Posts Tagged ‘May 2016’

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire returned for its annual run during April and May this year. Taking place at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, this all-ages fair allows visitors to get a glimpse of life in the medieval era in terms of the way of living, the food, the music, the artistry, the ways of speaking, the forms of entertainment, and more. Thematically speaking, a Renaissance Faire revolves around dressing up like the people did during the old days, acting like the people did, and speaking like the people did. While the costumes originally followed the medieval theme, times have changed to encompass a broader scope of acceptable outfits, so I witnessed costumes such as pirates, steampunk, ninjas, samurais, gypsies, fairies, farmers, Scotsmen, certain cartoon characters (e.g. Peter Pan), and even a Deadpool with a kilt and “old-school” weapons. Technically, a Renaissance Faire can double as a cosplay event as long as the costume somehow matches. From the Skyrim series to the Warcraft series to the Game of Thrones series to the Marvel Universe, virtually any costume with ties to the old age would fit in here.

Aside from the diverse range of outfits seen here, visitors can expect a lot more to see and do at a Renaissance Faire. Vendors line every path in the venue, allowing visitors a chance to buy something to fit in. Actors and shows took place around every corner, meaning nobody would ever enjoy a moment of peace & quiet. Because of the lack of electricity (except for lights), vendors and actors had to shout or otherwise speak very loudly. Shows ranged from acting to demonstrations to singing to comedy and more. Of particular note, the jousting arena attracted the largest crowd of visitors. The wide variety of entertainment and booths to visit meant that visitors could spend the entire day here and still have more to check out. For more official information about the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets featured over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Visitors who get hungry could enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. Unlike the previous year where it rained on the event, this year’s event saw plenty of sunshine, which did not stop the vendors from going strong, nor did the heat stop the thousands of visitors from seeking out great gifts.

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

The 84th Annual Scottish Fest USA returned this past weekend to the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The mayor of Costa Mesa has Scottish ancestry, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. But how often can groups prance around wearing kilts and grunting in Scottish accents?

A Scottish Festival such as this one contains enough activities for you and your friends & family to enjoy a full day of fun. From the music competitions to the food to the various sports to all the vendors, enthusiasts will find something here for entertainment purposes. Any of the music features surely would have taken up much of the time here. As for sports, the festival provided visitors with the Highland Games, as well as a broadsword demo and an archery range. Food mainly revolved around the standard Scottish faire found at festivals like these, so we found a lot of haggis, meat pies, fish & chips, and potatoes. With the exception of the haggis, none of the food impressed me much, as many Scottish and Irish pubs exist in Southern California that serve that kind of food, only at a more affordable price and higher quality.

For a two-day fest, the OC Fair can pack a lot into Scottish Fest USA. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended Scottish Fest USA in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

Upcoming Events: May 30 – June 5, 2016

Posted: May 30, 2016 in Animals, Art, Beer, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, San Diego, Sports, Wine
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Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday. Prepare to park far away and have to walk over to the fair.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free. Visitors should look for parking in the neighborhoods around Abbot Kinney, then walk over to the beach.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture. Most vendors should accept credit card payments, but bring cash anyways just in case.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more. Bring cash, as most of the vendors may not accept card.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

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

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $18 presale or $20 at the door. Guests arriving before 5:30pm can park for free; afterwards, it costs $10 to park. No one under 18 may enter.

At The Drive-In @ The Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 1-2
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/at-the-drive-in/
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline two shows in Hollywood this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows start at $36. Parking nearby may cost around $10 cash.

Huntington Beach Expo
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
City Hall, Huntington Beach
http://business.hbchamber.com/events/details/huntington-beach-expo-6-2-2016-9466

Check out this free and all-ages event this Thursday featuring health screenings, a job fair, gourmet food trucks, recycling information, vendors, police & fire safety education, and more.

Pizza Port Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625112761147074/

Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store will receive a lot of beer from Pizza Port this Thursday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or more.

Bad Religion: Live in Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion will headline a show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30 presale or $32 at the door.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 3
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 5
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

5th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/craft-beer-bites

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Friday evening. For $35 presale or $40 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 5
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

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

2016 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $16, while admission for seniors and children costs $9. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

Brea SummerFest 2016
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
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).

69th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4-5
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.cmnhlions.com/fish-fry/

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more. Print the image below to receive a dollar off a fish dinner.

Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 5
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

Thrice: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3, Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/301537
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00502D99571074
http://thrice.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thrice will headline these two shows in Southern California this week. Both shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find after-market tickets available from third-party vendors.

The Amazing Chase: Long Beach
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://eastvillagelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234563360214714/

Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Registration costs $99 per person for teams of up to four people. Participants can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. Participants should dress for mobility through the city, and apply sunscreen as this will take place entirely outdoors.

17th Annual Yorba Linda Summer Festival & Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Senior Living Center, Yorba Linda
http://oescal.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-summer-festival-and-car-show-free-family-event-tickets-23851047124

A free and all-ages fair and car show comes to Yorba Linda this Saturday. The children will enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, shows, a bounce house, and more. The adults can enjoy the car show, vendors, and other goodies. Bring cash for food and the vendors.

16th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

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

22nd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

13th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

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

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/674/2nd-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/241054102918333/

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

2016 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

Power-Con 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

5th Annual LitFest Pasadena
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 4
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

Check out this free and all-ages event dedicated to books and authors taking place this Saturday in Pasadena.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1082325765139852/

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

Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbveganfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this fair will have food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

13th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 4
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

Sumo Sushi Show – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Exchange LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

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

15th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 4
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/15th-annual-summer-wine-festival-2016

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

2nd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its second year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $43 and comes with unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew-2/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $58 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $95, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

2nd Annual Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, June 4
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $85 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend. Parking at nearby lots ranges from $5 to $15.

Board & Brew Anaheim Hills 1 Year Anniversary Tap Takeover w/ Knee Deep Brewing
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1036689226411131/

Board & Brews in Anaheim Hills celebrates their first anniversary this Saturday, and they will have a handful of brews from Knee Deep Brewing to celebrate. The first 150 customers to order a Knee Deep brew will receive a special gift to take home.

David Bowie Tribute Concert & Screening
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 4
Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach
http://thefridacinema.org/event/ziggy-stardust-at-sunnyside-cemetery/

Enjoy a concert and screening dedicated to the late David Bowie this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $12 presale or $15 at the gate. Bring cash for parking and food.

Care (Packages) For Your Community
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1565300587104115/

At this free and all-ages event, local ska bands will perform, and they will have a charity activity that involves donating items to make care packages for the needy.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1173047-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

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

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

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, June 5
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedroshredfest.com/

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

10th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/events/balboa-island-parade/

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

19th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

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

32nd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 5
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

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

3rd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 5
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1050074348375309/

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display.

Discharge @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1131507-discharge-eyehategod-pomona/

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages show at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night for $25 presale or $28 at the door. Guests can find plenty of free parking in Downtown Pomona, and can avoid having to pay to park in paid lots.

The Casualties @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1161783

Get your moshing on this Sunday night with The Casualties at this all-ages concert for $15. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhoods north of the venue.

The 4th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival returned to Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this Hawaiian/Polynesian cultural fair contained numerous cultural vendors, food, treats, games, music, dance, entertainment, and more. Most of the action revolved around the main stage, where they had the music, dance, speakers, occasional comedians, actors, and more. Spread throughout the park, visitors could stroll through the dozens of vendors selling things from accessories, apparel, house goods, food, treats, trinkets, souvenirs, and beyond. At the far end of the park, visitors found the food stalls plus the games for the children to win toys at. Due to the small size of the park, the organizers had to fit everything in to a tight space, meaning that visitors could stroll through the entire festival within ten minutes or so. Regardless, anyone who visited surely had a great time checking out all the different cultural goods around. Support this local festival by liking them on Facebook.

The 2016 Orange County Greek Festival returned this past weekend to St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim. At this all-ages fair, visitors found a multitude of Greek foods & desserts, wine, beer, ouzo, vendors, music, and more to keep everyone entertained throughout the weekend. Complete with merchandise, food, dessert, drinks, music, dance, rides, exhibits, and more, this annual fair brings a wealth of things for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy and make a lasting memory out of. While any visitor can participate in the dancing going on under the main tent, I opted to simply admire those who bravely stepped forth to display their Greek dancing abilities. For me, I chose to enjoy the eats of Greek culture with some Pastitsio, Dolmades, and Baklava. Support this local Greek Fair by following them on Facebook and liking them on Twitter. When the Greek have an occasion to celebrate, they will celebrate hard, as demonstrated whenever a Greek festival takes place.

When thinking about the originals of the South Bay beer scene, Smog City Brewing Company usually comes to mind. Having just celebrated their 3rd anniversary this past weekend, Smog City has a concrete plan about how to operate a brewery, and they do such a great job at it. People all over Southern California feel Smog City’s presence, from beer festivals to restaurants to bottle shops and more. Aptly named for their proximity to the Exxon Mobil Refinery, Smog City’s location essentially marks them as a hub for most of the South Bay breweries. Most people who conduct a South Bay brewery tour tend to start at Smog City as a result, not to mention the generous business hours of the tasting room. With a large portfolio of beers available at any given time, visitors to the tasting room will always find something new to try, and something new to take home.

New this year, Smog City has advanced over to the space adjacent to its left. This space not only holds over a hundred more visitors, but it houses dozens of barrels all quietly and slowly aging until ripeness. Smog City also had their private VIP tasting from 11am to 1pm where they sampled some of their rare exclusive brews. I could not attend that session, but I still got to try some of their other anniversary ales, and believe me, Smog City has still got it.

Smog City’s popularity precedes them, and their anniversary event proved just that. Wall to wall full of people, it appeared that this South Bay powerhouse could not contain every single visitor present. This bears no indication that they cannot handle a crowd – this measures just how significant a name they bear in the craft beer market. If you ever find yourself with free time on a weekend or just find yourself somewhere near the Torrance area, stop on by Smog City Brewing. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for updates from Smog City.

The annual US Sumo Open returned to CSULB’s Walter Pyramid for its 16th year running this past Saturday afternoon. This spectacle featured dozens of professional sumo wrestlers from around the world competing for the prized trophy and bragging rights. This tournament featured men’s and women’s lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight competitors, all of which contained wrestlers from multiple different countries. Across all the competitors, Mongolia and Russia appeared to have the most competitors. The day started with individual divisions, and the day ended with the Open Weight tournament, where all competitors of a gender competed. This meant that someone weighing 160 lbs may have ended up facing someone weighing over 500 lbs. Surprisingly for the women, the heavyweights could not outperform the lighter competitors – not surprising, as the women competitors appeared more brutal and vicious than the men. When the men competed, the heavyweights made it to the finals, as the spectators expected. Throughout the day between sets, attendees got treated to a musical performance featuring dance and drums. During an intermission, Japan’s heaviest man, whom the announcer nicknamed “Yama,” delighted the crowd with his girth and entertained the crowd by “wrestling” willing children. He basically teased the children for a bit before he allowed them to push him out of the ring.

The US Sumo Open makes for an interesting event to attend and bring friends & family to. Southern California does not get sumo wrestling events like this often, so when one does come around, many people flock to it. The US Sumo Open returns every year around this time, so bookmark your calendar for next year’s 17th Annual US Sumo Open. In the meantime, check out USA Sumo on Facebook for future updates and related events, such as the Sumo Sushi Show, which occurs next month among three consecutive Saturdays in Southern California.

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

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

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/event/i-love-poke-sd-2016/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Angelic Upstarts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://officialangelicupstarts.com/

Legendary punk band Angelic Upstarts currently tour through the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so refer to the band’s website for show details.

2016 Lightning In A Bottle
May 25-30
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

365 by Whole Foods Market – Opening Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 25
365 by Whole Foods Market, Silverlake
http://www.365bywfm.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1587622411548481/

A new grocery store opens in Silverlake this Wednesday morning, and the first 365 guests will receive mini-scones and vegan cookies, plus reusable shopping bags. The first 100 shoppers will receive gift cards in varying amounts, including one $365 gift card.

Scooper Bowl 2016 – Fundraiser
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 25
The Learning Centers At Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1199885140022271/

This fundraiser involves buying a bowl designed by an art student for $15, which will come with ice cream.

Mother Earth Brewing @ Far Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1683971371868505/

Far Bar will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Wednesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

The English Dogs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Complex, Glendale http://www.facebook.com/events/1553493521615672/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1118313-english-dogs-long-beach/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2881

Punk band The English Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Petie’s Place, Tarzana http://www.facebook.com/events/1707817879508070/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1104533162930651/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1156801-do-san-diego/
4:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 28, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1174565-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Taste of Brea 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

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 a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Mother Earth Brewing – Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1715262115378666/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Thursday night. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/133188947093810/

Enjoy ska music and brews from Ska Brewing this Thursday night in Long Beach, free to attend.

The Buzzcocks: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Mayan, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/buzzcocks
http://www.buzzcocks.com/

Legendary punk band The Buzzcocks currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Anti-Nowhere League: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2784
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 27, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1108505-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 29, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/antinowhereleague
http://www.antinowhereleague.com/

Punk band Anti-Nowhere League currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

13th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 29
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://live-meritagecollectionevents.time.ly/event/13th-annual-newport-beach-wine-festival-memorial-day-weekend/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform live in Corona this Friday night. Tickets cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Refused – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/306986
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1086697-refused-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

84th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 28
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture.

System Of A Stout – Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will have their annual release of this stout this Saturday at both of their locations. Stop on by to get a bottle or two for yourself before they appear in other retail shops.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Deschutes Brewery Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 28
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/events/

Whittier’s The Bottle Room will receive a handful of Deschutes beers this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

5000 Pies Celebrates 5000th Pie
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 28
5000 Pies, West Long Beach
http://www.5000pies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/278830395787626/

West Long Beach’s 5000 Pies will offer free pizza slices this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. They will also hold a pie-eating contest at 2:30pm.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get ten 3oz beer tasters, one 12oz beer pour, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Hollywood Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day & 5th Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/947946561993079/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Plethora of Piñatas Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 28
Border X Brewing, Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego
http://borderxbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/182995588752153/

Piñatas and beer collide at this free event taking place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night.

2016 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

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

20th Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 29
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 29
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. 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. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

3rd Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

The Last Generic Ska Show @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0900509C9E9D2AC4
http://www.facebook.com/events/120462555025700/

An all-ages ska show will take place at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

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

The popular Orange County Night Market returned this past weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa to kick off its third year here. This weekend-long all-ages festival brought the nightlife of the east to the west, and showed the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Taking place in the northwestern section of the fairgrounds, this event dedicated a huge chunk of the space to the various food, drinks, and desserts that everyone could explore and taste, while leaving a smaller space for all other vendors. At the far back of the event, visitors could find a live stage with entertainment taking place all weekend. Admission only cost $5 per person, while guests had to pay for everything else once inside.

Upon entering the event area, visitors would find various merchandise vendors aligned in the center, while they would find all food and drinks on the sides. Some of the merchandise remained near the entrance, so visitors did not spend as much time in this front section as they did the open area with all the food. Regardless, visitors could find some neat items while they browsed around.

Visitors discovered the main attraction of the OC Night Market in the food. Visitors could find cuisine from multiple different regions of Asia, from Chinese to Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese to Korean and more. The huge front section housed all of the booths of vendors mostly hailing from all over Southern California, with a few from out of town. The longest lines occurred at booths with the demanded items, such as vendors with Takoyaki, spiral potato on a stick, and squid roe.

Since the 626 Night Market team puts this event on, those who attended those events up in Arcadia would feel right at home at this event. Expect more OC Night Markets to come around in the next two months, and check them out on Facebook and Twitter for future updates and news. Also catch the 626 Night Market going on every month at the Santa Anita Park all summer long.