Posts Tagged ‘Observatory’

Ska-Xing Day
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/202349380175093/

Time to skank! Get all ska’d out with Starpool, The Aggrolites, and more at this all-ages show at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $15.

OFF! Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/themelvins122716
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 28, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1376736-off-san-diego/
http://offofficial.com/

Cap off your 2016 with some punk rock this week with OFF! and these two shows that they will headline. The age limit and ticket prices vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDB Holiday Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 28
4th Street Vine, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/219046045210870/

Enjoy a complimentary music benefit show this Wednesday night in Long Beach.

The Final Ska Show of the Year
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2885

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

7th Annual Crash In the New Year
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 31
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://form.jotform.com/62856716171158

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Anyone may participate, but should bring their own clothing and gear.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible. Some examples of events taking place on this night:

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/423577911363295/

Spend New Year’s Eve with local punk rock bands at this low-cost gig in Los Angeles featuring The Gears and more. Entry to this show costs only $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Glassjaw: Live in Southern California
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/coheed-and-cambria/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6389065
http://www.glassjaw.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band Glassjaw currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/reverend-horton-heat-unknown-hinson-cadillac-tramps-viernes-13/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 23, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/reverend-horton-heat
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1106239-reverend-horton-heat-unknown-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25, The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano http://thecoachhouse.com/concert-schedule/?event_id=6444995
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Arts District Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/448824665241589/

New brewery Arts District Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry for you to choose from. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23-24
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-2016-Kicks-Off-in-East-Village-March-23-and-24

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

At The Drive-In: Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show have sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available on third-party websites.

Shattered Faith @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070693-shattered-faith-long-beach/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Founders Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/741952125940690/

This Thursday evening, Meat Up BBQ in Placentia will load up a handful of their taps with brews from Founders Brewing. Order one of their brews to receive a souvenir glass that you can take home, and refills will also cost less with this glass on this night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Whitekaps @ The Garage Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/541908985975991/

Ventura gets a taste of punk rock this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

WonderCon 2016
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

Spring Beer Release Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25-26
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/238313479844575/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release their two spring seasonal brews this weekend. Stop on by and enjoy these refreshing brews.

The Dickies, The Dwarves, and The Queers @ The Glass House Pomona
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1021909-dickies-pomona/

Get physical at this heavy all-ages punk rock show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Matamoska: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 25
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://matamoska.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/799830110161577/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Punk Rock Show @ The Kensington
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, March 25
Kensington Club, Kensington, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/965218446894061/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 26
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

Three Weav3rs Brew & Brunch
11:00 am – 1:30 pm, March 26
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/three-weavers-brew-brunch/

Enjoy a three-course brunch and five beer pairings courtesy of Three Weav3rs Brewing this Saturday at Restauration in Long Beach. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Vintage Clothing Sale
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 26
The Set Shop, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1681751062096798/

Check out this FREE and all-ages vintage pop-up this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. This pop-up will have dozens of vendors selling vintage clothing, apparel, accessories, food, and more.

Wing Over – Release Day
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 26
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1531246647176756/

Hangar 24’s coveted Hammerhead returns under a new name this Saturday: Wing Over. Check out the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands this Saturday for your shot at Wing Over for $20 per bottle. They will also have a special brew called Esperanza available. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, order a Wing Over, and sip away.

Blooming Pop-Up
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 26
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://makercityla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/247102318960571/

Check out this FREE and all-ages pop-up taking place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Visitors can expect to encounter dozens of vendors and booths selling food, drinks, treats, apparel, accessories, and lots of other miscellaneous items.

6th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $85, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

2nd Annual Spring Break BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1690453067835756/

Pizza Port in San Clemente will host a FREE and all-ages spring break party this Saturday. It will take place on their rooftop parking lot, where they will have grilling/barbecue, games, live music, and select house beers $2 off. Have swimsuits available or other clothing made for the water, as they will have lots of water around.

Fat Hog Day
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/fat-hog-day/

Redlands’ Ritual Brewing releases their barrel-aged Fat Hog this Saturday on draft and in bottles. They will also have multiple varieties of Fat Hog available for you to try in the tasting room. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a sip or more.

Long Beach Carnevale 2016
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Outside the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://longbeachcarnevale.com/

At this free and all-ages event, come dress up, dance, and enjoy the merry company.

Electric Run – San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://electricrun.com/

When you combine a 5k with a rave, you get the Electric Run. Go on a 5k fun run through bright lights and dance music the entire way. Participants should wear the brightest & lightest clothes to this run as to maximize the glow color & lighting. Participants should also bring their own glow items from home, as vendors will likely sell out fast during the night. Registration costs $35 and comes with a t-shirt, glow bracelet, and glow markers. The race finishes at the stage, where live DJ’s will spin music all night for all participants to stay and party to.

Luicidal @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/744157975716694/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/236382

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Pomona, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

Norooz Festival & Persian Parade
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 27
Wilshire Blvd & Westwood Blvd, Westwood
http://www.noroozfestival.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, visitors will find all sorts of Persian-themed vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Visitors will also enjoy a parade in the afternoon.

Easter with The Bollweevils
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/thebollweevils

Wrap up this year’s Easter with some punk rock this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

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.

Unity Beer Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1611333909145540/

Come to Smog City Brewing in Torrance this Wednesday evening for the bottle release of Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week. Visitors can purchase bottles, fill growlers, and/or enjoy Unity right in the tasting room.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $30 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Psychonauts 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/710551265723205/

Indie video game Psychonauts released to the public ten years ago, and to celebrate, iam8bit will have a free night dedicated to it with art, drinks, and gaming. Guests under 21 must have an accompanying adult.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

AleSmith & Modern Times Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 18
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/112234452443474/

Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring beer pairings courtesy of AleSmith and Modern Times of San Diego. Reservations cost $64 per person excluding tax and tip. No one under 21 may attend.

iam8bit 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 18
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/766631996787578/

Art gallery iam8bit turns ten years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have over a hundred artists from around the world display their gaming art at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park starting this Thursday night, complete with a live DJ spinning tunes all night.

The Slackers – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5819225

Ska band The Slackers will headline a show in North Park this Thursday night as part of their North American Summer tour. Tickets to this show cost $16. No one under 18 may enter.

Guttermouth – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guttermouth-tickets-17238403529
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/857359-guttermouth-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/guttermouth-tba/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a series of shows in California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a link for more details.

The Misfits – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18-20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Misfits-Three-Day-Pass
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5618905

Legendary punk band The Misfits will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches CREAM Irvine Spectrum Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 19
Cream Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1598286637085707/

As the title says, get a FREE ice cream sandwich during this shop’s grand opening this Friday, limit one per person.

Hot Sünner Nights
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/369770383222746/

To celebrate the summer solstice, Select Beer Store will pour Sünner Kölsch, a hard-to-find beer, this Friday night at their shop in Redondo Beach. No admission required – come in and enjoy a cold one there, or take a bottle or two to-go.

Valiant Brewing & Center Street Cheese – Beer & Cheese Pairing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/869609686451667/

For $20, receive a pairing of five gourmet cheeses and five craft beers at Valiant Brewing in Orange this Friday night.

Original Long Beach Punk Rock
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480973508859622/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636442293265154/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Gang Green – 2015 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/816461821756629/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/206546
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/gang-green
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/871463-gang-green-long-beach/

Punk band Gang Green currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Tickets and age limits vary with each show, so check with a particular show to see how much it costs and the age required to enter.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

AleSmith Mr. Padre 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 20
NEW AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.active.com/san-diego-ca/running/races/alesmith-mr-padre-5-5k-2015

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

9th Annual Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 20
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/862630587113226/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

40th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

8th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Hamilton Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/949206648465273/

Hamilton Brewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they have a special anniversary beer ready to release to the public. In addition, they will have special merchandise available for sale, plus FREE food for all guests starting at 12pm.

29th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 20
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

So Cal Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 20
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-brew-fest-tickets-15723453272

Here comes a new challenger! A new beer festival arrives in Orange County this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-beer-week-kickoff-festival-tickets-16242788618

LA Beer Week moves from September to June this year, and along with that huge change comes the big beer fest moving to the beginning of the week, as well as its new location of Exposition Park. Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala. General admission costs $45 and includes 25 2oz beer tasters and the souvenir glass. VIP admission sold out long ago, so I have no reason to list its features! No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summerfest/2015/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $15 presale or $25 at the door, while VIP admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2015 San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/6/21/anaheim-night-market-5

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Stitches @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423979067911418/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 21
United States

Do something nice for dad today!

Make Music Los Angeles 2015
June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Sunday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Father’s Day Craft Beer Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/sunday-may-21-fathers-day-brunch/

Treat dad to a brunch buffet this Sunday morning, which includes two craft beers. Adults cost $23.95, teens cost $16.95, while kids cost $9.95. In addition, 5oz beer tasters will cost $1.50 on Father’s Day.

LA Beer Week Hangover Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/857246381022877/

Got a little too sudsy at the LA Beer Week Kick-Off the previous day? Far Bar will have a special brunch menu this Sunday morning in preparation for LA Beer Week.

6th Annual Summer Solstice Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/events-performances/festivals/

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Cascade Brewing & Friends for Father’s Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399338190254468/

Just in time for Father’s Day, Select Beer Store has some uncommon Cascade beers on tap ready for your sipping pleasure.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://macleodale.ticketbud.com/cask

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a trio of cask beer tasting events at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Guests can choose to attend any of three sessions that each last three hours, and admission will vary based on how much guests intend to drink. $15 nets five drink tickets, $25 nets ten drink tickets, and $50 provides unlimited drinks for the duration of the session. Each session has a 275-person limit, so act fast if you want to attend.

Slaughter & The Dogs w/ The Briggs @ The Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2456

Punk bands Slaughter & The Dogs and The Briggs will perform in San Diego this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

Left Hand Brewing @ Beachwood Brewing
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Left Hand Brewing will make their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, including Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by this Tuesday night to sample what this brewery has to offer.

Master Pairing Dinner: Stone Brewing Co. & Beachwood Brewing
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 9
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568556

Attend this 4-course beer pairing dinner for just $65, featuring all IPA’s for your palate-cleansing pleasure. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals Free Show on Melrose @ Fairfax High School
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 10
Fairfax High School, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551901058368082/

The Vandals will perform at a FREE show in Los Angeles this Wednesday afternoon.

Left Hand Brewing Pint Nite @ Restauration
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 10
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/115324342134649/

Left Hand Brewing makes their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, which include Restauration in Long Beach. Stop on by this Wednesday night for a pint, and keep the glass too!

Lower Class Brats: California Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10, The Garage, Ventura http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5750785
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, June 11, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/202616
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 12, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806573-zero-boys-lower-class-brats-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/zero-boys-tba/
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/lowerclassbrats

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform shows daily this week throughout California. Every show has a different ticket price and age limit, so check with the venue for more details.

Avery 22nd Anniversary @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/929680337090292/

Avery Brewing celebrates 22 years in business this week, and Select Beer Store will have plenty of Avery beers to go around this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

Business & Beer @ King Harbor Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/890161777708574/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

39th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12-14
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 12
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 14
The Forum, Inglewood
http://www.sanrio.com/hkfestival/

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this extravaganza of a Hello Kitty event going on all weekend at The Forum in Inglewood. Various sessions take place of this event that last three hours or four hours for general or VIP admission, respectively. General admission costs $43.50 while VIP admission costs between $130 to $255 depending on the VIP package.

2015 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival (FINAL show in Long Beach)
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
11:00 am – 1:00 am, June 13
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeach.ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend for the show’s FINAL year in Long Beach until they move to Nashville. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $42.50 per day, or $80 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

Left Hand Brewing LA Launch Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/811496895623972/

Left Hand Brewing makes their debut in Southern California this week, and Select Beer Store will have some of their brews on tap to celebrate. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 13
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium 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.

Nuke The Fridge’s Cosplay Con 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422347528079365/

Hundreds of cosplayers will gather at this FREE cosplay meet-up at Frank & Son’s in Rowland Heights this Saturday.

30th Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 13
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fastivus 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Saturday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.

Ultimate Dog Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Columbia Park, Torrance
http://ultimatedog.net/

Enjoy a canine day where you can bring out your dog for fun in the at this all-ages event. For $10 admission, find all sorts of vendors and services for your dog, inquire about adopting a dog, and discover many more activities that you and your dog can participate in.

6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 13
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $32 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Cosplay Con 2015
11:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Hyatt Century City Plaza, Century City
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $20 for general admission, $15 for cosplayers, or $10 for children and students.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Oceanside Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 13
Pier Plaza Amphitheater, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-oceanside-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Long Beach Cocktail Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beachs-craft-cocktail-festival-tickets-16680410557

Enjoy craft cocktails by mixologists from over 14 of Long Beach’s finest bars. General admission costs $20 but does not includes drinks. VIP admission costs $100, includes drinks, and also provides access to an indoor lounge, plus other giveaways. No one under 21 may attend.

Santa Monica Grand Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13-14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://santamonicagrandtasting.com/

Taste fine foods at this culinary adventure as you sample creations from some of LA’s top chefs. General admission costs $100 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Poison Idea @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/817779-poison-idea-los-angeles/

Get your punk rock on at this show in Silverlake this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

3rd Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 14
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616411761927967/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this fundraising event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon.

H2O @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/H2O

East coast hardcore punk band H2O will headline a show in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

UK Subs @ Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2359

See legendary punk band UK Subs live in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $18. No one under 21 may enter.

The Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 13-19
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570393353209281/

The Factory crafts some amazing artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, and for the next seven days, they will sling a different variation of grilled cheese each day. If you love grilled cheeses as much as I do, you ought to visit The Factory everyday this week.

Free Sprinkles Day: 10 Year Anniversary
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 13
Sprinkles Cupcakes, Nationwide
http://www.facebook.com/events/1588763341371569/

Visit any participating Sprinkles Cupcakes today to receive one FREE cupcake!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 16
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 17-18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.starwarscelebration.com/

Star Wars fans rejoice! This weekend, a massive Star Wars expo comes to Southern California at the Anaheim Convention Center. Find all things Star Wars here, such as collectibles, merchandise, apparel, art, literature, special guests, screenings, seminars, and more. Admission varies in price, with single-day admission ranging from $60 to $75, children costing $35, and a weekend pass for $140.

Lagunitas Tap Takeover
4:20 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/806278599455499/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a Lagunitas tap takeover this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 16
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 16
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

Richie Ramone – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822015921356349/

Come enjoy all your favorite Ramones hits this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 17-18
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 17-19
RVCA Warehouse, Irvine
http://rvca.eventbrite.com/
http://www.rvca.com/b/post/warehouse-sale

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

SoCal Etsy Guild Handmade Pop-Up Shop at Arts District Co-Op 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17/19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 18
Arts District Co-op, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-district-co-op-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16406755046

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will celebrate their first year anniversary this weekend with food trucks, art, vendors, live music, a full bar, and more.

Mission Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/913327552018940/

Enjoy some brews from Mission Brewery as they take over the taps at Alpine Village this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

Punk Show in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/341360836059291/

Get your punk rock on this Friday night in Baldwin Park at this local all-ages show. The cover for this show costs $5, or enter for free if arriving before 7:30pm.

Raskahuele @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/-raskahuele

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Chicks That Rock
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Jimmy’s Place, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/624590280974487/

Rock out at this local rock show this Friday night in Burbank. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Competition
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 18
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimpa.com/about/guns-n-hoses

Come watch firefighters, police, and civilians compete in a charity fitness competition this Saturday at the Farmers Park in Anaheim, free to attend. In addition to the competition, visitors can take photos with SWAT and vintage firefighting vehicles, watch a K9 demo, enjoy a performance by the OC Law Girls, watch a police vs. firefighter tug-o-war, browse vendors, enter a 50/50 raffle, and more. Guests over 21 can also enjoy a beer garden starting at 11am. Have lunch at the nearby Umami Burger any time on Saturday, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the competition’s charity.

24th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

20th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more.

3rd Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
White Park, Riverside
http://riversidetamalefestival.weebly.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $1, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/los-angeles-craft-beer-food-fest/

Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $40 and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

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

2015 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $59 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $79 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $99, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

Santa Monica Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 18
Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicaukulelefestival.com/

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Santa Monica this Saturday. Admission costs $5, and parking costs $5.

5th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://energyevents.com/cosmo7k-la

Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.

OC Roller Girls – Roller Derby Rodeo
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

1st Annual A Taste of Downtown
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/gala/

Enjoy food, drinks, music, art, and more in Downtown LA this Saturday evening. General admission costs $45 presale or $65 at the door, while VIP admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door – VIP admission gains priority entry and seating.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.nightnationrun.com/san-diego-2015/

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

Buck-O-Nine – Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 18, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5232
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/387635884729937/

Buck-O-Nine will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Los Angeles Cocktail Classic
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://drinkeatplay.com/cocktailclassic/

Basically, rich people drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $75 and includes all drinks while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Grand Pacific Steam’s Steampunk Swapmeet
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 19
San Diego Lapidary Society, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415773082058104/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things steampunk. Free to attend, visitors will find all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

26th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

2015 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

25th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
WorldBeat Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592835090952858/

At this free and all-ages event, find live music, dance, arts & crafts, vegetarian food, and more.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

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

Jonah Raydio, Brendon Small, and The Manx @ Grill ‘Em All
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 19
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/860972927279783/

Brendon Small of Metalocalypse fame will visit Grill ‘Em All this Sunday night, which will accompany a performance by The Manx. No admission required, but the restaurant has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot!

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 29-31
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/626928454103678/

Check out Stone Brewing’s Green Tea IPA and more of their brews at Alpine Village this Friday night.

Ska Vs. Punk
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30
Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592684134301610/

Enjoy an all-ages ska and punk show this Friday night in San Bernardino for just $5.

Meet The Brewer: Double Mountain Brewery
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/639165162896682/

Visit 38 Degrees in Alhambra this Friday night to drink some brews and meet the brewer from this Oregon brewery.

The Bombpops: Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/904891532868407/

The Bombpops have just released a new 7″ record, and they will celebrate the release of it with this show in Downtown LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Alex’s Bar 15th Anniversary Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 30 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/190092
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 31 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189269
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 15th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring bands such as Rocket From The Crypt and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $28 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/anaheim.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Saturday in Riverside. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

5th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bottle Share #18
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1517332285208694/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

X-Members @ Fuzion Huntington Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
Fuzion, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678015008983064/

Rock out to some great local bands this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Darlington and The Maxies – FREE Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/892413530817745/

Check out this FREE punk show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Asian Lunar New Year Family Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 1
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/calendar/event/2082-target-free-first-sunday-asian-lunar-new-year-family-festival

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year with this FREE family-friendly festival this Sunday in Santa Ana. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more.

Santa Anita Trackside Winter Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 26
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/trackside-winter-brewfest/

Beer, music, and horse racing collide this Friday afternoon at the Santa Anita Park. Gain admission to the racetrack for $40, which includes two 12oz beers, a souvenir glass, and access to the races and betting. Use promo code FROSTY to take $15 off admission.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Face-to-Face-Trifecta-Pass

Face To Face will headline THREE all-ages shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend starting Friday night, each with a different opening lineup that includes Pulley, Guttermouth, and Unwritten Law. Tickets to each individual show costs $25, while a three-day pass costs $60. As with any show at The Observatory, arrive early to grab a parking spot at the venue’s lot for free; otherwise, end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Bottle Share #17
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1374345706197251/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Kwanzaganza Punk Rock Food Drive
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/632996903478926/

Have a full day of punk rock at this food drive this Saturday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Entry costs two cans or boxes of non-perishable foods or $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Scary Christmas Special feat. Green Jellö
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 27
The Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/402749186543835/

Check out this great show with a bunch of great local talent this Saturday at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15. Guests may park for free if arriving prior to 5pm; otherwise, parking costs $5.

Skacore Night in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 27
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/241348006035956/

Get crazy at this skacore show in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $6 if arriving prior to 8pm or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 27
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-scurvy-kids/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Kat’s Birthday Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 27
SCLA Apparel, Watts, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/882275095140013/

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show in South Central Los Angeles this Saturday night for just $5.

Litmus Green: Live in Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 27
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/190431

Release some angst at this hardcore show this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering prior to 10pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent private parking lot.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 28
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. The $45 admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass. VIP admission costs $95 and begins at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm. The Olympic Collection charges for its own parking, which ranges from $5 to $10. I advise against parking in the neighborhood, which requires a permit that only locals carry.

Punk N’ Tacos 9
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/558508924293161/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401166990123959/

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.

Goose Island Tap Takeover @ The Stache Bar
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 4
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865098683521557/

The Goose Island Bourbon County frenzy continues into this week, with another Tap Takeover in Long Beach this Thursday evening.

36th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

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

Prohibition Repeal Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/prohibition-repeal-day/

Celebrate the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibition at Angel City Brewery this Friday night. For $25 admission, enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, beer cocktails from guest mixologists, and a specialty keg tapping & toast. Speakeasy dress code strictly enforced!

La Pobreska – Live in San Bernardino
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Basement Under the Carousel Mall, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/360637934117596/

Get your skanking on in the Inland Empire this Friday night in a basement under a mall. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 if entering prior to 8:30pm, or $10 afterwards.

Dina Cox Benefit Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/811240162251648/

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

D.I. – Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 5
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1510743725852449/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/186431

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.

Grand Central Market Holidays
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 6-7
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/426/grand-central-market-holidays

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

3rd Annual Pugafest
9:00 am – 12:00 am, December 6
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=3376

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

2nd Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, December 6
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this Saturday during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates differently than a typical festival – instead of tickets, interested individuals may only make a reservation as a group of six of more. Reservations only last 90 minutes, and require a minimum order of $30 per individual. All beer servings cost $4 for an 8oz serving, meaning that every person must purchase at least eight pours. To make a reservation, send an email to ipafest@mohawk.la to indicate the amount of people in your reservation and the time that your party will arrive. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

2014 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 6
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade-2014/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

20th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 6
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

1st Annual Holiday Fur Ball
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 6
Huntington Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.recycleddogrescue.com/

Check out this pet adoption event this Saturday in Huntington Beach. For $5 admission, attendees will find pets for adoption, a potluck, a silent auction, t-shirt sales, raffles, dog contests for prizes, agility courses, doggy jumps, and more. The first 100 attendees receive a $5 gift card to Native Foods Café.

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

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 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.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 6
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 6
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-2014-holiday-celebration/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

Alpine Village Christmas Faire
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6-7
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/holidays/

At this free and all-ages holiday event, find holiday shopping, snow, arts & crafts, Santa Claus, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more.

32nd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This year’s Christmas parade’s theme focuses on our troops and veterans. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

Punk N’ Bowl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/800125133364510/

Release some angst at this raging punk rock show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Adolescents

Legendary punk band The Adolescents will headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. Arrive early enough to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 7
Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd south of Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 7
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

Many music fans have some sort of “music checklist” – an intangible list of music acts that they would like to see live. Last week, I finally had the opportunity to cross off one of the top lines of my list: seeing United Nations perform live. They started their west coast tour in Los Angeles, then went on to perform in Orange County before heading north up the coast. I opted to attend their Orange County show at The Observatory’s Constellation Room, which got overshadowed by a larger band performing in the main room, causing massive parking overflows and other crowd problems. Undaunted, I charged on in to bask in the glory of the United Nations.

Sick Feeling opened up the night with their post-hardcore set. Based out of New York, Sick Feeling best reminded me of two bands meshed into one. Their instrumentals reminded me of the strange, trance-like chords of At The Drive-In, or even The Mars Volta. The vocals straight up reminded me of the raw power of traditional Converge. Put together, you have what the band describes as simply Chaos.

Up next, we have Silver Snakes. Hailing from Los Angeles, Silver Snakes took the crowd on a journey away from the night’s post-hardcore theme. They certainly do not have the intense screams that the other bands do. The powerful yet emotional vocals give way to a greater melodic sound, allowing the audience to enjoy more of the instrumental performance and soak in the true musical prowess of Silver Snakes. I find it difficult to compare Silver Snakes to any one band – while they understand how to perform gracefully with true transitions, I cannot see them stand toe-to-toe with well-known bands of their genre. Placed on a bill with lesser known bands, Silver Snakes can kill it as a headliner. But when Silver Snakes performs with a “buzz” worthy band such as United Nations, they unfortunately fit the spot of the band right before the headliner.

At last, the moment I had craved for over a decade had finally arrived. With United Nations about to take the stage, high school memories of seeing vocalist Geoff Rickly perform with Thursday flooded my mind, fueling my passion to lose myself to the music once it started. Though a pit never truly started, I would have gone nuts if it did. United Nations hit the stage with engines blazing, going from silence to blasting the decibels through the roof in a matter of seconds. Although they bear little resemblance to Thursday, I still cherished this like a Thursday show, just with a greater emphasis on the hardcore aspect of the music. Who needs transitions when your songs leave people breathless? They used some of their transitions to briefly mention politics, but then reminded us that Election Day had already passed, so they had little left to say. United Nations followed their set list to a tee and stuck around after the show for a meet & greet instead of playing an encore.

I finally can say that I have successfully seen the lead singer of my favorite band perform once again. Now that I have marked that off my music checklist, the only lines remaining above that require two bands to reunite: Thursday and Minor Threat. I would like to thank Geoff Rickly for mingling with the audience for most of the night and for his modesty. Now that I have met my musical hero, I can safely say that I have accomplished a great feat of my life.

Miss out on the United Nations on the west coast? Their tour still has a few days left, and they will play their final west coast show of this tour this Saturday in San Diego. Make sure you do not miss this!