13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
Various locations, San Diego
All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $145 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $185 and starts at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.
Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 16
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
$14 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.
Creamistry Koreatown Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
A new Creamistry opens their doors the public this Thursday in Koreatown. The first 200 customers receive a free t-shirt with the purchase of any item. From 3pm to 5pm, all customers receive one free single scoop of ice cream.
AleSmith Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.
Pennywise: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, House of Blues, Downtown San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050FD9C4F2A0F
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1272249-pennywise-playing-about-ventura/
Famous punk rock band Pennywise currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude on the west coast this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link to view prices.
Nekromantix: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1376864-nekromantix-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2802
Popular psychobilly band Nekromantix currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.
2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 18-27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.
The Mom Made Market Orange County
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Visit over a hundred arts & crafts vendors this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. Admission to this all-ages event ranges from $2 to $8.
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 18
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $16.
La Quinta Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
La Quinta Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.
Santa Ana Art Mixer
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Mix and mingle with local artists and makers this Friday night in Santa Ana. Free to attend, this event requires registration via their website.
The Aquabats: Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 18
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
Legendary ska-punk band The Aquabats will headline a show in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.
1st Annual Punk Rock for Preemies
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 18
Enjoy some local punk rock this Friday night in Tarzana. Tickets to this show cost $15, and a portion of ticket sales goes to charity. No one under 21 may enter.
41st Annual Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
A Thanksgiving fun run takes place in San Gabriel this Saturday morning. Registration costs $35 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.
The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.
Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.
Barbells for Beers
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
Get a good morning workout with a partner, then cap it off with some food and beer this Saturday in Riverside. Registration costs $60 per team.
7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 19
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and more.
2016 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectibles has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Single-day admission costs $10, while weekend admission costs $15.
31st Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 19
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.
Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19-20
Downtown Hermosa Beach
Check out this free and all-ages event this weekend in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.
Gunwhale Ales Grand Opening
11:00 am – 8:30 pm, November 19-20
Gunwhale Ales, Costa Mesa
Another Orange County brewery opens their doors to the public this weekend in Costa Mesa. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
Cranksgiving Los Angeles XVI
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, November 19
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
A bicycle ride, scavenger hunt, and food drive collide in one event this Saturday. Bring out your bike, some fitness gear, and some cash, and race to see who can collect or buy the most food for the food drive charity. The event itself costs nothing to attend, but participants will need some money to pay for food to donate.
5th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
More than 30 microbreweries will serve over 50 different beers this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.
Stereo Brewing’s IPA Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
Stereo Brewing, Placenta
Recently-opened Stereo Brewing will release their first batch of IPA’s this Saturday, and you can taste them all and score a t-shirt to commemorate the release. A flight of five beers plus the t-shirt costs $25 presale or $35 at the counter.
The Rare Experience Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 19
Stout, Studio City
Sample some really rare beers from across the nation this Saturday afternoon in Studio City. General admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beers. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and comes with 12 4oz beers. Attendees should bring extra cash to pay for food at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.
Helm’s Brewing 4-Year Anniversary
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
Helm’s Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. $25 gets you a souvenir glass plus ten beer tasters, or pay $5 more for unlimited beers tasters for the duration of your visit. No one under 21 may attend.
A Drinking Game: So I Married an Axe Murderer
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 19
ACME Studios, North Hollywood
Enjoy some drinks and solve a mystery this Saturday night in North Hollywood. Admission costs $20 but does not include alcohol – attendees should bring their own drinks.
Suicidal Tendencies: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 19
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
Legendary hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies currently tours across the nation, and that nation concludes in Ventura this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25 presale or $28 at the door.
The Dwarves: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
LA Space Camp, Downtown Los Angeles
Punk rock band The Dwarves will headline a show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
Youth Gone Mad: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 19
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.
26th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 20
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.
24th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.
39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 20
Colorado Blvd, East Pasadena
The weird and wacky get their own parade this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. Register on the website to secure a spot along the parade route to watch, free for all ages.
2016 Miracle on Main Street – Tree Lighting
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 20
Main Street, Downtown Huntington Beach
Free to attend for all ages, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Downtown Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon, as well as a plethora of other festive events.
1st Annual San Diego Ramen Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
Sushi On A Roll, Downtown San Diego
Pig out on ramen, sake, and more this Sunday evening in Downtown San Diego. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with four ramen samples plus a ticket good for a fifth ramen sample or a beverage. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the door, includes two additional tickets, a goodie bag, and access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.