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American Craft Beer Week
May 12-18

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Saint Archer Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
The Cellar, San Clemente

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week this Tuesday night with Saint Archer Brewing in San Clemente. Receive a 4-beer flight for just $10 during this tap takeover. Buy the flight and another pint, and take home a souvenir Saint Archer pint glass!

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

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

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

6th Annual Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 15
9:30 am – 1:00 am, May 16
10:30 am – 1:00 am, May 17
10:30 am – 12:00 am, May 18
Downtown Independent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles

Watch some funny short films by local people all this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Besides all the film screenings, numerous after-parties will take place around town. Passes to the festival cost $60 for Friday or Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $159 for Friday through Sunday.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17-18
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 6th Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 16
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 17
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 6th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Admission to this event varies in price depending on the day and parking, ranging from $5 to $20.

Dance Downtown: 60’s Night
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles

Dress up in 60’s attire, show up to the spot in Downtown LA, and dance the night away at this free and all-ages dance-a-thon.

The Skeptix: Live in Baldwin Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

Catch UK punk legends The Skeptix as they headline a show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10.

Anti-Nowhere League and T.S.O.L. – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17, 333 Live, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18, House of Blues, San Diego

Some big names in punk rock go on tour this week. Tickets to these all-ages concerts cost around $18.

Music & Burlesque Night @ HM157
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
HM157, Northeast Los Angeles

Enter a night of music and burlesque this Friday night in northeast LA. The cover for this all-ages event costs $7. Visitors should look for street parking and avoid lots, as the nearby lots have tow trucks patrolling them.

Blank Expressions @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Catch Blank Expressions as they headline this show at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Renegade 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge
6:30 am – 10:30 am, May 17
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas

This fun run takes runners through dirt and other sorts of uneven trails, even passing through a stream. Registration costs $35, and comes with an event t-shirt, a goody bag, and access to the mini expo & festival after the run.

Bubble Run Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the UCI campus. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

20th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17-18
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, 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.

2nd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17-18
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17-18
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

16th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 17-18
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

18th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $30 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

1st Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 17
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $100, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Peppertree Park, Tustin

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

19th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Watch some great local punk rock bands for FREE this Saturday night at the Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Whitekaps: Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Orange County old school punk band Whitekaps will headline this local show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

20th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 18
Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 18
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

21st Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
Little Italy, San Diego

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early to look for free street parking.

2nd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 18
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

One Way System: Live in Silverlake
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18
Los Globos, Silverlake

UK punk legends One Way System will headline a show in Silverlake this Sunday night as part of their U.S. tour. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

On a night filled with many other larger concerts, such as Green Day, Bad Religion, or 2 Chainz, the smaller shows quickly get weeded out. Regardless of scheduling problems, true fans always know where to find the bands they love. Punk rock listeners would not have wanted to miss last Thursday night’s show at The Vex, headlined by One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., and more. Featuring three major names in punk rock, this small venue also boasted three additional opening bands, free charcoal caricatures, plenty of band merchandise, and a cash bar. A few food vendors set up outside in the patio area as well, though nothing spectacular. The layout of the patio lends well for a food truck or two to serve, but the venue sells its own hot food, which explains why food trucks never come here. For a multi-purpose venue, event organizers have free range to make the room appear how they want, but for a punk rock show, the crowd only wanted to rock out all night.

As no strangers to the stage, Destruction Made Simple opened the night. I had not seen these guys since Warped Tour 2002, so I made it a priority to arrive to this show early enough to catch every band. For a band that has stuck it out for over a decade, they deserve a higher spot on the night’s bill than opener. This LA band plays typical fast west coast punk rock, the type of music that cranks a circle pit up to max speed. Although they had recently released a new album, DMS preferred to play much of their older material. They closed their set out with 21 Year Plan, one of their more well-known songs. If you would like to see DMS live this week, check out the link to the show here.

Bad Samaritans took a long time to set up for their next set, leaving much of the crowd confused. They started 20 minutes later than their set time range, yet played the full duration of their set. These guys sound true to a garage punk band than anyone else in the night. They did not bring any CDs or other merchandise to sell because as the vocalist puts it, “That requires effort, and we’re lazy.” A lazy band does not stir up the crowd, and the crowd remained silent for most of the set. Their late start time would spill over to the next band.

LA hardcore punk band Mass Terror set up for their set following Bad Samaritans. Their drummer could not make the show, so One Way System’s drummer filled in. This would not make a huge difference, because thanks to Bad Samaritans starting late, Mass Terror’s set got cut significantly shorter. But from what the crowd did hear of them, Mass Terror played some mean music, resembling a mix of Hatebreed and Agnostic Front. Fans of hardcore punk will want to see Mass Terror again soon. They have a show in Tijuana next month, but aside from that, they have not announced any future US shows.

The first headliner of the night set up on stage next. D.I. vocalist Casey Royer had arrived at the venue during Mass Terror’s set, so everyone could already spot him. Once Royer approached the stage, the crowd saw his trademark gesture of speaking about completely off-topic statements. For the most part, no one could understand what he spoke of, but he kept going despite confused looks from the crowd. Their set list had not changed much since the last time I saw them – D.I. played hits like Amoeba and Johnny’s Got A Problem, and ended their set with Weapons. Royer never missed an opportunity to say something to the crowd, even when he did not understand what he had just talked about. Royer’s antics combined with the band’s relentless punk rock music made for an entertaining set necessary to break the mood from slower openers.

Considered the main headliner, The Briggs left their set list out while they set up, so I grabbed a picture of it while I still could. As one of LA’s fastest rising bands, The Briggs drew a large crowd to The Vex, despite Bad Religion and Green Day holding concerts elsewhere in LA that same time. The Briggs did not put on any bells or whistles – they played all their songs consecutively without any breaks longer than half a minute. They kept up the energy the entire time, even when obsessed punks jumped on stage to sing along. Because of the venue’s small size, the venue did not carry security, so any punk jumping on the stage could remain there as long as they wanted, and this sure did happen, especially during The Briggs’ closing song This Is LA. These distractions did not take away too much from the main performance, as the rest of the band continued the songs minus vocals.

Finally, One Way System took to the stage following some hiccups with cables and microphones. This street punk band holds true to their UK roots and plays music exactly like you would hear it in the 80’s (the band formed in 1979), complete with the British accent. Following the clamor of The Briggs, the lack of venue security allowed punks to jump onto the stage unimpeded and attempt to sing along with the band. However, One Way System wised up and would not allow it, so when given the chance, the vocalist or another band member would push an out-of-place punk back down into the pit. One Way System played mainly their old hits, but also included a few new tracks.

Good punk shows like this rarely come around. Luckily, I usually discover them within a week, so if you want to attend a show, check my blog every Monday for a list of upcoming events in Southern California.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

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

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach

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

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

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

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego

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

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 21 and April 26, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.