Posts Tagged ‘Mission Valley’

Sigur Rós: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10, Fox Theater, Pomona
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13-15, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sigur-ros.co.uk/

Legendary post-rock band Sigur Rós currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by date, so check with the venue for ticket prices.

Thursday: Live at The Wiltern
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
The Wiltern, Koreatown
http://thursday.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thursday makes their triumphant return to SoCal this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.citizenfish.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Subhumans-UK-137812882953527/

Legendary punk rock band Subhumans will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

2017 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.adventurerun.com/

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurants Celebration
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 13
PIRCH, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/orange-coast-magazines-best-restaurants-celebration/

Sample food, treats, drinks, and more from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $60 and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Guests can park for free here. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Road Trip To Hell Burlesque Show
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sizzling burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Hanadoki Con 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 14
10:00 am – 2:00 am, April 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this three-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Easter Spectacular by Anime Academia
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/253061245156113/

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy Easter-themed games, raffles, prizes, treats, and more this Friday afternoon in Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Ventura County Spring Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 14
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacountyfair.org/foundation/springfair/

The Ventura County Fair will open for just a weekend this week. The $6 admission gets you in to the fairgrounds this weekend and includes a coupon good for $5 off admission for the actual fair that will return later this year.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/919430071531936/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tigerarmy.com/

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week and next week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

VRLA Expo 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40, or $30 for students.

Easter Scrimmage: Bunnies vs. Chicks
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 15
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday morning in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/13th-annual-vintage-fashion-show-and-tea

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

First Class Pizza • Woodbury’s 10 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15
First Class Pizza • Woodbury, Irvine
http://www.firstclasspizzawoodbury.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/432670127072103/

Irvine’s First Class Pizza • Woodbury turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare beers on tap this Saturday, as well as specialty food items for sale. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Zotcade 2017 Gaming Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 15-16
UCI Student Center, Irvine
http://www.zotcade.com/

A free and all-ages video games event takes place on the UCI campus this weekend. While free to attend, parking and gaming tournament fees will apply. This event will have a few gaming-related vendors and panels as well.

17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 15
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest-2017

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

7th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 15
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 $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample oysters and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach down by the water. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45, starts at 12pm, and includes a mimosa bar. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples until 4pm, and a souvenir cup. Admission does NOT include food – all attendees must still pay for food. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Wing Fest 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Jolt’n Joes, Downtown San Diego
http://wingfestsandiego.com/ (warning: autoplay)

If you love chicken wings, check out the all-ages Wing Fest in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Admission includes unlimited food samples while supplies last, but does not include drinks – attendees must pay for drinks. Participation in a wing-eating contest costs $35 to register.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://nightnationrun.com/san-diego/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

2017 Long Beach Onesie Pub Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Clancy’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://vipcaliforniaevents.com/

Drunk people in tacky onesies get schwifty with each other this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. $10 gets you a wristband good for participating venues, where you will receive specials on drinks all night. Participants must find their own way to get from venue to venue. No one under 21 may attend.

DC Fallout: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417067521677788/

Rock out to a FREE show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 16
Worldwide

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

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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.

The 6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. This mega tasting festival provides more than just the best of local craft beer – this fest combines a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees can sample all the delicious food they can handle until the vendors run out of food, and the food flies out fast as indicated at previous years of this fest. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invites the best in local cuisine to the party. With an eye for great quality food comes an eye for great quality craft beer. MVCBF ensures that guests would sample only the best beer that they can find, so expect all the breweries to bring their A-game. Beer enthusiasts regard San Diego as the home of the West Coast IPA, so in order to provide variety to the guests, MVCBF will highlight all the diverse styles of beer among every brewery invited. From blueberry ales to coffee stouts to strong ales to cask beers, guests will truly find a beer of almost every type available. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. The festival will end promptly at 5pm, with last call occurring at 4:45pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

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.

After taking a year off, the 5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival returns to San Diego at its new home in Qualcomm Stadium. This mega tasting festival provides more than just the best of local craft beer – this fest combines a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees can sample all the delicious food they can handle until the vendors run out of food, and the food flies out fast as indicated at previous years of this fest. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invites the best in local cuisine to the party. With an eye for great quality food comes an eye for great quality craft beer. MVCBF ensures that guests would sample only the best beer that they can find, so expect all the breweries to bring their A-game. Beer enthusiasts regard San Diego as the home of the West Coast IPA, so in order to provide variety to the guests, MVCBF will highlight all the diverse styles of beer among every brewery invited. From blueberry ales to coffee stouts to strong ales to cask beers, guests will truly find a beer of almost every type available. VIP admission costs $65, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. The festival will end promptly at 5pm, with last call occurring at 4:45pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

Citraholic IPA Release
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 31
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach/Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will release another of their coveted IPAs this Tuesday night at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations.

Pundamonium: The Los Angeles Pun Slam
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
Ghengis Cohen, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405251466452043/

Fancy yourself a comic? If you have the puns to make people laugh, you can win cash at this pun contest this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. No registration required – simply show up early and compete. First come, first served – they have a limit to the number of entrants.

April Fools Blind Beer & Wine Tasting
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/443159295849817/

Get into the holiday spirit with some booze at The Factory. Participants will blindly taste samples of beer or wine flights that will include one non-craft drink. Correctly identify the non-craft drink to receive the flight for free; otherwise, pay for it like normal.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/643431005761032/

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.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 2
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Luba Nude Yoga – Photo Exhibit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 2
Unknowngallery, Venice
http://www.unknownart.com/

Yes, nude yoga. I need not speak anymore. Free to attend, but no one under 18 may enter.

WonderCon 2015
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
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 $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1543014509319262/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a bunch of Hangar 24 beers on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and check out the selection.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 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).

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/beer_dinner/

Eat some seafood and drink some beer at the aquarium this Friday night. Admission to this beer dinner costs $75. No one under 21 may participate.

Strung Out @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Strung-Out

Strung Out will begin touring this week, which includes a show in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

West Coast Punk Invasion
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 3
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/342221325986257/

A bunch of awesome local punk bands will perform at this show in LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhood across the street.

The Movielife – Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 3, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/746457-movielife-pomona/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/770039-movielife-west-hollywood/

The Movielife will headline a triplet of shows in California this week, ending with these two Southern California shows. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25.

2015 Spring Forward 626Drift Event
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 4
Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosemond
http://626drift.com/

Get your drifting on this Saturday morning, or just come spectate. Participation costs $85 for drivers or $5 for passengers.

9th Annual Easter Festival & Food Truck Brunch
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, April 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-easter-festival-treasure-hunt-and-food-truck-brunch-tickets-15608278782

Enjoy family-fun Easter activities and various local food trucks this Saturday morning at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Use the link above to receive admission for FREE; otherwise, admission will cost $2 at the door.

2nd Annual Filipino Sun Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://filipinosunfestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. At this Filipino-themed festival, find food, drinks, treats, music, dance, activities, games, vendors, demos, workshops, and more that all celebrate Filipino culture.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

After taking a year off, this gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to San Diego at its new home in Qualcomm Stadium. 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 $65, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-current-affair-pop-up-vintage-marketplace-spring-2015-tickets-15144623978

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $8 and starts at 1pm, while early entry for 12pm costs $16.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Bourbon O.E. & Goldie Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/795753630514995/

Smog City Brewing in Torrance will release two barrel-aged beers in bottles this Saturday. For this momentous occasion, visitors can buy bottles to take to-go as well as enjoy the brews in the tasting room.

Deltopia 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 4
Beaches of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara
http://www.facebook.com/events/403028739834618/

Bring out your floaters, because this Spring Break party will rock your boat. You will find everything stereotypical about Spring Break at this all-day beach party in Santa Barbara. Come mix & mingle with everyone here, meet new people, and enjoy the warm California sun.

Cosplay Spring Fashion Show 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/744727798933483/

Looking for a venue to show off your latest cosplay outfit? Want to see a bunch of other cosplayers without having to deal with the WonderCon crowds/registration? Check out this cosplay meetup this Saturday afternoon in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, completely free to attend.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

A bunch of taco businesses from across LA County will gather here this Saturday for an afternoon of slinging tacos. Admission costs $10but does not include anything but entry – guests should bring plenty of cash to purchase tacos once inside.

2015 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 4
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

With the start of a new year, everybody and everything gets a chance at a fresh start. While people can have their resolutions, some entities, especially businesses, have to plan for the greater picture. Timing means a lot in business, so having the right products or services at the right times can make or break a business. When companies hold events, they must take care not to hold them at the same time as similar events, as those could take away potential customers. For the most part, unless an event organizer really drops the ball, the event runs its duration without any many hitches. If you want to see what Southern California has to offer, check out these five events going on this season.

5. Bock Fest & Cosplay Beer Fest

This year’s Bock Fest moves to a new location at the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where they love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus a souvenir glass. New this year, the organizers will include additional entertainment in the form of the Cosplay Beer Fest, encouraging people to dress up as fictional characters.

4. 5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival

Although this event technically takes place in the Spring and in San Diego County, I needed to include this as a significant event that all should look into. After taking a year off, the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival returns to San Diego at its new location of Qualcomm Stadium. 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 $55, comes with a brew caddy, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

3. 12th Annual TheFitExpo Los Angeles

Experience everything related to fitness at the 12th Annual TheFitExpo Los Angeles. Taking place over the course of two days at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this massive expo showcases all forms of fitness and athletics with live competitions, demos, workshops, seminars, and more. Visitors can view various forms of fitness and non-arena sports, such as CrossFit, weightlifting, Zumba, Parkour, wrestling, (mixed) martial arts, and more. The massive expo hall contains enough vendors to fill multiple swap meets, but once visitors get past all the vendors, they will find the various demo areas strewn about the expo hall. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

2. 11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest

The 11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place on the morning of Saturday, February 7 at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:40 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

1. 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo

The 2015 Long Beach Comic Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center at the end of February, much in the year earlier than last year. Returning to Hall C and the foyer on the southwest side, hundreds of local comic book writers and artists will travel here to exhibit their merchandise, art, books, toys, and more. Eager fans can gain access to the entire show floor for $30 per person for Saturday, $20 on Sunday, or $45 for the entire weekend, effectively double the amount of last year. In addition to the expo on the show floor, various workshops and seminars will occur in the promenade meeting rooms for those who register ahead of time. Diehard fans will recognize the various celebrities sitting in for meet & greet and autograph sessions. Even to those not interested in comics, everyone should attend a comic expo/con just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly don their best gear for this expo.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/575833545805424/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Angry Samoans in Thousand Oaks
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Lava Sports Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/268461276645502/

Get a sampler of Southern California punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks, as Angry Samoans headline a show with False Confession, Neighborhood Watch, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $10.

Female Fronted Frenzy
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/721399254561194/

Check out some chicks that rock this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 23
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Burning Baby Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22-23
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/401242160011971/

Prepare yourself for the biggest punk rock shitstorm ever. Torture yourself through two full days of punk rock and DIY madness for just $10 per day, with $5 parking per vehicle. This festival supposedly has no age limit, but take care with the little ones here.

Open That Barrel Night
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/262197507277537/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday night at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

Last year, this beer festival took place on a rainy Friday night at Broadway Pier. This year, the festival moves indoors to Balboa Park on a Saturday night. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/163297

Catch punk rock legends The Dickies as they headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach along with The Generators, The Howlers, and more. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Luicidal in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/737114729632552/

Luicidal headlines a local punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Shakedown Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/592451564161219/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk rock show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
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.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brewfest 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/200451416821507/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526443

Tommy Gomes has greatly impacted San Diego’s culinary community, and this Sunday, you can come celebrate with him, friends, and more with great food and great drinks. Enjoy a fantastic multi-course supper complete with beer pairings for just $75 per person. Act quick, as only 100 tickets will go out! No one under 21 may attend.

Cochon 555
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 23
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica
http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/los-angeles/

Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers await your stomach this Sunday evening as you partake in this epic pork feast for the ages. Sample over 30 different pork dishes, and sip on beers, wines, spirits, and more. Early guests will even get to try some foie gras! General admission starts at 5pm and costs $131, while early entry starts at 4pm and costs $208. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 comes to a close, marking the end of old fads and the birth of new trends. News that forever shifts the face of the earth break regularly, creating history that we all live through, albeit we simply take it with a grain of salt. We must keep in mind that the next generation will view what we live through today as history, so we should care for what goes on in today’s world and economy. As time progresses, so do trends and tastes, which explains the ever-rising popularity of craft beer and micro breweries. Corporate beer manufacturers saw significantly lower sales this year – while still relatively high compared to most micro breweries, the sales did not keep up with growth. In the craft beer industry, event planners hold beer festivals to generate buzz about many different types of beers to the guests that attend. Traditional beer fests had guests pay an entry fee and enter an area where they can freely roam and drink, usually in some public area where people cannot drink on normal days. Some beer fests require drink tickets to receive beers, while others provide all-you-can-drink beer. 2013 provided some new fest structures, but in the end, the goal of exposing attendees to new, amazing beers that they have never heard of or ever imagined drinking remains the same. California caters well to the craft beer industry, and as such host many beer fests throughout the year. Read on to check out five of my favorite Southern Californian beer festivals from 2013.

5. Drink Good Beer Fest

With all these big beer fests going on around this time of year, we tend to overlook the smaller crowd. A beer fest comes with a handful of objectives: provide lots of beer for attendees to drink (quantity), or invite micro breweries that need exposure (quality). Oktoberfest provides a prime example of the former – attracting thousands of people to one location to guzzle bad overpriced beer. When you want to find good beers but have no idea where to start, a beer fest makes for a great place to start, as it exposes attendees to a variety of local beers. Some larger beer fests get dominated by larger companies like Budweiser or Corona, so in order to seek out the locals, we have to look at smaller fests. In terms of any type of food & beverage festival, size does not always mean everything, and Drink Good Beer Fest at The Factory in Long Beach proves just that. All the breweries at this fest brought so much beer, and most of them brought their strong stuff too, a rarity in small-size beer fests like this. A giant canopy provided enough shade for any attendee wanting to escape the hot sun, as well as the snacks’ table where attendees could purchase snacks, water, or food from the host restaurant. Also, how often does a small beer fest last four full hours? Most beer fests nowadays last only three hours, or four with a “VIP admission” that costs more than general admission. The Factory went in the right direction with this beer fest, as it serves multiple purposes, such as exposing people to new beer & breweries, and exposing people to The Factory, a gastropub in an otherwise family-friendly neighborhood. Stay tuned for this fest next year, and start thinking of beers to brew to enter into this competition!

4. Mission Valley Craft Beer & Gourmet Food Festival

An old expression goes “All good things must come to an end.” I would never hope this to occur to any successful event, but alas it shall sooner or later. The Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival (MVCBF) returned to Handlery Hotel in San Diego for its fourth and final year. This mega fest provided more than just beer – this fest combined a beer fest with gourmet food from local chefs and restaurants. In addition to unlimited beer pours, all attendees could sample all the delicious food they could handle until the vendors ran out of food, and boy did the food fly out fast. Do not expect any corporate or chain businesses here – MVCBF only invited the best in local cuisine to the party. With so many vendors invited to the party, the venue’s area had to stretch to wrap around the building, and even then did they still lack ample seating for all the guests, although this does not indicate a flaw – only that this proves the immense popularity of this fest. It pains me that this super fest has to come to an end, but on the other hand, I cannot wait to see what future events they have in stock. Although this grand festival will not return, the organizers still hold smaller, intimate events, so check out their website for all of their upcoming events.

3. Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration

Coincidentally coinciding with the end of American Craft Beer Week, Hangar 24 Brewery celebrated their 5th anniversary with an all-day AirFest taking place at Redlands Airport. Hangar 24 fans could enter for $5 if purchased online, or $8 at the gate. Located just across the street from the tasting room, this all-ages gathering covered almost the entire airport area, sans the runway, with tents and trucks pouring beers. Strewn throughout the area, in addition to the various tents and trucks pouring beer, the airport crew set out vintage planes that guests could inspect and gaze at, and opened some of the hangars so guests could tour the airport. Guests could climb into some of the planes for photo opportunities as well. All day long, taps poured beers, food trucks sold their food, local bands played live music, and pilots put on aerial acrobatics shows, providing more than enough entertainment for the crowd. A kids’ play zone kept the little ones busy while the adults could go and drink elsewhere. Free parking meant that guests could leave and return at their leisure, provided that they leave their wristbands on. With so much ground to cover, so much beer to drink, and so much else going on, no guest should have ever felt bored the entire day. A combination of all small details contributed to the greater success of this event. First off, guests could park for free, and could reenter the venue. This alone can sway hesitant minds towards purchasing a ticket to attend. With such a large area to cover, guests did not have to wait in long lines to receive beer tickets or beer pours. As I entered the fest, the immediate ticket booth had a long line, but as I explored further into the area, I discovered more ticket booths with no line at all. Unlike the standard beer fest with tribute bands as the only form of entertainment, AirFest brought varied forms of entertainment, especially with the air shows and local bands playing their own original music. Most importantly of all, the people made this fest a grand event. From the amicable attendees to the sociable staff, the general aura of goodwill in the air placed everyone in a good mood that bounced from person to person.

2. San Diego Brewers Guild Festival

As San Diego Beer Week entered its fifth year running, breweries have never looked stronger than ever before. The San Diego Brewers Guild quickly approaches a hundred member breweries, and they strive to show their collective strength to the public with their San Diego Brewers Guild Festival. Now in its 11th year (thus starting before San Diego Beer Week existed), this annual beer festival now coincides with San Diego Beer Week with a massive celebration at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego. This year’s festival from this past Saturday afternoon featured over 50 of the county’s guild breweries all spread out along the pier, each serving at least two of their beer offerings. With over a hundred different beers to taste, and only so much time available, attendees would have to power through all their beers in order to maximize the variety of beers tasted. People do not simply call San Diego the west coast capital of beer for no reason. San Diego County alone has almost a hundred official breweries – more if you count brewpubs and homebrew clubs. Consider that the state of Washington has just over 190 breweries, and you have a county packed full of craft beer enough to fill half a state. The San Diego Brewers Guild Festival rightly holds its place as one of the nation’s top beer festivals for its sheer amount of content packed into a small space within a 24-hour span, which included a VIP reception from Friday night. As a kickoff event for the rest of the beer festivities, attendees will have a better sense of direction for finding more events and specials throughout the week all over San Diego County.

1. Orange County Brew Ha Ha

Orange County’s biggest craft beer festival returned for its fourth year running this year at the 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival. Taking place at sunny Oak Canyon Park out in the hills of Silverado and Irvine, this lush park away from civilization marks a great getaway from the cluster of the city, especially since cell phone signals do not normally reach out here. Trumping last year’s festival in geographical size and content, this massive beer festival puts all others to shame by including a whopping 70+ breweries in attendance from all over the world, doubling its area from last year, and adding more food, games, exhibits, vendors, and live entertainment, including Reel Big Fish! Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, general admission started at 1pm and included ten beer pours, while Early admission started at 12pm and included 15 beer pours. All beers stopped pouring at 4pm, but trust me – they allocated more than enough beer per person, since many of the breweries brought strong or filling brews, resulting in majority of attendees leaving the fest at the end of the day with extra beer pours remaining. At this rate of expansion, I foresee a 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha as so large that any normal person cannot possibly complete a circuit in given time. If this case arises, they must consider running two sessions, just like how Stone Brewing does for their anniversary. If they cannot run two sessions on the same day, then they can add another beer fest of the same magnitude. Luckily, they already have – the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho returned to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim on Saturday, December 7th. No other beer fest in Orange County can compete on the same level as the Brew Ha Ha – see why for yourself next year!

30th On 30th
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://30thstreet.org/

The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food!

HopScotch Tavern & Bootlegger’s Brewery Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 2
HopScotch Tavern, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/234299760053762/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with Brash Brewing beer and beer cocktail pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the dinner fee (unspecified, but past dinners cost $75), plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 4
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, Ocotber 5
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 6
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/Orange_County/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

2nd Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 4-5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

56th Annual Tustin Tiller Days
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 6
Columbus Tustin Park, Tustin
http://www.tustintillerdays.org/

Bring the family out to this all-ages city fair this weekend. Free to attend, this fair has everything that a family can enjoy, from the rides and games for kids, to the entertainment and vendors for adults. Remember to check out all the fair food, drinks, and dessert too, since buying food here supports local organizations and businesses. Guests can find free street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 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).

The Queers & Teenage Bottlerocket @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-queers

Get your weekly dosage of punk rock with The Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Copyrights, and more this Friday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and pay to park in neighboring parking lots.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148115

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.

Walnut Tree Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/510124089070354/

Enjoy family-friendly fun this Saturday at the Walnut Tree Festival in Whittier. Free to attend, participate in a walnut cookie baking contest, or check out all the art, shopping, food trucks, and more.

2013 Dana Point State BBQ Championships
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 5
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.danapointbbqchampionships.com/

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase sample tickets for $2, and use those tickets to exchange for samples from any of the participants. For the adults, catch the craft beer & wine garden, featuring some of the country’s favorite breweries and wineries. Small 4oz beer pours will cost $2 each, while large 12oz beer pours will cost $6, and visitors can walk freely around the festival with drinks in hand. Visitors may park for free at the Salt Creek Beach parking lot located within PCH and Ritz Carlton Dr, despite signs saying that parking requires a fee.

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 5-6
Live Oak Park South Field, Manhattan Beach
http://www.mbfair.org/

This free fair for all ages makes its annual return this weekend, featuring games, arts & crafts, food, beer & wine gardens, live entertainment, and more. The city will provide free parking and shuttle transportation at the Northrop Grumman Building at 15092 Aviation Blvd near the intersection of Aviation Blvd and Marine Street in Manhattan Beach.

5th Annual Taste of North Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 5
30th & University, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tastenorthpark.com/

Explore the many restaurants, pubs, and bars in North Park this Saturday afternoon at the 5th Annual Taste of North Park. Presale admission costs $35, while admission on the day of the event costs $40, and admission comes with unlimited tastings of food and drinks from all participating businesses until they run out, so arrive early to get the most out of the taste! No one under 21 may receive any alcoholic drink.

L.A.F.D. Fire Hogs Annual Hogs Breath BBQ & Biker Games
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 5
Long Beach Police Officers Association Park, Long Beach
http://www.firehogs.org/

Support your local firefighters at this all-ages charity BBQ this Saturday. $40 gets you in to this fundraiser, complete with BBQ, live music, beer, and more. Guests should park on the back side of the nearby Walmart, closest to the actual park.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Edible Edition
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 5
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
SoCo Collection, Costa Mesa
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/costa-mesa-food-events-edible-edition/

From the creative minds behind Patchwork Fest comes this food edition of their popular indie arts & crafts fair. This two-day food summit brings together Southern California’s top sustainable chefs, restaurants, caterers, bakers, food trucks, bars, mixologists, and more for an outdoor weekend of food, arts & crafts, vendors, music, cooking demos, hands-on workshops, speakers, and more. Always all-ages to attend, guests may park and enter the fair for FREE, so find your favorite time to visit the SoCo Collection this weekend and explore the local food & beverage scene.

BAM Fest: Beer, Art, Music
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 5
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/the-4th-annual-bam-beer-art-music-fest

The legendary BAM Festival returns this Saturday. BAM stands for Beer, Art, and Music – exactly what this fest celebrates. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $50 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Arts and Music Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 am [sic], October 5
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://laburningman.com/

Los Angeles’ version of Burning Man, this event starts in the afternoon and continues until morning the next day. Experience 18 nonstop hours of music, dance, rituals, live DJ’s, theme camps, art cars, green technology, puppetry, circus, marching bands, and more all in the name of FIRE. Entry starts at $20 and actually rises as the event progresses.

Blacklight Run – Los Angeles
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 6
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.blacklightrun.com/blacklight-run—los-angeles/cu5j#!blacklight-run—los-angeles/cu5j

At 96% sold out at the time of this post, this event looks to fill up very soon! The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through the Fairplex in Pomona. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $35 by Wednesday and $55 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 5
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/560192427337465/

It returns! Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from dozens artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show that just occurred last week. No one under 21 may enter.

CicLAvia
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 6
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

The streets of Downtown Los Angeles close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

7th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 6
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door, while children can get in for $10.