Check out a handful of paleo food at this all-ages tasting event this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate, but does not come with food – all attendees need to bring cash in order to pay for food once inside the event.

56th Annual Fiesta of Gems Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 8-9
Veterans Memorial Park, Culver City

This free and all-ages event will exhibit a handful of rocks and minerals, as well as feature educational seminars and speakers.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 9
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo in Downtown San Diego. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission.

2nd Annual Latin Salsa Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this free spice event this weekend at Pershing Square in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find plenty of food vendors with spicy foods, along with plenty of Latin inspired entertainment.

Beachwood Brewing 6th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 2:00 am, July 8
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s sixth anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Summer 2017 LA Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 8-9
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

2nd Annual Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 8
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. This fest will have food for sale, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Unlike last year, this event now has an admission fee that costs $17. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

Red, White & Brew: 4th Annual Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 8
National Orange Show Event Center, San Bernardino

A beer festival comes to San Bernardino this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $25 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40, starts at 12pm, and includes a t-shirt, key chain, and VIP parking. These attendees will receive unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. For some reason, this event will allow children to attend, but they obviously cannot have any alcohol. For anyone attending that will not drink, admission will cost $10 for them.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. Foothill Foxy Flyers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

The Untouchables at The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 9
Old World Village, Huntington Beach

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

3rd Annual Peachapalooza
August 13-15
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Downtown Long Beach

This Thursday through Saturday, both Beachwood BBQ locations will feature peach dishes as well as peach beers. No admission required – simply show up, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 13
Monkish Brewing, Torrance

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

2015 Taste of Downtown Disney
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Downtown Disney, Anaheim;jsessionid=E7603818D3932F67A8AFBFE34D0A8613.app263a?view=Tickets&id=100322

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $85.

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Enjoy five seafood dishes paired with five different craft beers this Thursday night at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Attendance for this dinner costs $75, and includes admission to the rest of the aquarium for that night. No one under 21 may attend. Bring extra cash to pay for parking at the aquarium’s parking structure.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Downtown Los Angeles

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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

2015 Tasting Table Lobster Rumble LA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 13
Los Angeles Center Studios, Downtown Los Angeles

Sample over a dozen different lobster rolls from across the country at this tasting event this Thursday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $100 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and provides access to a VIP area plus a goodie bag.

2015 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14-15
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $65 for adults and $48 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $216 for adults and $156 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

2nd Annual SDBG Golf Tournament
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 14
Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Course, San Diego

Play golf and drink craft beer at this charity golf tournament this Friday in San Diego. Registration for this event filled up a while ago, so if this event looks interesting to you, bookmark it for next year!

5th Annual Echo Park Rising
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15-16
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park.

Dance Downtown
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles

Every other Friday this summer, the Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles will hold a free and all-ages dance event. Learn to dance the moves, show off your moves, and/or meet new people interested in dance.

The English Beat: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14, Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 15, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood

Get your skanking on with The English Beat this weekend as they perform at two all-ages shows in Southern California.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 14-15
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Enjoy a local punk show in Pomona this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the parking lots.

Free Punk Show in Laguna Niguel
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, August 14
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel

Enjoy a FREE local punk show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

15th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

Taste of Paleo 3.0
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
Center at Founders Village, Fountain Valley

Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Fountain Valley. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate.

2015 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 16
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

83rd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 15-16
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

10th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15-16
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 15
Broadway Pier, San Diego

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

2015 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

Stone Brewing’s 19th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 15
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, August 15
Carpinteria State Beach, Carpinteria

This beer tasting event in Carpinteria will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Timeless Pints 2nd Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 15
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

22nd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Beers Magazine’s Summer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 15
The Reef’s Parking Lot, Los Angeles

Drink lots of beer in a hot steamy parking lot this Saturday afternoon close to Downtown Los Angeles. Admission costs $10 and only gets you in to the event area. A pint glass that will enable you to actually drink beer at the event costs $20 presale or $25 at the event. All attendees that purchase the glass receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event or until the beer runs out. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking in the neighborhoods south of the venue.

3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 15
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood

Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $25, while spectators may enter for $15.

OC Weekly’s 12th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Hotel Irvine, Irvine

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Bad Ass Helen’s Birthday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
The Alamo, Riverside

Bad Ass vocalist Helen celebrates her birthday this week with some great punk bands performing in Riverside this Saturday night.

No Talents and The Stitches @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 15
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Enjoy some great local music in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ Dipiazza’s
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 16
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach

Get your skanking on tonght in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

5th Annual Grilled Cheese & Beer Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Vintage Enoteca, West Hollywood

$30 gets you three different grilled cheese sandwiches and three 6oz beer pairings for each sandwich.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18-19
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
The Rookery, Pomona

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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19-21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Hanadoki Con 2015
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 20
10:00 am – 2:00 am, March 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 22
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this four-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Viernes 13 – CD Release Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys

Viernes 13 has released a new album, and they will perform a few shows to celebrate its release. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on the link of a show for pricing details.

Hammerland – Bottle Release Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo

ESBC will release their coveted Hammerland this Friday, and they have greatly prepared for it, so observe the timeline carefully. The main tasting room opens at noon, and they will start pouring Hammerland for visitors to enjoy in the tasting room. At 4pm, ESBC will open the tasting room annex to accommodate for increased visitors. Finally, a VIP party starts at 7pm that costs $99 to attend that includes a 12-bottle case of Hammerland, unlimited pours of any brew on tap at the time, unlimited food while it lasts, and access to a VIP area.

2015 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

8th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 20
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

3rd Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the third year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale and $35 at the door, and include ten 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Implants – Live in Boyle Heights
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Mi Ranchito, Boyle Heights

Rock out with some great punk bands this Friday night in East LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a small show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Ska Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Get your skanking on with these local ska bands this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Halftoberfest @ Alpine Village
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 20
Alpine Village, Torrance

Missing the feel of Oktoberfest? Relive it this Friday night at Alpine Village in Torrance, complete with everything that Alpine Village’s actual Oktoberfest has. Entry costs $8, or anyone dressed in Oktoberfest clothes gets in for free!

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 11:00 am, March 21
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $55 presale, and $60 on the day of the race.

Escape from the Walled City – Los Angeles
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 21
Weingart Stadium, Monterey Park

From the creators of Real Escape Game comes this new real life escape game that will take place in Monterey Park this Saturday. Three different sessions will take place that each last 90 minutes, starting at 10:30am, 2:30pm, and 6:30pm. This interactive event requires that you use your intuition and survival instincts to reach the goal in time, so participants should wear active clothing or anything that allows maximum mobility. Registration costs $30 presale or $35 at the door. Children under 6 may enter for free with a paid adult, but I would not recommend bringing children as they could hinder your ability to escape in time.

4th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 21-22
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

4th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

2015 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 21
Hangar 8, Santa Monica

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 21
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $50 to get in. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

Xplore Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 21
Downtown Los Angeles

Basically, a scavenger hunt meets a 5k and parkour. Participants of this event must scour Los Angeles on foot to discover clues, points of interest, and landmarks using their physical abilities plus environmental senses to navigate the city and reach the goal in time. Anyone can participate either as an individual or on a team, and registration costs will vary based on that.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 21
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Skate Punk Fest 2015
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 21
Glass House, Pomona

A bunch of great local punk bands will perform at the Glass House in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Simply Wine Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
CBS Studios, Studio City

Basically, rich people showing off. Come drink wine for $120 per person, or upgrade to VIP status for $165.

Luicidal – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 22
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $49 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

103rd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

Much of Ventura Blvd in the San Fernando Valley will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Anti-Nowhere League – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 20
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Anti-Nowhere League leaves California this week on their tour, so do not miss out! Tickets to this show in Pomona this Tuesday night cost $16. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in any of the lots.

Barrel-Aged Mrs. Stoutfire Event
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood Brewing and The Bruery collaborated last year to create Mrs. Stoutfire, and the barrel-aged version of it has ripened to perfection. Taste it and other rare Bruery beers, including Grey Monday, this Wednesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Beachwood BBQ will also have some food specials that they will only serve on this night.

Angelic Upstarts – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 21, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, 333 Live, Los Angeles

Old school punk band Angelic Upstarts will tour through California this week, head up to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling, then return after the weekend for more shows. The listed shows only barely cover what they will do in the next week, so check them out on Facebook for information regarding their upcoming shows.

56th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 23
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 26
Village Green, Garden Grove

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday. New this year, a 5k will take place Saturday morning in the area. Registration has already closed, so just plan to avoid driving around this area in the morning.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 2
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $13 for one day or $22 for both days.

The Adicts – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23-24
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk band The Adicts go on tour this week, starting with a two-night concert in Orange County. Tickets to this weekend’s all-ages shows at The Observatory in Orange County cost $25.

6th Annual Children Today 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:30 am – 11:00 am, May 24
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

Run a 5k or 10k for charity this Saturday morning in Long Beach, as the path takes runners along the bike path on the beach. All runners receive a t-shirt and goodie bad with their admission, which costs $35 presale or $40 at the event. All nearby parking lots charge for parking, but you can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Bottle Share #13
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

3rd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2014 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 25
Historic Downtown Vista

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

Spring 2014 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 25
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Propagandhi @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Propagandhi will tour through Australia next week, but before they do that, they will play an all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to their show this Sunday night cost $20.

The Slackers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana

The Slackers make an Orange County appearance at this small show this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 26
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 26
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $52 per person in a team, or $57 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.