Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

The 50th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival wrapped up this past weekend along Pacific Avenue in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, hundreds of local artists, designers, and vendors travel to this small town art fair to exhibit their wares in a family-friendly setting. Historically occurring on Mother’s Day weekend annually, visitors could find affordable yet thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day, ranging from apparel to accessories to household items, like wind chimes, soap, candles, signs, and more. Running from Broadway all the way down to 7th Street, it would take quite some time to make it from one end of the fair to the other while gazing at both sides of the walkway for trinkets and other neat items to purchase. Visitors love fairs like this because of the emphasis on locally made products. Guests could find all sorts of handmade and homemade items here, including paintings, hung ornaments, tabletop decorations, fashion apparel, accessories, kitchen supplies, lawn ornaments, candles/incense, wall/door decorations, and more.

A portion of the proceeds made at this fair go back towards supporting the local community’s growth. Sunset Beach wants to keep its heritage as a small town nestled on the California coast. In the past few years, Sunset Beach locals have faced opposition from adjacent cities to merge with those cities, thus eliminating Sunset Beach altogether. The locals’ petition to retain Sunset Beach appears to have worked, as Sunset Beach still stands strong with this art festival attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend. Big cities like the neighboring Huntington Beach always get so much attention all the time that we often lose sight of the small towns so close to us. These small towns often house hidden gems such as this art festival, and by occasionally traveling off the beaten path, we may discover something extraordinary like what Sunset Beach has going on. Get out there and explore, because you never know what you may discover and like.

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Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour Week 2017
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 5-14
Participating Starbucks, Worldwide
http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages

During this 10-day period, visit any participating Starbucks location between 3pm and 6pm, and any Frappuccino drink will cost 50% less.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 9
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

The Gears: Live in Fullerton
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/421381751552767/

Enjoy a free local punk rock show this Wednesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Los Angeles Times Night Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10-12
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 13-14
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lafoodbowl.com/night-market/

The LA Times decides to jump in on the night market craze with their first attempt at a night market this week in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find dozens of cultural food vendors here, as well as miscellaneous vendors and live entertainment. Although free to attend, they will have a Super Market that costs $10 to enter and includes exclusive vendors plus additional seating.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 11-14
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

22nd Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 11
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://www.tasteofanaheim.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
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.

Gator By The Bay 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 12
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 13
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 14
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Taste Like a Pro
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 11
Off The Vine, San Pedro
http://www.offthevinewines.com/

Taste six wines and learn about them this Thursday night in San Pedro for $40 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/gimmegimmes

Punk rock cover band Me First & The Gimme Gimmes currently tour across the country, and that tour will end in California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Suburban Legends: Live in Southern California
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12, House of Blues, Anaheim
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 13, The Irenic, North Park, San Diego
http://www.suburbanlegends.com/

Popular ska band Suburban Legends will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Punk & Psychobilly Night
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 12
Original Mike’s, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/332900010458521/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 18 may enter.

2017 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 13
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 13
Fairplex, Pomona
http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/pomona-ca-2017/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

1 Shop Auto’s 4th Annual Classics & Hot Rods Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Home Depot, Signal Hill
http://1shopauto.com/classicsandhotrodsshow.html

Bring out your friends & family to this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Signal Hill.

16th Annual Stanton Spring Car Show & Kids Fair
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Stanton Park, Stanton
http://ci.stanton.ca.us/Departments/Community-Services/Special-Events

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show and fair this Saturday in Stanton.

2017 San Diego Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 13
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

CurioCon 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13-14
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.curiocon.com/

An expo for all things toys, art, and design returns to Pasadena this weekend. Tickets cost $10 per day or $15 for the weekend and gets you full access to the show floor full of vendors, exhibits, demos, shows, and more.

50th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

Fullerton Airport Day 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 13
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

8th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

40th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 13-14
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

14th Annual Culver City Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13
Veteran’s Memorial Park, Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

9th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10 for one day or $16 for both days.

1st Annual Comic Con Revolution
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, May 13
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.comicconrevolution.com/

Comic fans rejoice! A new comic con arrives at the Ontario Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $25 for adults or $15 for teenagers, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. Bring plenty of cash for parking and food at the convention center.

2nd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – San Fernando Valley
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 13
Woodley Park, Van Nuys
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

3rd Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $15, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

8th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 13-14
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

EAT Show 2017
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 13
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://theeatshow.com/

Over 50 Los Angeles restaurants will set up at The Reef this Saturday to sample their food for you. General admission costs $60 and gets you in to either of two 4-hour sessions: 11am-3pm or 5pm-9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Like Totally 80’s Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 13
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.liketotallyfestival.com/

An all-ages concert featuring 80’s pop bands moves to Huntington Beach this Saturday. Tickets to this concert cost $40 each.

Tacos y Cerveza
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/tacos-y-cervezas/

$35 gets you eight food tickets (tacos cost either two or three tickets), eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the race track for a day. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 13
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Akiba Spring Day
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/199229833915525/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

Newport Beach Spirit Tasting: 2017 SIP Awards
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 13
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach
http://sipawards.com/

Sample dozens of different liquors and spirits this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $70 and includes priority tasting plus a VIP gift. All attendees receive unlimited spirits tasters while supplies last, plus appetizers and live entertainment. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Avenue Amps & Ales
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 13
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/avenue-amps-ales-pours-onto-third-avenue-may-13/

A beer festival comes to Chula Vista this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 presale or $90 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $40. VIP admission costs $125 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 13
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, May 13
Bay Club, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

Sample dozens of beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards this Saturday in Redondo Beach. Visitors will also find food, music, and more. Admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Guests should bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Market 90254
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 13
Hermosa Design, Hermosa Beach
http://www.market90254.com/

Check out local vendors, food, drinks, entertainment, art, and more this Saturday evening in Hermosa Beach. Non-alcoholic admission costs $20, while admission with access to drinks costs $35. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus access to all the vendors.

Vintage Guess
3:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 13
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/vintage-guess-bordeaux

Do a blind wine tasting this Saturday in Downtown LA. Tickets cost $140 presale or $250 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 2-hour sessions: 3:30-5:30 or 7:00-9:00. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – Indio
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13
Indio Open Air Market, Indio
http://www.blacklightrun.com/indioca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Indio this Saturday night. 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 $50 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.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/ace/

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

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/142841239579895/

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

D.I. – Live in Laguna Niguel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 13
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1853519121604137/

Local punk rock legend D.I. will headline a show in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 14
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Exotic Bird & Animal Expo – Orange County
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
American Sports Center, Anaheim
http://www.exoticbirdmart.com/

Explore a colorful array of exotic birds, as well as snakes, lizards, guinea pigs, rabbits, poultry, and more at this animal show this Sunday morning. Admission costs $10 cash at the door.

The 49th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival wrapped up this past weekend along Pacific Avenue in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, hundreds of local artists, designers, and vendors travel to this small town art fair to exhibit their wares in a family-friendly setting. Historically occurring on Mother’s Day weekend annually, visitors could find affordable yet thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day, ranging from apparel to accessories to household items, like wind chimes, soap, candles, signs, and more. Running from Broadway all the way down to 7th Street, it would take quite some time to make it from one end of the fair to the other while gazing at both sides of the walkway for trinkets and other neat items to purchase. Visitors love fairs like this because of the emphasis on locally made products. Guests could find all sorts of handmade and homemade items here, including paintings, hung ornaments, tabletop decorations, fashion apparel, accessories, kitchen supplies, lawn ornaments, candles/incense, wall/door decorations, and more.

A portion of the proceeds made at this fair go back towards supporting the local community’s growth. Sunset Beach wants to keep its heritage as a small town nestled on the California coast. In the past few years, Sunset Beach locals have faced opposition from adjacent cities to merge with those cities, thus eliminating Sunset Beach altogether. The locals’ petition to retain Sunset Beach appears to have worked, as Sunset Beach still stands strong with this art festival attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend. Big cities like the neighboring Huntington Beach always get so much attention all the time that we often lose sight of the small towns so close to us. These small towns often house hidden gems such as this art festival, and by occasionally traveling off the beaten path, we may discover something extraordinary like what Sunset Beach has going on. Get out there and explore, because you never know what you may discover and like.

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Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 4
BIGS Fullerton, Fullerton
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this Wednesday night for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Thursday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 5-8
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5-8
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

Valiant Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Gina’s Pizza, Irvine
http://www.ginaspizza.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1583521865298411/

Valiant Brewing will take over the taps at Gina’s Pizza in Irvine this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Porko Rico Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1539560489673592/

For this Cinco de Mayo, Meat Up BBQ will do something different by having a gourmet food truck take over not the taps, but the kitchen. Enjoy various food specials courtesy of Porko Rico this Thursday night at Meat Up BBQ, with no cover charge.

7th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, May 5
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Gator By The Bay 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 6
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 8
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1035864826495950/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1099879-manic-hispanic-west-hollywood/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 7, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1096963-manic-hispanic-san-diego/

Manic Hispanic returns to Southern California this weekend for their annual Cinco de Mayo shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Cinco de Mayo Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://themaxies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254243134909112/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Thursday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 5, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://public.ticketbiscuit.com/ConcertLounge/Events/267159
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2898
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1066383526762136/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline three show in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
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 Copper Door 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://thecopperdoorbar.com/event/copper-door-3-year-anniversary-celebration-feat-dj-fuze-power-106/

This Friday, The Copper Door will celebrate their third year in business with live music, live DJ’s, food & drink specials, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

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

BBQ & Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday represents the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Union 13: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Programme Skate & Sound, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525329297776045/

Check out Union 13 and other great local hardcore bands at this all-ages show for just $5 this Friday night.

The Generators: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1138123

Release some inner aggression at this local punk show this Friday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6-7
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1169079-secret-affair-long-beach/

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

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/307067
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 7, Music Box, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6499265
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theslackers
http://www.theslackers.com/

Popular ska band The Slackers will headline three shows in Southern California this weekend as part of their west coast tour. Ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

13th Annual Culver City Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Downtown Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

49th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2nd Annual Blastoff Comicsfest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.blastoffcomics.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, beer, and comics this Saturday in North Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, a special writer’s table will take place that requires an admission fee. Check the website to see what you may need to pay for to do there.

Fullerton Airport Day 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

2016 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

39th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7-8
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

2016 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2016 Spring Champagne Social
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/champagnesocialspring/

Check out this free art exhibit featuring the current resident artists this Saturday in Santa Monica, complete with complimentary champagne. Although free to attend for all ages, guests must register via the link above.

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

7th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/186656765026898/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

5th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 7
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/grand-parks-downtown-bookfest/

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Cismontane Brewing 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cismontane-brewings-6th-anniversary-party-tickets-24667291533

Cismontane turns six years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes in two levels: $18 gets you four half-pints, while $32 gets you eight half-pints plus an anniversary t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

KROQ Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Listen to loud music, throw away money by betting on horses, and drink lots of macro beers at this event at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $5, then you have to spend money on everything else once you enter.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $80.

Saint Archer Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Saint Archer Brewery, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.saintarcherbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1589044508074809/

Saint Archer turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special anniversary beers available for you to try, as well as a special anniversary glass. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

16th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Network Brewery’s Grand Opening
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Network Brewery, Santa Ana
http://www.networkbrewery.com/

A new brewery joins Orange County’s illustrious family of microbreweries, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Bike-Fest?id=70216

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

No Violence Music Fest 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
UNION Night Club, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1234255286602746/

Over a dozen skacore bands will perform in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Uncorked Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Westfield UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc/events/all-events/uncorked-wine-walk/27036

Take a stroll through Westfield UTC while sipping on wines. Admission costs $20 and allows you to sample wines from participating businesses.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $20, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

Street Food Cinema 2016 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2016 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Ladies First! Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
GCS Clothing Store, Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1134785179907628/

Free to attend for all-ages, check out this art exhibit featuring works made by local female artists.

3rd Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Beer, Brats & Books
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena
http://www.friendsppl.org/beerbratsbooks/

Relax this Saturday night with bratwurst, beers, and books in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 each or $90 for two people. No one under 21 may attend.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/994568020597306/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 8
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 8
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://bci.yapsody.com/

Enter a world of bicycles, music, food, and art this Sunday afternoon at Grand Park in Downtown LA. Check out workshops, demos, live music, art, ride-alongs, and more. Tickets for this event start at $10.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Tuesday this week, so you can expect a lot of drinking festivities to happen on a Taco Tuesday.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/428521063991902/

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.

6th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 7
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Stone Release 2.0
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/599687390067735/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will get a handful of Stone Brewing beers on draft this Thursday night. Head on over and taste the latest out of the Stone camp.

20th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://tasteofanaheim365.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Digital LA – Holograms, Virtual Humans and AI
6:00 pm – 9:00, May 7
Hologram USA, Beverly Hills
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-la-holograms-virtual-humans-and-ai-tickets-16542222232

Learn about the future of holograms and artificial intelligence at this seminar in Beverly Hills this Thursday night. Admission costs $15 and features a panel of experts speaking about the future of technology and how they can shape the world.

Chinatown After Dark
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=83

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

Gator By The Bay 2015
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 9
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 10
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

D.O.A. – Western US Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/802091-do-los-angeles/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 8, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2365

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. will embark on a west coast tour this week, and that tour swings through Southern California with two shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link for those details.

2nd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 8-9
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $7 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Beach City Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.beachcitybrewery.com/

Beach City Brewery opened their doors to the public a year ago, and to celebrate a year in business, they will tap many rare beers at their tasting room in Huntington Beach this weekend. Come check out this exclusive lineup of barrel-aged beers, plus all the food trucks on hand to feed guests.

3rd Annual South Bay Girls Night Out
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
Civic Center Plaza, Downtown Manhattan Beach
http://oursouthbay.com/girls-night-out/

A charity runway show and exclusive shopping experience comes to South Bay for women this Friday night. Admission costs $100 presale or $125 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1428965460731964/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Crawl4Nepal
May 9
Participating businesses, Southern California
http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/crawl4nepal/

This Saturday, visit any participating brewery or bar and purchase the specified beer, and 100% of the proceeds will go towards a relief fund for Nepal.

2015 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 9
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

Wipeout Run – San Diego
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 9
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://wipeoutrun.com/sd/

ROC Race has transformed into Wipeout Run based on the hit TV show, and it arrives in San Diego this Saturday. This obstacle course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $65 through Friday, and $75 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

48th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9-10
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachartfestival.org/

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2015 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

2015 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

CacaoFest 2015: World Music Festival
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, May 9
WorldBeat Cultural Center, San Diego
http://www.cacaofest.com/

Enjoy a variety of things to do at this all-day festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event features live music, workshops, food, desserts, drinks, beer, wine, vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, games, rides, exhibits, and lots more. Admission varies based on the individual attending, with general admission costing $40 and a variety of discounts or packages available.

Historic Core Mural Tour
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 9
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-core-mural-tour-tickets-16703246861

Embark on a tour through Downtown Los Angeles to view a plethora of beautiful art murals with cultural and historic significance. Participation in this tour costs $15.

24th Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/festival

This free and all-ages event provides a multitude of things to do in Santa Monica. Down here at the park, find food, drinks, arts & crafts, vendors, live music, workshops, demos, exhibits, and more.

7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 9-10
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

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

Fork Fest 2
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 9
Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara
http://forkfest.nightout.com/

A huge tasting event comes to Santa Barbara this Saturday afternoon. Taste food and drinks from dozens of local eateries, breweries, and wineries, and vote for your favorite ones by the end of the day. Admission costs $40 and allows one taste from each participating vendor. No one under 21 may attend.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Smog City Brewing 2015 Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 9
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663464547210176/

Smog City Brewing celebrates their anniversary this weekend with a bunch of rare beers only available on this day. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

7th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 9
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

OMBAC Beach Music Festival 2015
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 9
Mariner’s Point, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/

Music and beer meet on the beach this Saturday in San Diego. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, allowing access to this festival of music, beer, and fun in the sun. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk vs Metal Smackdown
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838730339499156/

A bunch of local bands will perform at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. Guests can enter for free before 8pm; otherwise, the cover for this show costs $5 if entering after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 9
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605350033040145/

Catch a local punk show in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

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

Mother’s Day
May 10
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 10
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

Take part in a Peter Pan-themed half marathon at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, May 10
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-cheese-chocolate-tickets-15736863382

Cheese, chocolate, and wine pair up with each other at this food pairing event this Sunday afternoon. For $79 admission or $140 for two people, gain access to five cheeses, five chocolates, and ten wines. No one under 21 may attend.

The 46th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival wrapped up this past weekend along Pacific Avenue in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, hundreds of local artists, designers, and vendors travel to this small town art fair to exhibit their wares in a family-friendly setting. Historically occurring on Mother’s Day weekend annually, visitors could find affordable yet thoughtful gifts for Mother’s Day, ranging from apparel to accessories to household items, like wind chimes, soap, candles, signs, and more. Running from Broadway all the way down to 7th Street, it would take quite some time to make it from one end of the fair to the other while gazing at both sides of the walkway for trinkets and other neat items to purchase.

Close to the center of the fair area, a handful of food vendors set up, along with a kids’ play area and the beer & wine section, which housed local bands to play in all weekend.

Visitors love fairs like this because of the emphasis on locally made products. Guests could find all sorts of handmade and homemade items here, including paintings, hung ornaments, tabletop decorations, fashion apparel, accessories, kitchen supplies, lawn ornaments, candles/incense, wall/door decorations, and more.

A portion of the proceeds made at this fair go back towards supporting the local community’s growth. Sunset Beach wants to keep its heritage as a small town nestled on the California coast. In the past few years, Sunset Beach locals have faced opposition from adjacent cities to merge with those cities, thus eliminating Sunset Beach altogether. The locals’ petition to retain Sunset Beach appears to have worked, as Sunset Beach still stands strong with this art festival attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend. Big cities like the neighboring Huntington Beach always get so much attention all the time that we often lose sight of the small towns so close to us. These small towns often house hidden gems such as this art festival, and by occasionally traveling off the beaten path, we may discover something extraordinary like what Sunset Beach has going on. Get out there and explore, because you never know what you may discover and like.