Posts Tagged ‘NTC Park’

Common knowledge tells us that the general populace loves bacon. People go crazy for bacon, but perhaps too crazy at times. This phenomenon may explain the background behind the San Diego Bacon Festival. This outdoor food fest dedicated to everyone’s favorite strip of meat rounds up bacon lovers from all over to huddle around tents all for bacon treats to satisfy a never-ending hunger for bacon. Taking place on the sunny grassy knoll of Preble Field of NTC Park at Liberty Station, thousands of hungry patrons will swarm to this location this Saturday afternoon for an incendiary day of pigging out in the sun amidst a crowd of equally sweaty visitors. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

This bacon festival got their start in 2013 with a terrible start, which influenced my decision to not return in 2014. To summarize problems encountered in their first year:

  • They oversold tickets, not limiting admission at all.
  • They did not invite enough vendors. Vendors ran out of food very fast.
  • They did not provide water at all. The only hydration we got was from the alcohol vendors, and alcohol does not hydrate at all.
  • They did not provide shade for a blisteringly hot day.

I hope that the organizers fixed all their problems after their first year. The organizers promised to make things better, and if Big Bite Events can drastically improve their bacon festival, perhaps the organizers behind the San Diego Bacon Festival can improve their event. If you love bacon and/or beer, do not miss out on this bacon frenzy. To make your bacon experience a more pleasant journey, embark with these tips in mind:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Hydrate properly before arriving. The event may run out of water by the time people actually need water, so hydrating in the morning can help with that.
  • Arrive early to secure parking. The surrounding areas boast plenty of parking, but once all the nearby lots fill up, guests will end up parking further away, potentially paying to park in those further lots.
  • Apply ample sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Dress for the hot weather. Expect to expose yourself to the hot sun for a few hours here with little shade, so make sure you can endure the heat.
  • Bring some extra cash for vendors. While admission includes food and drinks, some vendors that have merchandise may accept cash only.

See what else the San Diego Bacon Fest has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

California Brewmasters Book Signing Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 9
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/666873693400359/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beach City Brewery this Wednesday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Guests may park and attend for free. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer.

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

Deschutes – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 10
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/476444565819032/

Oregon’s own Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at The Rookery in Downtown Pomona this Thursday night. Come on down and enjoy a nice cold one.

2014 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 11 with the final day on August 10. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004C8F2DE8ED6E&oid=0

Have a ball with The Aquabats and The Interrupters at this all-ages show this Friday night. Tickets cost $22 presale.

1st Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 11-13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team has struck again with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. Tickets per session cost $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and all ticket-holders receive 15 beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. The two afternoon sessions occurring at 12pm also include a free concert ticket to a performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre later that night. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

Read up on the last event put on by the OC Brew Ha Ha team.

Twisted At The Pike
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/twisted-at-the-pike/

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Friday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

The Offspring & The Adolescents @ The Pacific Amphitheatre
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/The_Offspring.asp

Orange County natives The Offspring and The Adolescents will headline the opening night of the 2014 OC Fair this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $40 and includes admission to the fair.

Agent Orange & Guttermouth @ Borderline Bar & Grill
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/609945-agent-orange-guttermouth-thousand-oaks/

Punk rock heavyweights Agent Orange and Guttermouth will headline this local show this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/443428575794238/

Check out a great lineup of local bands this Friday night in Downtown LA. The page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend this show.

Weird Band Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1409594345995678/

For just $10, guests of all ages can check out this show featuring some of the weirdest bands in the industry.

2014 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 11
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

6th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 12
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

1st Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 12
Shannon’s On Pine, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hortons-hayride-tickets-11378069111

The streets of Downtown Long Beach at Pine & Broadway will shut down to traffic for this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival. Enjoy live music from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event costs only $10.

Grindcore Fest 2014
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
333 Live, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/509243209165428/

Can you handle this many hours of hardcore music? Test your stamina at this lengthy grindcore show this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page has released limited information about the event, so have cash ready on you, or prepare to not even enter if the event has an age minimum.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=281

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 12
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/bridge

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $16 presale or $18 at the gate.

Neon Dash – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.neondash.com/locations/sandiego/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $30 online and $40 on the day of the event. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Smut Peddlers – Album Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-album-release

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers have a new album coming out, and they will celebrate with this album release show this Saturday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $10. Arrive early and park in the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a parking lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Jerm & Merrie’s Birthday Bash
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Screamin’ Chicken, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/316714931837786/

Enjoy some of Southern California’s hardest rocking punk rock bands this Saturday night all the way out in San Bernardino. The cover for this show costs only $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Creepers @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/542896765819227/

Rock out to some hardcore street punk in La Habra this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 13
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://californiagirlseries.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $95 for a solo rider. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

101st Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 13
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

Los Angeles Cuban Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.fiestalegre.net/

Bring out your family to this Cuban festival this Sunday in Long Beach. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the gate, and allows full access to all the Cuban food, drinks, music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Ballast Point 18th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 13
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/ballast-point-18th-anniversary-beer-festival/

Ballast Point Brewing turns 18 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Punk Rock N’ Fiesta
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438254613098011/

Relax with this daytime punk rock show this Sunday afternoon, with catering available. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The English Beat @ The OC Fair
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/2014/shows/TheEnglishBeat.asp

Old school ska band The English Beat will headline a show inside the OC Fair’s Hangar this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 and includes admission to the fair.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/273746442803398/

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.

Acoustic First Wednesdays @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/538567106252766/

Listen to some acoustic acts for free at the Doll Hut this and every first Wednesday of the month. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 8
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.

19th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
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.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 8
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 2014
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 8
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 9
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, May 10
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, May 11
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.

OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 9-10
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://626nightmarket.com/OCnightmarket/home.php

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.

2014 Wine Riot LA
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 9
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 10
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secondglass.com/event-categories/wineriot/LA-2014-spring/

Love wine, or want to get into wine? Wine Riot covers the entire spectrum of wine and people, from the newcomers to the experienced. Just like how a beer fest allows guests to sample different types of beer, Wine Riot allows guests to sample different types of wines from all around the world. Wine experts will deliver seminars for both consumers and those in the industry. Live DJ’s, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more will adorn the venue space. Wine Riot occurs in two sessions: 1pm-5pm, and 7pm-11pm. Tickets currently cost $60 per person. Prepare to either pay for parking or arrive via public transportation.

Go Punk Yourself
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 9
Malones Bar And Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/261914743982271/

Check out over ten great local punk rock bands this Friday night at Malones in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park down Halladay Street.

Peligro @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 9
The World Famous Doll Hut
http://www.facebook.com/events/738397182867726/

Enjoy some good ol’ punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 9
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/167773

Long Beach gets a high dosage of punk rock this Friday night with D.I., All Day, The Grim, and more. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Tour of Long Beach
6:30 am – 9:30 am, May 10
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. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 10
OC Great Park, Irvine
http://thecolorrun.com/orange-county/

The color run that started it all returns to Orange County 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.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K – San Diego
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 10
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K 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 $70 through Friday, and $85 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

47th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 10-11
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.

2014 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 10
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.

4th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-s-4th-annual-session-fest

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest three years ago to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Saturday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

2014 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
NTC Park, Liberty Station, 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.

Beach City Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.beachcitybrewery.com/

Huntington Beach’s first real microbrewery opens their doors to the public this Saturday, and they would like to see you there! This Saturday, head to Beach City Brewery and check out the beers from this small microbrewery hoping to leave a mark in Huntington Beach. To keep visitors fed, the brewery will have food trucks on hand all day.

Cancer Sucks Se7en
1:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 10
American Legion Post 30, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/616811075080158/

An all-day, all-ages, punk rock fundraiser will go down this Saturday in Pomona. Tickets to this epic punk rock concert cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://78festivale.net/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Saturday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. General admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 5pm. For $5 extra, guests may purchase the early entry ticket which allows entry at 4pm. Although guests of all ages can visit the food trucks, only guests 21 or over may enter the beer area.

Stalag13, The Grim, Circle One, and More – Live in Baldwin Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 10
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405612783037672/

Catch a hardcore punk rock show this Saturday night in Baldwin Park. Admission to this all-ages show costs $10.

Mother’s Day Ska Punk Benefit Show
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 11
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1382530615364628/

Lots of great punk rock and ska bands will unite to play this benefit show this Sunday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $9 presale or $12 at the door.

Common knowledge tells us that the general populace loves bacon. People go crazy for bacon, but perhaps too crazy at times. This phenomenon may explain the background behind the San Diego Bacon Festival. This outdoor food fest dedicated to everyone’s favorite strip of meat rounds up bacon lovers from all over to huddle around tents all for little bacon treats to satisfy a never-ending hunger for bacon. Taking place on the sunny grassy knoll of Preble Field of NTC Park at Liberty Station, thousands of hungry patrons swarmed to this location this past Saturday afternoon for an incendiary day of pigging out in the sun amidst a crowd of equally sweaty visitors. The $60 admission got anyone in for up to three hours of bacon eats and beer pours until supplies exhausted. This all sounds great in concept, but perhaps everyone overrated this festival too much.

As the first year for this festival, the organizers should strive to create an event without any major malfunctions. However, no one can expect an event’s first run to operate flawlessly, and this event yielded a handful of mistakes. I would not come down too harshly, as after all, this marks their first Bacon Fest, so allow me to highlight some of the major problems that the organizers can fix for next time.

The greatest problem lies with the amount of tickets sold. The organizers clearly oversold this event by a few thousand attendees, causing massive queues & lines all over the place. Just waiting for the entrance prior to the start of the actual event made us feel like standing amongst the audience at a large concert. Once every attendee funneled in, every booth saw even more lines consisting of hundreds of attendees on average in each line. Can you believe many people waited in a line for over an hour for a one-bite bacon corn dog? To rectify this problem, the organizers must limit the amount of tickets sold, or set a deadline to purchase tickets. In the morning, they announced on their Facebook page that they still had some tickets left for sale. This indicated some sort of limit, but a high yet negligible limit. The organizers can also rectify the overcrowding by inviting more vendors.

Speaking of vendors, the vendors did not prepare enough food for the masses. Over half of the food vendors ran out of food within an hour of opening. With each vendor providing samples instead of full meals, we all wondered how they could not bring enough food. Did the organizers not inform the vendors of how many tickets they sold? This stems back to the previous problem & solution of limiting ticket sales. If the organizers limit tickets, the vendors will know exactly how much to prepare. This also makes us ponder – what exactly construes a bacon festival? Immediately upon entering, two carts handed out bacon strips to every attendees – plain bacon strips. Most of the other food vendors made some sort of bacon treat, while some made food with no bacon in it at all, such as a chicken taco.

Nobody can accurately predict the weather, but we certainly can prepare for it. When the organizers planned this event many months ago, they could not forecast the exact weather conditions of this date. However, they can still prepare against it. So why did the organizers not take overall comfort into consideration? Nowhere in the festival could anyone find any chairs, tables, umbrellas, or misters to keep everyone cool. Southern California recently saw a heat wave, and this day out in the sun did not make for a comfortable day. Add to the fact that you have thousands of bodies in a small area coupled with heavy consumption of salty foods and beer intensifies natural dehydration. Attendees found some sort of comfort in the Hubert’s Lemonade stand, but any sensible human knows that you do not offset salt with sugar, and vice versa. Only one booth provided free water, and it remained quite unknown until the very end when everyone needed water. In fact, one man passed out from the heat early on in the festival. The organizers should take care of their patrons by including more shade in the form of umbrellas or canopies, as well as chairs, benches, and tables for more comfort. They also need to make water more accessible to the attendees, considering how much salt and alcohol everyone consumed. Misters would make for a great addition too.

For crying out loud, as much as I love Slater’s 50/50, they do not need to attend anymore food festivals or any other event similar to this. Do not misunderstand – I love Slater’s 50/50, but their popularity transcends any form of marketing or PR that this festival could hope to bring. I would wager that at least half of all attendees discovered the San Diego Bacon Festival through Slater’s 50/50. By this point, I would rather just go to the restaurant and order a real meal there instead of spend time in a line for over half an hour for a sample of what I can order for real.

Everybody loves bacon, and so do I. After this mayhem of a bacon fest, I believe everyone needs to take a step back and assess what transpired. People paid $60 or more to spend an afternoon waiting in lines burning in the hot sun all for a few bacon treats. Okay people, calm down with the bacon – you can find delicious bacon eats at many great restaurants in the area, and you do not have to suffer in the heat or sun. I cannot fully blame the organizers for these mistakes, as beginners naturally make mistakes. Should they return for a second annual run of this event next year, I hope to see them fix the problems and create a smooth-running event that both attendees and vendors can enjoy.