Posts Tagged ‘November 2015’

The Fall 2015 Santa Ana Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival returned to Downtown Santa Ana this past Sunday afternoon. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fairs in Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd. The many local vendors set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, a perfect follow-up to Small Business Saturday that took place the Saturday prior, a day prior to Patchwork Fest.

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

As a FREE event open to all ages and all pets, Patchwork Fest presents a welcome opportunity to support the local community. If you did not make it to Patchwork Fest, fret not – Patchwork Fest will return to its full glory around May to June next year. Come experience what makes Patchwork Fest a repeat success, and support local businesses while having fun. Make sure you like Patchwork on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to see what they have in store for you at future shows. For a free fest, what have you got to lose?

The 2015 Long Beach Turkey Trot wrapped up last Thursday morning, signaling a great start to a hearty Thanksgiving. Thousands of eager runners gathered along the shores behind Belmont Shore to participate in a communal fun run to get the blood flowing in time for a holiday feast. This year’s run saw new time slots, with the 5k and 10k runs all starting at 7am, 8:30am, or 10am. The kids half-mile run occurred around 9:40am. Registration has remained the same over the past few years with a $40 base registration fee, with discounts available for early registration or student/military specials as well. Because of Thanksgiving, anyone could park at any metered parking spot for free, allowing for plenty of free parking, in addition to the nearby neighborhoods.

Turkey Trots will occur in many places across the nation on Thanksgiving weekend, so runners have choices on which one to pick. Looking for a way to either build up metabolism or burn off your Thanksgiving feast? Check out a Turkey Trot near you, and get your body back into motion.

The Fall 2015 Santa Ana Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival returns to W 2nd St & N Sycamore St in Downtown Santa Ana this coming Sunday. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fairs in Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd. As I describe it to others, imagine an art fair full of hipsters, but in a non-offensive way. The many local vendors set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, a perfect follow-up to Small Business Saturday that takes place this Saturday, a day prior to Patchwork Fest.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets will feature over a hundred different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Check out the few music booths around the area, which will host local musicians. Visitors who get hungry can enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats.

As a FREE event open to all ages and all pets, Patchwork Fest presents a welcome opportunity to support the local community. Commuting visitors should look for parking in the neighborhood to the south. Come experience what makes Patchwork Fest a repeat success, and support local businesses while having fun this Sunday.

The growth of craft beer continues to rise up a steep slope and sees no signs of plateauing any time soon. Like a snowball effect, the popularity of craft beer will not slow down, despite large corporations buying out many of the local microbreweries. Large corporations prefer not to compete with rising microbreweries, so instead simply buy them out altogether. This shows just how much power microbreweries have garnered on their own by sheer force of will and by catering to the local community. Local communities of craft beer fans function best when they congregate close to each other, and many microbreweries tend to open close to each other, such as Torrance, CA and Ballard, WA. Communities of microbreweries have popped up in many places, such as Redlands, CA. The craft beer culture in Redlands has grown substantially over the past few years, and it will continue to grow thanks to heavy hitters such as Ritual Brewing.

Last week, Redlands’ Ritual Brewing turned three years old, and to celebrate, they held a week full of festivities at their tasting room. Since their grand opening three years ago, Ritual Brewing has made a lasting impact on the Southern Californian craft beer market, appearing in countless bars & retail shops, and occupying space in numerous beer festivals. It goes without saying that through determination and hard work, Ritual Brewing has definitely earned their spot as one of the Inland Empire’s breweries to watch out for in the upcoming years. Their immense popularity contributed towards them having a full week of events as opposed to just one thing. Throughout the week, they had small events at the tasting room, such as preview tastings or bottle releases. The week culminated with a beer festival on Saturday afternoon with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. All attendees received an anniversary goblet and access to all beers, including all the special tappings such as their barrel-aged beers and the special blends. Unlike standard beer festivals, Ritual Brewing never had any worries about running out of beer – all of the special beers kept pouring the entire time.

Ritual Brewing threw an anniversary party the right way with all that occurred during the anniversary celebration. None of the brews ever ran out, so even when long lines formed, most of the guests could wait for the line to subside before heading up to get a pour. Out of all of the special blends, the Extra Red w/ Tangelo stood out the most – this brew had a pleasant aroma and did not taste too bitter, so it appeals to all palates. I would go so far as to say that they should make a candle out of the tangelo blend. Aside from the great beer, Ritual Brewing also had live music, mobile food vendors, beer ice cream, Jenga, cornhole, a dunk tank, and a high striker game, all of which prevented anyone from ever getting bored.

Looking forward to seeing Ritual Brewing around? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter to see what events they have coming up and what new beers they have brewing up.

Have you ever taken the time to fully comprehend your palate? I refer to more than just your taste buds and what you prefer to eat – your palate encompasses anything and everything you have or plan to consume. The human palate involves more than just taste – it involves the entire experience of sight, smell, temperature, texture, consistency, ingredients, and more. When you consider the possible ingredients, a plethora comes to mind. Having a variety of ingredients makes for a more pleasant experience, and the master crafters at Beachwood BBQ have capitalized on that notion.

Last week, Beachwood BBQ brought back their Meatloaf Night, following the success of their past food events that featured dishes like ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine. Unlike the mac and poutine nights, guests could not actually construct their own meatloaf. Instead, Beachwood offered a menu containing five different types of meatloaf: Beef, Duck, Venison, Wild Boar, and Elk. Torn between all the meats, Beachwood knew their customers would struggle to select one meatloaf, so they offered a “flight” of four types of meatloaf PLUS all the sides. Unlike the last time Beachwood BBQ held this event, they did not curate a specific beer-pairing menu that paired certain beers with each type of meatloaf, thus this menu did not mention any beer flights. Regardless, Beachwood BBQ still had a full lineup of beers available to choose from, including their Greenshift DIPA that had just released in draft and bottles the previous day.

How beautiful does that look? Beachwood took an ordinary white plate and turned it into a centerpiece. Every meatloaf paired with one of the sides and a craft beer creates a blissful serene experience for your palate. You may not witness culinary synergy like this again in a while. Human palates have to expand beyond everyday “comfort foods” that we all grow up to eat. With a world of foods you may have never even heard of, why settle for routine? Break out of routines that lead to nowhere, and find something new and interesting to eat, like these different types of meatloaf from Beachwood BBQ. Your palate will thank me later.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 20-29
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.

3rd Annual Turkey Bowl
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 25
Character’s Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/227352

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 $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby.

Long Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 26
Belmont Olympic Pool, Long Beach
http://justinrudd.com/trot.html

This fun run takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Participants should pick up their bib and packet from Belmont Olympic Pool prior to that morning – see the site for schedules. Four different runs start at 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. The registration fee now costs $40 per person for any run. As a fun run, participants do not receive any actual prizes – only bragging rights. Participants may park in nearby beach parking lots for free until the end of the event, upon which officials will enforce the parking meters.

38th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 26
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 26
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 2015
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 26
Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen, all five locations
http://www.shinsengumigroup.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768578826603580/

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 42
November 27-29
LAX Mariott Hotel, Los Angeles
http://loscon.org/42a/

I have very little information about this event, but it has something to do with science fiction/fantasy.

Escape From The Time Travel Lab
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 27
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 28-29
Edm Hall, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/rerla_ttlab/

Put your brain to the test at this real-life escape game. Participants of this event have 90 minutes to solve multiple puzzles of varying difficulty, and combine the solutions to unlock additional puzzles, which will eventually lead to the final solution that will solve the entire game. Each session can only have up to 11 participants, and teamwork will get your group through the puzzle to the final answer. Registration costs $26 per person.

Guttermouth @ Soda Bar San Diego
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2671

Punk rock band Guttermouth currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through California this week with one show in Southern California. Tickets to this show in San Diego cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

X – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 27-28
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5679
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5680

Legendary punk rock band X will headline two shows in San Diego this weekend. Tickets to these shows cost $40. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual Rockabilly Extravaganza & Cavalcade of Beauty Pin Up Contest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 28
Riverside 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.

5th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 28
Eagle Rock Blvd & Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663465547216372/

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.

1st Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 28
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-spirit-stroll/

For $18, guests will get to sample holiday cocktails from 12 different locations along Adams Avenue this Saturday afternoon. No one under 21 may participate.

Shattered Faith @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 28
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/974035879320439/

Punk rock band Shattered Faith will headline a local punk show in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

The “Don’t Sue Us, Matt Groening” Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 28
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/okillydokilly

Enjoy a local ska-punk show this Saturday night in Santa Ana featuring bands with names inspired by The Simpsons. Tickets to this show cost $10. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free, as the main concert hall has a large show that starts an hour earlier.

Naked Aggression @ Soda Bar San Diego
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 28
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2717

Punk rock band Naked Aggression will headline a local punk show this Saturday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 29
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.

2nd Annual La Habra Tamale Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 29
La Habra Community Center, La Habra
http://lahabraca.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=96

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.

This Saturday afternoon, the Old Town Seal Beach Chili Cook Off returns for its third year in a row. This chili cookoff used to coincide with Seal Beach Restaurant Week, but so far it appears that the organizers have cancelled the week due to low turnout, so they will host only the chili cookoff. Occurring similar to a strolling event, visitors will pay $10 to receive a stamp card listing all participating restaurants on Main Street in Seal Beach. Visitors will then take this stamp card to the restaurants to receive a sample of chili, so essentially each sample costs a dollar. Last year, ten restaurants participated in the chili cookoff – who knows how many restaurants will participate this year.

Personally I would like to see the restaurant week return, but these restaurants need a greater turnout for the week to return. Perhaps the organizers need better marketing? In any case, show up this Saturday and show your support for the local community, and show Seal Beach that old town charm always wins our hearts.

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha, Orange County’s biggest beer festival, have delivered a new festival unlike anything ever before: the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this festival combines Californian craft beer, wine, food, music, and comedy all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. Cali Uncorked took place at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado in east Orange County, which lends well to these sorts of events with the massive area of the venue. The park represents an oval centered around a lake, with each side housing something different.

  • East: Attendees entered from here, and this side held the dozens of Californian breweries, picnic tables, and a row of vendors.
  • North: All the wineries set up at the north row.
  • South: The south section housed all the vendors, including merchandise, food trucks, food booths, and the pairings stage.
  • West: This side contained the music stage, comedy stage, and VIP area.

With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The drinks stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 7pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the wine and beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the drinks pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks. At one point, I asked a worker about the types of beer available, but someone quickly cut in front of me and said to just fill her cup. Also, the rampant stench of marijuana gradually increased over time. With the lines for beer getting longer, people caring less about the drinks they received, the smell of marijuana growing, and the uneasy feeling of getting lost in a crowd rising, I ended up leaving before 4pm. In fact, the band performing as I left continued to goad the crowd into smoking and getting high, asking everyone in the crowd to share with someone nearby that did not have anything to toke.

For the first Cali Uncorked ever, the notion and intention of the event seems aspiring. Combining multiple different types of events into one represents a mammoth task that one person cannot possibly undertake. The Brew Ha Ha crew teamed up with music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) for this event, and I can see the stark contrast in the types of people they invited: the craft people, and the music people. This strongly reminds me of why I started this blog in the first place: to bridge the gap between the punk rock crowd and the gourmet crowd. The stereotypical punk rocker lives a frugal life and consumes cheap products, such as mass-produced beer and fast food, while the stereotypical gourmet person lives the opposite way, a life of luxury. I attempt to shatter those stereotypes by introducing the worlds to each other, and I see how Cali Uncorked attempts the same by introducing the craft beer crowd to the reggae crowd. However, a large scale event such as this probably lacked the proper execution to do that, as the reggae crowd just wanted to get high and drunk and listen to music, while the craft crowd had to deal with the smell all over the area.

Can the organizers behind Cali Uncorked come back next year with a bigger and better festival? I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the 420 culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. Perhaps Cali Uncorked can bring on a different genre of music, since reggae seemed to invite all the stoners and skinheads to the entertainment side. Despite having The Aggrolites as the headlining band, OC Brew Ha Ha did not have this stoner problem back in September. What if Cali Uncorked goes with either country or alternative rock? For now, we leave it in the hands of the organizers to decipher how next year’s event will run. In the meantime, check out Cali Uncorked on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

The Long Beach edition of the Fall 2015 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival wrapped up this past Sunday at Marine Stadium. This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at three different locations: Santa Ana, Long Beach, and Oakland. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, and does so by not allowing anything corporate within the boundaries. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd that features local independent designers. Many locals set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Twice a year, thousands of visitors descend upon Patchwork Fest to discover and revisit the hundreds of vendors present. No matter who shows up, all visitors will definitely find something that will please their interests.

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

Ritual Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week
November 16-21
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands all week long. The week will culminate with a beer festival this Saturday from 12pm to 4:30. General admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-22
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

Meet The Brewer: Artifex Brewing @ The Factory Gastrobar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1060392040657796/

Artifex Brewing will travel up from San Clemente to Long Beach this Wednesday evening for a tap takeover, beer pairing, and meet & greet with the brewer. This night has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from multiple different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 19
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Belgium Beers Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/tap-takeover/

Alpine Village will tap a bunch of Belgian beers this Thursday night for your enjoyment. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 20-29
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.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/city/long-beach-ca

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Pairing Is Caring 2
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 20
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.insidethecellar.com/

Enjoy a night of food, beer, and wine in Koreatown this Friday night. General admission costs $50 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food, beer, and wine while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Escape From The Time Travel Lab
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 21-22
Edm Hall, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/rerla_ttlab/

Put your brain to the test at this real-life escape game. Participants of this event have 90 minutes to solve multiple puzzles of varying difficulty, and combine the solutions to unlock additional puzzles, which will eventually lead to the final solution that will solve the entire game. Each session can only have up to 11 participants, and teamwork will get your group through the puzzle to the final answer. Registration costs $26 per person.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 20-21
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 Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/orange-county/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – Lake Elsinore
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 21
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/socal/

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 around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. 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.

2015 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectables has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

30th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 21
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3147

Check out this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Taste of Autumn Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Shark Club, Costa Mesa
http://www.tasteofautumnbeerfestival.com/

An autumn beer tasting event will take place at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa this Saturday over two sessions. General admission costs $40 and runs 1pm to 4pm or 7pm to 10pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier than general admission. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hops & Hounds: Packinghouse Brewing’s 5th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors. A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the American Cancer Society.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 21
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/events.html

Around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Visitors of all ages can purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 21
The Rinks, Irvine
http://www.dubswashere.com/

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

The Crowd @ Alex’s Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 21
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/989049-crowd-long-beach/

Rock out to some local old-school punk rock bands this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

25th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

23rd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

Artisanal LA: West Elm Holiday Pop-Up
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 22
West Elm, Beverly Grove
http://artisanalla.com/

Head over to West Elm in Beverly Grove this Sunday for a small popup of Artisanal LA. Free to attend for all ages, this popup gives visitors a sample of Artisanal LA’s semiannual event at The Reef. Visitors will find a handful of local artisanal food vendors plus some local arts & crafts vendors.

Beer & Pie with Firestone Walker
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1483421438653814/

Enjoy some handmade pies and Firestone Walker brews this Sunday afternoon at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.