Posts Tagged ‘Malibu’

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

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

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

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

2017 All-Star Chef Classic
March 8-11
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

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

Malibu Family Wine Social
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.sonomawinegarden.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1839458483008495/

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

21st Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 9
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/the-taste-of-third-returns-march-9/

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

North Park After Dark
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
North Park, San Diego
http://www.northparkafterdark.com/

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

Golden Road: Grand Central Market – One Year Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
Golden Road in Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://goldenroad.la/grandcentralmarket/
http://www.facebook.com/events/960386487427589/

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

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

Badfish Roller Derby Recruitment Meeting
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 9
Arnold Cypress Park, Cypress
http://badfishrollerderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1862953957327620/

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

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

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

12th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 10-12
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/events-festivals-list/cbf17

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

2017 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

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

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

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

D.I. – Live in Downtown Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 10
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1606307606062651/

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

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Color In Motion 5k – Indio
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.colorinmotion5k.com/indio

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

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/event/pomona-ca/

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

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

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

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 11-12
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/367649360266770/

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

23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 11
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

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

10th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11-12
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

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

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-in-los-angeles-ca/

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

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1646637478979309/

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

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 11
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/downtown-bookfest/

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

Select Beer Store’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1351347768219191/

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

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

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

6th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

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

The Lights Festival – Orange County
2:30 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Apple Valley
http://www.thelightsfest.com/event/orange-county/

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

Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 11
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, University Park, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/242661186181704/

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

SCRD Lagunatics Vs. BCRD Riptide Rollers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

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

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

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

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

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

Brand Refresh Party
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 12
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill, Vista
http://www.belchingbeaver.com/new-events-1/2017/3/12/brand-refresh-party

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

Babychella Family Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 12
Mason Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.babychella.com/

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

43rd Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/43rd-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

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

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/922293054572009/

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

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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.

1st Annual Venice Art Week
May 15-22
Venice Beach
http://venicechamber.chambermaster.com/news/details/first-ever-venice-art-week-may-15-may-22-2016
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own Art Week this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice throughout the week. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place this week.

American Craft Beer Week
May 16-22
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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

5th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 19
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/taste_of_boyle_heights

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Demob: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 19, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Pierside Pub, Oceanside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/Demob1978

UK punk band Demob will perform a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Youth Brigade: Live at The Echo
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 19
The Echo, Echo Park
http://www.theecho.com/event/1153101-youth-brigade-los-angeles/

See Youth Brigade, Union 13, and other great punk bands this Thursday night in Echo Park. Tickets to this show cost $14.50 presale or $16.50 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

2016 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

2nd Annual Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 20
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

29th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 20
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yllobsterfest.com/

For $85 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.

13th Annual Taste of Malibu
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Duke’s Restaurant, Malibu
http://www.malibu.org/content/13th-annual-taste-malibu

For $40 admission, gain entry to this food tasting event where you get unlimited food samples from local restaurants while supplies last.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 21
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium 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.

37th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21-22
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
http://fiestadelsol.net/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.

16th Annual US Sumo Open
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2016-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $35, or you can find tickets on Groupon or Living Social for $25.

Pirate Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21-22
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days/

Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.

Makers Arcade Spring Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

Spring Awakening Festival 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 22
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org/Spring_Awakening/SpringAwakening.htm

At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.

4th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
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.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 21-22
College Park, Oxnard
http://strawberry-fest.org/

An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.

20th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1289215607759709/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Foodie Fest Encinitas
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
The Lumberyard, Encinitas
http://foodiefestencinitas.com/

For $48 admission, get unlimited food samples (while supplies last) from dozens of restaurants from across San Diego County at this food festival this Saturday in Encinitas. Bring cash for drinks and parking.

Port Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Port Brewing, San Marcos
http://shop.lostabbey.com/

Celebrate Port Brewing’s 10th anniversary with lots of beer.

Venice Spring Fling 6
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicespringfling.com/

A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.

Smog City Brewing’s 2016 Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1028567153876335/

Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.

2016 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://longbeachpride.com/

An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

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

Bacon & Barrels – San Diego
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.baconandbarrels.com/

Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Head down to the waterside park in Downtown San Diego for a day in the sun with bacon and booze. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP lounge. Admission includes access to all food and drink stations until last call at about 4:45. No one under 21 may attend.

A Day At The Races
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, May 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/487485574777641/

Check out live music, gourmet food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a VIP lounge, a swimsuit show, racing, and more this Saturday at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $10.

1st Annual Wasteland Weekend Car Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/carshow/

Check out this car show with a post-apocalyptic theme taking place this Saturday at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to the car show costs $8 and runs until 7pm. After 7pm, the after-party will take place, and no one under 21 may attend that.

2016 Los Angeles Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://www.riojawineandtapasfestival.com/

Sample Spanish wines and tapas at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. The $65 admission grants attendees unlimited tastings while supplies last. Bring some extra cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://socialmixin.com/event/the-great-wine-festival/

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting this Saturday in Irvine. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited wine tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Best Taste Of Santa Ana 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
http://www.assistkids.org/ps.home.cfm?ID=2436

Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 21
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

OC Roller Girls – Beat Your Match
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

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

Free Punk Show in Riverside
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1596569107330032/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages local punk show tonight in Riverside.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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. No one under 21 may enter.

22nd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://robotoyfest.com/
http://www.brickboutique.com/

Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $7 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $12 and starts at 9am.

Gus “Goose” Duarte Memorial Benefit Show
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1711521655794395/

Check out a local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 22
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616765258645244/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 11-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/hokkaido-torrance-2/

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

2015 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 15
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

24th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

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

Pub Science Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 15
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1660198844224908/

Astronomy and craft beer collide in this unique and ubiquitous seminar this Tuesday night at Bottle Logic Brewing’s tasting room in Anaheim. Free to attend for all ages, real scientists will make a special visit to talk science, space, and brewing. No reservation or admission required – simply show up, grab a cold one, enjoy some food from the Porko Rico BBQ food truck, and indulge your mind with science.

2nd Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 16
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through September on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 17-19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

2015 International Food Blogger Conference
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 18
7:30 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 20
Sheraton, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc

The world’s top conference for food bloggers returns to Seattle this year! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. I will return to Seattle for a week, so keep an eye out for all my posts from the Northwest~

Power Plant TIPA Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 18
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605249279735012/

El Segundo Brewing will release a Triple IPA this week both in bottles and on draft in their tasting room. Swing on by and grab a bottle or two or a case, and enjoy a fresh cold one while at the tasting room. If you cannot make it to the tasting room, find bottles on store shelves across Southern California.

17th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 20
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2015
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 20
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $10 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $35 for a weekend pass. No one under 21 may attend on Friday or Saturday, but they may attend on Sunday only. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 18
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 19
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

8th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Mountain View Golf Course, Santa Paula
http://citrusclassicballoons.com/

Basically, an art show at night. Head up to Santa Paula past Ventura this Friday night to see dozens of hot-air balloons illuminated under the starry sky for your eyes to gaze upon. Admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for children. The balloons will remain grounded, and no visitor may ascend in any of the balloons.

21st Annual San Diego Festival of Beer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 18
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sdbeerfest.org/

Get beer wasted with thousands of other people at this beer festival this Friday night in San Diego. The $50 admission grants you unlimited beer tasters from over 60 breweries pouring a total of over 120 different beers. The first 1,500 guests through the gate receive a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

Atreyu – Long Live Album Release Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 18, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/906999-atreyu-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/906991-atreyu-los-angeles/

Atreyu has a new album coming out, and they will headline a bunch of shows across the country to celebrate the release. Each of these all-ages shows has a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Pizza Party 2
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 18
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://cinemattack.ticketleap.com/tmnt2

Come watch the 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 movie, and enjoy pizza too! Admission costs $15.

Cheap Sex: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18, The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/1167936436556323/
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/cheap-sex
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 20, The Black Castle, Vermont Knolls, Los Angeles http://www.eventbrite.com/e/concrete-jungle-ent-presents-cheap-sex-monster-squad-the-bad-engrish-tickets-17537713774

Revolutionary hardcore punk band Cheap Sex will return from their hiatus to headline some all-ages shows this weekend. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to catch Cheap Sex, as they rarely perform nowadays. Tickets to these shows vary in price from $10 to $15.

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

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just avoid getting in trouble for it. Yarr~

15th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 19
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

Long Beach Fitness Festival
8:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 19
Marina Green, Long Beach
http://thelongbeachfitnessfestival.com/

All aspects of fitness will congregate at this all-day all-ages event this Saturday near Downtown Long Beach. This event features a 5k/10k run, weightlifting/powerlifting, yoga, Tai Chi, multiple forms of dance, Zumba, health & fitness speakers, and more activities. In addition, attendees will find plenty of merchandise vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Admission costs $10, while children 10 and under enter for free with paid adult admission. Nearby parking costs $10 per vehicle, so check in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free street parking.

18th Annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado
http://www.fleetweeksandiego.org/events/fleet-week-coronado-speed-festival/

This all-ages event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts at one of the most distinctive race track locations, Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy! The two-day festival includes a military pit crew challenge, car show, garage tours, test drives, a vendor village, a stunt show, a special appearance by Red Bull’s Geoff Aaron, and more. General admission presale costs $25 for one day or $35 for the weekend, while tickets at the door will cost $10 more.

3rd Annual Car & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 19
Alamitos Bay Landing, Long Beach
http://lbrmhcarshow.rmhcsc.org/

Fans of the original Long Beach Motorama will not want to miss this classic car show this Saturday. This year, see over 250 different automobiles & motorcycles on display at this FREE and all-ages car show at Alamitos Bay Landing between Long Beach and Seal Beach. Visitors will also find a skateboard & BMX demo, skateboarding lessons, kids’ zone, live DJ, and more.

11th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 19
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

4th Annual Doggie Street Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 19
Westwood Recreation Center, Westwood, Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

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

Huntington Beach Surf City Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 19-20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

8th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 19-20
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

Reforged Release Party & Farewell to Cabot Kickoff
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 19
AleSmith Brewing (old location), San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1041783252512839/

This Saturday, AleSmith will release a new beer while saying goodbye to their old location on Cabot Drive. Stop on by the old location one last time to catch some rare brews that you may not have another chance to try for a long time.

4th Annual La Mirada Olive Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 19
La Mirada Regional Park, La Mirada
http://www.lamiradaolivefest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this free and all-ages city fair this Saturday in La Mirada. This fair will have games, rides, food, drinks, treats, vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 19
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door.

3rd Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 19
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

After taking 2014 off, the OC Fest of Ales has returned under new management and under a brand new redesign. They have ditched the 5k beer run in favor of just a straight-up beer festival. The $60 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend. Use promo code KUCI to save 20% off admission.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19
Clockwork Couture, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/988491457869105/

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free all-ages event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

2nd Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 19
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

10th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 19
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 20
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more all for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

Pasadena Greek Fest
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 19-20
St. Anthony Greek Church, Pasadena
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$4 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more.

7th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $65 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door.

Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EEFF6CD74C1

Sample beers from 20 breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this food & beer event this Saturday evening at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs an additional $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

OC Roller Girls – OC vs. OC Showdown
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.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.

Long Beach Beer Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 19
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbeerfestival.com/

If you want to spend a lot of money to get drunk on cheap beer, then this beer fest fits your bill. Trek down to Belmont Pier in Long Beach this Saturday night for beer and lots of other mischief. General admission costs $30 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from over 20 breweries present. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/849397978475653/

Release some inner aggression at this local punk rock show this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 19
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/930339-channel-3-long-beach/

Local punk band CH3 will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 20-27
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

20th Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 20
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

Fresh Hop Harvest Sunday
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1602627079999747/

Phantom Carriage will tap a slew of fresh wet-hopped beer this Sunday at their tasting room in Carson. Stop on by and experience what true fresh beer should taste like.

2nd Annual Taps & Tapas Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 20
Fiesta Hall, Uptown Whittier
http://www.tapsandtapaswhittier.com/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food & beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from over 20 local restaurants and sips from over 30 different craft beers from over 20 different breweries. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The B Sharps: CD Release Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 20
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/897206717033148/

Spend this Sunday night with some local bands in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The 9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival returns this weekend to the Calabasas Country Club. 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 8pm, while VIP tickets cost $150, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir wine glass to take home. On-site valet parking costs $20. No one under 21 may attend. For more media regarding this event, check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. Check out some photos from a previous year’s festival:

LA Restaurant Week
July 14-27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Meet the Brewer: King Harbor Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261392207395514/

New to the South Bay brewery scene, meet the head brewer of King Harbor Brewing, and try some of their brews. The first 24 customers to order a pint of a King Harbor beer receives a free King Harbor glass!

Sausage Fest 2014
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 16
LOUNGEsix, San Diego
http://www.sdsausagefest.com/

Ten chefs from all over San Diego will dole out their famous meaty sausages at this sausage tasting this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. $10 gets you in to taste as much sausage as you can handle. An additional $20 will allow you to take a souvenir stein glass home, as well as a special brew to fill and drink that night.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16-17
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1493020040915587/

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.

Pennywise – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/pennywise-2014

To celebrate the release of their latest album release, Pennywise will headline this all-ages show this Wednesday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $20.

The Dwarves & The Queers @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172136

Big names in punk rock bring their tour through Southern California this Wednesday night, stopping by Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Beachwood On A Stick
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/641492242613864/

Beachwood BBQ takes on fair food this Thursday night, as they prepare a special menu comprised of foods on sticks and/or fried foods. This tasting requires no reservations – simply show up, and order away.

12th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Bad Religion & X @ Pacific Amphitheatre
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 17
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/Bad_Religion.asp

Legendary Los Angeles punk bands Bad Religion and X will perform this Thursday night at the OC Fair. Tickets to this show cost $30.

2014 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 18
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 18
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this and next weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $16 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18-19
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

Nardcore Legends in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 18
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/863372653690415/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

9-Man Sprint Relay Race
6:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 19
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://kahakaioutrigger.com/calendar-events/2013-events/9-man-sprints/

Come out and watch canoe racing in Marine Stadium this Saturday morning. Those interested in participating can find all the necessary information on their website.

66th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

1st Annual Love Long Beach Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://www.lovelongbeachfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos
http://whsale.com/usa/2014/06/hello-kitty-warehouse-sale-ca-july-2014

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this blowout sale this weekend, with some products marked up to 70% off.

36th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

3rd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

53rd Annual Watermelon Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the Rose Bowl to Santa Anita Park. Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Arcadia. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

6th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $50 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. See below for a map of where to park for free.

Ultimate Armwrestling League
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/575913195851117/

Think you have arms strong enough to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes? Enter in this arm wrestling competition this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing in Riverside! Even if you lose a match, you can still enjoy the beer here.

SoCal Punk Reunion #2
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/329848030498408/

Great local punk bands get together for a show this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 which INCLUDES complimentary food. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/663699190382988/

Local punk bands gather to play a benefit show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Punk Rock Night @ Morgan’s Tavern
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/561375327305022/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may attend.

Mad Parade – 30-Year Anniversary
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 19
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/175181

Old school punk band Mad Parade return for an anniversary show this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
Billy O’s Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1441165052817146/

Luicidal, which contains two former members of Suicidal Tendencies, will headline a show in Ventura this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Circle Scotty’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
The Britisher, Lancaster
http://www.facebook.com/events/707051339356352/

Local punk bands head up to Lancaster to play this FREE birthday show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Taste of Latin-America Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Latin-inspired eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 20
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

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

Beer Camp Across America – Southwest Edition
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 20
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/southwest_edition

This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing will host a seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it makes its second stop in San Diego this Sunday. Sierra Nevada claims that this San Diego edition has over 95 breweries in attendance, tons more than any other beer festival in Southern California has ever had. Tickets to this beer festival cost $65. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk N’ Tacos 6
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/265470850307588/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Root Beer Taste-Off
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 20
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://galcos.dreamhosters.com/?p=934

Taste over 75 different varieties of root beer this Sunday in Highland Park. Tickets to this sipping cost $12 presale or $15 at the door.

T.S.O.L. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/175513

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show this Sunday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 18
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $29 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 18-19
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 20
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

Major League Gaming Championship
9:00 am – 1:00 am, June 20
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/competitions/66

Watch competitive video gaming, or participate in tournaments yourself at this weekend’s video game competition at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration fees vary based on the game, so consult the website to see how much it costs to participate in certain games.

Downtown LA Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 20-21
Staples Center, Los Angeles
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Downtown LA for the first time this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Presale tickets cost $7, while tickets at the door will start from $10.

8th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20-21
Calabasas Country Club, Calabasas
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 $150 and starts at 7pm, while VIP tickets cost $300 and starts at 6pm.

Tochtli Fest
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 20
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 21-22
The Vortex, Los Angeles
http://www.rootforjustice.org/events.html

Check out this three-day folk punk fest just outside of Downtown LA this weekend, featuring bands from across the nation. A weekend pass costs $24, while admission costs $8 for Friday or $10 for Saturday or Sunday.

28th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 21
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

2nd Annual Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 21
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. Free to attend, visitors can freely roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

Punk Rock Luau #2
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/498915340230346/

Don your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to this daytime punk rock show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $10, or $8 if you wear a Hawaiian shirt. No one under 21 may enter.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 21
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://100eats.com/events/beergarden/

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, and drinks.

Agent Orange @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 9:30 pm, June 21
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/626593284082237/

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $15. Guests may park for free if arriving before 4pm – arrive after, and pay $5 to park.

Luicidal @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/636576909748298/

Enjoy some local hardcore punk this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ The Smell
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 21
The Smell, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431533590435270/

Get weirded out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Downtown LA for just $5.

Punk Rock Overload
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Overtime Bar, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/647447728643051/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $3 per person or $5 for two before 9:30pm, or $5 per person afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Social Conflict @ Scottland Yard
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Scottland Yard, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/623327751094614/

Check out these local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Canoga Park. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Solstice
10:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1492709137626500/

Enjoy three free burlesque sets this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 22
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65.

5th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 22
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/summer-solstice-festival/

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

MacLeod Ale Brewing’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://macleodale.brownpapertickets.com/

A new brewery will open their doors to the public this Sunday, and they will celebrate their grand opening with four two-hour tasting sessions. Each session costs $15 to attend, and includes up to 50 ounces of beer tasters. Hungry visitors can munch on food from any of the available food trucks, though food comes at a separate cost.

The Gears – Record Release Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431893233736862/

The Gears will release a new album very soon, and they will celebrate the release of it this Sunday afternoon with a lineup of great local bands. Interested attendees must RSVP on the event page in order to attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100061&view=Detail

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 16-23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

2nd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 18
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

52nd Annual Watermelon Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17-18
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the streets to the world famous Rose Bowl! Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

2013 Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Orange County BBQ Bonanza has relocated to Long Beach for the first annual Long Beach BBQ Festival. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

The Angry Samoans in Malibu
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 16
The Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.indieonthewestside.com/

Catch old school punk band Angry Samoans in Malibu this Friday night, along with five other bands including Bad Samaritans. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $10.

5k Foam Fest – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://5kfoamfest.com/Location/Index/18

In this installment of non-traditional 5k races, the Foam Fest now pits runners in a 5k obstacle course complete with lots of dirt and mud, followed by foam, water, suds, and soap. Actual obstacles may include wall climbs, army crawls, slides, balance platforms, and more. Registration for this wacky race costs $70 online and $80 on the day of the event, if any spots remain. Children ages 9 and under may not participate in the race. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, yet comfortable enough to run in. Bring towels and spare clothes for the ride home following the race. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling.

13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 17
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

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

Stone Brewing’s 17th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $40 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

2013 Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 17
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

5th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Angry Samoans, & The Bugs @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/screeching-weasel

Punk rock returns to The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early for free parking in their lot. Arrive late, and potentially pay a neighboring lot to park in.

Atomic Bombs in La Habra
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/568404229869918/

Check out some local punk rock bands playing for FREE at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Rock ‘N Roll Reunion
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 18
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410065182538193/

See some of the former member of the Dirty Little Secrets perform with the current lineup this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Formation Flight Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2472

For $25, enjoy a night of gourmet ice cream pairings with Hangar 24 beers. The website says June 3rd, but since that already sold out, they added another night, the 4th. Contact the tasting room to buy tickets or inquire more info.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5-6
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue?id=65137

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 6-8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $60 per day, or $180 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

2013 Jubilee Music & Arts Festival
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
http://jubileemusicfest.com/

Check out this 2-day festival full of local artists, musicians, authors, comedians, and more in Downtown LA. In addition to the all-day live entertainment, attendees will find food trucks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more at this all-ages festival. Tickets cost $30 per day, or $50 for both days. If you plan to arrive early, prepare yourself for standing outdoors for a long time – hat, sunscreen, etc.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
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).

The Ultimate LA Block Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://celebratela2013.com/

Have some fun in the park this Friday night. This free and all-ages event celebrates Los Angeles’ heritage with food, music, art, games, celebrity appearances, and more.

Free Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/290308897771280/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. Playing in order: Criminology, Shindig Avenue, Rodents of Unusual Size, Civil Disgust, and Dirty Hammer. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/171335703027453/

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.

2013 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 8
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

2013 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20.

26th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 8-9
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

5th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 8
The World Famous Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for the low entry price of $25 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. This small beer fest only has about 50 tickets left at the time I write this, so act quick!

38 Degrees Ale House 4th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/559526597421446/

To celebrate turning four, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

8th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $65. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://100eats.com/store/beergarden/

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, drinks, and first dibs at purchasing tickets to PigOut 2.0.

Full Eight Fest
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Lots of punk rock and ska/core bands will play at this all-day all-ages show at The Vex in Los Angeles. Two stages will alternate bands to eliminate dead time, while guests can check out art and vendors. The venue will sell food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over. Tickets to this show cost $20. Keep in mind that the venue does not allow reentries, so do not plan to leave without paying the ticket fee again.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Punk Rock Show @ La Habra 300 Bowl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/159360304235542/

See local bands rock it out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 9
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65. With construction going on in Griffith Park, parking will get tight – consult the website for alternative parking choices.

OC Weekly Summer Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summer2013/

Enjoy a day in the sun with live music, merchandise, contests, games, prizes, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs only $10, while VIP costs $50 and includes special preview hours. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of the Nation – Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 9
Media Park, Culver City
http://ce.strength.org/losangeles

Sample culinary creations from over 30 of Los Angeles’ greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $110, while VIP costs $160, which the website does not indicate what benefits the VIP admission comes with. Attendees can find nearby parking structures designated for this event, though the website does not specify any parking fee.

T.S.O.L. in Baldwin Park
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/453596208057502/

See punk rock legend T.S.O.L. headline a show in Baldwin Park along with The Grim, The Stains, Experiment Perilous, Baldwin Park Disasters, Underground Alliance, Sgv Infected, The Rejected, No Priority, and The 405 Pile Up. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

The end of 2012 approaches, and 2012 marked a year of progress and innovation. As time moves forward, the human population always seek to expand and absorb new things around the world, because one cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. For this matter, humans need to keep an open mind about trying new things, but sometimes they lack the necessary outlet to do so. When it comes to new foods, plenty of food fests provide just that opportunity for the public to try new things. Around the world, new restaurants, pubs, bars, food trucks, and more open daily, but if those start serving new foods that the public may not accept immediately accept, then the business tanks. These food fests provide the perfect outlet for new food businesses to sample their foods to the public, and to begin building a strong clientele. The Greater Los Angeles Area houses an abundance of food businesses and large venues to hold large-scale food fests. With this comes the responsibility to ensure the proper hosting of a food fest to please both the vendors and the guests. I have compiled a list of five food fests in the Greater Los Angeles Area from 2012 that I believe all other event organizers can learn from. Many other food fests have occurred this year not on this list, and some succeeded while some others let the vendors and/or guests down. This list should clear up the successes from the failures.

5. Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor

The Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor in Long Beach consists of four two-evening food fests that run on the third Wednesday and the following Thursday from May through August. Unlike most food fests that require a paid admission and usually charge for parking, guests in Belmont Shore can park for free and roam the area for free. Only the customers that want to participate have to buy the ticket books to sample food & drinks from the restaurants, and even then all the businesses still operate under normal business hours for customers that want to dine out and not necessary partake in Stroll & Savor. Stroll & Savor follow a pay-as-you-go system, where guests can buy as few or as many ticket books as they like, lifting any limits for the guests. Because of this flexibility and minimal cost to the consumer, Stroll & Savor reigns as the top open-to-the-public food fest.

4. Taste of Orange County

The Taste of Orange County takes place on Father’s Day weekend at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Guests pay a flat rate to enter, which guests can circumvent with various coupons or vouchers from local media or businesses. Admission does not include food tickets – the organizers follow a pay-as-you-go system, so guests can buy as many tickets as they like. At first, all these costs plus the parking fee appears as a wallet-drainer, but once you step inside, you realize the value of everything you just threw your money at. Featuring a plethora of Orange County’s finest restaurants, wine bars, and breweries, the Taste of OC truly highlights the best of food in this county. The value of the restaurants present and the food they served surpass the cost of the entry fee and food tickets, not to mention the few vendors providing free items, including Hangar 24 Brewery providing free beer samples. In addition, some of OC’s most renowned chefs provided free cooking demos for guests. Because of the sheer value, the more people in your party, the more you save, and the more food you all can samples if you all share your food.

3. Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses

While OC Weekly may have made a mistake or two with Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses, the content of this fest nullifies all that. Covering both indoors and outdoors, this upscale food fest included more than just restaurants – this event included bars, clubs, breweries, other event promoters, and food trucks. The ballroom featured breweries, most of the restaurants, and specialty spirits. The outside area contained the clubs, open bars, food trucks, and a few restaurants that needed to grill outside. A small party could take all four hours of the event just to get through all the food, and many of the vendors had run out of supply by the final hour. For those less interested in food, the breweries, specialty spirits, open bars, and clubs outside provided enough distractions that anyone could easily forget about food over. Perhaps next year, OC Weekly will remember to invite artists to show guests their work.

2. Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

The Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival had grown so much in the past years that not only did the organizers move to a new venue, but they expanded the fest to a two-day fest. Honestly, a small party could not even sample food & drinks from every vendor present in just these two days, especially since some vendors only appeared for one of the days. Taking place on the top floor of a parking structure at the Mercedes-Benz of Calabasas, this food fest contained more than enough food vendors and wine vendors, plus the occasional breweries, to fill up every guest. The organizers laid it all out as simple as possible too – all the food vendors lined the perimeter of the area, while all the drink vendors served from the center. In addition to all the eating and drinking, the Dirty Little Secrets performed their burlesque routine each day, entertaining and delighting guests with their presence. For just the entrance fee, guests receive unlimited food & drinks, and a free burlesque show. Who could complain about that?

1. Los Angeles Epicurean Festival

Los Angeles Epicurean Festival represents the pinnacle of all food fests. Only the highest quality food & drinks make an appearance here at Epicurean. The entrance fee covers unlimited food & drink tastes for the guests, and guests will find items of such a high quality that they may leave spoiled. After sampling everything here, you may never look at food the same way again. From the highest quality desserts to the aged wines to the best meats to the finest spirits, Epicurean truly opens up a brand new world of food & drinks to guests. Besides all the goodies to sample, organizers also host cooking demos, an Iron Chef style competition, and a mixology battle. DJ’s provide live music between programs, while pastry chefs sculpt beautiful sugar sculptures for viewing pleasure. The largest crowd gathered outdoors, where a vendor served the elusive Foie Gras to all guests. No food fest could ever simply serve food that rare and expensive like that! All things considered, anyone wanting to host a food fest needs to learn from Epicurean, as they have food fests down to an art.