Posts Tagged ‘Matamoska’

Matamoska @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 14
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/183148502210333/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show tonight in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

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

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 Culver City: Centennial Summer Celebration
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Culver & Washington, Downtown Culver City
http://www.downtownculvercity.com/

Stroll through Downtown Culver City this Wednesday evening and sample the local eats. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and grants you unlimted food samples from the participating businesses while supplies last. This may not include drinks – some businesses will sell those separately.

AVP Manhattan Beach Open
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17-20
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://avp.com/event/manhattan-beach-open/

Come watch some of the world’s top beach volleyball players compete this weekend in Manhattan Beach. Visitors of all ages may attend the matches for free, but seats come at a fee.

7th Annual Echo Park Rising
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18-19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://epr.la/

Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.

KCON 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 18-20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kconusa.com/

A convention for all things Korean culture will come to Downtown LA this weekend. Attendees will find lots of vendor booths, food, entertainment, media, celebrity appearances, and more. Admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for the entire weekend.

2017 Los Angeles Tattoo Convention
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.latattooconvention.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Long Beach. Admission costs $17 per day or $30 for both days.

7th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 18
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. 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 $3 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.

San Diego Magazine’s 2017 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 18
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2017/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.breaspecialevents.com/

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/241233693055612/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

19th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 19
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/959/overview

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

Color Vibe 5k – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Fountain Valley Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.thecolorvibe.com/orangecounty.php

Another color run comes to Orange County this Saturday morning. Registration costs $65 per individual.

Fastivus 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Sunday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the gate.

3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend in Anaheim. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $40 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! San Diego
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 19
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in San Diego. General admission costs $39 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $149, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

3rd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Anaheim Public Library, Anaheim
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

2017 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 19
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/natsumatsuri/

At this free and all-ages event, find plenty of family-fun activities to partake in, such as karaoke, live music, live entertainment, games, arts & crafts, dance, and more.

2017 Unique LA Summer Market
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

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

1st Annual Cultured Food Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 19-20
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the Highland Springs Resort. They have ended their annual Sausage & Beer Festival and replaced it with a festival focusing on fermented foods and drinks. Like their previous festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $7 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to eat or drink in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

Stone Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 19
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-21st-anniversary-celebration-invitational-beer-festival

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 $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. 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.

Pacific Wine & Food Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 19-20
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.pacificwineandfood.com/

A food & alcohol tasting festival takes place this weekend in Newport Beach. Single-day general admission costs $150, starts at 2pm, and gets you three hours of unlimited tastings while supplies last. Two-day general admission costs $250. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 1pm, and includes exclusive tastings plus access to a VIP lounge. Two-day VIP admission costs $350. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.danapointlobsterfest.org/

A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.

9th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/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.

6th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Derby – Jailhouse Block
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

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

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

Downtown Anaheim will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

3rd Annual San Pedro Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Rob’s Birthday Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/384423645293212/

A handful of local punk rock bands will perform in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Ladies Who Ride
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Lifestyle Cycles, Anaheim
http://cookscorners.com/

A group motorcycle ride for women will take place this Sunday. Free to participate, women motorcycle riders will first meet at Lifestyle Cycles in Anaheim, then will ride to Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon as one procession. Once at Cook’s Corner, the place will host specials and other entertainment for the rest of the afternoon.

Red Bull Soapbox Race – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.redbullsoapboxrace.com/usa-losangeles/en/

Come watch people race soap boxes down a hill this Sunday in Elysian Park, free to attend for all ages.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 20
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153726271862119/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

3rd Annual Long Beach Tiki Social & Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.lbtikisocial.com/

Immerse yourself in Tiki culture at this social event in Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Find Tiki-themed vendors, music, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Day: Summer Picnic & Cosplay Meetup
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 20
Whittier Narrows, South El Monte
http://www.facebook.com/events/160624967817770/

Free to attend for all ages, a picnic & cosplay meetup will take place in South El Monte this Sunday afternoon.

22nd Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

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

Advertisements

Matamoska: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:30 pm, December 13
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/346472825730287/

Get your skanking on at this FREE skacore show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

The Freeze: Live in Southern California
December 14, The Hood Bar & Pizza, Palm Desert
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1357907-freeze-long-beach/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 16, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/336209220056027/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 18, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1334027-freeze-fang-special-guests-san-diego/
http://www.facebook.com/rabid.reaction/posts/10154280959718717

The Freeze will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has its own price and age limit, so click on a show’s link for details.

AdultCon #27
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 16
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 17
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 18
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Holiday Luminaria Stroll
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 16-17
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Holiday-Luminaria-Stroll/

Stroll through the arboretum with pretty lights along the paths this weekend. Admission costs $15.

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, December 16
The Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/special-events/holiday-sing-along/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will get to sing holiday songs with many other people. The music center will provide lyrics sheets.

2016 Winter Solstice Ball
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16
Whimsic Alley, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/678618912304233/

Enjoy a formal evening of dinner, drinks, dancing, and more. Tickets to this upscale event cost $80. No one under 18 may attend.

Glow Sword Battle 2016
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16, Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 17, Balboa Water Fountain, San Diego
http://www.glowbattletour.com/

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out this week, Southern California will see two all-ages flash mobs involving lightsaber battles. Bring your own lightsaber, or order one from the organizers for $10 presale or $15 at the event. The event spaces will have food trucks, a temporary bar, and live DJ’s to take care of guests.

The Yoga Expo – Los Angeles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://theyogaexpo.org/event_los_angeles

This Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, check out all things yoga with demos, vendors, seminars, products, activities, workshops, and more. This all-ages event costs $35 to attend, and provides full access to all workshops, programs, and the show floor.

Krampus Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1678482185724280/

This Saturday, Carson’s Phantom Carriage Brewery will have 25 different seasonal beers available for you to try. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

8th Annual Champagne Tasting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, December 17
The Sky Room, Long Beach
http://www.theskyroom.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/701896863291959/

Taste ten exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines, along with specialty hors d’oeuvres pairings. Admission costs $85 presale or $95 at the door.

5th Annual Pugafest
1:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 17
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/899373200197494/

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

SLO Holiday Beer & Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
San Luis Obispo Veterans Building, San Luis Obispo
http://www.santasbeer.com/

A beer & wine tasting event will take place in San Luis Obispo this Saturday evening. Admission costs $40 and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Timeless Pints Holiday Party
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 17
Timeless Pints, Lakewood
http://timelesspints.com/

Ring in the holidays with craft beer, ugly sweaters, live music, food, and more this Saturday at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, free to attend.

70th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 17
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Reel Big Fish @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish’s final show of 2016 will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Pulley: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.x-members.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1377947892234068/

Punk rock band Pulley will headline a show in Laguna Niguel  this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Toys For Tots Christmas Party & Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 17
Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1367629283248029/

A handful of great punk rock bands will perform this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $13 at the door. Bring an unwrapped toy for special prizes and drink specials. No one under 21 may enter.

Victory At Sea Day 2016
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 18
All Ballast Point locations, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/victory-at-sea/

Ballast Point releases their coveted porter, Victory At Sea, this Sunday to the public. At each of their locations throughout San Diego County, Ballast Point will have Victory At Sea for you to taste. Admission to each location will cost $30 and comes with five 4oz tasters, a souvenir glass, and a bomber of their limited edition coffee-only Victory At Sea. In addition, nearly every other beer bar and restaurant across the nation will have Victory At Sea specials, so check in with your favorite craft beer establishment if you cannot make it down to San Diego this Sunday.

O’Shea Brewing Company’s 25th Anniversary
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 18
O’Shea Brewing Company, Laguna Niguel
http://osheabrewing.com/

Laguna Niguel’s O’Shea Brewing Company turns 25 years old this week, and they will celebrate it this Sunday with special release beers, brewing, food, and more. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 18
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/12/18/holiday-festival-2016

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton with live entertainment, dancing, arts & crafts, activities, games, food, drinks, and more.

45th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 18
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 18-27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

37th Annual San Diego Jazz Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 23
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 24
10:30 am – 12:00 am, November 25
9:30 am – 12:00 am, November 26
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 27
Town & Country Resort Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdjazzfest.org/

Enjoy a weekend filled with jazz this week in San Diego. Admission varies depending on when you want to attend, which you can buy at the gate.

4th Annual Turkey Bowl
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 23
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/257519

As they do every year, Characters Sports Bar will host a pre-Thanksgiving show in Pomona this Wednesday. The cover charge for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby.

Thanksgiving
November 24
United States

Happy Turkey Day! Take a breather and relax on this national holiday.

Long Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 24
Belmont Olympic Pool, Long Beach
http://justinrudd.com/trot.html

This fun run takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Four different runs start at 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. The registration fee now costs $40 per person for any run. Participants may park in nearby beach parking lots for free until the end of the event, upon which officials will enforce the parking meters.

39th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 24
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
http://www.turkeytrot.com/

Another Thanksgiving fun run takes place in Dana Point. Registration costs $40 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles
6:30 am – 11:00 am, November 24
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://turkeytrot.la/

Moving from Santa Monica to Los Angeles, the Turkey Trot will combine a fair with a race, with a costume contest, turkey calling contest, potato sack races, and other fair-themed activities. Registration currently costs $35, but will increase to $40 starting Thursday.

Thanksgiving Extra-Noodle Challenge 2016
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 24
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen, all five locations
http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/

Looking for a feast this Thanksgiving without doing the cooking? Head to any of Shin Sen Gumi’s five ramen locations throughout Southern California this Thursday for their noodle challenge. For $10, get all-you-can-eat ramen for 30 minutes. This fee includes one bowl of ramen, one bowl of soup, then unlimited “EXTRA” noodles until time runs out. A free t-shirt goes to men who eat six EXTRA noodles or women who eat four EXTRA noodles. The men’s and women’s champion of each store will receive a $50 gift certificate after the day’s end.

LosCon 43
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, November 25-26
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 27
LAX Mariott Hotel, Los Angeles
http://loscon.org/

This annual convention has something to do with science fiction/fantasy. Registration for this weekend-long fandom event costs $60.

The Interrupters: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 25, Glass House, Pomona
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 26, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/

Ska band The Interrupters currently tour across the continent, and that tour will conclude in Southern California this weekend.Each show has a different ticket price and age limit, so check on their website for full details for each show.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/176276032779912/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this local punk rock show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Matamoska’s 15th Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 25
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2834

Get your skanking on this Friday night at this skacore show in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $8. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a parking lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

10th Annual Rockabilly Extravaganza & Cavalcade of Beauty Pin Up Contest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 26
Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside
http://rockabilly66.com/

An all-ages rockabilly show takes over the Riverside Airport this Saturday. For $10 admission, visitors will find live music, classic cars, live entertainment, a pin up contest, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more.

Zine Queens Vol. 2: The Library Is Open
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 26
Long Beach Main Library, Downtown Long Beach
http://darcycrashdistro.tumblr.com/post/150638740650/zine-queens-vol-2

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zine Fest this Saturday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature dozens of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

6th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 26
Eagle Rock Blvd & Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://www.facebook.com/events/581579565375648/

Several shops in Eagle Rock will participate in this local Small Business Saturday celebration with sidewalk sales and other specials. Every shop will host their own specials, and some will have public activities, such as bounce houses or arts & crafts.

2nd Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 25
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-spirit-stroll/

For $24, guests will get to sample holiday cocktails from 14 different locations along Adams Avenue this Saturday afternoon. No one under 21 may participate.

Radioactive Chicken Heads: Live in Tarzana
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 26
Maui Sugar Hill Saloon, Tarzana
http://radioactivechickenheads.com/

The Radioactive Chicken Heads will headline a FREE show this Saturday night in Tarzana. No one under 21 may enter.

Death By Stereo Plays “Into The Valley of Death”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 26
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1379438-death-by-stereo-long-beach/

Hardcore punk band Death By Stereo will headline a show in Long Beach this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 27
2nd & Sycamore, Downtown Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. 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 neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

3rd Annual La Habra Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 27
La Habra Community Center, La Habra
http://www.lahabraca.gov/677/Tamale-Festival

Free to attend for all ages, this event will have various food vendors, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, live music, live entertainment, a churro-eating contest, Santa Claus, and more.

Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Glassjaw: Live in Southern California
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/coheed-and-cambria/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6389065
http://www.glassjaw.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band Glassjaw currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/reverend-horton-heat-unknown-hinson-cadillac-tramps-viernes-13/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 23, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/reverend-horton-heat
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1106239-reverend-horton-heat-unknown-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano http://thecoachhouse.com/concert-schedule/?event_id=6444995
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Arts District Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/448824665241589/

New brewery Arts District Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23-24
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-2016-Kicks-Off-in-East-Village-March-23-and-24

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
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.

At The Drive-In: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show have sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available on third-party websites.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070693-shattered-faith-long-beach/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Founders Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/741952125940690/

This Thursday evening, Meat Up BBQ in Placentia will load up a handful of their taps with brews from Founders Brewing. Order one of their brews to receive a souvenir glass that you can take home, and refills will also cost less with this glass on this night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Whitekaps @ The Garage Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/541908985975991/

Ventura gets a taste of punk rock this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

WonderCon 2016
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

Spring Beer Release Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25-26
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/238313479844575/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release their two spring seasonal brews this weekend. Stop on by and enjoy these refreshing brews.

The Dickies, The Dwarves, and The Queers @ The Glass House Pomona
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1021909-dickies-pomona/

Get physical at this heavy all-ages punk rock show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Matamoska: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://matamoska.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/799830110161577/

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

Punk Rock Show @ The Kensington
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 25
Kensington Club, Kensington, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/965218446894061/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 26
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

Three Weav3rs Brew & Brunch
11:00 am – 1:30 pm, March 26
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/three-weavers-brew-brunch/

Enjoy a three-course brunch and five beer pairings courtesy of Three Weav3rs Brewing this Saturday at Restauration in Long Beach. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Vintage Clothing Sale
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 26
The Set Shop, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1681751062096798/

Check out this FREE and all-ages vintage pop-up this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. This pop-up will have dozens of vendors selling vintage clothing, apparel, accessories, food, and more.

Wing Over – Release Day
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 26
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1531246647176756/

Hangar 24’s coveted Hammerhead returns under a new name this Saturday: Wing Over. Check out the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands this Saturday for your shot at Wing Over for $20 per bottle. They will also have a special brew called Esperanza available. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, order a Wing Over, and sip away.

Blooming Pop-Up
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 26
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://makercityla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/247102318960571/

Check out this FREE and all-ages pop-up taking place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Visitors can expect to encounter dozens of vendors and booths selling food, drinks, treats, apparel, accessories, and lots of other miscellaneous items.

6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

2nd Annual Spring Break BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1690453067835756/

Pizza Port in San Clemente will host a FREE and all-ages spring break party this Saturday. It will take place on their rooftop parking lot, where they will have grilling/barbecue, games, live music, and select house beers $2 off. Have swimsuits available or other clothing made for the water, as they will have lots of water around.

Fat Hog Day
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/fat-hog-day/

Redlands’ Ritual Brewing releases their barrel-aged Fat Hog this Saturday on draft and in bottles. They will also have multiple varieties of Fat Hog available for you to try in the tasting room. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a sip or more.

Long Beach Carnevale 2016
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Outside the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://longbeachcarnevale.com/

At this free and all-ages event, come dress up, dance, and enjoy the merry company.

Electric Run – San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://electricrun.com/

When you combine a 5k with a rave, you get the Electric Run. Go on a 5k fun run through bright lights and dance music the entire way. Participants should wear the brightest & lightest clothes to this run as to maximize the glow color & lighting. Participants should also bring their own glow items from home, as vendors will likely sell out fast during the night. Registration costs $35 and comes with a t-shirt, glow bracelet, and glow markers. The race finishes at the stage, where live DJ’s will spin music all night for all participants to stay and party to.

Luicidal @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/744157975716694/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/236382

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Pomona, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 27
Wilshire Blvd & Westwood Blvd, Westwood
http://www.noroozfestival.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Easter with The Bollweevils
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/thebollweevils

Wrap up this year’s Easter with some punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Art, Bar, Beer, Burlesque, Dance, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 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.

24th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 20
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Chef Karl’s Summer Boil
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://summerboil.bpt.me/

Put a taste of the south in your mouth at this all-ages summer’s end country boil. For $25, guests will see 3/4 lbs of crawfish, 1/2 lbs of shrimp, 1/2 lbs of spicy andouille sausage, steamed red potatoes, and corn on the cob thrown into a communal boil for a grand feast. In addition, Hess Brewing will provide one free beer to each guest 21 and over. Guests also receive access to the swimming pool at this venue and their Reef Lounge for those wanting to stay after the feast ends. Bring cash just in case they charge for parking.

Beer Nerd Exam Night – IPA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/492124894211209/

Think you know your beer? Come taste-test some mystery beers to see if you know your IPA’s. Correctly guess three out of four beers to get entered into a drawing to win various Beachwood BBQ prizes. No purchase necessary and free to enter, no one under 21 may participate.

2013 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

3rd Annual Essex Skyline Fashion Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Essex Skyline, Santa Ana
http://expo4life.com/survivor-strut-3rd-annual-fashion-show/

At this fundraiser, attendees will see local designers showcase their work on models down the runway, all while munching on food & drink samples from local restaurants and bars. Attendees looking to take something home can browse through the boutique for apparel, or buy into a silent auction or raffle. Doors open at 6pm, and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Admission costs $50, and the first 100 guests to purchase admission receive a t-shirt and gift bag.

MDC, Duane Peters Gunfight, Dime Runner, and Project Shepherd @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141368

A weekend of punk rock comes to Alex’s Bar, starting with MDC this Thursday night. If you missed MDC a week and a half ago, you have another chance to catch them here. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave, or anywhere in the neighborhood south of Anaheim St.

SRH Fest 2013 w/ Strung Out & Unwritten Law
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Agusut 23, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82199
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82260

Strung Out and Unwritten Law tag-team a set of shows this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night, they play an all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which costs $17.50 presale and $20 on the day of the show. On Saturday night, they play a 21+ show at House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, which costs $15 presale and $20 on the day of the show.

Motorsoule, Cadillac Tramps, Heroines, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and more @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/182319431946807/

Looking for some old school music? Check out this show this Friday night. Little information about this show has gone out, such as cover charge, age requirement, and parking.

Slab, One Less Zero, Rope In Hand @ Hi Brow Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Hi Brow Lounge, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590021677711071

One Less Zero returns from their half-year break to play at this fundraiser Friday night in Upland. With limited information available, bring some cash in case of parking and entry fees. They did not specify an age requirement either.

Steve Soto’s 50th Birthday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 23-24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
August 23: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143136
August 24: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143138

Steve Soto, guitarist for The Adolescents, celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he will host TWO nights of punk rock this weekend at Alex’s Bar. Both shows cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show. On Friday, catch The Adolescents, The Middle Class, The Crowd, and Rats In The Wall. On Saturday, catch Manic Hispanic, CH3, Shattered Faith, and Transistor LB.

The Gears, Carnage Asada, Gypz, and Somos Mysteriosos @ El Corita
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 23
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/177597319085757/

Check out this small all-ages classic punk rock show this Friday night in Northeast LA. This show only costs $5 to get in.

13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 24-25
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 24
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

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.

8th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2013 Indonesian Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 24
Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles
http://indonesianfestivalla.com/

This free all-ages festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, food, dance, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Lost 80’s Live
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Madhaus, Long Beach
http://cavemanpresents.com/

Check out this outdoor all-ages 80’s music festival this Saturday in Long Beach. General admission costs $35, while VIP tickets cost $75 and comes with access to a VIP bar with two drink tickets, a t-shirt, VIP seats, and meet & greet with the bands, which include original members from 80’s bands.

2nd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 24
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

5th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA CD Release Show w. D.I., Amerikan Made, and more @ Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/148485892018068/

This all-ages show this Saturday has so many bands that the show will start in the afternoon! For just $12 entry, you get treated to headliners JFA and D.I., along with many other great local punk rock bands such as Amerikan Made.

FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24-25
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

Last year, FYF Fest raised the bar by including in the lineup Refused, one of the most revolutionary hardcore punk rock bands in history. This year, they have yet to announce something groundbreaking, but FYF Fest still remains a rock music lover’s ultimate fantasy. Featuring well-known bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flag (comprised of former member of Black Flag), MGMT, Touché Amoré, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, and more, rock music lovers will definitely find something that interests them, as well as discover new music, leading to potentially new tastes of music. In addition to the music, FYF Fest will also feature local comedians for those looking for something different other than music. FYF Fest takes place the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend at LA State Historic Park, opens at 2pm, and closes at 12am on both days. Open to all ages, weekend passes start at $99, since single-day passes sold out a while ago. FYF Fest does not allow reentries, so take note of that when arriving. For more information, check out their website, which lists a great amount of information.

Orfila’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $85 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

The Long Table: A Playhouse District Food & Wine Celebration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
(forner) Bistro 561, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table/

Treat yourself to a multi-course dinner this Saturday prepared by some of Southern California’s renowned chefs. Diners can also sip on paired wines or beers during dinner. Attendance to this dinner costs $75 per person.

2nd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Chula Vista Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/228953777247025/

Treat yourself to a taste of over 20 restaurants from Chula Vista this Saturday night, and wash it all down with a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Attendees will also find a silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, and more all in this outdoor setting. Admission to this tasting costs $50.

The Undertakers, Media Blitz, Rick Wilder, Decry, and more @ Dilettante
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Dilettante, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614271491937129/

See a bunch of local punk rock bands play at this fundraiser this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this all-ages fundraiser costs $10. Guests can park on the streets for free after 8pm.

OC Punx – Free Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/159572404232612/

Check out local OC punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Burlesque of Hollywood
11:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 24
M Bar, Hollywood
http://bobbieburlesque.wix.com/losangelesburlesque#!burlesqueofhollywood/cfvg

Ten of Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque acts will congregate to form this collaborative burlesque show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $18 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. All guests must purchase a minimum of $10 of food or drinks.

9th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 25
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/Artwalk.php

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Trump National Golf Club’s 5th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 25
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/7th-Annual-Charity-Chili-Cook-Off.html

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

South Central Skankers CD Release Show
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/south-central-skankers-cd-release/

South Central Skankers will release a new album soon, and this Sunday, they will bring only a hundred advance copies of it to sell at this ska show. They will headline this show, which features numerous other local ska bands, including Matamoska. Entry to this all-ages show cost $16 presale and $20 at the door. If you want to purchase an album for $10, you must e-mail them via their Facebook page to reserve a spot to purchase the album, which will also come with a CD release poster.

When most Americans like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with lots of drinking and Mariachi music, they stray away from the traditional purpose of Cinco de Mayo, and instead celebrate it the American way. Historians will tell anyone that properly celebrating Cinco de Mayo involves listening to ska music, particularly the Latin-influenced kind. Since Cinco de Mayo fell on a weekend this year, many local bands took it upon themselves to play Cinco de Mayo tribute shows, starting with Friday the 3rd. Down in Orange County, eight local ska and punk rock bands played a small all-ages Cinco de Mayo show last Friday night, resulting in a long six-hour show filled with music and very small down time. To fit all eight bands in the allotted time, the venue gave bands no more than 15 minutes to set up following the previous band. Consider this, and that the venue allowed no in-and-outs, plus no food or drinks available (contrary to the advertisement), meant many tired fans by the end of the night. Admission started at $10, but at some point, admission had increased, as one fellow later in the night admitted to paying $12 to enter.

Local band PSA kicked off the night with their ska-core set. This group of kids has yet to create any sort of foundation, as they carry no official recordings or merchandise. At the moment, they only play small gigs locally. They sound most like very old Falling Sickness with their quick riffs and ska-like chords. This early in the night, no more than 20 people had shown up; however, a few crowd members displayed significant enthusiasm, meaning PSA brought their close friends in, which I later found out got in free.

Damaged came on next, replacing Niño Zombi on the lineup. Imagine some very offensive backyard punk rock music, and you have Damaged. This local punk rock band from La Habra did not hesitate to piss off the crowd with all the F-bombs thrown around the entire set. They purposely wanted to anger everyone to stir up the pit this early. Although they succeeded in generating a pit, the pit contained no more than four boys circling around acting tough. Damaged took an extra five minutes to set up, and ended their set after 20 minutes. This gave the next band five free minutes to set up for their set.

Once Damaged ended their set early and left their mark on the crowd, Corrupted Youth started their set right on time. A street punk band from Los Angeles, these guys do more than just play shows – they organize shows too. They also play some good fast hardcore punk music, resembling The Casualties in their music. Although they still took breaks between songs, their gaps did not last as long as the previous bands, who felt the need to talk between songs. Corrupted Youth just took a quick breather before entering the next song. This 30-minute set of carnage set off the night, as the pit started going hard from this point on.

Not A Chance played next with their ska-core set. Their music carries the fast element of Falling Sickness, but they sound more like older Against All Authority. Having just seen them less than a month ago, I already had high expectations for them, and this set did not disappoint. The energy never faded, and they stringed together all their songs as best as they could, minimizing down time. They play a handful of original songs, and they also cover Bloodhound Gang and Ol’ Dirty Bastard at one point in their set. I can see Not A Chance going far – they just need their big break.

The night truly picked up when the next band entered the stage. Does the face look familiar? Original punk rock fans will recognize the lead vocalist as Mike Virus from The Virus and Cheap Sex. He now heads another band called Evacuate, which carries similar hardcore and street punk music that Mike sang for in his previous bands. For a moment, I wondered why they chose to play this small show, and why they did not headline this show. Regardless, after having thought I would never see Cheap Sex again, I rejoiced by joining in with the pit, which had escalated significantly by now. Evacuate played a 45-minute set, well over their allotted time slot, but who cares when everyone had fun?

South Central Skankers, the first of the night’s three headliners, took to the stage next. One of the true Latin-based ska bands, South Central Skankers played one of the smoothest sets I had ever heard. True to their name, they got the entire room skanking in a wide circle. During their set, they threw out free CD’s and t-shirts as well. They really know how to take care of their fans, and played the right songs to get them moving, including a sing-along song. Most of the crowd had attended this show just for South Central Skankers, evident by the thinner crowd presence for the next bands.

The second headliner marked the final hardcore/street punk band of the night. Narcoleptic Youth drew out all the punk fans in the crowd, who in turn essentially pushed all the ska people aside so they could mosh in the pit. They did not fail to meet expectations – just some good old street punk would get anyone up on their feet and moving. Thankfully, most of the night’s crowd attended the show for South Central Skankers, and most of them left after that set. This cleared out lots of room in front of the stage, allowing for a wider pit. As I had not seen these guys since last year, I most looked forward to watching Narcoleptic Youth on this night.

Last but not least, Matamoska filled up the stage. Another Latin-based Californian ska band, Matamoska bases their style around the punk rock side rather than the smoother side, creating a Latin ska-punk sound for their band. Matamoska often plays with South Central Skankers, as Matamoska’s keyboardist also played for the South Central Skankers set. In return, some of South Central Skankers’ brass players came out to play with Matamoska during one of their songs. Crossovers never get old, and this act added some extra fun to a long and tiring night.

Ska shows occurred all Cinco de Mayo weekend all over Southern California. Although I could not attend them all, I certainly hope you did to check out the ska scene here in California. Shows will keep coming too, so always check back weekly to discover a show near you!

Last Thursday night, Long Beach experienced a night of ska, as Mustard Plug headlined a show at Dipiazzas as part of their west coast tour with Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Mustard Plug rarely travels out here to the west coast, so their trip pleased many of their fans out here. A major player in the ska revival era, Mustard Plug churns out ska-punk music mainly from their home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Add to that all the the other amazing bands they rounded up for their tour, and you have the makings of a mobile wave of ska.

The Interrupters kicked off the night with their ska set. With a sound resembling Save Ferris, The Interrupters played much more mellow than the ska/punk music that followed them the rest of the night. They emphasized having fun and enjoying the night rather than getting rowdy. In the middle of their set, the band invited the father of the brothers (in white shirts) to play trombone for one of their Bob Marley covers. Especially for an all-ages show, Mustard Plug chose a perfect band to open the night. If you miss Save Ferris, you owe it to yourself to check out The Interrupters very soon.

Moving forward with the night, Operation No-one Knows (ONK) played their set of Mexican-influenced ska. Their set started mellow, but included some faster songs that got the crowd going hard. They also tended to cover a handful of popular songs, especially by Sublime. As one of the opening bands, their set did not last very long, which means they did not play as many original songs as they could have, as opposed to the cover songs they played.

Reuniting for one final show before throwing in the towel, Just Like Before took to the stage next. This skacore band from South Bay started small over a decade ago, but grew in popularity so fast that they found themselves already on the Warped Tour by 2004. Singing many of their songs in Spanish, JLB appeals to multiple audiences with their mix of songs, including a ska version of the Inspector Gadget theme, and the very vulgar Las Payasas. Close to the end of their set, another man carrying a guitar showed up on stage to do vocals for a song. I had a feeling he belonged to the following band, and I found out later that I guessed right. They closed their set with It’s A Circle, and when they noticed me singing along, they handed the mic to me so I could help sing the chorus. Totally rad! After discovering them back in 2004, I will miss these guys, as they show no signs of lost skill.

Another band I discovered in 2004, Matamoska played next, indicated by the vocalist entering the stage during the previous band. Another great skacore band from Los Angeles, Matamoska played a high-intensity set, complete with songs such as Night of 100 Frights, and an encore with De Verdad. The sound guy tried to get them to end early, but Matamoska held strong and kept playing all the way to the end of their set.

The sub-headliner, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, entered the stage after Matamoska. I discovered them back in 2006, when they played to a ghetto ska/punk style. Now they sound like they still represent that sound, but a lot more refined after years of touring and practice. The skacore band from Tijuana played many of their old hits, such as Short Fuse, as well as tracks from their latest album. A good portion of the crowd showed up only to see them, as many of them left after Los Kung Fu Monkeys had ended. All the better for me, as I knew that Mustard Plug would go next.

At long last, Mustard Plug entered the room and decked out the stage. As one of today’s most prominent ska-punk bands, anyone listening to ska and/or punk rock today has definitely heard of Mustard Plug. Conversely, playing at such a small venue surprised me, as I believe they deserve a grander stage. Their one-hour set consisted of twenty songs, which included hits like Lolita, You, Mr. Smiley, Brain on Ska, and finally closing the night with Beer. Their set even included a cover of Fugazi’s hit Waiting Room. A small venue does not allow much room for interactivity, yet during Mr. Smiley, vocalist Dave Kirchgessner reenacted the namesake character by “attacking” audience members with a foam knife.

Miss out on Mustard Plug? They rarely come out here to the west coast, so it may take some time before seeing them again live without flying out to Michigan. Plenty of other great punk rock and/or ska shows still take place in Southern California, so check my blog weekly for upcoming shows and events!

Orange County Restaurant Week
Now through March 2
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.

2013 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 26
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/491275007570240/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Mustard Plug, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, Matamoska, Just Like Before, and more @ DiPiazzas
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
DiPiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=1658&year=2013&month=02&day=28&Itemid=12

Ready for this ska show? Mustard Plug rarely plays on the west coast, so you do not want to miss out on this, plus the reunion of Just Like Before. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $13 at the door.

2013 Long Beach Health Freedom Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 1-3
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.healthfreedomexpo.com/hfe/page.php?id=4

Seek out information about fresh, natural, and healthy living at this expo this weekend in Long Beach. Whereas other expos focus on sales and pushing products onto guests, this expo deals more with information and seminars, educating guests about a natural and healthy lifestyle. Tickets cost $20 for one day or $35 for the entire weekend pass. Parking costs $10, so I suggest parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or taking public transportation.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
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).

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 1
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

Beer Savage Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/616659161684018/

Independent artists from across the country fly in for one night to exhibit their work at Noble Ale Works this Friday night. Free to attend, this event will also feature a live DJ, food trucks, and a special beer release.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/430639640351114/

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.

Bake ‘N Buy Fundraiser + Bake Sale
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jones Coffee, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/227067910758518

Buy delicious treats from various chefs and bakers from around Los Angeles, or fill yourself up from the Grilled Cheese Truck at this fundraiser this Saturday in Pasadena.

Grand Park Downtown BookFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 2
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/grand-parks-bookfest-2013/

Book lovers rejoice! Readers of all ages can enjoy this free gathering that brings together the joys of books and more. Live DJ’s will keep music on the entire time, and food trucks will keep hungry guests fed.

12th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 2
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.