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The 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returned to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this past weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers would also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival featured other activities besides the racing that non-racers would enjoy. A tent in the parking lot housed a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees found the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allowed everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allowed spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all started at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

As one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory. Fans of racing sports should not miss a dragon boat race. The next opportunity to view a race will take place on Saturday, October 7th at the Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival. Like Long Beach, anyone may spectate for free, so bring your friends & family out to this race!

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The 2017 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returns to Marine Stadium in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may still attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers will also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival features other activities besides the racing that non-racers will enjoy. A tent in the parking lot will house a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees will find the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allows everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allows spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all starts at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

The Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, providing ample time to attend. On both days, the main festival area opens at 9am and runs until 6pm. The actual races follow their own schedule, so please refer to the website, linked above, for the race schedule. Spectators can find plenty of free street parking on Naples Island, Belmont Park, or Belmont Shore – do not attempt to park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, as that entrance will remain closed to the festival goers. Find some time this weekend to bring your friends, family, and pets down to watch these races – as one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory.

The Long Beach edition of the Spring 2017 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the hundreds of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets featured over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Much like every iteration of the Patchwork Fest in Long Beach, the day saw plenty of sunshine and cool sea breezes, making it a comfortable day to spend some time here. Of particular note, a majority of the vendors here exhibited soaps and candles, adding a fresh scent to the event. Sun, sea, and soy collided as these scents waft through the air.

The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 13th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one. Other notable events from this organizer include the Howl’oween Parade for all pets, and the Santa Paws operation, a charity event that occurs in December. Additionally, check out the So Cal Corgi Nation, an organization dedicated to corgis that routinely puts on events throughout the year.

The 13th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

For an event free to attend for the public, this makes for a nice Sunday morning getaway for you, your friends, and your family. If you do not currently have a pet, this event shows you the joys of having a furry companion in your life, and can pave the way towards having a pet of your own since this event has information about pet adoptions. In addition, some pet breeders may visit the event, so visitors can seek information from them as well. Come out to Long Beach this Sunday morning to see a bunch of cute pets for a feel-good time. Check out the Bulldog Beauty Contest on Facebook to keep up with their announcements and latest information. In the meantime, check out my photos from last year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest:

The 2016 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returned to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this past weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers would also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival featured other activities besides the racing that non-racers would enjoy. A tent in the parking lot housed a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees found the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allowed everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allowed spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all started at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

As one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory. Fans of racing sports should not miss a dragon boat race. The next opportunity to view a race will take place this October at the Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival. Like Long Beach, anyone may spectate for free, so bring your friends & family out to this race!

The 2016 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival returns to Marine Stadium near the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach this weekend. This annual race brings teams from across the world here to compete and race their dragon boats against each other, eventually winning the tournament’s grand prize following the finals on Sunday afternoon. Registration to participate in the races closed a while ago, but spectators of all ages may still attend and watch the races for free. Although this festival appears as an event for the participants only, the festival features a handful of things to do that non-racers will also enjoy.

As mentioned above, this festival features other activities besides the racing that non-racers will enjoy. A tent in the parking lot will house a small stage for traditional Chinese performances, such as balancing acts, music, dancing, martial arts, and more. Nearby this tent, all attendees will find the vendor village, complete with booths selling food, drinks, cold treats, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more.

The hundreds of teams set up their stations along Paoli Way, past the vendor village. Strolling down Paoli Way allows everyone a glimpse into the areas of the teams, but also allows spectators to walk down to the shore and watch the races, which all starts at the north end of Marine Stadium.

With everything that the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival has to offer, everyone comes here mainly to watch the races. However, unlike most water-based races, dragon boats involve more than simply your sight. Any sound can shake the air, but a dragon boat team shakes the heart! The combination of the drummer and paddlers working in unity really gets your heart pounding, similar to the feel of a NASCAR race or the Long Beach Grand Prix. When a race actually starts, spectators simply hear drumming, the drummer shouting commands at the paddlers, the paddlers chanting, and the sweep retorting the commands. One cannot help but get excited and cheer on a team, despite not knowing which teams to cheer for!

The Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival runs on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, providing ample time to attend. On both days, the main festival area opens at 9am and runs until 6pm. The actual races follow their own schedule, so please refer to the website, linked above, for the race schedule. Spectators can find plenty of free street parking on Naples Island, Belmont Park, or Belmont Shore – do not attempt to park in the Marine Stadium parking lot, as that entrance will remain closed to the festival goers. Find some time this weekend to bring your friends, family, and pets down to watch these races – as one of the world’s grandest dragon boat races, you ought to catch a dragon boat race in all its glory.

The Long Beach edition of the Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in the Belmont Shore neighborhood of Long Beach. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the hundreds of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets featured over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Much like every iteration of the Patchwork Fest in Long Beach, the day saw plenty of sunshine and cool sea breezes, making it a comfortable day to spend some time here. Of particular note, a majority of the vendors here exhibited soaps and candles, adding a fresh scent to the event. Sun, sea, and soy collided as these scents waft through the air.

The Patchwork Fest series happens twice a year: in Spring and Fall. With each series, it runs weekend after weekend at different locations. The next series of Patchwork Fests will occur in early November. In addition to new foods to try, the lineup of vendors changes, so you may find some great new gifts for your friends & family. Like Patchwork on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to see what they have in store for you at future shows. For a free fest, what have you got to lose?

8th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/8th-annual-taste-of-la-mesa-837

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $55, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

California Presidential Primary
June 7
California
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/

Do your part this Tuesday: get our and vote!

Beer Camp Across America Visits Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1599658257029413/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will receive brews from this year’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration to tap fresh for you to taste. This night has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 9-11
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 for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Chef Throwdown for Cystic Fibrosis
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
http://chefthrowdown.eventscff.org/

A special dinner fundraiser takes place in Coronado this Thursday night. General admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus parking. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 5pm, and also includes a meet & greet, valet parking, and reserved VIP tables.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

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

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

Beer Paper LA’s 3rd Anniversary
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9, Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 12, Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles
http://www.beerpaperla.com/

Beer Paper LA has churned out publications for three years now, and to celebrate, they will have TWO free beer-filled events this week.

Orange County Beer Week
June 10-17
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 8-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10-12
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $45 to $50, while a three-day pass costs $125 to $140.

2016 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 12
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2016 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Split Decision Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/961824893936718/

Split Decision formed over a decade ago, and after all this time, they will reunite for this special show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Eric Lara’s 29th Birthday Punk Rock Party w/ Naked Aggression
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1073831502678559/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Tarzana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com/

A food and wine tasting event comes to West LA this weekend. Two sessions of the festival will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $100 and lasts two hours, while VIP admission costs $150 and lasts three hours. Sunday’s Champagne brunch costs $55 to attend. Bring cash for parking at these events. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

17th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 11
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/5krun

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

31st Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
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.

Fido Fest 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 11
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3158

A free and all-ages dog event comes to east San Diego this Saturday morning. Check out pet vendors, pet demos, pet adoptions, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1748101858768754/

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

Time Out LA’s Donut Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/tola-donut-party

Pig out on donuts, coffee, teas, ciders, and wines this Saturday in Hollywood. The $25 admission gets you in to one of three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11-12
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

29th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
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.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
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 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.

LA Cosplay Con 2016
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $25 for general admission, $20 for cosplayers, or $15 for students.

3rd Annual Euro Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://eurobierfest.com/

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 8th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Societe Four
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 11
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $12 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and one beer pour for that glass. Attendees will need to pay for any additional beers after that first one.

5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/5th_annual_uptown_jazz_festival

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.

Sumo Sushi Show – San Diego
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fluxx Nightclub, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

3rd Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/event/3rd-annual-block-party/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Rök House 2-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/995273553898050/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Inland Empire Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.bierbuzz.com/component/banners/click/43.html

Two events will occur back-to-back this Saturday in Riverside. The day starts with a beer festival from 12pm to 4pm, complete with over 20 local breweries all pouring their brews for all the attendees. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, as well as admission to the following event. From 4pm to 10pm, a music concert will take place that costs $15 to get in to. At that point, all beers will come at cost, so anyone present after 4pm will need to pay for each beer.

2016 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/tacos-tequila-festival-san-diego

Indulge in unlimited tacos, craft beer, and tequila this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, all while supplies last. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

2016 Iron Classics Car Show & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.gaslamplongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1698043677128637/

Two events will occur back-to-back at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday. Starting at 3pm, catch a free car show in the parking lot. From 5pm onwards, a music show will take place inside the Gaslamp that costs $15 presale or $20 at the door to enter. Guests arriving prior to 6pm can park for free; anyone arriving afterwards will have to pay $10 to park.

1st Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Fullerton this Saturday evening. The $75 admission grants you unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. The venue provides free parking up to a certain amount, so if you arrive too late, you may need to pay for parking beyond the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Girls – Battle for the Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
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.

JapanLA 10 Year Anniversary & Super Kawaii Food Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Japan LA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/

Japan LA turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an art show at their store, as well as specials on select items.

The Unholy Sounds of Damnation
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/damnation-ch3-mad-parade-rocket-to-russia-the-returners-g-matthews/

Get your moshing on at this punk rock show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Skacore Show @ The Constellation Room
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/inspector

Get your skanking on at this Latin skacore show in the Constellation Room this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 12
The Autry, 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 $80.

Santa Ana Street Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 12
Outside 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Eat breakfast out on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Sunday morning. Registration costs only $5 per person.

21st Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 12
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Stone Sour Fest 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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.

Latino Multicultural Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-multicultural-festival-artventure-target-free-sunday/

Free to attend for all ages, explore art, music, dance, and more at this cultural event in Long Beach.

4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Mission Brewery’s 9th Anniversary
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
Mission Brewery, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://missionbrewery.com/9years/

San Diego’s Mission Brewery turns nine years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party this Sunday afternoon full of beer and live music. Admission with one beer costs $10. Add a souvenir glass for $15 admission, or get the beer, glass, and an anniversary t-shirt for $30.

The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 12th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one.