Posts Tagged ‘October 2014’

According to a recent study, Americans will spend over 2.2 billion dollars on candy this year. Because of this, Americans will want to think frugal elsewhere. Where else can one save some money? Luckily for us, many food businesses will offer deals on this spooky holiday. Check out the list below for some great food deals, most of which will require costumes.

All ages:

  • Arby’s: Say “Trick Or Meat” to add bacon to any sandwich for free.
  • Chipotlé: After 5pm, receive a burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos for just $3 for anyone in costume.
  • Famous Dave’s BBQ: Get a free pumpkin when you purchase an All-American BBQ Feast.
  • Krispy Kreme: One free donut for anyone in costume.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse: Three-course meal for $35.
  • Red Robin: Get $3 off your meal when you upgrade your side to Garlic-Herbed Fries.
  • Sonic Drive In: Corn dogs cost $0.50 all day.
  • Starbucks: All grandé Frappuccinos will cost $3 after 2pm.
  • Wendy’s: $1 gets you a booklet with vouchers for free Jr. Frosties, and you get a Jr. Frosty for free for purchasing the booklet.

For kids 12 & under:

  • Baja Fresh: Two deals that both requires a printed coupon from their Facebook page. 1) Receive one free order of churros with a catering order of over $50, 2) Kids in costume receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. <this feels like the most lackluster deal of all>
  • Black Angus: Kids in costume receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to four free kid’s meals.
  • Boston Market: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Must print a coupon from their website linked to the left.
  • Carrabba’s: After 3pm, receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to two free kid’s meals. This deal expires on November 2nd.
  • Hometown Buffet: Kids in costume dine in for free with the purchase of an adult entrée.
  • IHOP: Receive one free “scary face” pancake with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. No costume required, but encouraged.
  • Jamba Juice: From 2pm to 7pm, kids receive a free 9.5oz smoothie at participating locations, limit four.
  • Olive Garden: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Must print a coupon from their website linked to the left.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Receive one free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Valid on dine-in only. Families may receive up to two free kid’s meals.
  • Sbarro: Kids in costume receive one free cheese or pepperoni pizza slice with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Now that you have this list, start planning your meals for the rest of today!

The night market trend continues to gain popularity, as it exponentially attracts more and more visitors with each passing event. Derivating from populated Asian countries, a night market represents a food & entertainment festival packed with many different types of food, vendors, and various forms of entertainment, including live performances and games. In the past few years, night markets have spread globally due to the increased desire for Asian food, one of which has landed in Koreatown just west of Downtown Los Angeles. This past weekend, the folks over at the Ktown Night Market hosted a Halloween Food Fest, a variety of the night market that closed off a sizable stretch of 6th Street in Koreatown. This weekend-long all-ages festival brought the nightlife of the east to the west, and showed the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Admission only cost $3 per person, while guests had to pay for everything else once inside. As an event with “Food Fest” in the name, visitors could expect to discover tons of authentic and interesting foods here. While most of the food found here derived from Korea, visitors could find cuisine from other regions of Asia, such as Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and more. The organizers did not categorize any sections of the street – visitors could encounter food, merchandise, food trucks, games, and more all scattered throughout the area.

Miss out on this night market? Keep in mind that many other night markets take place, now that its popularity has risen substantially. In Southern California alone, in addition to Koreatown, night markets occur in Arcadia, Downtown LA, Costa Mesa, Monterey Park, Westminster, and San Diego. I believe that within a year from now, many more night markets will pop up – a quick search revealed at least two more in Northern California, so look up some night markets in your area, and experience how locals celebrate their culture in the far east.

The 14th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returned to Long Beach this past Sunday afternoon. Now located at Marina Vista Park at the end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invited pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs got registered to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also wanted to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park featured a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade would not begin until 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returned to Marina Vista Park for the second time, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. This year, I clearly witnessed more spectators crowding the sidelines, and this year’s parade ended within 45 minutes, whereas previous years’ parades would last over an hour. Has the novelty worn off, or have people decided not to pay the price of showing off their creativity?Either way, this move did not daunt the parade, which still contained hundreds of dogs for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

With Halloween right around the corner, why not start preparing yourself for what may transpire? Whether you will indulge on sweets, booze, or other like-minded individuals on such a holiday, the lucky visitors to L.A. Foodie‘s Treatoberfest could partake in a preview of all sorts of adult Halloween celebrations rolled into one. This past Saturday night, the L.A. Foodie crew strutted into Angel City Brewery, where the crew and a slew of great chefs, bakers, and caterers from all over Southern California set up along the back to prepare for a night of serving up all the delicious sweet treats that attendees could handle. L.A. Foodie encouraged attendees to don their best costumes and have some fun among the crowd, as well as take photos in front of the green screen. All throughout the night, attendees could go trick-or-treating by visiting all of the tables and selecting any treat they desired. General admission cost $12, and included unlimited food & dessert samples from all the vendors while supplies lasted. As an added bonus, L.A. Foodie provided to-go boxes so that attendees could take home as many treats as they could fit into the to-go box. Talk about sweetening the deal!

As L.A. Foodie’s second run at this event, they made some changes to go in a different direction this time around. First off, they nixed the $40 VIP package, which included all of the general admission goodies, plus a goodie bag, an LA Foodie t-shirt, a fashionable wristband, and Angel City Brewery goodies. Second, this year’s event utilized the new private space adjacent to the brewery, as opposed to last year’s event in the open tasting room. Most importantly, admission did not include beers this time – last year, admission included three beer tasters. Personally, I noticed fewer dessert vendors than last year… or at least fewer vendors with food we could take home in our provided to-go boxes. Last year, I took home more than could fit in the box. This year, we really could only take home goodies from one of the vendors, as all the other treats likely would not make the ride home due to spilling or melting. This year’s vendors included some from last year, but otherwise mixed it up to include:

 

 

When L.A. Foodie throws an event, they do it right. Although they have not held an event since April, know that they all constantly search for the best of Los Angeles, whether they record podcasts, scout out new restaurants or bars, or put random food in strangers’ mouths. They currently do not have plans for another event, but when they do, they will blast it out to all of their followers. Make sure you like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to ensure you will know firsthand when they will hold another event.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Guttermouth – Mini Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/662639-voodoo-glow-skulls-san-diego/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 29, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/180335
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 30, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/guttermouth/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Guttermouth team up to headline three punk shows in Southern California this week all before Halloween. Each show’s ticket price varies, so click on each link for ticket info. All of these concert venues have free parking available in some form. No one under 21 may attend any of these shows.

1st Annual Hello Kitty Con
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 30 – November 2
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sanrio.com/hellokittycon/

The Hello Kitty franchise turns 40 this year, and to celebrate, Sanrio will hold the first ever Hello Kitty Convention this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring all things Hello Kitty, attendees will receive the ultimate fan experience, complete with exhibits, arts & crafts, workshops, lectures, panels, merchandise, and more.

All Hallows Eve – Free Punk Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/265217153679307/

Enjoy a free show with local bands this Thursday night in Downtown Los Angeles, which will also include a Halloween costume contest. Guests can park at street meters for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Spacewaster @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/719170798173925/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Thursday night with Spacewaster, here all the way down from Seattle. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

A Spooky Halloween Show of Epic Proportions
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/185930

Celebrate Halloween Eve at Alex’s Bar this Thursday night, where costumed customers receive a dollar off PBR tall cans or well drinks. The cover for this show costs only $5. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street, or on Orizaba Avenue. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 2
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://comikazeexpo.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/347360192097341/

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Boos & Brüz 2014 & Lost Abbey Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 31
Brü Grill & Market, Lake Forest
http://www.facebook.com/events/743838382355673/

Craft beer and Halloween go together like Christmas and fruitcake. Celebrate this luscious holiday in style at Brü this Friday night with a Lost Abbey tap takeover, a costume contest, live music, goodie bags, and more.

Halloween Costume Party At The Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/719732734763337/

If Halloween had its own music like Christmas does, Halloween music would embody punk rock. Live that life this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim, complete with a FREE local punk rock bands show and a costume contest. No one under 21 may enter.

Cafe NELA Halloween Extravaganza
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1471715793081244/

Punk rock bands and a costume contest? What more could one ask for? Celebrate Halloween with The Gears as they headline a show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10, or $7 with a costume. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Urban Waste Halloween Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1533972263482879/

Sacrifice your body at this hardcore punk show in Baldwin Park this Friday night, complete with a costume contest. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area.

5th Annual Fall Pet Days
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 1-2
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

This weekend-long event focuses on pet care, pet adoptions, pet services, and more about pets. Donate two cans or one bag of unopened dog or cat food to enter for free; otherwise, admission costs $5.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 1
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://staging.discoverycube.org/oc/exhibits/pumpkin-launch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

15th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 1
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Beat Swap Meet
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 1
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/344611409021078/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Skalloween 2014
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 1
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525902280974211/

Featuring over 25 bands on three stages, this killer all-ages ska show will definitely please any fan of ska and/or punk. Admission costs $10 presale or for anyone with a costume, or $13 at the door for non-costumed people.

The Burton Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 1
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/363752387116831/

Check out art of Tim Burton works curated by local artists at this free art exhibit this Saturday night in Anaheim.

Día De Los Muertos Art Walk After Party
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 1
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/769204563142887/

Cap off the monthly Downtown Santa Ana First Saturday Art Walk with this after party at the Copper Door with face painting, an art gallery, live music, and burlesque performances by the Dirty Little Secrets.

Nekromantix @ House of Blues Sunset
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
House of Blues, West Hollywood
http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D1425DF57EA&oid=0

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos the right way with Nekromantix, Manic Hispanic, and more at the House of Blues on Sunset this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $32.

Punk Show @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/731455733587821/

Check out some awesome local punk rock bands this Saturday night at 13th Frame Lounge in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 2
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1443815552543157/

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 2
Marine Park/Mother’s Beach, Long Beach
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. Please note the NEW location of Patchwork Long Beach, as it will take place at Marine Park, on the other side of the bridge from the previous location.

The Fall Of Troy @ Glass House Pomona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 2
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/685135-fall-troy-pomona/

Post-hardcore band The Fall Of Troy will headline their only Southern California show of the year at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. While a more intimate gathering will take place on Saturday night and cost $125 to attend, BAM Fest returns in its full glory on Sunday afternoon. This festival combines aspects from different disciplines to create an event that can appeal to a broad market. All throughout the festival, guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. All the studios open up to allow guests to walk in and exhibit the artists’ work. Local artists also staff booths complete with crafts for sale.

Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new

3rd Annual Taste of Bankers Hill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Savor the local flavor of Bankers Hill at this tasting gala this Wednesday night at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Bootlegger’s BOOery Halloween Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/347693972071595/

Enjoy craft beer and Halloween shenanigans at Bootlegger’s Brewery this Friday night. The $10 cover includes two full beers, and the first 150 guests will receive a pint glass to keep. Visitors wanting more beer can purchase more at $5 a beer. The best costumed man and woman will each receive a gift card to the brewery, so wear something that will surely please the crowd!

Rock Show @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/271272153071337/

Rock out to local bands at this show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Street Dogs & Left Alone @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/184307

Street Dogs will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_oct_25.html

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

3rd Annual That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
http://thatdammudrun.com/

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

Dia De Los Verdes
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25
The Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/517615185050404/

Check out works of art from local artists, music, food, yoga, workshops, farm tours, arts & crafts, and more activities at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Long Beach.

5th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps – Blues & Brews
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

Blues music and craft beer mix up at the Orange County Market Place this Saturday afternoon. For $20, visitors gain five 7oz beer pours plus admission to the weekly Orange County Market Place, one of Orange County’s largest swap meets. In addition, catch the finals of the blues bands tournament.

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Fall 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

VFW Craft Beer Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
VFW Post 9148, La Mirada
http://www.facebook.com/events/308510716020346/

Enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries this Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. Tickets to this event costs $40, and includes food during the lunch hour of noon to 1pm. Beer tasting will start at 1pm.

6th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/351429825030220/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beach Goth
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3

This all-day music festival will feature dozens of bands of varying genres, among which punk rock legends The Dickies will perform too. Tickets to this all-ages music festival cost $40.

Festival Supreme 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
http://festivalsupreme.com/

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $99, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
6th Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Stroll up and down 6th Street in Koreatown this weekend and enjoy all the food, drinks, and treats you can handle. All this weekend, attendees can sample goods from all participating businesses in Koreatown while enjoying the sights and sounds of the weekend before Halloween. Admission costs only $3, and the first 500 attendees in costumes will receive a goodie bag with a bunch of swag. Use promo code LAist to get admission for free!

OC Roller Derby Banked Track
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 25
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
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.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at Waterfront Park, a place very close to where the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Local Brews Local Grooves
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/localbrewslocalgrooves

Local craft beer, local bands, and food pairings all await you at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 for 5pm entry-only, $27 for 5pm entry plus sampling tickets, or $50 for VIP entry at 4pm.

Treatoberfest 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $12, and includes unlimited food & dessert samples, plus however many treats you can take home in the provided to-go box. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 25, Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles http://driindtla.brownpapertickets.com/
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26, American Legion Post 30, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/273165106225524/

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

18is25: A Weekend-Long Benefit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/18is25

The 18th Street Arts Center turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. On Saturday night, guests will enjoy an art exhibit with live music and special gourmet bites from local restaurants. This intimate gathering costs $125 to attend. On Sunday afternoon, BAM Fest returns, where guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Zambo’s 50th Birthday – Rock Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1481908588738239/

Get your weekly fill of local rock at this show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

X-Members @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-members-reformed-gabby-ray-bones-tiny-mike-barnes-and-roger-ramjet-w-hfl-and-more-tickets-12904607027

Get crazy at this punk show this Saturday night at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/316746088516366/

Enjoy three free burlesque sets this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 26
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 26
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities.

17th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 15th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

2nd Annual Taste of Japan Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/taste-japan-food-festival

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 26
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Punk Rock Sunday Funday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/304280639762751/

Enjoy a day full of local punk rock bands all for free! No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies @ Gaslamp Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://madcaddies.com/

The Mad Caddies will conclude their Dirty Rice tour in Long Beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to the show cost $15. No one under 18 may attend.

English Dogs – On Tour
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/699623086798170/

Original UK punk band English Dogs currently tours across the west coast this week, and they will stop by Long Beach this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween comes but once a year. Halloween also gives many people an excuse to dress up in strange and/or provocative ways. Sure any person can wear extremely lewd clothing at any time of the year, but Halloween gives us a cover. I mean, when else besides an anime convention can a gal show off her body as Black Rock Shooter? When else besides a comic convention can some bloke look like the bloodstain known as Deadpool? When people want to exhibit their craftsmanship but have no relevant outlet for it, they resort to displaying it during Halloween. A costume can mean one thing, but introduce alcohol and friends into the picture, and you have a wild and unforgettable ride. Cue in the delectable tastes of craft beer, and you have one of the best reasons to look forward to Halloween every year.

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at the 2014 BierBuzz Masquerade Ball & Beer Festival. Taking place at the Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside, this beer tasting event combines the wonders of the Fall season of craft beer with the unpredictability of Halloween costumes. In addition to all the beer tastings and the expected costume contests, local bands will play to break the silence, including Papafish, a band we have already seen earlier this year! General admission costs $35, comes with ten beer tasters, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $45, comes with 15 beer tasters, and starts at 5pm. This event takes place mostly outdoors and will go on regardless of the weather. Guests can find plenty of free street parking throughout the neighborhood. No one under 21 may enter.

If you already have a costume, why not preview it to the public at the masquerade this Saturday? Nobody will critique you, and the intoxication may cause them to swoon over you! Check out these photos from last year’s masquerade ball if you still feel hesitant:

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A California law recently passed that drivers must remain at least three feet away from cyclists at all times. Since the passing of this law, I have witnessed countless cyclists abusing this law by riding on busy streets, cutting off traffic, riding against traffic, riding without helmets, and other malpractices. The momentum appears to shift towards the favor of the cyclists, as evident by bicycle events such as CicLAvia and this past weekend’s event in Orange County, Re:Imagine Garden Grove. At this free and all-ages downtown open streets event, multiple streets around Garden Grove closed to vehicular traffic in order to pave the way for cyclists and pedestrians. The three-mile stretch contained a handful of things to do and see, such as food trucks, arts & crafts, a beer garden, live entertainment, and more. Along a stretch of the path, numerous triangular orange structures marked the future locations of trees and works of art, such as sculptures and statues. The rest of the course contained mainly arts & crafts for children, and live entertainment featuring Richard Blade on the turntables.

For a first-time event, I did not walk in with high expectations, as I anticipated stumbling into beginner’s mistakes. The only mistake I severely encountered involved the sheer openness of this event. What should have attracted thousands of visitors only managed to attract just a little over a thousand. Aside from the main hub of Main Street with all the booths and attractions, the rest of the course appeared barren throughout the day. I cannot say anything negative about their marketing, as everyone and their mothers knew about this event going into the day. But honestly, does Garden Grove need one of these events? When you look at the surrounding cities (West Anaheim, Westminster, Santa Ana, etc), one never actually feels safe riding a bicycle through those neighborhoods. This event would receive greater reception even in North Long Beach, where the number of cyclists outnumber the amount of visitors to Re:Imagine Garden Grove, albeit at least one person gets killed daily in North Long Beach. The organizers have the right ideas with the right execution, but they may have marketed to the wrong crowd. If they try again in a more receptive city next year, they may see a greater turnout.

Punk rock shows come and go, especially in Orange County where the punk scene represents a significant fraction of the population compared to the rest of Southern California. However, none truly could measure up to the scope of Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids co-headlining a show at the Doll Hut this past Saturday. Narcoleptic Youth already has a strong following, but The Voids walk on a different level. As a band that has largely retired, they rarely play shows, so when they actually can get all members of the band together for a show, fans everywhere ensure that they can travel to the show.

Opening the night, we have Bad Ass, a badass band. Although I had never seen this gang of six perform live before, I had heard so many great things about them, and they surely lived up to the expectations. Their use of two vocalists give off an impression of dueling vocals, similar to that of X (the band). Who ever thought that punk rock would involve a kazoo? Somehow, Bad Ass managed to incorporate a kazoo into their set, which worked out well to my confusion!

Next, we have the Broken Patron Saints. I first saw these guys right here at the Doll Hut. Just like that first time I saw them, their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Superimposed together, you have an odd combination of catchy & grim music, along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.

Once the next band, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus some covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. The physicality of the pit proved too much for me, and I only managed four photos before I got hit so heavily that I had to remove myself from the front of the stage.

As the first of the night’s headliners set up, I waited in anticipation for The Voids, a band that rarely ever performs together anymore due to the band members’ real life priorities. Those who have listened to The Voids will likely recognize a female on the vocals, but most could not picture a face to the music. Seeing The Voids for the first time truly reminded that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Unlike virtually every other female-fronted punk rock band I have seen, The Voids’ vocalist, Adri, does not have that ugly punk rock look about her when she performs. When most punk rock bands perform, they take on a certain look that makes them unappealing to non-punk rock fans. The Voids break that mold with Adri, who maintains her womanly composure during the band’s performance. Photos cannot capture her true look – you must attend one of their shows to witness this magnificent band in action.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. As they have a new album coming out, their set contained a solid mix of old and new songs, with plenty of fan favorites such as Mini Van Soccer Mom, Is This Punk, McAnarchy, Busted Condom, and Bitch Needs A Muzzle. This set also contained a few covers, such as Falling Out by D.I. and Numbers and Easy Way Out by The Adicts. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to events at the Doll Hut, as they have shows going on every week.