Posts Tagged ‘Oskar Blues’

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 10
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 11-12
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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.

Oskar Blues Pint Nite
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 11
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/523040181218104/

Wild Goose Tavern in Costa Mesa will receive some Oskar Blues brews and pint glasses this Wednesday for your pleasure. Buy a pint, get discounted refills the rest of the night, and take the pint glass home with you.

21st Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 12
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://www.tasteofanaheim.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $40 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Business & Beer @ Scholb Premium Ales
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Scholb Premium Ales, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Scholb Premium Ales in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 12
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.

3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-14
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Stout Tasting Evening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 13
Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo
http://www.facebook.com/events/993018787460532/

Sample a beer flight of various stouts this Friday evening in Aliso Viejo for $5.

Pennywise: Three Albums, Three Nights
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-15
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://pennywisdom.com/

Punk band Pennywise will headline three consecutive nights at The Observatory in San Diego this week, playing a different album each night. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the website to see prices.

Alton Brown LIVE: Eat Your Science
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 13
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
http://www.altonbrowntour.com/

Listen to Alton Brown speak about the know-how and the how-to of food, cooking, and food science at this seminar this Friday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $49.

Booze & Glory: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1106135-booze-glory-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/238531
http://www.boozeandglory.com/

UK punk band Booze & Glory makes a rare appearance in Southern California this weekend to perform these shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

2016 Tour of Long Beach
6:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 14
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Following the bike rides, a free all-day all-ages festival will take place with more activities to partake in. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/pomona/

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 $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Monrovia Days 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 15
Monrovia Library Park, Monrovia
http://www.monroviadays.org/
http://www.monroviadaysmusicfestival.com/

Two different free all-ages events celebrating the same occasion will take place this weekend in Monrovia. On Saturday, enjoy a city fair complete with games, rides, food, vendors, entertainment, and more. On Sunday, enjoy an all-day concert that will also have food, drinks, and vendors.

22nd Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 14
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 15
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

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.

15th Annual Stanton Spring Car Show & Kids Fair
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
Stanton Park, Stanton
http://www.ci.stanton.ca.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show and fair this Saturday in Stanton.

7th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 14
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

The Yummy California Sweets & Beads Show
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 14-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.theyummycaliforniasweetsshow.com/

Check out this bizarre mashup of desserts and beaded jewelry this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. General admission costs $20, or $15 per person if purchasing a 4-pack, and provides access to the entire expo floor. Parking at the convention center will cost $20 per vehicle. Take note that another event not appropriate for children will also take place at the convention center this weekend (scroll down to see it).

2016 West Coast Natural Hair + Health + Beauty Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.wcnhexpo.com/

Check out this all-ages hair, health, and beauty expo taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend and browse dozens of vendors selling and sampling many different products. General admission into the expo costs $20, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes all the workshops, a refreshment station, and a goodie bag.

3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Oceanside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 14
Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

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

2nd Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 14
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $12, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LA On Tap
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://americaontap.com/los-angeles-ca/

Dozens of breweries will meet up in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. Two sessions will take place: an afternoon session and an evening one. General admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door and starts at 1pm or 5pm and lasts three hours. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes a t-shirt and food voucher. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America 2016 Collaborations
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1692997077650634/

This Saturday, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have all of this year’s Beer Camp Across America brews for you to try, fresh from the tap.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 8th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 8th 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. General admission costs $17 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets for that.

Orange County Food and Wine Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 14
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, May 15
Old Ranch Country Club, Seal Beach
http://roostersfoodandwinecelebration.com/

Indulge in local wine and/or food this weekend in Seal Beach. On Saturday, enjoy a wine tasting festival complete with dozens of wines to sip on for $85 admission. On Sunday night, reserve a seat for $375 at this formal five-course dinner.

AdultCon
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/indexa.html

Adult entertainment fans will not want to miss AdultCon this weekend. This expo allows guests to purchase adult entertainment paraphernalia, meet & take photos with porn stars, browse accessories, and more. For an 18 & over event, these types of expos rarely contain live nudity, as all the talent cover up their private parts in some way. For those not totally into the porn industry, AdultCon also features vendors and speakers geared towards couples and sexuality, as to not make this an event that only men would attend. General admission costs $40 and includes a $5 token that guests can redeem at vendors or to take a photo with a model/star. For just $10 more, upgrade to VIP to gain admission to both days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $20 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

1st Annual Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 14
King Harbor Marina, Redondo Beach
http://www.smackfestevents.com/beach-cities-beer-wine-festival/

Sample dozens of beers and wines from local breweries and vineyards this Saturday in Redondo Beach. Visitors will also find food, music, and more. Admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Guests should bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://eclecticmusicfestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

Artopia Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
The 1912, Santa Ana
http://www.ocweekly.com/artopia

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Orange County talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. General admission costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes three drinks plus a VIP area to lounge in. No one under 21 may attend.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 14
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.bodyfineart.com/

Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 15
Long Beach Blvd & Firestone, South Gate
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Long Beach Blvd and Firestone in South Gate 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.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 15
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

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

18th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 15
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

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.

Museums of the Arroyo Day
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Museums of the Arroyo, Pasadena
http://www.museumsofthearroyo.com/

Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will have free admission this Sunday during the listed times.

4th Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 15
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/4th-annual-heritage-music-arts-festival/

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Sunday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

3rd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 15
Ernie Howlett Park, Rolling Hills Estates
http://www.sbbeerwinefest.com/

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $135 presale or $150 at the door if any remain, and include various perks such as reserved parking. Admission for children costs $20.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 15
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.

American Craft Beer Week
May 16-22
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

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.

The age of the domestic beer monopoly in the United States shrinks with each passing day. The beer industry around the world dominates the alcoholic beverage industry, as consumers drink 3,500 bottles of beer for every one glass of wine – that makes 8,000 times more beer consumed by the liter. Annually, consumers worldwide drink 189 billion liters of beer, but only 24 million liters of wine. While drinking habits may peak during certain times of the year such as holidays, the consumption of beverages remains fairly consistent and rarely makes huge changes in consumption from one day to the next. The changing seasons do have a great effect on the types and styles of beers consumed, as more people start to prefer light and portable beers. When pool or beach parties come to mind, canned beers logically make sense; after all, we would not want to risk broken glass in an environment where people walk around in their bare feet. To commemorate the start of summer, check out this special Cans Edition of craft beers to try this summer, all of which you can find at your local bottle/can shop in Southern California.

5. Victory Brewing‘s Summer Love Ale

When we picture an ideal summer gathering, we picture people having a good time in the backyard with a glass of transparent beer in hand. Unfortunately transparent beer comes with a bad stereotype of having little to no flavor, which poses a problem for the microbreweries churning out full-bodied lagers and blonde ales. Many microbreweries make a fine blonde ale that no one should ever compare to the mass-produced beers in various stores. For example, Victory Brewing‘s lineup of amazing beers makes it way across the country to land in our hands from the east coast to the west coast. They make not get much exposure at beer events, but the name resonates well in California due to their appearances in bars and at retail. This summer, expect to see a lot more of their Summer Love Ale around. Victory makes this 5.2% abv American blonde ale with pale malts, German hops, and Brandywine River water. The initial floral hop aromas bring a great body while leaving behind a refreshing dry finish. An easy and approachable beer, Summer Love Ale appeals to both craft beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers while retaining its natural hop notes.

4. Oskar Blues Brewery‘s Gubna Imperial IPA

Canned beers have existed for a very long time, but for the most part, those belonged to the big breweries mass-producing beers. Microbreweries did not originally can their beers because they needed brown bottles to preserve the quality of the beer. Advances in brewing technology have changed this, and allowed some beers to come to our hands in cans and some other colored bottles. Once this technology made its way to the brewing market, breweries from all over did not hesitate to start canning their beers. One of the earlier breweries to start canning their beers, Oskar Blues Brewery, did not hesitate to get their beers out to retail across the country. They made a lasting impact on craft beer enthusiasts across the country with their lineup of canned beers, which includes seasonal brews like Gubna Imperial IPA. Measuring 10.0% abv and over 100 IBUs, this strong summer brew emits aromas of fresh hops with citrus and resins. The initial sweet flavor yields the way to grapefruit and orange flavors, finishing with a nice bitter hop taste. Albeit strong, it goes down well by itself, or perfect with savory food such as food that one might grill up in the backyard.

3. Avery Brewing Company‘s Liliko’i Kepolo Wit

During the summer time, we often crave tropical flavors. Tropical flavors provides us with visions of relaxing on the beach with a nice ocean breeze and palm trees swaying in the wind. Beach resorts like the Bahamas or Hawaii come to mind, with Hawaii providing inspiration for many aspects of today’s diverse cultures. Hawaii possesses many unique things that the world respects, mainly due to their tropical climate and status, and Avery Brewing has perfectly captured that spirit. Perhaps famously known for their Avery IPA, this brewery from Colorado maximizes their retail production out of a relatively small facility, compared to the likes of other famous breweries such as Stone Brewing. Almost all of their beers go to retail, including seasonal brews like their Liliko’i Kepolo Wit. A refreshing summer beverage inspired by the Hawaiian tropics, this 5.4% abv witbier tastes spicy with a Hawaiian theme including Hawaiian passionfruit in the brewing process. The body contains a big tropical fruit character with pineapple and lime. This makes for a refreshing brew that finishes easy and fares well by itself.

2. 21st Amendment Brewery‘s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat

Summertime snacks include a variety of different types of foods. The hot weather makes us crave cold and refreshing foods like ice cream and fruit. A fruit tray goes a long way in entertaining friends and family during an outdoor party. When one pictures a fruit tray, it would undoubtedly contain watermelon. Watermelons make the perfect refreshing snack due to its high water content, and lends well to going into foods that require lots of water, including beer. Leave it to 21 Amendment Brewery to think about ways of incorporating refreshing food into their brews. This San Francisco-based brewery does not get as much exposure in Southern California, but sure enough you will find much of their brews at your local beer shop. 21st Amendment Brewery makes a fine lineup of brews, such as their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat. At just 4.9% abv, 21st Amendment brews this unique American-style wheat beer with over 400 pounds of fresh pressed watermelons in each batch, providing a bold taste and essence of fresh watermelon, finishing dry and cleanly. If you enjoy watermelons, you will love the taste of this brew.

1. Ska Brewing‘s Vernal Minthe Stout

People often associate summertime with light, bright colors. Something about the heat makes people think about these types of colors, while the cold weather normally reminds us of darker, gloomier colors. Perhaps the contrast of night and day lends to this connotation, but hey – we live in a time of innovation and progress, so we can now think about things in a new light. Ska Brewing has done just that with the way they approach their craft. They look at things in their own light, doing things the way they want to and not from other people who tell them what to do. Ska Brewing’s beers break the norm, and attempt to introduce new concepts to the old finicky beer drinkers. For example, take their summer seasonal, the Vernal Minthe Stout. Of course Ska Brewing would attempt to dole out something like a stout during the hot summer months. This 5.8% abv American stout pours like a normal stout, and will initially yield coffee aromas with hints of dark chocolate. Upon sipping it, the full mint flavors that blend well with the sweet chocolate hits your scent scenes all at once. After all, real spearmint and peppermint went into the brewing process for this fantastic mint chocolate stout. While chocolate and coffee sound like more of a chilly morning type of combination, the mint sensation will greatly cool you down, making this the perfect summertime beverage.

The Dictators NYC – West Coast Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189599
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 8, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/688177-dictators-nyc-special-guests-san-diego/
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 11, Billy O’s, Ventura http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/872414

East coast punk rock band The Dictators will tour along the west coast starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the link for more information.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/556598727807541/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/766279633464856/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Smog City Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 8
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.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 9-15
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

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

Animé Los Angeles 11
11:00 am – 2:00 am, January 9
9:00 am – 2:00 am, January 10
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 11
LAX Marriott, Los Angeles
http://www.animelosangeles.org/

Anime & manga fans will not want to miss Animé LA this weekend, an expo with almost everything imaginable related to anime. From workshops to panels to demos to contests to live music to dances to adult content and more, Animé LA will surely contain something to sate your anime needs. A full weekend pass costs $60, while single-day passes have already run out by now.

Oskar Blues IceyPA Keg Release Party & Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 9
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/795529787187169/

Oskar Blues has allocated only four kegs of IceyPA to the entire South Bay and Alpine Village has it. Visitors will find a full lineup of Oskar Blues’ best brews along with glassware and tasting flights.

Pulley, The Generators, The Awful Normals, Simply Kung Fu @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 9
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/325069347694492/

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show this Friday night at the Slide Bar in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

8Kalacas – Live in San Bernardino
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 9
Arrowhead Elks Lodge, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/1482045948723379/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Friday night in San Bernardino. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

The American Wake – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 9, Gallagher’s, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/1436110449944677/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10, Auld Dubliner, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/1541316849487978/

Local Irish rock band The American Wake will perform twice in Long Beach this weekend, free of charge! No one under 21 may enter either show.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 10
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

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

2015 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour
10:00 am – 7:00 am, January 10
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://easyridersevents.com/bikeshow-2015-long-beach.php

See all things motorcycles at this one-day expo in Long Beach this Saturday. See hundreds of models bikes, meet celebrities, take photos with models, browse various vendors, and more at this show. General admission costs $20, while kids cost $10. The convention center parking lots charge $10 for parking, while other parking lots in the area have varying rates.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1557598511138867/

Come to this punk rock show in Anaheim this Saturday to see Green Jellÿ and more local bands. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Miss California USA Pageant
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 10
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Saturday night, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday at 11am, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal. At 4pm, catch the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

Out Of The Park Pizza 4th Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 10
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/753699124710770/

Out Of The Park Pizza will celebrate their fourth year in business this weekend and they want you to join in on the festivities. For $40 general admission, gain access to unlimited food and beer while supplies last. Pay $10 extra for VIP admission to gain access to ten VIP exclusive beers.

The Dickies & Swingin’ Utters @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Dickies-%26-Swingin-Utters

Two big names in punk rock will co-headline a show at The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5. Arrive early enough to secure a parking spot at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Narcoleptic Youth, The Voids, and more – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 10
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/321828208019871/

Some big local names in punk rock will perform in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this epic show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Viernes 13 @ The Troubadour
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 10
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/730773-viernes-13-los-angeles/

Get your skanking on at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

4th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 11-16
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

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

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 11
Shrine Auditorium Expo Center, University Park, 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 the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more.