Posts Tagged ‘Mac & Cheese’

Four Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/488306804886726/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

To Live & Dine in OC 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Beach
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-oc-2017

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Laguna Beach. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Octoberflame IX
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 27
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.runrocknroll.com/los-angeles/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in Los Angeles this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies in price depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $30 to $45 for single days, or $80 for the entire weekend.

SoCal Spartan Race Beast & Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28-29
Snow Summit, Big Bear
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2645/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Big Bear. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Family Fall Festival 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/family-fall.htm

Celebrate the season with fall-themed activities, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, and more with just the cost of admission to the garden.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA West L.A. & Valley
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/

This Saturday, enjoy FREE access to eight museums and 13 exhibits throughout LA County. See the website for the list of participating locations.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

3rd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

3rd Annual SoCal VegFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

This food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services. Daily admission cost $5 presale or $10 at the door.

Halloween ComicFest 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Comics Factory, Pasadena
http://www.comicsfactory.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1745555489080662/

Free to attend for all ages, Comics Factory in Pasadena will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

Super Dimension Convention 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://superdimensioncon.com/

A convention for all things Macross and mecha comes to Torrance this Saturday. Admission starts at $15 and gets you access to the event plus a tote bag and magnet. Higher tiers of admission will grant additional souvenirs and special access to certain areas.

93rd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Halloween Comic Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Phat Collectibles, La Habra
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Phat Collectibles in La Habra will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

9th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $35 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://punkindrublicfest.com/huntington-beach/

Alcohol and punk rock collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock. Admission starts at $69 and gets you in to the festival at certain times depending on which admission you purchased. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Growlers Six Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28-29
Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor, San Pedro
http://thegrowlerssix.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in San Pedro this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 28
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its sixth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://shorelinevillage.com/long-beach-zombie-walk-presented-by-shoreline-village-2017/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Free to attend, this event will have many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1941642949493432/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. The $15 admission gets you one beer, one sausage food item, and one pretzel.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 28
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/capers/

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

16th Annual Skalloween
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/109498303059169/

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $7 presale, $12 at the door, or $10 at the door with a costume on.

5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/211551212699899/

A zombie-themed pub crawl will take place in Santa Monica this Saturday night. Participation costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event, but does not include any drinks – attendees must pay for their own drinks.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

The Darlings – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/161049397805658/

Rock out to some local music this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Streets: Uptown
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 29
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur in Bixby Knolls and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

15th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 29
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901229280131216/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in San Diego. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

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Americans have a strange fascination with bacon. Something about this small strip of pork drives people to spend obscene amounts of money to add it on to something. Fast food restaurants routinely charge a dollar more to add a piece of bacon, while some restaurants charge up to $4 more to add some bacon. I will never understand why people do this, but I do know that if I crave the flavor of bacon, it had better taste good. Sure bacon may not always represent the healthiest option on any menu, but it certainly beats other questionable ingredients such as white bread. At least with bacon, you do get a minor source of protein, while something like white bread will generally come with fillers and maybe preservatives depending on where you got that bread. But if you want something with a lot of bacon in it, you most likely will not care about the nutrition in it – you care about the taste and how much guilt you can cram into one item of food, and for that I go to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana.

As the name of this food stand suggests, Pig Pen Delicacy sells pork and pork accessories products in whatever manner they can fashion. Located inside the 4th Street Market, one of Orange County’s well-known food halls, Pig Pen Delicacy wants to deliver pork to you until you just shut up and love it. From pulled pork to pork belly to bacon and more, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy. While they have a regular menu with all the porky goodness around, they also have a limited-time specials menu that contains obscene items such as the Cheesy Mac Bun Burger. This burger comes on fried mac & cheese “buns” instead of regular bread, and holds the beef patty (cooked to order), cheddar cheese, candied bacon, and barbecue sauce. I hope your arteries can handle all this greasy goodness, because the faint-of-heart will most definitely not handle this thickness.

For $9.50, you can indulge in this guilty pleasure for a limited time at Pig Pen Delicacy in Downtown Santa Ana. To see what other specials they have cooking up, check out Pig Pen Delicacy on Facebook and Twitter.

The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. – Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 30
The Public House by Evans Brewing Co., Fullerton
http://www.evansbrewco.com/pub
http://www.facebook.com/events/322004384852317/

Although they have already opened under a soft opening, Evans Brewing will officially open their doors to the public starting this Wednesday in Downtown Fullerton. They will have complimentary appetizers, beers, and wines for the first two hours.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

32nd Annual Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Bibigo Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 2
Bibigo, Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://www.bibigousa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BibigoUSA/photos/a.114259088633083.17412.105791026146556/1371132796279033/

A new Bibigo opens their doors to the public this Friday afternoon in Torrance. Visit from noon to 3pm to receive a FREE bowl while supplies last.

4th Annual Good Food Showcase
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 2
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://www.sdchip.org/

Check out local farms, chefs, and products this Friday afternoon in Encinitas. Admission costs $10 and gets you access to all the exhibitors on site.

20th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2-3
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-ports-20th-annual-strong-ale-fest-tickets-28933299277

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

38th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 3
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

53rd Annual Ski Dazzle Ski Show & Snowboard Expo
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.skidazzle.com/

Check out all things ski, snowboard, and other winter/snow sports this weekend in Downtown LA. Daily admission costs $20 for adults or $5 for children, and grants access to the full show floor filled with over a hundred different vendors. Bring cash for parking as well.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays parade this Friday night in Old Town Seal Beach. Make sure you arrive early to secure parking and a good spot along the parade route.

LA Weekly Sips & Sweets 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
Petersen Automotive Museum, Mid-Wilshire
http://microapp.laweekly.com/sips-and-sweets/

Indulge on desserts and alcohol this Friday night in Los Angeles. General admission costs $45 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Skacore Night in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 2
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612566002381050/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Kat’s Birthday Bash!
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1080466678718433/

Get your weekly dose of local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. They have not specified a cover charge, so have cash available on hand for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 2, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.facebook.com/events/1809772199294487/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 3, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1321759-agent-orange-san-diego/
http://www.agentorange.net/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline shows in Southern California this weekend. The ticket price varies with each show, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter these shows.

Guttermouth: Live in San Diego
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 2
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/

Legendary punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a show in San Diego this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pulley: Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.x-members.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1321037-pulley-long-beach/

Punk rock band Pulley will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Run For A Claus
6:30 am – 11:00 am, December 3
University of California Irvine (turnaround at center of campus), Irvine
http://www.runforaclaus.com/

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning in Irvine. Kids may opt to participate in a 1-mile fun run instead. Registration for either run costs $40 for adults, with the price going down for younger participants.

3rd Annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/817/third-annual-holiday-marketplace

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

Foodie Con 2016
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
The Reef, South Central, Los Angeles
http://www.foodiecon.org/

If you have gone to Artisanal LA, this will feel very familiar. Check out this event in Los Angeles this weekend filled with dozens of vendors selling and/or sampling various food & beverage products. The event will also have speakers, demos, activities, and miscellaneous vendors. Admission costs $30 for one day, $45 for both days, $55 for VIP admission (early entry plus other goodies), or $7 for children. Attendees can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Holiday Vintage Pop Up at Ms. Vintage
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Ms. Vintage Clothing, Grant Hill, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187235731369529/

A special vintage pop-up will take place in San Diego this Saturday morning. Free to attend for all ages, check out dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel, accessories, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1624508447842415/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

46th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Saturday in Buena Park. Attendees can expect plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Bring cash for food and vendors.

San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sansmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Saturday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

2016 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

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 pop culture and the holidays.

22nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

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

PlayStation Experience 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2016/playstation-experience/

Check out all things Sony and PlayStation, including the new PS VR and PS4 Pro, this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $75 for both days.

2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3-4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/holidays/

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA this weekend will find lots of holiday festivities, activities, sales, specials, and more.

53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
North Park, San Diego
http://www.toylandparade.com/

A free and all-ages festive parade takes place in North Park this Saturday morning. Following the parade, lots of holiday activities will take place in North Park on both 30th Street and University Avenue.

6th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3-4
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

9th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
1st & Huntington, Arcadia
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA brings you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 3
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2016-holiday-celebration-12-5pm/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Frosty’s Snow Hill
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://www.starlightparade.com/

Family-friendly festivities will take place in Chula Vista this Saturday. Starting at noon, visitors will find snow at Memorial Park, plus other activities. A Christmas parade will start at 6pm on 3rd Avenue.

Carols & Barrels – A Holiday Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, December 3
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://carolsandbarrels.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego at the same place that the popular San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited drinks while supplies last. Bring extra cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/24th-annual-holiday-sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

2017 Miss California USA Pageant
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3-4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Saturday, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal and the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

2016 Encinitas Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, December 3
Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
http://cityofencinitas.org/index.aspx?recordid=16661&page=21

Enjoy a free and all-ages Christmas tree lighting ceremony followed by a holiday parade this Saturday evening in Encinitas.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

1st Annual Riverside Wine & Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.riversidelive.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=0B00514F0CC45E94&offerid=38236

A wine and beer festival will take place in Downtown Riverside this Saturday night. The website does not show ticket prices currently, but they will have general admission that starts at 6pm and VIP admission that starts at 5pm. No one under 21 may attend.

34th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/christmas-parade/

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

54th Annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Ports O’ Call, San Pedro
http://laharborholidayafloat.org/

Enjoy a free and all-ages holiday boat parade with thousands of sparkling lights this Saturday night in San Pedro. Visitors have plenty of spots along the river to view the parade from – check the website for the parade route and viewing spots.

OC Roller Derby – Winter Wonderslam
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

South Park Winter Walkabout
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 3
30th Street, South Park, San Diego
http://www.southparksd.com/walkabout.html

During this free and all-ages quarterly stroll through South Park, visitors can check out all the of the local businesses as they have specials and activities available.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s One-Year Anniversary
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 4
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.irontrianglebrewing.com/
http://bit.ly/ITBoneyear

Downtown LA’s Iron Triangle Brewing celebrates a year in the SoCal craft beer industry this weekend with beer and live music. Tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door, and gets you in to Sunday night at the tasting room. No one under 21 may attend.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Autism Speaks Walk – Orange County
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, December 4
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1156297

Walk for charity this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Raise certain amounts of money to qualify for rewards, which you can find out about on their website.

10th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/home-holidays

A pet adoption fair will take place in Irvine this Sunday, which will have hundreds of pets available for adoption, plus mobile food vendors, other pet accessory vendors, demos, a silent auction, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest a $2 donation per person to attend.

3rd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra
http://www.mosaiccraftfair.org/

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

4th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2016/

See all things cars at this car show presented by AutoCon this Sunday in the City of Industry. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest donating an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more upon entering.

38th Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Corona Del Mar’s Business District, Corona Del Mar
http://www.cdmchamber.com/events/christmas_walk.asp

Free to attend for all ages, many businesses in Corona Del Mar will have specials and activities this Sunday afternoon.

7th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 4
Bank of America Center, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/mac-and-cheese-smackdown-2016

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you two hours of all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last. Three two-hour sessions will take place: 12pm-2pm, 2:30-4:30, and 5pm-7pm.

65th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 4
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/christmas-parade/

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland-0

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 4
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

7th Annual A Taste of Coronado
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 12
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.atasteofcoronado.com/

Sample eats from various Coronado businesses this Wednesday night in Coronado. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and allows for unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover & Pint Nite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 12
Pie Dog, Fullerton
http://skabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/204131510007066/

This Wednesday night, Fullerton’s Pie Dog will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing available for you to try. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 13
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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

2nd Annual Sweet City: 2016 National Dessert Day Celebration
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, October 14
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/hb-sweet-city.html

This Friday, various businesses in Downtown Huntington Beach will have special scratcher cards that may randomly award you with a free dessert from that business. Simply show up at a participating business, receive a card, and test your luck. In the evening, a cookie-eating contest will take place.

60th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 15
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 16
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

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.

8th Annual Long Beach Zombie Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 14
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachzombiefest.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Punk Rock Nite @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1087173651358204/

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

Second Empire DIPA Bottle Release
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, October 14
Phillips Mansion, Pomona
http://alostabrewing.com/Events.html

Covina’s Alosta Brewing will release a Double IPA this Friday night at a special location in Pomona. Those interested must preorder this beer prior to traveling to the location. Preorders also allow a tour of the historical location.

10th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 14-15
The Village at Topanga, Woodland Hills
http://www.malibufoodandwinefestival.com/

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $100 and starts at 9pm, while VIP tickets cost $150 and starts at 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 14, Bar 1650, Corona http://www.facebook.com/events/283737218655948/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 15, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.facebook.com/events/1561790510792830/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Color Run 5k – Ventura
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, October 15
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/ventura-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Ventura 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.

2016 Los Angeles Dragonboat Festival
8:30 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Legg Lake Park, Whittier
http://ladragonboat.com/

Come to watch Dragonboat races at Legg Lake Park – free parking and admission to spectate!

13th Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

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.

He’e Nalu Aloha Pier Festival & Luau
9:30 am – 9:00 pm, October 15
Huntington Beach Pier, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/he-e-nalu-aloha.html

A free and all-ages Hawaiian & Pacific Islander festival comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Visitors can expect food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, activities, and more.

Glitterfest Fall 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

34th Annual Fall Plant Sale
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 15-16
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/plantsales.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 15-16
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

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.

2016 Oxnard Steampunk Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 15
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 16
Heritage Square, Oxnard
http://oxnardsteampunkfest.com/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this huge steampunk gathering this weekend in Oxnard. Adult admission costs $12, while children’s admission costs $5 on Saturday or nothing on Sunday. Lots of activities and meetups will take place, including live music, vendors, food booths, tea parties, fencing/dueling, and more.

11th Annual Taste of Soul
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 15
Crenshaw Blvd, Leimert Park
http://tasteofsoul.org/

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.

2nd Annual San Diego Sausage & Beer Festival
10:30 am – 3:30 pm, October 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/sdsausagefest

Sample sausages and beers this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Tickets cost $65 presale or $85 at the door, and grants you access to unlimited sausage and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 15
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.worldwidenetworkoflearning.org/projects–events.html
http://www.facebook.com/events/1787719211462085/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 15
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

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.

Stereo Brewing’s Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 15
Stereo Brewing, Placentia
http://www.stereobrewing.com/

A new brewery in Orange County opens their doors to the public this weekend. They will have six beers available for you to try, plus live music and mobile food vendors throughout the day. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Rockin’ The Wharf 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 15
Queens Wharf, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1639576893000943/

An all-ages all-day rockabilly concert comes to Long Beach this Saturday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate.

2016 Santa Barbara Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 15
Elings Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbbeerfestival.com/

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.

3rd Annual Vegan Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, October 15
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.veganoktoberfest.com/

If you love Oktoberfest but follow the vegan plan, then you will fit right in at this one-of-a-kind Oktoberfest. All the typical Oktoberfest festivities will keep everyone occupied, while everyone gets full on vegan food and vegan beer. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and includes one stein glass with unlimited beer pours. VIP admission costs $55, starts at 12pm, and also provides access to a VIP area with food samples. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Dana Point Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointoktoberfest.com/

South Orange County gets their own free & all-ages Oktoberfest celebration this weekend. 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.

Burbank Beer Festival & Street Fair
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, October 15
San Fernando Blvd, Downtown Burbank
http://www.burbankbeerfestival.com/

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.

Dessert Week LA: Live Event
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://dessertweekla.com/

Sample desserts from dozens of vendors this Saturday in Downtown LA. General admission costs $15, starts at 1pm, and gets you ten dessert samples. VIP admission costs $25, starts at 12pm, includes a drink ticket, and allows you to sample from 25 vendors. All attendees can purchase full-size desserts and beverages for cash.

8th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $30 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

2nd Annual Ooze Fest – Southern California’s Premier Cheese Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15-16
Parking lot in front of Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://oozefestival.com/

Get cheesed out at this festival celebrating all things cheese this weekend in Downtown Santa Ana. This year, they have handled admission a lot differently. $5 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $50 gets you all-you-can-eat from 5pm to 9pm.

El Segundo Brewing’s Wet Hop Weekend
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release their wet-hopped brews this Saturday. They will have various versions of their hoppy brew, plus live music and mobile food vendors. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 15
Jack Rose Track Stadium @ Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach
http://www.lbbeerfest.com/

Cal State Long Beach will host their very own beer festival for the first time this weekend. General admission costs $49 and starts at 2pm. VIP Admission costs $64 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Timeless Pints 3rd Year Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 15
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/904646152999296/

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns three years 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.

2nd Annual Pour On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 15
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, while VIP admission costs $25 presale or $35 on the day of the event and comes with a goodie bag with assorted products and gift certificates to the local businesses. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $2 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Pasadena Octoberfest
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, October 15
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://pasadenaoctoberfest.com/

More a beer festival than an Oktoberfest, Pasadena gets a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. The event will have dozens of breweries, mobile food vendors, live music, and more. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm. Early admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $70, also starts at 2pm, and includes VIP treatment with complimentary food and access to exclusive beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Sour Bonanza 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 15
Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
http://www.holidaywinecellar.com/

$60 gets you 15 tasters of sour beers this Saturday evening in Escondido. No one under 21 may attend.

Guttermouth’s Mark’s 50th Birthday Bash
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/338185939845780/

Legendary punk rock band Guttermouth’s lead vocalist turns 50 years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a bigass show this Saturday in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $25. No one under 21 may enter.

Chula Vista Oktoberfiesta
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 15
Salt Creek Community Park, Chula Vista
http://chulavistarotary.org/event/2016-oktoberfiesta/

Chula Vista hosts their own version of an Oktoberfest this Saturday evening. Tickets to this event cost $50 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Social List’s Fall Block Party & Oktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
The Social List, Long Beach
http://thesociallistlb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/598774573635944/

This Saturday evening, Long Beach’s The Social List will close off a small portion of the adjacent streets to allow for outdoor drinking and partying. Buy a stein with beer for $15, and get $2 off beer refills all month long. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and have a good time.

6th Annual Taste of Mexico Culinary Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 15
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://www.thetasteofmexico.org/

Sample lots of Mexican food and drinks this Saturday night in Downtown LA. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85, starts at 6pm, and includes exclusive food and drinks, plus access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Piñata Protest: Live in Southern California
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 15, Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead http://www.facebook.com/events/1170812436303221/
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 16, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1230112757008604/
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest will perform a handful of shows in Southern California starting this weekend. Each show has a different cover charge, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 16
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 16
Frank G Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

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.

Disneyland Lolita Day 2016
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 16
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://disneylandlolitaday.wixsite.com/

This Sunday, lolita fans will congregate at Disneyland in Anaheim. Dress up and come mingle with others, or simply come admire those who do dress up.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 16
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

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 6th Annual Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 16
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/pour-it-black

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.

7th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 16
Cali Comfort BBQ, Spring Valley
http://www.calicomfortbbq.com/svbbqfest2016

A barbecue competition & festival comes to La Mesa this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all-ages, visitors can sample food from the competitors for $2 each. Visitors can also expect lots of activities, entertainment, vendors, beverages, and more.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 16
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dtla-breweries-united-fest-16-tickets-27671426983

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday afternoon in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $45 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 11th Annual The Food Event
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 16
Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu
http://www.lamag.com/thefoodevent

$125 gets you in to this event in Malibu this Sunday afternoon with food and drink samples from dozens of vendors. No one under 21 may attend.

Monsters & Mai Tais V
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge, North Hollywood
http://www.tongahut.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1035496033216068/

Get festive and boozy this Sunday in North Hollywood. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art for sale, live music, food, drinks, and more.

7th Annual Urban Farm Dinner
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 16
The Growing Experience: An Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://primalalchemy.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1802282733348882/

Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner this Sunday evening for $120 per person or $600 for a table for six.

When it comes to foods that people commonly mistake as unhealthy, white potatoes instantly come to mind. People blame potatoes on its high carb content, and also that people normally eat potatoes deep-fried. However, white potatoes actually contain a wealth of nutrients very vital to living. Served properly, potatoes provide us with nutrition and good health when not industrially liquefied and deep-fried. As such, despite how often we find potatoes deep-fried, it often helps to find potatoes with the most untouched white part, such as in thicker fries. Fresh-cut potatoes also lend well to retain its nutrients, as opposed to previously frozen potatoes. Problems arise when you drench said potatoes with lots of sauce and seasonings, spiking up the sodium content. If done properly though, it will taste great and not put as much of a damper on your health. For something like that, head over to Meat Up BBQ in Placentia.

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Mac Attack Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries, Hellbilly chili, mac & cheese, pulled pork, and barbecue sauce. Basically, chili cheese fries meet barbecue pulled pork fries. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

Check out more of what Meat Up BBQ has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Ska Parade Lounge
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 1
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663305563915816/

Enjoy a free local ska-punk show in Fullerton this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Magic In The Garden
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 2
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/magic-in-the-garden/

Enjoy a four-course dinner with magic show this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Reservations for this dinner cost $50.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/504207579759605/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

The Briggs @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.thebriggs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/935775456471738/

Punk rock band The Briggs will headline a free show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4-6
Fairplex, Pomona
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

19th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4-5
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461013

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

37th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Beyond The Lines – Pop-Up Group Art Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Solar Studios, Glendale
http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/

Find paintings, sculptures, photography, furniture, jewelry, and other handmade crafts from emerging local artists as well as live music, comedy show, face painting, photo booth, games, cold pressed juice, coffee, tea, and more at this pop-up art show. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, December 5
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/bierfest/

More than 40 microbreweries will serve over 100 different beers this weekend at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $45. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1009917-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/604/holiday-pop-up-village-at-grand-central-market-december-5-and-6

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

2015 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

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 pop culture and the holidays.

21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 5
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

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

4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, music by Richard Blade, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2015 with some rare and unreleased beers, including this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Big Bite Sugar Rush
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://bigbiteevents.com/

Big Bite Events returns with a sweeter spin on their food fest events. This dessert showcase brings dessert competitions, demos, dessert decorating activities, and dozens of sweets to sample. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and allows unlimited dessert samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 11am, and also includes a goodie bag, alcohol pairing, and access to a VIP lounge.

8th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

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

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, December 5
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2015-holiday-celebration/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

Stateside Crafts 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 5
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000424083313517/

Long Beach’s Stateside Crafts turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will a variety of vendors on hand to serve visitors this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, Stateside Crafts will offer discounted beer flights, product samples from the vendors, and raffle prizes for visitors.

4th Annual Pugafest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24pugafest.brownpapertickets.com/

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

23rd Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-uptown-holiday-sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 5
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/adolescents

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Ska-Punk Night @ Soda Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 5
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2676

Enjoy some local ska-punk music this Saturday night in Normal Heights in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 6
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, December 6
LA River Studios, Glassell Park
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/your-cheesy-dreams-are-about-to-come-true-at-the-first-ever-mac-and-cheese-smackdown-111715

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you access to all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last.

64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 6
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/64th-annual-downey-christmas-parade/

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

The Generators: Live in Ventura
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 6
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/985651164828415/

Enjoy a local punk rock show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Winter’s Tiki Wonderland X
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/790959074364004/

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

21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 6
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

Twisted Christmas with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1627586227529016/

Witness a sultry holiday-themed burlesque show at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday evening. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 6
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

Viernes 13 Presents: Skanukkah
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/viernes-13-alianza-cosmica-major-league-skankers/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 1:00 am, November 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/575037072643741/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 6-15
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

9th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 6
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40.

Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms Brewhouse
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/156981964651366/

Firestone Walker will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 6
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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).

33rd Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/news-article/holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

7th Annual Montebello Taste of the Town
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, November 6
Bagramian Hall, Montebello
http://montebellotaste.com/

Sample eats & drinks from various restaurants from Montebello this Friday night. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and includes unlimited tastes while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and also includes VIP seating and a gift bag.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

The Fall of Troy: Adventour Time
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 6, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/886537-fall-troy-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 7, Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278768
http://thefalloftroy.com/

Post-hardcore band The Fall of Troy currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with these two shows this weekend. Ticket prices for these all-ages shows depend on the location, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Brick Top Blaggers @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1419721455013964/

Get your Irish jig on this Friday night at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/980263-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

Buck-O-Nine: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.buckonine.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/984530791598059/

Ska-punk band Buck-O-Nine will headline a show in Rosemead this Friday night. They have not specified the cover fee for this show yet. No one under 21 may enter.

Wipeout Run – Orange County
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 7
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://wipeoutrun.com/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in Orange County this Saturday. This obstacle 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. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Art & Antique Fall Street Faire, Miss Uptown Whittier Contest, and 1st Annual Uptown Chili Showdown Cooking Contest
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-fall-art-antique-faire/

Uptown Whittier will play host to a plethora of free and all-ages events this Saturday. Their annual antique street fair returns that allows visitors to peruse the dozens of booths to find various goods to buy. Uptown Whittier will also crown next year’s Miss Uptown Whittier during this time. As for something new, Uptown Whittier will hold a chili cookoff for anyone to enter their chili in to win cash prizes.

6th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7-8
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

19th Annual Long Beach Veteran’s Parade
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 7
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://lbveteransdayparade.com/

Bring your family out to watch a parade to honor our nation’s veterans this Saturday morning!

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Rock n’ Ride for Veterans
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 7
Downey Civic Center, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/rock_n_ride_for_veterans.asp

Join in on a bike ride this Saturday in Downey and enjoy the sights, live entertainment, children’s activities, and more. Participants, may choose to ride for six miles or 32 miles.

1st Annual San Diego Mac N’ Cheese Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

As the event name suggests, this event allows you to stuff yourselves full of macaroni & cheese. Admission costs $35 and provides you with unlimited access to all the mac & cheese available from the dozens of food vendors available. In addition, all attendees receive ten drink tickets good towards craft beer and/or wine tasters. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 7-8
El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://filamarts.org/

This all-ages Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. New this year, visitors can now enter for FREE. Do take into consideration the commute and parking for the new location in Downtown LA.

Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In ’15
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 7
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=101&TargetID=1,2,3,7,8,6,11,12,13,14,5,15,16,4,17,18,19

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

The Hard Core Cider Tour: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.hardcorecidertour.com/los-angeles/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $45 and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Alosta Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 7
Alosta Brewing, Covina
http://alostabrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537094246580569/

Alosta Brewing has completed two years in the beer industry, and to celebrate, they will hold two beer tasting sessions this Saturday: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. Each session costs $30 to attend, and includes a souvenir glass, 12 beer half-pours (can use two to make a full pour), and three raffle tickets. Bring in a canned good to donate to receive an additional two half-pours and two raffle tickets. Alosta will bring on live entertainment, food vendors, and a special anniversary brew. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Beer Week @ Select Beer Store
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865859633509985/

Unable to make it down to San Diego this weekend? Head on over to Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday where they will tap many different San Diego beers for your enjoyment. No admission or cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

5th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/740279252715225/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

5th Annual Wedge Artisanal Cheese Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 7
Downtown Escondido
http://wedgeescondido.com/

If you love cheese, you will not want to miss this cheese festival. Admission costs $45 and provides access to over a dozen different places to sample gourmet cheeses and receive craft beer or wine pairings with them. As a self-guided tour, no one under 21 may participate, but they may continue to access all areas.

The Menzingers – On Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2015
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 8, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/900179-menzingers-mewithoutyou-los-angeles/
http://themenzingers.com/

Punk band The Menzingers currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link above for details.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 7
57 Degrees, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/382246155302890/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Ska-Punk Show in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 7
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/160152087669112/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska-punk show at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim this Saturday night.

The Briefs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, November 7, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222041
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 8, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/956701-briefs-long-beach/

Rock out to punk rock bands this weekend in Pomona and/or Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Malones Santa Ana
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, November 7
Malones, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1074302839248221/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show this Saturday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show ranges from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

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

16th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 8
Hilton, Universal City
http://www.jraamerica.com/food-festival

$80 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 4-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Hub City Stompers – Left Coast Recrod Release Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/223021

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Pomona this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 has proved quite an eventful year. The world has gone through some significant changes that allow us to say that we have lived through history. 2014 has proved itself a rocky year for me personally – uncertainty of occupations, a better camera, event opportunities, and new foods all arrived at my doorstep this year. Although I have lost count of all the amazing new foods I have tried this year, the following five foods have truly cemented their legacy into my mind and heart.

5. Pop’s Cafe‘s Deep-Fried French Toast

Most people recognize French toast as thick bread soaked in an egg wash and then grilled. Pop’s Cafe in Santa Ana reinvents French toast by deep-frying it instead. I would not recommend this to anyone on a diet – basically, each bite feels like biting into a warm stick of butter. As if that does not sound fattening enough, the Deep-Fried French Toast comes with a dollop of butter and syrup. Perhaps if you had a long night out drinking, this may sound delicious. As disgusting as this made me feel after eating it, I will never forget that this exists.

4. Pizzanista!‘s Macaroni & Cheese Pizza

What do you get when you combine two very popular comfort foods? You get a Macaroni & Cheese Pizza of course! The artsy folks at Pizzanista! in the arts district of Downtown Los Angeles come up with strange yet unique combinations of toppings, which lends well to the name of the business. On Sundays only, visitors can snag this carb mountain known as the Macaroni & Cheese Pizza, which has tomato sauce, elbow macaroni, and four cheeses: asiago, fontina, cheddar, and grana padano. Order a slice for $4, or take home a whole pie for $28. Either way, after eating this, you will probably feel like running a marathon to burn off all those carbs.

3. Pellicola Pizzeria‘s Nutella Pie

Since a young age, I often favored sweet toppings over the desserts themselves. Examples include condensed milk (Lechera), peanut butter, and hazelnut spread (Nutella). Although the public sees Nutella as children’s food, many adults still appreciate the chocolatey spread, albeit it contains no real nutritional value. The creators at Pellicola Pizzeria in Downtown Los Angeles love Nutella so much that they adapted in into their menu with a Nutella Pie. Resembling a quesadilla more so than a pie, this slice of heaven contains sliced almonds and a generous amount of Nutella, and gets topped with powdered sugar and more Nutella. Munch into a slice for $3.50, or take home a whole pie to save for later or to share – a medium pie costs $13, while a large pie costs $17.

2. The Compass‘ Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Braised Beef Short Rib

Despite the excessive carb count, macaroni and cheese holds a dear spot in the hearts of many. Even my sister, a fitness fanatic who abstains from carbs, cannot resist a succulent mac & cheese. So when I discovered what The Compass in Carlsbad had on their menu, I knew right away I had to broadcast the fact. Their menu contains standard gastropub faire, but something else about their Cast Iron Baked Macaroni & Cheese jumped out to my eyes: the option to add Braised Beef Short Rib. This one addition alone turned this dish up to one past ten. Sadly, this costs so much for a small serving, but when you focus on quality over quantity, you can splurge yourself once in a while.

1. Sarita’s Pupuseria‘s Pupusas

Until I discovered Vchos Truck, I had never heard of a Pupusa in my entire life. Once I tried a pupusa from that truck, I retained that taste in the back of my mind until the day I could find the best authentic pupusa ever. My search landed me at Sarita’s Pupuseria in the heart of Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. I have tried many pupusas all over Southern California, but none other compares to these ones. The customer favorite, revueltas, contains pork, beans, and cheese. As a purist, I go for just pork in my pupusas, as the beans and cheese can interfere with the savoriness of the pork. You do not even need any sauce – the fillings contain so much flavor that you will want to get right back in line and order more to eat right there and take home the rest.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
Now through October 19
All over Los Angeles
http://lafashionweek.net/

The latest in fashion goes public all this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/779375302121690/

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.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2014
7:00 pm – 11:00, October 15-16
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, October 17
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
Five different venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this five-day span, five different venues will host numerous music acts, as well as music conferences 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.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534797783399251/

Beachwood BBQ fans rejoice! The one that started them all, Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night, returns this Thursday night to the Seal Beach restaurant. No reservations required – simply show up, grab a list, then start marking off what you want in your Mac & Cheese dish.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 16
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

English Dogs – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 16, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/English-Dogs
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17, S.C.L.A. Apparel, Watts, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/352491461581494/

Original UK punk band English Dogs will tour across the west coast starting with Southern California this week. They will also return to Southern California a few times in the next two weeks. Tickets to these all-ages shows range from $10 to $13.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

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

3rd Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 17-18
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

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

58th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 18
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

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.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 17
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/?p=4

Catch Duane Peters Gunfight, D.I., Riotgun, and more at this punk show at the Tiki Bar this Friday night. No one has specified a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 17-18
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/673049362743408/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 11th 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.

27th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

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.

7th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/artwalk/

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.

2nd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Elks Lodge, San Clemente
http://scoktoberfest.weebly.com/

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 $10.

2nd Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Admission costs $5 per person, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8. Parking will cost $10 per vehicle, so I recommend carpooling to save money.

Downtown Burbank Oktoburfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 18
Gordon Biersch, Burbank
http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php

Downtown Burbank turns on the taps for Oktoberfest with ample helpings of beer and good times. A Biergarten will take over San Fernando Blvd between Olive & Angeleno, where beer enthusiasts can sample a variety of brews, pick up a swag bag filled with special offers, obtain a souvenir glass, and enjoy music & entertainment. Guests can obtain food & appetizers for takeout from area restaurants and eateries. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission starts at 12pm and allows access to rare brews.

7th Annual Tattoos For The Cure
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
Ink’d Chronicles, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/429922330478520/

At this annual breast cancer charity event, find tattoos, a fashion show, live music, an art exhibit, vendors, beer, raffle prizes, and more. Any visitor wanting a tattoo must spend $80 minimum on it. Artists volunteer their time, and all proceeds get donated to the breast health program at Cancer Care Center.

Anaheim Brewery Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://anaheimbrewery.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/anaheim-brewerys-2014-oktoberfest-double-dates/

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.

BierBuzz Masquerade 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://masqueradebeerfest.com/

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at this costumed beer fest. General admission costs $35, comes with ten beer tasters, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $45, comes with 15 beer tasters, and starts at 5pm. This event takes place mostly outdoors and will go on rain or shine. Guests can find plenty of free street parking throughout the neighborhood. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $50, while tickets at the door cost $60.

11th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

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.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/273991146144629/

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

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/639985-when-worlds-collide-tour-san-diego/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dri-2014

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 19
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

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.

2014 Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 19
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/pouritblack/

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $45 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 19
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sriracha.nightout.com/

Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

Eddie & The Hot Rods @ Slide Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/245542405656789/

UK rockers Eddie & The Hot Rods return to America for a two-week tour. Catch them in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Colloquially referred to as “God’s gift to man’s stomach,” Macaroni & Cheese represents the epitomé of comfort food. Something about small pasta noodles smothered in creamy cheese appeals to nearly anybody. This past Sunday, Los Angeles got a taste of a Mac & Cheese haven at the Los Angeles Mac And Cheeze Takedown at the Bootleg Theater in Westlake. Local home cooks and chefs entered their prized mac & cheese dish into this competition and all-ages food fest, hoping to take home the coveted prize of Best in Mac. Hungry attendees paid only $15 for this all-you-can-eat mac & cheese gorge-out.

The Mac And Cheeze Takedown took place in the back theater section of the venue, complete with theater-style seating and a large open floor to set up the tables. Tables lined the outer edges of the floor, forming an upside-down U facing the seats. Signs with numbers 1-24 hung from each table half, running from the left side all the way to the right, representing 24 total entrants, albeit not all 24 showed up. Originally, the organizers allowed attendees to start from anywhere in the line, but that quickly went out the door as almost everyone started their mac & cheese journey at entrant #1. Splitting the line in half would have worked for the better, as attendees would find the plates, utensils, and napkins in the middle between #12 and #13. Clutter never occurred, as because of the all-you-can-eat nature, the attendees split their time perfectly between eating and browsing. As for drinks, the venue has a bar in the front concert room of the building, where attendees could get soft drinks, beer, or wine.

Most of the entrants utilized some ingredient or technique that set them apart from the rest. No entrant made simple traditional mac & cheese – each mac & cheese had something to make it glorified. Not every entrant made it to the Mac And Cheeze Takedown either, so some spots went empty, or got taken over by a neighbor. Read on to see who made what, and my comments about each one.

  1. Spicy mac with shrimp. Contained more spice than shrimp, so I would have liked more shrimp in this.
  2. No show. Spot taken over by #1.
  3. Pasta salad mac. Rather bland in the flavor department, and did not detect meat.
  4. Truffle mac. Great balance of truffles in here.
  5. No show.
  6. Mac with ham and corn. The corn threw off the texture; otherwise, good job with the meat choice.
  7. Bacon mac. Good traditional taste, but nothing fancy.
  8. No show.
  9. Apple cobbler mac. One of two dessert macs, and tasted just like traditional apple cobbler.
  10. Strawberry cream mac and coffee cream mac. The second of the two dessert macs, these came as one-bite macs, rich with creamy goodness.
  11. Large shell mac with bacon. The only entrant to use a large shell like this, and contained what tasted like gorgonzola cheese, making for a bold kick.
  12. Bacon mac. Slightly drier than #7.

The first half had some interesting ones, but only a few truly stood out. Moving on to the second half:

  1. Penne-style pasta. Nice creamy flavor, but no meat.
  2. Puff-pastry filled with mac. Unique, but drier than hoped for.
  3. Indian-style vegan mac. Lack of both cheese and meat turned me off, though others may like it.
  4. Just mac & cheese. Nothing stood out from this.
  5. No show.
  6. Bacon mac with multiple cheeses. One of the best, as agreed by many others. Very well balanced with all ingredients.
  7. Chef’s special mac with secret ingredients. Very creamy, and loaded with great cheeses.
  8. No show.
  9. Mac with Cheez-Its and Chinese sausage. On paper, this should sell very well. Unfortunately, something did not click together.
  10. Creamy mac with balsamic reduction and collard greens. Tasted more like a salad.
  11. Bacon mac. Rather lackluster.
  12. Mac with a crust. Good traditional flavor, but nothing stood out.

Attendees could vote on only one of the entrants to win the title of the Best in Mac. Narrowing the choices down to one boggled the minds of many. Personally, it came down to #4, #18, and #19. #4 had the great balance of truffle in it, as it did not overwhelm, yet you could easily detect the truffle in it. #18 used the right combination of cheeses, bacon, and crispy toppings to make an unforgettable mac & cheese. #19 with his secret ingredients made his creamy mac a delight, though a sample from the top layer proved less appetizing than mac from the middle of the pan.

The Takedowns holds these competitions in other places than just Southern California! They go cross-country and hold takedowns for not only different types of foods, but for anything that can merit a competition. For example, the next takedown will occur in two weeks in Detroit and will focus on BACON. The takedown after that will occur two weeks later in Brooklyn, and will showcase skatedeck paintings. Make sure you LIKE The Takedowns in Facebook to receive information about their upcoming events, as they may stop by a place near you!