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One of the bigger punk rock events of this calendar year, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returned this past Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 50 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert showed that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Most of the bands hailed from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, The Gears, and many more. This concert also brought a lot of bands out of a hiatus, such as Amerikan Made, Agression, One Less Zero, and some others. Despite an outdoor concert lasting all day at the start of summer, the overcast prevented the day from getting too hot, and made for the perfect outdoor setting. Attendees who arrived early enough got to enjoy a great amount of bands while getting a good amount of exercising due to the two main stages situated at opposite ends of the park, the four side stages in between, and the various vendors plus skate ramp along the center.

Perhaps what lingers on the minds of most of the people revolve around how the Punk Rock Picnic ended. Certainly if anyone left prior to approximately 8:30pm, they would have had the time of their lives. Unfortunately, the city police shut down the event at 8:50pm due to 1) complaints from people living on the yachts nearby, 2) rowdy & violent attendees, and 3) people loitering in the parking lots doing drugs, making noise, and causing trouble. Not surprising, the people got violent due to this news of losing their headliners of Cockney Rejects and Discharge; however, this event’s history only amplified the people’s rage. Punk Rock Picnic got unexpectedly shut down in 2013 because the Queen Mary embodies the absolute worst corporate archetype when it comes to hosting events, exemplifying their level of greed on inconceivable levels. But of course, as punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object: the organizers of Punk Rock Picnic. This led to bad press and carried over to 2014, preventing the return of Punk Rock Picnic that year. Fast forward to 2015 where the organizers valiantly tried to resurrect Punk Rock Picnic, another unfortunate circumstance had befallen them again with the untimely shutdown of the event. As punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object, blaming the organizers for the loss of the headliners.

In hindsight, for $45, the value of this concert will vary with each individual. People who arrived early enough to catch the early bands certainly would have gotten their money’s worth. Does the loss of the two headliners merit the people’s rage? After all, the 2013 Punk Rock Picnic never even happened! At least the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic almost completed a 100% run. Heck, I would consider this all a successful event if not for punks acting like punks. Think about the cost to get in, and the value brought forward by this concert. Bands like these normally play local shows for less than $10, and you get like four or five bands. Here, you get over 50 bands all in one venue in one day for one cost. If a 4-band show costs $5, that already amounts to over $60. The caveat revolves around the value of seeing Cockney Rejects and Discharge, as most of the attendees place a greater value of seeing those two bands. If we place an artificial value of $10 for each of them, that makes all the other 50+ bands value at about $40, which still represents a great deal.

Do punks ever truly think about numbers like this? No. Their linear thought process only allows them to see as far as you can on a dense foggy morning. If a corporate or professional entity put on this event, then it would not carry the same underground punk rock feel. Since a handful of locals built this from the ground up, one can only expect so much. To everyone complaining about the loss of the headliners, how about YOU try to set up an all-day punk rock concert without relying on corporate backing? Concerts like Warped Tour and FYF run without a hitch, but those have sold out to corporate a long time ago, and no longer carry the traditional punk rock environment of the old days. As for the Punk Rock Picnic, I have greatly enjoyed them the past few times that I have attended, and I do not foresee this returning ever again under the same name. To the organizers: stick with small shows – find a venue, and just do shows with four or five bands. This has worked for many organizers everywhere, and should allow you to stay in the game.

Anyways, enough of my ranting – I captured over a hundred photos at the Punk Rock Picnic, so take a look at how it all went down. If the photo links die, you can view them all in my Facebook album.

Following the mishap of losing the headliners, I do not foresee the Punk Rock Picnic returning any time soon, at least not under the same organizers. If Southern California will ever get another punk rock concert like this again not aligned with a corporate entity, it will have different organizers or a different name. Sayonara Punk Rock Picnic – I will forever have fond memories of all the Punk Rock Picnics that I have attended and all the awesome bands that I have met.

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An Orange County original, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach after a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. As for the reason why they took two years off, basically the organizer bit off more than he could chew in 2013, and the event completely fell apart, leaving hundreds of people concert-less with a $40 piece of paper. Since then, the event received terrible publicity, and many did not expect to ever see anything come back out of it. Luckily, that unexpected day will return this Saturday.

Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day. This time, the concert features a more realistic lineup of bands, many of which hail from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, Agression, The Gears, Shattered Faith, and many more. Of the bands not from Southern California, definitely check out Cockney Rejects, Discharge, and The Meatmen. Personally, I look forward to seeing Amerikan Made, One Less Zero, Whitekaps, Hollywood Hate, and any other band I can squeeze into my day. Regardless of the bands listed here, everyone should really check out as many bands as possible to support the local music scene. I will admit that I have my doubts about returning to this event, but I will give it a second chance to see if they can truly escape the hole that they fell into two years ago, and you should give it a chance too.

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

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

3rd Annual Taste of Bankers Hill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Savor the local flavor of Bankers Hill at this tasting gala this Wednesday night at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green 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.

Bootlegger’s BOOery Halloween Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/347693972071595/

Enjoy craft beer and Halloween shenanigans at Bootlegger’s Brewery this Friday night. The $10 cover includes two full beers, and the first 150 guests will receive a pint glass to keep. Visitors wanting more beer can purchase more at $5 a beer. The best costumed man and woman will each receive a gift card to the brewery, so wear something that will surely please the crowd!

Rock Show @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/271272153071337/

Rock out to local bands at this show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Street Dogs & Left Alone @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/184307

Street Dogs will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_oct_25.html

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

3rd Annual That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
http://thatdammudrun.com/

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

Dia De Los Verdes
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25
The Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/517615185050404/

Check out works of art from local artists, music, food, yoga, workshops, farm tours, arts & crafts, and more activities at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Long Beach.

5th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps – Blues & Brews
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

Blues music and craft beer mix up at the Orange County Market Place this Saturday afternoon. For $20, visitors gain five 7oz beer pours plus admission to the weekly Orange County Market Place, one of Orange County’s largest swap meets. In addition, catch the finals of the blues bands tournament.

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

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

Fall 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

VFW Craft Beer Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
VFW Post 9148, La Mirada
http://www.facebook.com/events/308510716020346/

Enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries this Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. Tickets to this event costs $40, and includes food during the lunch hour of noon to 1pm. Beer tasting will start at 1pm.

6th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/351429825030220/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beach Goth
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3

This all-day music festival will feature dozens of bands of varying genres, among which punk rock legends The Dickies will perform too. Tickets to this all-ages music festival cost $40.

Festival Supreme 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
http://festivalsupreme.com/

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $99, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
6th Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Stroll up and down 6th Street in Koreatown this weekend and enjoy all the food, drinks, and treats you can handle. All this weekend, attendees can sample goods from all participating businesses in Koreatown while enjoying the sights and sounds of the weekend before Halloween. Admission costs only $3, and the first 500 attendees in costumes will receive a goodie bag with a bunch of swag. Use promo code LAist to get admission for free!

OC Roller Derby Banked Track
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 25
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
http://ocrollergirls.com/

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

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at Waterfront Park, a place very close to where the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Local Brews Local Grooves
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/localbrewslocalgrooves

Local craft beer, local bands, and food pairings all await you at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 for 5pm entry-only, $27 for 5pm entry plus sampling tickets, or $50 for VIP entry at 4pm.

Treatoberfest 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $12, and includes unlimited food & dessert samples, plus however many treats you can take home in the provided to-go box. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 25, Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles http://driindtla.brownpapertickets.com/
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26, American Legion Post 30, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/273165106225524/

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

18is25: A Weekend-Long Benefit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/18is25

The 18th Street Arts Center turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. On Saturday night, guests will enjoy an art exhibit with live music and special gourmet bites from local restaurants. This intimate gathering costs $125 to attend. On Sunday afternoon, BAM Fest returns, where guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Zambo’s 50th Birthday – Rock Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1481908588738239/

Get your weekly fill of local rock at this show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

X-Members @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-members-reformed-gabby-ray-bones-tiny-mike-barnes-and-roger-ramjet-w-hfl-and-more-tickets-12904607027

Get crazy at this punk show this Saturday night at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/316746088516366/

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

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 26
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 26
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. 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.

17th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 15th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

2nd Annual Taste of Japan Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/taste-japan-food-festival

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 26
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

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

Punk Rock Sunday Funday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/304280639762751/

Enjoy a day full of local punk rock bands all for free! No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies @ Gaslamp Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://madcaddies.com/

The Mad Caddies will conclude their Dirty Rice tour in Long Beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to the show cost $15. No one under 18 may attend.

English Dogs – On Tour
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/699623086798170/

Original UK punk band English Dogs currently tours across the west coast this week, and they will stop by Long Beach this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Anti-Nowhere League – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 20
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164791

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

Barrel-Aged Mrs. Stoutfire Event
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/592595884181227/

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

Angelic Upstarts – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 21, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164793
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/angelic-upstarts
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, 333 Live, Los Angeles http://www.showsincalifornia.com/Shows/Event/22049

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

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

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

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 2
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://cruststock.blog.com/2014/03/19/qu/

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

The Adicts – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23-24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-one
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-two

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

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

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

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/lgb1.html

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

Bottle Share #13
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401674980112548/

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

3rd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/latin_jazz_fest

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

2014 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 25
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

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

Spring 2014 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 25
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

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

Propagandhi @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/propagandhi

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

The Slackers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-slackers-2014

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

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 26
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

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

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 26
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://www.runordye.com/locations/Los-Angeles

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

Get Porked
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://getporked.eventbrite.com/

Love BBQ and/or pork? Then you cannot miss this one-time dinner event! LA Foodie will record a live podcast during dinner speaking about styles of BBQ and the beers that pair with them. Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, which consists of four carefully crafted pork courses, four 5oz beer pairings, and four dessert pairings. Attendees also receive lots of other goodies to take home. Guests may park in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing for up to three hours with validation from the restaurant. No one under 21 may attend. Tickets normally cost $40, but use the promo code newsletter to save $10!

The Business @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-business

Catch a punk rock show headlined by UK punk band The Business this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

Slam Dance Fest
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/149389055233857/

Kick May in the nads with this end-of-the-month punk rock fest in Los Angeles. With over 15 bands playing across two stages plus live DJ’s, expect one rowdy and unforgettable time. Tickets only cost $6 presale and $8 at the door! The venue will contain a food vendor, a cash bar, and other merchandise vendors. No one under 18 may enter.

Brea SummerFest 2013
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 1-2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

5th Annual Downtown Pomona Community Car & Bike Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 1
Thomas Plaza, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/534341013294646/

Check out custom & vintage cars & motorcycles at this community auto show in Downtown Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, any profit or money made from this event via participants and vendors go towards local charities benefiting underprivileged children. Some of the nearby streets provide free parking, while parking lots west of Main St cost nothing to park in.

The Ultimate Radio Control Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.rcx.com/

Check out this expo for remote control toys and gadgets as you relive your adolescent life playing with portable mobile vehicles. With plenty of remote control cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and more, guests of all ages will find many attractions to check out. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, while children get in free with paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, or you may park on the street in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/content.aspx?id=15035

Free and open to all ages, this festival in Santa Monica celebrates the local community with family activities, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, and more. Guests can park for free at the location.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 1
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands, including Youngblood Hawke, and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

Balls For Balls 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 1
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

1st Annual Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbseafest.com/index.php/events/kickoff-extravaganza/event/2

This FREE event kicks off the summer series of festivals, as it previews all upcoming festivals that make up the season-long Sea Festival. Guests of all ages will find food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, jumpers, and more. After sunset, bring out the beach chairs and blankets for a free viewing of Finding Nemo on the beach.

AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2013/

See hundreds of classic, custom, and exotic cars this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Guests will also find beautiful models, food trucks, and plenty of automotive vendors to spend money on. General admission costs $12, while expedited admission costs $17. Children enter free with a paid adult admission. Please bring cash for parking at the venue. The event takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly for the hot weather, and apply sunscreen.

Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 1
Proof Bar, Santa Ana
http://noirart.org/lumiere-noir/

This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.

FotoSensori – ​A Multi-Dimensional Photography Group Show & Fundraiser
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.fotosensori.com/

This atypical art & photography show showcases more than just art – it utilizes all five of the human senses to experience and absorb the art. Over ten photographers will collaborate to present this diverse exhibit to all attendees. Throughout the night, local bands and DJ’s will fill the air with feet-moving beats, while attendees may purchase dumplings or vegan cupcakes to munch on. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Although the organizers have not enforced an entry fee, they suggest a $15 donation at the door.

16th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2013

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

Spring 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

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

29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 2
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and w3hile it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

8th Annual Lummis Day Festival
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this Sunday afternoon in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Chicks That Rock
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/132875120235497/

Five female-fronted bands will play at this show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $7. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Taste of Alhambra
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.downtownalhambra.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,49/func,details/did,37/

Savor the local flavor of Alhambra at this annual all-you-can-eat food fest on the streets of Downtown Alhambra this Sunday evening. For $50 presale and $60 at the gate, guests 21 and over will receive unlimited food samples from various Alhambra restaurants and unlimited drinks from local establishments. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures.