Posts Tagged ‘OC Music Awards’

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County
http://www.occocktailweek.com/

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

Stone Brewing: Pairing Dinner @ 38 Degrees
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 5
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/stone-brewing-co-dinner-5-brewers-5-casks-5-courses/

Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with five different special cask beers from Stone Brewing Co. this Wednesday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. For $55 per person (gratuity not included), guests get treated to five courses, five select cask beers to pair with each dish, and a meet & greet with brewers from Stone. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/600761466671408/

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.

Ska Night @ The Airliner
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/629797550401692/

Get your skanking on this Thursday night at The Airliner in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30pm and $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across from the venue.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
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).

Stomper 98 – Live in Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Down And Out, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1374365756165552/

Catch some European punk rock bands plus Old Firm Casuals and more this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Eyes LP Release
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/264126920415283/

Catch a good ol’ rock show this Friday night at The Viper Room in West Hollywood. Entry to this show costs just $10.

Naked Aggression @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/205754326287596/

Punk rock legends Naked Aggression will headline this local show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Circle One: Free Show in Lomita
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 7
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/238093833038815/

A taste of nardcore comes to the South Bay this Friday night, as Circle One headlines this FREE show at The Firehouse in Lomita. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/164228

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.

2014 Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
10:30 am – 8:00 pm, March 8
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.com/

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

Hurt Night: A Night of Art, Imagery, and Music
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 8
Ink’d Chronicles and Characters Sports Bar, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381294562112080/

Immerse yourself in this two-part event covering Downtown Pomona this Saturday evening. At Ink’d Chronicles from 5pm to 9pm, check out a free and all-ages art show with tons of skateboard art and memorabilia. At Characters Sports Bar starting at 8pm, catch the 21+ after-party with a handful of punk rock bands for just $5 before 10pm and $7 afterwards.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 8
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://ocmusicawards.com/

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

40th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/40th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Punk Rock & Tacos II
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/724644970888082/

Enjoy some local punk rock bands at this FREE show all day this Sunday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Guests can purchase tacos from 3pm to 9pm. No one under 21 may attend.

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Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/552588158143432/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, February 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/524366924350286/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Neighborhood Watch – Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399024127026156/

Catch some good ol’ punk rock in Long Beach this Friday night with Neighborhood Watch and more great local bands. The cover for this show costs just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk & Skacore Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1386039024992801/

Pay just $5 to check out some great local punk rock and skacore bands this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

The Makeup Show – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 2
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.themakeupshow.com/makeupshow/LA/index.html

Exhibit beauty, fashion, makeup, and more at this trade show all weekend in Los Angeles. This two-day event will feature workshops, seminars, live demos, merchandise, samples, and more. Presale tickets cost $48 for one day and $68 for both days. Tickets at the door will cost $10 extra.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/news/product/beer-and-food-festival-ticket

The IEBC will celebrate their 5th anniversary this weekend just like they did last year – with a massive festival at their brewery. Featuring over 30 breweries, plenty of food trucks, and live music, this festival will please any beer drinker. General admission costs $40, begins at 1pm, and includes 15 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, comes with 20 beer tasters, and allows access to the VIP area.

13th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Valiant Brewing 1st Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Valiant Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/509421035842680/

Just over a year ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This Saturday, the folks behind the brews will celebrate the first year of their brewery with an all-day celebration at their tasting room. Expect a grand total of 26 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not seen. For your entertainment, check out the mini hot-rod collection that will park outside the tasting room all day. Attendance requires no entry fee – simply show up, show your ID, and pay for beers as you go. This event will allow attendees under 21 to go inside; however, they still cannot drink any beer.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Punk Rock Night in La Habra
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451654678398695/

Catch an all-ages punk rock show in La Habra this Saturday night for just $5.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County
http://www.occocktailweek.com/

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 2
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://www.renegaderaceseries.com/index.php?view=details&id=12%3Acoaster-run-at-knotts-berry-farm&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=146

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 7
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18
The Continental Room, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/575833545805424/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Angry Samoans in Thousand Oaks
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Lava Sports Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/268461276645502/

Get a sampler of Southern California punk rock this Friday night in Thousand Oaks, as Angry Samoans headline a show with False Confession, Neighborhood Watch, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $10.

Female Fronted Frenzy
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/721399254561194/

Check out some chicks that rock this Friday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

36th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 23
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Burning Baby Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22-23
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/401242160011971/

Prepare yourself for the biggest punk rock shitstorm ever. Torture yourself through two full days of punk rock and DIY madness for just $10 per day, with $5 parking per vehicle. This festival supposedly has no age limit, but take care with the little ones here.

Open That Barrel Night
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/262197507277537/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday night at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

Last year, this beer festival took place on a rainy Friday night at Broadway Pier. This year, the festival moves indoors to Balboa Park on a Saturday night. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/163297

Catch punk rock legends The Dickies as they headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach along with The Generators, The Howlers, and more. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Luicidal in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 22
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/737114729632552/

Luicidal headlines a local punk rock show in Riverside this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8 before 10pm and $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Angry Samoans in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 22
Shakedown Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/592451564161219/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk rock show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s Brewfest 6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/200451416821507/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $25 gets you 12 beer tasters, while guests may purchase more tasters for $1 each. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

San Diego Chefs Salute Tommy Gomes
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 23
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/526443

Tommy Gomes has greatly impacted San Diego’s culinary community, and this Sunday, you can come celebrate with him, friends, and more with great food and great drinks. Enjoy a fantastic multi-course supper complete with beer pairings for just $75 per person. Act quick, as only 100 tickets will go out! No one under 21 may attend.

Cochon 555
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 23
The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica
http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/los-angeles/

Five chefs, five pigs, and five winemakers await your stomach this Sunday evening as you partake in this epic pork feast for the ages. Sample over 30 different pork dishes, and sip on beers, wines, spirits, and more. Early guests will even get to try some foie gras! General admission starts at 5pm and costs $131, while early entry starts at 4pm and costs $208. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 6
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/612929522104013/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
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.

Luicidal @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381901362073188/

Spend your Valentine’s Day with these local punk bands this Friday night, as Luicidal headlines this show at the World Famous Doll Hut. Entry to this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 15
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy the day after Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your underwear at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $50 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

Bottle Logic Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Bottle Logic Brewery, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2014/2/15/bottle-logic-grand-opening

Bottle Logic Brewery’s tasting room will open its doors to the public this Saturday afternoon, after much anticipation since releasing some of their brews at some beer festivals last year. Simply show up any time during business hours, and check out their beers, or even order a flight. Porko Rico BBQ food truck will serve from 1pm to 9pm for any visitor that gets hungry.

I Just Wanna Dance
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach
http://www.ijwdshow.com/

This non-profit show brings together post-grads wanting to get away from the busy work life to let it all out and just dance for a night. For $20 per ticket, expect to hear music and see dances from many different cultures. The organizers will also provide FREE food and drinks!

Anarchy Taco @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1450185485195418/

Lots of local punk rock bands will play at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Check out this show for just $6. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 16
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

3rd Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 16
Helms Bakery, Culver City
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Radioactive Chicken Heads 20th Anniversary Bash
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
The District Lounge, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/436592339775245/

Twenty years has passed since the Radioactive Chicken Heads performed their first show, and they would like to invite you to come rock out with them this Sunday as they celebrate twenty years in the making. Check out this FREE all-day show in Downtown Orange this Sunday. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 5
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 4
The Coach House Concert Hall, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/538288876261102/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Mad Caddies on Tour – Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The El Rey, Los Angeles http://www.axs.com/events/246469/mad-caddies-tickets
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 6, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mad-caddies-2014

The Mad Caddies start their 2014 tour across the continent in Southern California this week with these two shows. These all-ages show range from $15 to $20, so check each individual venue for info.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/715667638457196/

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.

Tet Festival 2014
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 8
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 9
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $5 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
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).

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/184762961733520/

Check out the best of Los Angeles hardcore punk at this show this Friday night, headlined by Union 13. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Free Punk Rock Show @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194916444049107/

Three local punk bands play a free show in Ventura this Friday night. Come for the drinks, stay for the bands.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/161629

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.

CH3 & RF7 @ Loaded Hollywood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434018120148143/

Local punk rock bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night at Loaded. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 8
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678164158889609/

Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, the Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank.

23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=d7f275b9-8ec5-49ca-bc7b-f1dd73513ed1

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $10 for one day, or $15 for both days.

32nd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 8
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://100eats.com/events/noblealeworks/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their third anniversary this weekend, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. For $40 presale (purchased by this Thursday) or $60 at the door, attendees can enjoy three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 25 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may purchase the ticket, but minors may still enter the area for the food trucks or with an attendee.

Tap ‘N’ Run 4k – Orange County
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://tapnrun.com/

Two unlikely events combine together in this beer-chugging running race. Take a 4k, throw in costumed men, give them two pints’ worth of beer, and you have Tap ‘N’ Run. Running while drinking never leads to a good thing, but if this piques your interest, registration to this wacky race costs $60. No one under 21 may participate. Arrive early, as the road leading here contains only one lane, and will cause extreme traffic just before the event starts.

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Los-Angeles-Skawars-2014/221411

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $18 presale and $25 at the door.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Petersen Auto Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets sold out a long time ago, but you may get lucky and find someone selling a ticket or two.

The Dickies and Agent Orange @ M15 in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.m15concerts.com/events/agent-orange-featuring-the-dickies/

Catch old school punk bands The Dickies and Agent Orange as they headline this local show this Saturday night in Corona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Decry and RF7 @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/262081473941719/

Catch punk bands Decry and RF7 as they perform at The World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Harold’s Place
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
Harold’s Place, San Pedro
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406813316232764/

Check out this punk show in the South Bay this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

Union 13 @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 8
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194042124138627/

Union 13 headlines a show in Ventura this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/205225343003385/

Over ten local punk rock bands will play at this all-day show at The World Famous Doll Hut, including Union 13 for the third day in a row. Admission to this show costs only $5 and lasts all day. No one under 21 may attend.

Save Music in Chinatown 2
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 9
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-music-in-chinatown-2-money-mark-channel-3-hector-penalosa-from-the-zeros-w-baja-bugs-and-solo-tickets-9389804157

This fundraiser/concert takes place near Chinatown this Sunday afternoon, and features local bands, such as punk band CH3. Admission to this fundraiser costs $12, or $16 with eight raffle tickets. Children 12 and under can enter for free.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 20-31
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.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 4
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 28
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/598793220174870/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Avery Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/214914548710706/

Come try some Maharaja or any other of Avery’s beers as they take over the taps at The Factory this Wednesday night.

Chili-Infused Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 29
The Grill at Torrey Pines, San Diego
http://lodgetorreypines.com/beer/

Five San Diego breweries will pair their beers with various chili dishes from The Grill at Torrey Pines this Wednesday night. The $80 admission includes food, beer pairings, valet parking, tax, and gratuity. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, January 30
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/713678805331671/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

World’s Worst Ska Competition
8:00 pm – 1:00 am January 31
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=85080

Come see some local and not local ska bands as they perform this ska-tastic show this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12.50 at the door. Contact one of the bands, such as The Maxies, and they may give you a discount, or even give you tickets for free!

Guttermouth & Authority Zero @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/guttermouth-authorityzero

Two heavy-hitters in punk rock play a show this Friday night, as Guttermouth and Authority Zero co-headline this value of an all-ages show. At $5 per ticket, this show will likely sell out by Friday night, so go get your tickets fast!

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more.

Hangar 24 California Spring Beer Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, February 1
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/660569240665798/

Hangar 24 will celebrate an early Spring this year with an extra early release of their spring seasonal beer this weekend. Visitors can fill up growlers of this seasonal beer starting this Saturday, and can also enjoy live music starting in the afternoon.

2014 Bock Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 1
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For just $29 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier, plus access to the return of Sugar Lounge for more entertainment and drinks.

115th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 1
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 2
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=204

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this weekend in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

The Menzingers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 1
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-menzingers

The Menzingers currently tour across the country, and that tour stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to the all-ages show at The Observatory this Saturday night cost $13.

Guttermouth @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 1
Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1773660&cobrand=brickbybrick

Guttermouth headlines a show in San Diego this Saturday night, complete with other great local bands. Tickets to this show cost $17 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

This 10-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.

10th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 19-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 6-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Downtown Long Beach Pepper Week
January 20-26
Participating restaurants in Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Downtown-Long-Beach-Pepper-Week?id=65896

Pepper lovers will want to check out Downtown Long Beach this week, as over a dozen restaurants will serve special pepper courses/plates.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 20-31
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.

Epic Brewing – Meet & Greet @ Beachwood BBQ
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/379834922154061/

Meet the team from Epic Brewing Company, and enjoy some of their uncommon beers this Tuesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 3
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 21
Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/232123006956288/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

False Confession @ Billy O’s in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/699792706711057/

Catch False Confession, RF7, Anti-You, and The Loads at this punk rock show this Thursday night. Admission costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Adolescents & Pulley @ Borderline Bar & Grill
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 24
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.borderlinebarandgrill.com/view_event.php?recordID=140

Big names in punk rock come to Thousand Oaks this Friday night, as The Adolescents and Pulley co-headline this small show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

Alex’s Bar 14th Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 24 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158224
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25 http://www.alexsbar.com/event/158365
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach celebrates their 14th anniversary this week with some mixed back-to-back shows, featuring punk rock bands such as Final Conflict, Bl’Ast, Swingin’ Utters, and more between Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets to either night costs $15 presale and $17 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Into The Wild – Black Star Canyon
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 25
Black Star Canyon, Silverado, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 9.2k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration costs $40 presale, and $45 on the day of the race.

Los Angeles Fitness Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25-26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $20, while the weekend combo only costs $30. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Monterey Park 2014 Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 25-26
Garvey Avenue between Garfield & Alhambra, Downtown Monterey Park
http://www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us/index.aspx?page=817

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this free all-ages festival in Downtown Monterey Park. Visitors will find food, drinks, arts & crafts, specialty merchandise, live entertainment, rides, games, and more. This festival sees tens of thousands of visitors annually, so plan your arrival and commute accordingly.

Blackmarket Bakery’s 1st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 25
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/683216481700803/

Celebrate a year with Blackmarket Bakery as they throw a party for their customers, free to the public. Enjoy free samples, receive 15% off all breads & pastries, check out the new line of products, and more all this Saturday afternoon.

Bottle Share #11
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1442653839286395/

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.

Downtown Sounds
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 25
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/612598072121343/

This FREE and ALL-AGES event takes place on Center Street in Downtown Anaheim. Over a dozen local bands will play their music, while Anaheim Brewery will host beer tents to serve guests.

Skate Punk Fest 2014
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 25
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/423811-angry-samoans-jfa-pomona/

An all-star lineup of SoCal punk rock will tear up Pomona this Saturday night, as Angry Samoans, JFA, Naked Aggression, Narcoleptic Youth, Whitekaps, and Destruction Made Simple all will play under one roof. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Plenty of free parking exists in the area, so avoid paying for parking if possible.

CH3 @ Royal Dive Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 25
Royal Dive Bar, Oceanside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410641622510040/

Enjoy some local punk rock in Oceanside this Saturday night. Entry costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bl’Ast!, Final Conflict, Systematic Abuse & Evacuate @ Brick By Brick
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 25
Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/542234

San Diego gets a dose of original hardcore punk this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Eagle Rock Brewery 4th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 26
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/4-year-anniversary-celebration

Eagle Rock Brewery turns four this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive four drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 2
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/477902498991372/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Almanac Beer Company – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399464233522014/

Meet the founders of Alamanac Beer Company from San Francisco this Wednesday night as they take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls Neighborhood of Long Beach. Buy a sampler of four of their beers for $12, or buy a pint and take home their pint glass!

Saint Archer Brewing – Meet The Brewer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1440458622833713/

The brewing team from Saint Archer Brewing from San Diego will visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Wednesday night for a meet & greet. In addition, the team will bring at least six of their brews to serve on draft at Beachwood Brewing.

The Murder Junkies & Mentors @ Characters
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/158177

See a mid-week punk rock show in Pomona this Wednesday night at Characters Sports Bar. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/516492098466503/

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.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

This 10-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.

Blank Expressions @ The Hub in Colton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Hub, Colton
http://www.facebook.com/events/415688721896667/

Check out some fun local punk rock bands at this show for just $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/553778688039914/

If you have not heard, The Doll Hut has returned to hosting punk rock shows, such as this one this Friday night. Entry to this shows costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

33rd Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $9 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 18
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/196822827148503/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 18
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/families.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.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 18
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500922856799904/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Agent Orange @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 18
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/466192426823921/

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline a local show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $17 each. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 18
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/258668990924259/

See some great local punk rock bands at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 18
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/646147072112552/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383727261761684/

Come to this all-ages punk rock show in Long Beach this Sunday to see Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more. Tickets cost $12 presale and $17 at the door. Parking costs $5 if arriving after 4pm.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 1
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 7
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1393150754259143/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 9
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.

Modern Times Beer – Los Angeles Launch
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 9
38 Degrees, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/273552516133735/

New brewery Modern Times from San Diego debuts in Los Angeles this Thursday night starting at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Come meet the owner/founder, and try some of their beers. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

Beachwood Brewing’s 1/2 Birthday Party
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 10
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/645810292124913/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s half birthday this Friday night with a selection of rare beers only available on this night. Guests can park free for up to three hours (with validation from the restaurant) in the parking garage behind the restaurant, accessed via the alley from Broadway or 3rd St.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 11
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

1st Annual Slider Eating Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 11
Dog Haus Biergarten, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/691282004245919/

Entry to participate in this eating competition has already closed. However, you may still come to witness the final rounds of this eating competition this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena.

FEAR @ Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/whiskys-50th-anniversary-fear/

Legendary punk band FEAR will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25. Age limit: unknown.

Ill Repute – Live in Anaheim
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 11
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/248977578593457/

Nardcore legends Ill Repute will headline a show this Saturday night at Mirror Image Studios. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find plenty of free street parking nearby. The venue does not allow reentries, but will serve food & drinks in the back.

False Confession – Live in La Habra
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 11
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/690358344329086/

Check out False Confession along with some more local bands at this show in La Habra this Saturday night. Entry to this all-ages show costs just $5. Food, drinks, and bowling come at a separate cost.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/190747757791091/

Local Irish rock band The American Wake will perform three sets at Auld Dubliner this Saturday night, free of charge! No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

The Murder Junkies – Live in Thousand Oaks
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 12
Lava Lounge, Thousand Oaks
http://www.facebook.com/events/575062262558357/

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show in Thousand Oaks this Sunday night.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 6-7
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Signature-Event-Taste-of-Downtown-East-Village

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.

6th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, including a reunited Pennywise in their original lineup. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so if you plan to arrive early, apply sunscreen.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 9
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://runordye.com/locations/Los-Angeles-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Exposition Park. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

2013 Los Angeles Irish Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-10
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.la-irishfair.com/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in Irish culture this weekend at the 2013 Los Angeles Irish Fair at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $16, while two-day costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $14, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Best of the West Chowderfest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 9
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/chowderfest/

At this all-ages chowder festival, witness chefs and cooks compete for the title of Best Chowder of the West. Besides just clams, participants will use other seafood available, such as lobster or scallops. The $10 entry allows you to sample chowders from all the participants once the main competition has ended.

Bloody Surfer Imperial Red Release Party (Cismontane Tap Takeover)
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/611334652225318/

Check out this home-brewed imperial red ale at The Factory this Saturday evening, tapping for the first time ever. Cismontane Brewing will also stock their brews on all the remaining taps.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 9
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://ocmusicawards.com/

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

Venerable Photography’s 4 Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 9
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/289094761219898/

Pin-up model Ashley Marie hosts this 21 & over punk rock show, featuring The Chop Tops, Cold Blue Rebels, Dirty Filthy Mugs, The Quaranteds, and The Bastard Makers. Entry costs $10.

39th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/1992/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.