Posts Tagged ‘Orange County’

Many fandom events have occurred recently in Southern California. The term “fandom” refers to a broad range of pop culture interests and hobbies, from comics to video games to anime/manga and more. The most popular ones cost the most to get in, but a lot of smaller ones often do not cost much, if not completely free, to attend, and more often than not the smaller ones still attract a huge crowd, such as as Coast Con 2017. Hosted by Anime Academia, an organization of Orange Coast College, Coast Con represents a locally-run community event around all things anime, manga, and video games. Taking place this past Saturday from 12pm to 8pm, this free and all-ages event attracted hundreds of fans of anime, manga, and video games to this quaint gathering for a fun day of mixing and mingling. Visitors would find artists, merchandise, live entertainment, cosplay contests, video game booths, a maid café, and more.

While it may not have the abundant amount of content that larger conventions and expos would have, Coast Con still had enough content to keep visitors occupied for a few hours. The Student Center acted as the hub of the event, containing a check-in table, lots of vendors, and the maid café. Directly outside in the maid quad, more artists and vendors set up along the center aisle. Going past this aisle, we find the classrooms that had the event’s programming, which included the video game stations and anime viewing rooms. Walking down from the main quad to the Moore Theatre brought us to the main stage where they held the cosplay contests. I only stuck around for the main cosplay contest that had everyone strut their stuff for the audience, and boy did a lot of people dress up for such a low-key event. This goes to show the dedication that these cosplayers have towards their interests.

While Anime Academia exists as a college organization, they often put on events open to the public. Check out Anime Academia on Facebook to see what other events they have planned that you can attend.

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Burger Parlor as of this week.

An Orange County staple, Burger Parlor brings the right balance of familiar foods with intuitive innovation. Now approaching their fifth year in business, Burger Parlor has the right business formula to keep customers coming back, as well as attract new customers to crave more. Their standard menu has not changed that much since they got started – the menu you see today contains items that has lived on that menu for years. However, that does not mean that Burger Parlor does not innovate – in fact, Burger Parlor appears to always have limited-time specials, such as their Gringo Bandito Burger available starting this week. Named for its signature ingredient, this burger comes with Gringo Bandito aioli, roasted Anaheim chiles, crushed avocado, a crisp tostada chip, a fried egg, and Gringo Bandito crema, topped with more Gringo Bandito sauce. Despite all the hot sauce getting thrown around, the overall burger does not come off as a spice attack. It balances quite nicely between the aioli, crema, avocado, and egg.

You can snag this burger at both Burger Parlor locations in Fullerton and Orange for a limited time. Head on over and taste this bit of heat to spice up your day. Follow Burger Parlor on Facebook and Twitter for more details about the Gringo Bandito Burger.

Some of California’s strongest athletes will compete in a strongman competition this Saturday morning in Huntington Beach as part of the 15th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest. Taking place in a parking lot just east of Jack’s Concession Stand at Huntington State Beach, this competition allows visitors of all ages to spectate these weightlifting feats for free, as the competitors exhibit their strength and finesse among five different lifting rounds. While most of the competitors represent various lifting and/or barbell clubs or organizations, the contest still allows independent athletes to compete. Competitors will exhibit their athletic ability in the following events:

  1. Log clean & press: a power clean followed by a press/jerk using a log, barbell, or dumbbell
  2. Keg toss: throw a weighted keg over a high bar
  3. Farmer’s carry: hold onto two weights and move it over a distance
  4. Tire flip: flip heavy tires a set amount of times
  5. Atlas Stones: picking up a heavy Atlas Stone and lifting it over a hurdle

The event runs starting at 9:30am and goes until about 2:30pm. Its exact location resides in the parking lot across Pacific Coast Highway from the Waterfront Beach Resort. The closest free parking lies on Atlanta Avenue and the neighborhood north of it. Anyone planning to spectate should have sunscreen applied and prepare for hot weather. Spots to stand around the competition area to spectate operate on a first come first served basis. Spectators can find plenty of food & drink options at Pacific City one block up Pacific Coast Highway.

As of the time of this post, open competitor spots still remain – refer to the website linked above to inquire about registering to compete. For more information regarding this event as well as weightlifting training, check out East Coast/West Coast Strength Speed Conditioning on Facebook, or check out their YouTube for videos that include competitions from previous years.

Bottle Logic Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 19-25
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

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

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 22
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$30 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Cro-Mags: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, March 23, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.cro-mags.com/

Hardcore punk band Cro-Mags will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to each show varies, so check with their website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Universal Flow Gathering 2017
March 23-26
Apple Valley
http://www.universalflowgathering.com/

Many details about this event remains unknown such as time and location, but this looks like a hippie gathering out in the desert with music, yoga, interpretive dance, and more. It costs $150 to attend this. No one under 18 may attend.

13th Annual San Clemente Mixologist Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 23
Pierside Kitchen & Bar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-mixologist-competition-03-24-2016-1073

Local bartenders work their magic to deliver quality drinks with a quality show this Thursday afternoon in San Clemente. Admission costs $35, and comes with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The Grand Celebration Event
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimgardenwalk.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/771332659693542/

Free to attend for all ages, this art walk will contain live entertainment, food samples, giveaways, demos, art, and more.

Leftöver Crack: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/Leftover-Crack-190096094352619/

Punk rock band Leftöver Crack will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so check with the venue for ticket prices.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 2 Year Anniversary Black Light Party
March 24-26
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their second anniversary this week, and to stand out from the crowd, they will celebrate with black lights instead. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and t-shirts available. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

67th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24-25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lascifair.org/

See lots of science and engineering projects from students this week at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free to attend for all ages, this event will have student projects on display as well as many seminars about science and engineering.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – Riverside
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 24-25
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
http://socaletsyguild.com/

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 24
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25, Brick By Brick, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for each show. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque – Video Game Mania
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, March 24
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Check out a burlesque show that pays tribute to video games this Friday night in Long Beach. General admission costs $15 while a reserved seat costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

Adult Skate Night
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 24
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655108801450035/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby or just skate with current players, you have a chance this Friday in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $7 and includes rental gear. No one under 18 may attend.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2017
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 25-26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2017-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

25th Annual Walk With The Animals
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 25
Fairmount Park, Riverside
http://www.petsadoption.com/index.php/news/events/290-walk-with-the-animals-2017

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a pet walk, and K-9 demonstrations this Saturday morning in Riverside. Registration costs $25 for adults or $15 for children. All participants receive a t-shirt and the pancake breakfast.

Bubble Run Anaheim
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 25
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/anaheim-ca-2017/

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. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Piecemakers Peddler’s Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 25
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://www.piecemakers.com/events/peddlers.html

Free to attend for all ages, this semiannual outdoor market contains dozens of local vendors selling various goods from antiques to apparel to accessories and lots more. Visitors will surely find great items to furnish a living space or to give away as gifts.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 25-26
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/

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

15th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 25
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

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

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.ocweekly.com/freshtoast

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday early afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 25
Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $29 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $109 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $149, also starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

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Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 25-26
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.tequilaandtacomusicfestival.com/

Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in San Diego. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.

Sip ‘n Savor
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 25
Quartyard, San Diego
http://go.liverfoundation.org/site/PageNavigator/sip_main.html

A food & alcohol tasting event takes place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the door. VIP admission costs $120 and provides access to a VIP line and VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited drink samples plus ten food samples, only from 12pm to 3pm and all while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 2nd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 25
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460843950593627/

Phantom Carriage turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $7 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Spring Beer Release Party
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25-26
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/665921790243415/

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

2017 Grain Games
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 25
Rainwater Gallery, Huntington Beach
http://www.statementsmagazine.com/woodsnap

Check out a free art gallery this Saturday night in Huntington Beach that will feature lots of art, where the winning works will get placed on wood canvases.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 25
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 26
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

19th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 26
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://pcrf-kids.org/events/reaching-for-the-cure-half-marathon/

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 26
Washington Blvd, Culver City/Venice
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Washington Blvd from Culver City to Venice 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.

South Bay Food Swap 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 26
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
http://southbayfoodswap.wixsite.com/2017

As the name suggests, this event allows attendees to trade food with others. Exchanged items should come from the person’s own work, not bought from a store. From raw ingredients to prepared foods, as long as both parties agree to the trade, it can happen here.

2017 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 26
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/174205466421861/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

Craft Beerd 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.craftbeerd.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/2228084184083393/

Beer apparel designer Craft Beerd celebrates four years in business this week with a party at AleSmith Brewing. This event costs nothing to attend. Craft Beerd will have all their merchandise on sale here, including some limited edition items. For every $40 spent, you will receive a souvenir glass.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://essentials.laweekly.com/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $65 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2017/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.

19th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 26
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://hblionscrabfest.com/

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

Skacore Night @ Union Nightclub
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 26
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614847555381126/

Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $8.

The vernal equinox arrives this weekend, meaning that the weather will start to warm up, and the daily daylight will start to extend, providing even greater incentive to get out there and explore the world. Events around town occur regularly, and most people understand the basics of most of these events, such as 5k runs, art shows, or beer fests. But what happens when a traditional event comes up with a spin? Enter FirkFest, a beer festival celebrating the wonders of cask ales. Traditional beer fests see breweries or home brewers bringing in their brews to sample to the large crowd of attendees over a short period of time. This Saturday at Farmers Park in Anaheim, FirkFest will do that same thing, except the participating breweries will bring only casks to this party. A unique fest of its kind, cask ales rarely get this type of exposure, largely due to the portability of it. As a result, only cask ales from west coast breweries can survive the trip here.

Aside from the drinks featured here, FirkFest operates largely like most other beer festivals. Admission to this festival costs $55, and includes unlimited beer tastings from all the participating breweries from noon to 3:45pm, plus free parking. Around this small area, other activities include live music and some recreational games, like bocce ball, beanbag toss, hula hoops, Jenga, and more. Towards the entrance, guests can purchase food from any of the available food vendors. The majority of the beers’ alcohol percentage range from six to eight percent, with a few going above or below that. As this event takes place mostly outdoors, make sure you prepare to spend all that time under the sun, so dress for warm weather, and have sunscreen applied just in case. Attendees can find plenty of free parking in the nearby neighborhoods, or can park in a structure adjacent to City Hall for free that day.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
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.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 6-17
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.

2017 All-Star Chef Classic
March 8-11
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

Malibu Family Wine Social
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
Sonoma Wine Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.sonomawinegarden.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1839458483008495/

Sample some wines, cheese, and charcuterie this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. Reservations cost $18 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 9
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/the-taste-of-third-returns-march-9/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

North Park After Dark
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
North Park, San Diego
http://www.northparkafterdark.com/

This Thursday evening, many businesses in North Park will remain open later and have specials on food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Check out the variety of restaurants here, then check out all the various shops and discover something new to take home.

Golden Road: Grand Central Market – One Year Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
Golden Road in Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://goldenroad.la/grandcentralmarket/
http://www.facebook.com/events/960386487427589/

Golden Road’s Grand Central Market location turns a year old this week, and they will celebrate with food, live music, games, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and lots of beer. Free to attend, visitors will pay for beers as they go. The first 50 customers will receive free food.

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

Badfish Roller Derby Recruitment Meeting
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 9
Arnold Cypress Park, Cypress
http://badfishrollerderby.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1862953957327620/

Ever wanted to play roller derby? You have a chance to join a team/league this Thursday night in Cypress. Come on out, meet current skaters, and learn more about roller derby.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 10-12
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/events-festivals-list/cbf17

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2017 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

D.I. – Live in Downtown Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 10
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1606307606062651/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. They have not yet specified the cover charge for this show, so have cash available. No one under 21 may enter.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Color In Motion 5k – Indio
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.colorinmotion5k.com/indio

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/event/pomona-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 11-12
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/367649360266770/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Doctor Who series.

23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 11
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

10th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11-12
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-in-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the 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 hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1646637478979309/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 11
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/downtown-bookfest/

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Select Beer Store’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1351347768219191/

Select Beer Store turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

The Lights Festival – Orange County
2:30 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Apple Valley
http://www.thelightsfest.com/event/orange-county/

Feel good with friends and strangers this Saturday evening out in Apple Valley. Take part in food, music, culture, lights, and more. Admission costs $60 per person.

Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 11
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, University Park, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/242661186181704/

Rock out to ska and reggae bands this Saturday night in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $53.

SCRD Lagunatics Vs. BCRD Riptide Rollers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

1st Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm, March 12
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature many celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. General admission costs $13 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

Brand Refresh Party
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 12
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill, Vista
http://www.belchingbeaver.com/new-events-1/2017/3/12/brand-refresh-party

Belching Beaver has redesigned their brand, and you can sample the first of it this Sunday afternoon in North San Diego County. Admission costs $35 and includes four food & beer pairings, two 5oz pours, one 16oz pour, and a t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Babychella Family Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 12
Mason Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.babychella.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this wholesome event will have a variety of activities for visitors to check out. Expect to find storytelling, live entertainment, photo booths, arts & crafts, games, yoga, vendors, and more.

43rd Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/43rd-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.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/922293054572009/

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.

San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://sdcitybeat.com/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!

Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
February 28

Many locations and businesses will have some sort of special going on this Fat Tuesday. Check out your favorite local restaurants or businesses to see what they have going on.

The Virus and Agression @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.viruspunks.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2932

Punk band The Virus will headline a show in Santa Ana this Tuesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 1
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2017/3/1/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

38th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 2
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – Santa Monica Grand Opening
11:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Santa Monica
http://j-fat.com/locations/santa-monica/
http://www.facebook.com/events/403898963293488/

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has opened the doors to their fourth location in Santa Monica, and they will celebrate with a generous 50% off all lunch menu items this Thursday afternoon. No coupon required – simply show up, order lunch, and you will get 50% off.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 3
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).

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 3
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625133217782719/

Local ska band Starpool will headline a show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

The Straw – Grand Opening
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 4
The Straw, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1456671431034077/

Say hello to the next level of hipster food this Saturday as Costa Mesa’s The Straw officially opens their doors to the public. They will not have any specials on this day – just pop on in and buy one of these fancy milkshakes so you can show it off to all of your social media friends and post selfies with it.

34th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

4th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 4-5
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1273487682690729/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

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 $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – San Diego
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 4
Westfield Mission Valley, San Diego
http://socaletsyguild.com/

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the 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 hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Noble Ale Works 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 4
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Akiba Day #1
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1247962838619465/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2017 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4-5
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

16th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
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.

2017 Get Shamrocked Fest Launch Party
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Tin Roof, Downtown San Diego
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

The Get Shamrocked Fest normally takes place in Murrieta in September annually, but this Saturday afternoon, they will have a special concert party in Downtown San Diego. Admission to this concert party costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Elysian Park
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/los-angeles-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in Los Angeles. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2017
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 4
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $5000.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
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.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

626 Golden Streets
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
South Pasadena to Azusa
http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

A ciclovia comes to the San Gabriel Valley this Sunday morning, which will close off many streets to through-traffic to allow bikers and pedestrians to freely roam the streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/December-2016/San-Diego-Magazines-Brunch-Bash-2017/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stone IPA Madness
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-ipa-madness-festival-hops

Submerge yourself in hops this Sunday at this beer festival at Stone Brewing in Escondido. $15 gets you five 4oz beer tasters, while $25 gets you ten 4oz beer tasters. They currently have 20 beers listed, and may potentially have more added by Sunday. Bring cash for food, which you can buy separately once inside the festival. No one under 21 may attend.

South Coast Roller Derby Recruitment
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 5
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Show up to orientation this Sunday evening in Laguna Hills for more information and to meet current participants.

D.I. and Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Riverside
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/170507356783333/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday evening in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.