Posts Tagged ‘Lights’

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
Participating locations, Old Pasadena

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

2017 All-Star Chef Classic
March 8-11
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

Malibu Family Wine Social
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica

Sample some wines, cheese, and charcuterie this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. Reservations cost $18 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 9
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

North Park After Dark
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
North Park, San Diego

This Thursday evening, many businesses in North Park will remain open later and have specials on food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Check out the variety of restaurants here, then check out all the various shops and discover something new to take home.

Golden Road: Grand Central Market – One Year Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
Golden Road in Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles

Golden Road’s Grand Central Market location turns a year old this week, and they will celebrate with food, live music, games, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and lots of beer. Free to attend, visitors will pay for beers as they go. The first 50 customers will receive free food.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
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.

Badfish Roller Derby Recruitment Meeting
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 9
Arnold Cypress Park, Cypress

Ever wanted to play roller derby? You have a chance to join a team/league this Thursday night in Cypress. Come on out, meet current skaters, and learn more about roller derby.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 10-12
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2017 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
Fairplex, Pomona

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.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

D.I. – Live in Downtown Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 10
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Downtown Santa Ana

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. They have not yet specified the cover charge for this show, so have cash available. No one under 21 may enter.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
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 for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Color In Motion 5k – Indio
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Empire Polo Fields, Indio

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Fairplex, Pomona

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 11-12
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Doctor Who series.

23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 11
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

10th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11-12
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 11
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 $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Select Beer Store’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

The Lights Festival – Orange County
2:30 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Apple Valley

Feel good with friends and strangers this Saturday evening out in Apple Valley. Take part in food, music, culture, lights, and more. Admission costs $60 per person.

Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 11
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, University Park, Los Angeles

Rock out to ska and reggae bands this Saturday night in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $53.

SCRD Lagunatics Vs. BCRD Riptide Rollers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
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.

1st Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm, March 12
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
The Reef, Los Angeles

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature many celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. General admission costs $13 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

Brand Refresh Party
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 12
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill, Vista

Belching Beaver has redesigned their brand, and you can sample the first of it this Sunday afternoon in North San Diego County. Admission costs $35 and includes four food & beer pairings, two 5oz pours, one 16oz pour, and a t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Babychella Family Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 12
Mason Regional Park, Irvine

Free to attend for all ages, this wholesome event will have a variety of activities for visitors to check out. Expect to find storytelling, live entertainment, photo booths, arts & crafts, games, yoga, vendors, and more.

43rd Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

The Jukebox Romantics @ The World Famous Doll Hut
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy some local punk rock music this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 17
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Pop-Up Beer Dinner @ Phantom Carriage
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson

Enjoy a five-course dinner with craft beer pairings this Thursday night at Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson. Admission costs $75, and includes a tour of the brewing facility. No one under 21 may attend.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2015
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 18
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara

Over this four-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo

El Segundo Brewing will release three different wet-hopped brews this weekend. On Friday, they will release wet-hopped Mayberry IPA. On Saturday, they will release wet-hopped Simcoe Pale and Citramongous DIPA. In addition on Saturday, they will have a BBQ in their backyard patio. These releases require no admission – simply show up, and pay as you go.

1st Annual La Mesa FallFest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
Grossmont Center, La Mesa

La Mesa will have Oktoberfest festivities this weekend at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find live music, various contests and activities, and plenty of food and beer. Visitors should bring cash for any food or beer to consume on premises. Anyone under 21 may not have any alcoholic beverages, and may only attend with adult supervision.

Allagash Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Allagash beers this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

59th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 16
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 17
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 18
William Peak Park, Buena Park

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, October 16, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, Slide Bar, Fullerton

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the San Diego show cost $12 presale or $14 at the door. The Fullerton show has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter either show.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 17
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura

The color run that started it all returns to Ventura County Fairgrounds this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

5th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 17
Rose Bowl, Pasadena

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 12th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

28th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 17
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 18
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2015 Cake Expo Sweets & Party Show
9:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 17-18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Find all things cakes and baking at this two-day event at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend. Attendees will find hundreds of dessert samples, various workshops, hands-on demos, celebrity chefs, dozens of vendors, and more. Admission varies based on when you want to attend and what extras you want, starting at $10 and going up as high as $450.

8th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 17
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
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.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 17-18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

10th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 17
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park

At this free and all-ages event, find soul food and soulful music, along with dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, and plenty of activities for everyone.

7th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 17
30th & University, North Park, San Diego

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 7th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

3rd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 17
Elks Lodge, San Clemente

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $9 presale or $12 at the door.

2015 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 17
Elings Park, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has its own beer festival this Saturday afternoon. $60 admission gets you in to unlimited beer tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 17
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank

Downtown Burbank gets a little crazy this Saturday by holding a free and all-ages street fair that will include a beer garden. The all-day street fair will have various vendors selling apparel, accessories, trinkets, gadgets, and other souvenirs. The beer garden covers two three-hour sessions that start at 12pm and 4pm, and each session costs $40 to enter and comes with unlimited beer pours while supplies last.

Coachella Valley Brewing’s 2nd Year Anniversary
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 17
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms

Coachella Valley Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a party at their tasting room this Saturday. The $20 admission gets you 12 beer tasters and access to the tasting room on this day, complete with live music and food vendors. Attendees not drinking, including minors, can enter for $5.

Off The Hook: Santa Monica Seafood Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 17
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Enjoy lots of seafood, drinks, live music, games, and more fun this Saturday evening on the Santa Monica Pier. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Diwali 2015 – The Indian Festival of Lights
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 17
Balboa Park, San Diego

Immerse yourself in Indian culture with this lamp exhibit at Balboa Park this Saturday evening. Find various lamps from India, see cultural dances, spectacular light displays, indulge in Indian food, check out the museum’s art, and more. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

12th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event costs $125 per person.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

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

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 18
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Downtown Los Angeles

Much of the center of Downtown Los Angeles 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.

Stone Brewing’s 5th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 18
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 18
Disneyland Park, Anaheim

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 18
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

2nd Annual Eastside Food Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 18
Mack Sennett Studios, Silverlake

Indulge in eats, sips, and treats from numerous restaurants around the heart of Los Angeles this Sunday evening in Silverlake. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $90 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Long Beach Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach

Enjoy a multi-course farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening in Long Beach. Admission to this dinner costs $95 per individual, or $720 for a table of eight. The dinner will not provide beverages, but diners may bring their own drinks of choice.

Remember the famous theme song to Disney’s Electrical Parade? Perhaps you may have even watched the parade in person before? If you fondly remember that parade, then Autumn Lights @ Pershing Square will take those memories, enhance them, and throw them back at you in a puff of sparkly lights. A free event that occurs annually on the weekend closest to the autumnal equinox, Autumn Lights invites artists and performers from all over to exhibit their work in this after-dark setting. All participants must supply their own method of lighting for whatever they exhibit – paintings, sculptures, 3D renderings, dance shows, and more. Many of the exhibits even encouraged guests to interact as well! I had arrived shortly prior to sunset, so I took as many photos as I could with natural sunlight.

Take a look at this exhibit that caught many people’s attention as it operated:

This glass circle consisted of four quadrants: two clear glass quadrants and two mirror quadrants both lie across from the center of the circle, attached to a gear that guests could spin. By spinning the gear, the circle created a half mirror/half glass image such that if you place two people or objects on opposite sides, you see a “ghost” or superimposed image of the two people or objects. Once guests found out how this exhibit functioned, many flocked over to see it in action. Personally, I spent at least 15 minutes gazing in awe at such a cool and creative invention.

Once the sun fully set, all the lights simultaneously powered on, revealing a spectacular show of lights, dance, music, art, and more.

Truly a marvelous sight for no entry fee, Autumn Lights redefines art by portraying it in its inverse setting. Whereas traditional art occurs in light on a light base, Autumn Lights focuses on no lights and that the art must create its own light or function differently without light. Those who remember Disney’s Electrical Parade will see Autumn Lights as the grown-up version of it. Make sure you remember to bring your friends and family to visit Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles next year to check out Autumn Lights, a spectacle you do not want to miss.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 22
Santa Monica Pier

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

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

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

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

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

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.