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An expo featuring the expansive world of Eastern culture took place this past weekend, as the 2016 Pacific Media Expo returned to the Pasadena Convention Center. As its name suggests, this expo featured just about everything revolving around Asian pop culture, from the fashion to the fiction to the food to the art to the music and so much more. Attendees would encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and tons of other things that could keep one occupied for more than just a weekend. Many attendees went all out and dressed for the occasion, while other fans simply attended to check out the latest in Asian pop culture.

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I attended two out of the three days, so I will do my best to chronicle my adventures at the 2016 Pacific Media Expo. With so much to do, I often found myself bouncing back and forth between rooms, programs, and seminars. Upon my arrival on Friday afternoon, I immediately started to scout out the area to get a feel for the layout of this expo. At one point, I did end up in a section of the convention center dedicated to an entirely different event. Roaming around revealed to me that the expo took place on both sides of the convention center: the ballrooms and the conference rooms on the other side of the theater. Starting with the conference rooms, these rooms held mainly the fashion rooms, with markets, shops, and fashion-based programs in the back room. This side also had the gaming room for those attendees wanting to relax a bit between programs.

After checking out the conference rooms, I roamed over to the ballrooms. The front two ballrooms contained a variety of seminars and programs. The next three ballrooms would contain the Artists’ Market (display), the Main Stage (entertainment), and the Exhibit Hall (vendors). As the Exhibit Hall also contained food vendors in an enclosed space, the scent of food wafted all throughout the room plus a small section of the foyer in front of that ballroom.

Now that I had scouted out the entire expo area, I started to explore the rooms individually to discover the programs. One ballroom had a lip-sync dance show, while another had a panel discussing retro video games. Wandering back to the conference rooms, I discovered a fashion panel presented by a butler café.

As the sun set, the expo’s Opening Ceremonies started to take place. This mainly involved the expo’s special guests introducing themselves, talking about their experience traveling here in Southern California, and previewing what they will do that weekend at the expo. Also around this time, the Swap Meet started to set up in the ballroom foyer, which attracted dozens of attendees to come check out the goods. Typically the items found at the Swap Meet cost less than the items in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees would likely find rare goods as well. Following the Opening Ceremonies, a few more programs took place involving cosplay and martial arts.

Capping off the night, a concert took place featuring Hitomi from a maid café in Akihabara, Japan. Essentially a one-woman show, Hitomi danced and sang in her cutesy style. Since she speaks exclusively Japanese, Hitomi had a translator with her between songs when she spoke to the audience. She also got the audience involved in some sort of Rock-Paper-Scissors game that the maids do regularly at their café in Japan. She gave out autographed posters to those who bested her in that game. After this concert, I called it a night so that I could return the next day with energy to make it through the night.

On Saturday, I arrived at the expo at about the same time as I had on Friday, meaning that I arrived in the middle of another concert, this one featuring Stephanie Yanez. Unlike Hitomi, Stephanie can speak English, so she had no issues communicating with the audience.

Following the concert, I got to check out many more programs and activities of the expo. These activities included a business fashion panel, yoga room, DDR-like game, panel discussing idol culture, meet & greet with Hitomi, live art session, and indie fashion panel.

Just like the previous night, the Swap Meet opened after sunset, attracting dozens of people the come check out the goods. Also at this time, the Fashion Swap Meet took place in the conference rooms area, focused more on apparel and accessories rather than fandom goods.

Saturday’s main event involved the Masquerade Cosplay Contest. Over a dozen attendees participated in this contest to exhibit their outfit and character, since the contest required participants to do something to act in character. Some of the participants merely posed, while others performed some dance routine. After the participants strutted their stuff, an intermission show took place that featured a professional group of women performing their act for the audience. Finally, awards of varying categories went out to the participants.

With the main event over, night had fallen, indicating the start of the more mature programs of the expo. A few Truth Or Dare programs took place, both of which got very dirty as time progressed. After that, the ballrooms converted to a dance hall and a singalong room. The final event in the conference rooms involved speed dating. According to some of the returning attendees, last year’s speed dating delivered a lot of success in terms of matching people up. I had never attended Pacific Media Expo before, and this year’s speed dating broke the expectation of how speed dating should look. Basically, only about seven women showed up, some of which did not have any interest in dating or already had a partner – they participated simply to participate, but not to find romance. Compare that with the 20+ guys that showed up, most of which appeared as the stereotypical hikikomori.

Alas, I did not return to the expo on Sunday, as the first two days had greatly drained all of my energy. Fret not, for I still managed to capture many of the cosplays of the 2016 Pacific Media Expo. Even to those not interested in anime or manga, everyone should attend an expo/con of this nature just to see everyone dressing up in costume. At any expo involving comics, video games, anime, manga, and more, any attendee cannot avoid seeing another guest participating in the inevitable cosplay for the duration of the event. Cosplay has turned into a staple for any sort of expo in this industry, and the fans proudly donned their best gear for this expo. Watch in amazement the best of the best of this year’s Pacific Media Expo.

With the Pacific Media Expo having drawn to a close, it paves the way for additional similar expos in Southern California, one of the world’s largest communities of Asian pop culture outside of Japan. With connections to Anime Impulse, Anime Los Angeles, and Ninja Con, Southern California’s anime & manga industry coexist in a vast community of connected fans & friends. Stay in touch with the Pacific Media Expo to learn about future events and opportunities by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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8th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 4-13
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

Rivertucky 2016 Release
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/

This Tuesday, Inland Empire Brewing will release their coveted barrel-aged ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or buy bottles to-go.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 8
Main Street, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://oceanbeachsandiego.com/resources/local-news/annual-ob-restaurant-walk-2016

Stroll through historic Ocean Beach and sample food from the local restaurants this Wednesday evening. $25 allows you to sample all the food you can eat from participating businesses while supplies last.

Punk Rock Tuesdays
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 8
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/109392969535936/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Tuesday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, November 10
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 11
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, November 12
5:30 am – 11:30 am, November 13
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/avengers-half-marathon/

The Avengers Superheroes Half Marathon returns this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

Orange County Whisky Fest
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, November 10
Crevier Classic Cars, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/orange-coast-whiskey-fest/

Sip on fancy cocktails this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drinks for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

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

Pacific Media Expo 2016
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
9:00 am – 1:00 am, November 12
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 13
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pacificmediaexpo.org/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday, $30 for Friday or Sunday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Day ONE: “HA! HA!” Nelson IPA
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 11
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will release a fresh IPA this Friday. Stop on by their tasting room and enjoy it there, or buy some bottles to-go.

Bang Boom Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 11
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://bangboombash.com/

Music, burlesque, and booze all collide in one event this weekend in Long Beach. Admission ranges from $15 to $50 – check the website for prices and what each price gets you. No one under 21 may attend.

Barb Wire Dolls: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/218103108605545/

Enjoy a local rock show this Friday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/20k
7:00 am – 11:00 am, November 12
Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Silverado
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 12k/20k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 12k costs $60 presale or $65 on the day of the run. Registration for the 20k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the run.

Beach Streets: Midtown
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Broadway, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur down Anaheim Street from Pacific Coast Highway through MacArthur Park. Plan your commute accordingly.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://repticon.com/california/los-angeles-costa-mesa/

Check out two days of reptiles, amphibians, exotic pets, pet products, seminars, and more this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. General admission starts at 10am and costs $15 for both days, $10 for one day, or $5 for children. Online-only VIP admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, allows admission to both days, and allows entry at 9am on Saturday.

2016 Indio California BBQ State Championship & Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12
The Lights at Indio Golf Course, Indio
http://www.discoverindio.com/Indio-BBQ-Championship-Festival

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase barbecue samples from any of the participants, as well as food and drinks from other vendors.

Fall 2016 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 12-13
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Barrel-Aged Speedway Stout Release Party
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 12
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

Come taste one of San Diego’s most coveted brews this Saturday at the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego. They will also have a handful of other variations of this brew on tap for you to try.

9th Stone Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 12
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/aha-rally

Admission to this homebrewing event costs $38, and includes a one-year membership to the American Homebrewers Association, unlimited tastings of this year’s homebrew entries, a souvenir glass, and raffle drawings.

2nd Annual San Diego Sausage & Beer Festival
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/sdsausagefest

Sample sausages and beers this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Tickets cost $65 presale or $85 at the door, and grants you access to unlimited sausage and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Salute Beer Festival
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, November 12
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://salutebeerfest.com/

In honor of Veteran’s Day, drink lots of beer in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival allows you to sample unlimited beers while supplies last, as well as check out a handful of military-themed vendors, selling apparel, accessories, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. Bring cash for food, and dress for warm weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 12
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Driftwood Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.driftwoodfest.com/

The organizers behind Orange County Brew Ha Ha bring to you this new festival unlike anything ever before. This festival combines craft beer, wine, food, the beach, and country music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, you will not run out of different things to try here. Admission ranges from $49 to $249 – see the website for a breakdown of the prices and what they get you. All guests receive unlimited beer and wine tasters while supplies last. Food comes at cost, so guests should bring extra cash for food here. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing 4th Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Wiens Brewing, Temecula
http://wiensbrewing.com/

Temecula’s Wiens Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special beers at their tasting room this Saturday.

Totally 80’s: Packinghouse Brewing’s 6th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns six years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 12
The Rinks, Irvine
http://www.dubswashere.com/

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

Foam Glow 5k – San Diego
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, November 12
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.foamglow.com/san-diego-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of bubble runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Foam Glow. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam in this nighttime 5k race complete with flashing neon lights and loud dance music. 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.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 12
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.

Presidential Ska-lection
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1176704762405267/

A free and all-ages local ska show will take place in Anaheim Hills this Saturday night.

Gonzo’s Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 12
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/259279

The owner of Pomona’s Characters Sports Bar will celebrate his birthday this week with some local punk rock Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

1st Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 13
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

A vegan vegetarian festival comes to Hollywood this Sunday afternoon, complete with food, seminars, a kids area, live music, fitness activities, and more. General admission costs $30 and grants generic access to the event space. VIP admission costs $50 and provides a goodie bag, a drink ticket, and access to VIP areas. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission.

17th Annual Japanese Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 13
Hilton, Universal City
http://japanesefoodcultureusa.org/festival/festival.html

$55 presale or $70 at the door nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 5-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos. The parking lot across the street normally costs $5 to park, but sometimes this price changes, so have cash ready.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 13
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

I Love Poke Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 13
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://onoyum.com/event/love-poke-orange-county/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Irvine. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

4th Annual Sip’n’Shuck
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 13
The Deck on Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://www.sipnshuck.com/

Enjoy fresh oysters, live entertainment, champagnes, wines, spirits, and more this Sunday afternoon in Laguna Beach. Admission costs $95 presale or $120 at the door, and provides unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 4th Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 13
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Wild Goose Tavern turns four years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.

Santa Monica 9th Annual Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 13
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org/

Enjoy food and wine this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. Admission costs $125 presale or $150 at the door, and provides unlimited samples while supplies last. The venue contains plenty of free parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Choking Victim: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/chokingvictim

Legendary punk rock band Choking Victim will reunite for a rare show this Sunday night in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Labor Day Punk Rock Show & BBQ
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7
Alano of Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/943167702424393/

Enjoy some local punk rock and BBQ on this fine holiday afternoon today in Costa Mesa. Admission for this all-ages event simply requires a donation to cover the cost of food.

Amalgamator IPA Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, September 8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ brings back their Amalgamator IPA in bottles this Tuesday, and you can snag bombers of this brew for $8 each at both of their locations.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Tuesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Get Up Kids: 20th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/881625-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/the-get-up-kids
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 10, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6009375
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11, The Troubadour, West Hollywood http://www.troubadour.com/event/870073-get-up-kids-20th-anniversary-los-angeles/

The Get Up Kids currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link for details.

OC Pub Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/pubcrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on craft beer at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Charger Girls Calendar Unveiling Party
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/117206798631274/

Meet the entire Chargers cheer squad, buy swimsuit calendars, get autographs, and take photos at this meet & greet at the San Diego House of Blues this Wednesday night, free to attend for all ages.

CaterCon 2015
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://catercon.com/

Taste food samples from local caterers, discover event/planning services, learn about event planning, enjoy live local music & entertainment, and more at this event in Anaheim this Thursday evening. Admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door.

2015 Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10
Florent Restaurant & Lounge, San Diego
http://www.downtownsandiego.org/events/annual-taste-of-downtown/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

2015 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 10
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-san-diego-road-runner-sports-adventure-run-tickets-15040243774

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Business & Beer @ Smog City Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 10
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/437415339794348/

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, September 10
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.

Einstök Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
The Daily Pint, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610102212597961/

Einstök will stock the taps with their brews at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica this Thursday night. Stop on by for a nice cold one, and take home a specialty Einstök glass while supplies last.

K9 Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachseafestival.com/events/events-calendar-view/event/118-k9-festival

At this FREE and all-ages event on the beach, find lots of pet-related vendors, athletic demos, competitions, games, pet adoptions, arts & crafts, live music, food & drinks, and more.

17th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

18th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 11
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

The Vibrators @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1446285585685765/

Enjoy some punk rock music at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 12
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://visitescondido.com/1777/grape-day-5k-parade-and-festival/

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Comic Con
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 12
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Saturday costs $30, while Sunday costs $25. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 12-13
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://www.pacifictalent.org/PTAA/Welcome.html

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 12
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego
http://www.girodisandiego.com/taste-of-solana-beach-gourmet-fondo.html

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/710735092404461/

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!

2015 Coronado Art Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Coronado Ferry Landing, Coronado
http://www.coronadoartwalk.org/

Free to attend for all ages, explore works of art from dozens of local artists, artisans, crafters, makers, and more at this outdoor art walk. Visitors will find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more. The Coronado Ferry Landing’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will also have specials while providing live local music throughout the weekend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 12
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/877450855672595/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. This Saturday, visitors to the truck will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Dogs of Downtown Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 12
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Saluting-Our-Four-Legged-Family-Members-DLBA-Launches-First-Event-Dedicated-to-Dogs

Free to attend for all ages, hundreds of dog owners and dog lovers will convene in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled afternoon of all things dogs. Visitors will find an agility course, pet photo booth, pet adoption services, pet care services, vendors, and more. In addition, Beachwood Brewing will release a special brew made just for this event, so make sure you grab a sip of this while in the area.

Venice Beach Music Fest 10
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, September 12
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

California Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 12-13
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $10 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

San Diego Restaurant Week Launch Party
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, September 12
Go Green Agriculture, Encinitas
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/upcoming-events/san-diego-restaurant-week-launch-party/

San Diego Restaurant Week returns starting on the 20th this month, but they will have their inaugural launch party this Saturday afternoon in Encinitas. For just $75 admission, sample a variety of foods from over a dozen of this year’s participating restaurants, and enjoy sips from over 20 local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Back to School Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/13th-annual-chalk-art-festival/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2015
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

4th Annual Reader Feast
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 12
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door, starts at 1pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the door, starts at 12pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

The 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 12
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its sixth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 100 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

1st Annual San Diego Crab & Sushi Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 12
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.crabandsushifestivalsd.com/

Submerge yourself in seafood and beer this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $75 and comes with a pound of crab legs, one sushi roll, and two drink tickets. VIP admission costs $150 and comes with access to a VIP area, all you can eat crab legs & sushi, five drink tickets, an event t-shirt & sunglasses, and access to an after-party. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food Festival 2015
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 12
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/discover/international_food_n_music_festival_2015.asp

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 12
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/?page=8&recordid=2926&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/9/13/anaheim-night-market-3

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 12
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/874691769289382/

Attend a screening of a documentary featuring legendary punk band The Damned this Saturday night in Santa Ana. General admission for this screening costs $10.

Lauren’s B-Day Punk Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 12
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/469758713192953/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Laguna Niguel this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 13
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2015 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 13
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia
http://www.la18.tv/la18-harvest-moon-festival-2015

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

14th Annual Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Fair
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 13
Fairfax b/t Olympic & Whitworth, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.eaf.la/2015/08/little-ethiopia-cultural-street.html

At this free & all-ages cultural street fair, find all sorts of Ethiopian-inspired food, art, music, and more.

Meet the Brewer: Barley Forge
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612033139054495/

Meet the brewers from Barley Forge, enjoy some cold brews, and take home a sweet Barley Forge glass this Wednesday evening at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Millencolin: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6006415
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/millencolin
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/864199-millencolin-west-hollywood/

Punk band Millencolin currently tours around North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with three shows. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/968799996518427/

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.

10th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 4
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 5
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

3rd Annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 3
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-san-diego-citybeat-5-minute-film-festival-tickets-18042730292

Come watch over a hundred locally produced short films this Thursday night at Balboa Park in San Diego. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 3-6
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

The Damned: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon http://www.sycuan.com/entertainment/the-damned/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC3A8192480
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, The Fonda Theater, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592

Legendary punk band The Damned will play a string of all-ages California shows this week, with three of them taking place in Southern California. Each of these shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4, 6-7
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 4-6
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2015 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 5-6
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

2015 Body Art Expo – San Diego
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 6
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/showsSanDiego.php

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the San Diego Concourse in Downtown San Diego. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Hey Porter! Beer Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1492267914421729/

Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga will release a new beer this Friday evening, available for enjoying in the tasting room or to-go in growlers.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4-6
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
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).

Escape Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/504303763061471/

Escape Craft Brewery will tap their beers at Wicks Brewing in Riverside this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 5-6
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Iron Maiden Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/564287177060077/

Iron Maiden has a new album coming out, and Phantom Carriage will celebrate its release this Friday night with CD sales, “The Trooper” beer on draft, limited edition glasses, and a concert DVD on display. No admission required – simply show up, enjoy a cold one, and rock on.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/944973-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 5
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

New Blues Festival II
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 5-6
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days. VIP admission costs $100 for one day or $180 for both days, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 5
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.facebook.com/events/510129519151688/

Ride a motorcycle? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday early afternoon to get it washed by the HBHD Angels.

Four Sons Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/foursonsbrewing

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room this Saturday. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 5
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5-6
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/shoreline-jam/

The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary with a plethora of reggae bands to highlight the stage all day. Admission starts at $45 and goes all the way up to $200 based on the package you select, while parking at the Queen Mary costs $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Fight Like A Girl! A Sailor Moon Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Top Acid (The Frida Cinema), Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/858193250935384/

Check out this FREE and all-ages art show dedicated to all things Sailor Moon this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana.

Punk Rock ‘N’ The OC
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/551456211670108/

Rock out to local punk bands at this FREE show this Saturday night at the Slide Bar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Funky Punky Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 5
The Church of Fun, East Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1489755874669365/

Discover the weird side of punk rock at this show this Saturday night in East Hollywood. The cover for this show costs only $5.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 6
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/866311160121754/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

Labor Day Weekend Punktanza
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1618746071738294/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Sunday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.