Posts Tagged ‘Pacific Palisades’

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting this week, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades provides the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach love to use.

Holi On The Beach lacks a structured schedule – instead, attendees simply arrive, receive colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provides music all throughout the afternoon while everyone dances and get merry with colors. Whereas other fests contain vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provides the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually sets up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just show up and get crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee in the beach’s parking lot, so try to arrive early! Guests can avoid the hassle of parking by driving up Temescal Canyon Road and parking on the street. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Burlesque Fandom Battle: Star Wars vs Star Trek
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/258706104303437/

The age-old debate of Star Wars versus Star Trek remains in a stalemate, and will remain that way for eternity. You can witness a more entertaining take on that debate this Tuesday night with this burlesque show depicting one world versus the other. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/785839171443598/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 20-22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/663635343693616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry, similar to Curry Night last year. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

7th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as The Descendents and The Vandals. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/582092611881278/

Catch a free local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226477260890909/

Take our some inner aggression at this free show this Friday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Ass Punk Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480269448867416/

Local punk bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night. Check out this fun lineup for just $5 at Loaded Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

The Zombie Run Extreme/Black Ops – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 22
Acton Movie Ranch, Acton
http://thezombierun.com/location/socal/

You never truly run a 5k or obstacle course until you have to run it under fear! This two-part zombie run places you in the shoes of a survivor or zombie. In the morning, participate in a 5K obstacle course, where you can register as a fleeing human, or as a zombie seeking to capture the humans. At night, participate in the same setup, but under the cover of darkness with little to no light. Registration varies depending on the course, time, and role, starting as low as $45 for a single zombie.

3rd Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

Missed Festival of Colors last weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Let There Be Light: A Spring Equinox Design Fair
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 22-23
405 Mateo St, Downtown LA Arts District
http://parachutemarket.com/

This all-ages design fair showcases the latest seasonal trends in furniture, objects, fine arts, sculptures, and fashion. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door, and admit you for one day only. Attendees should park at any metered parking spot on the streets nearby, which only requires coinage until 4pm. Attendees can park on the street for free on Sunday.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 22
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/539158

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $50 to get in. Use promo code mothercolony to save $10! No one under 21 may attend.

Sam Fest – The Inaugural Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-the-inaugural-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Ska Night @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/503029-code-name-rocky-gogo-13-pomona/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona with this great lineup of local ska bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests can park for free around Downtown Pomona, so avoid paying for parking where possible.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1377882519125212/

For just $5, rock out with some great local punk rock bands at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

CH3 @ Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/247991278713224/

CH3 headlines a small show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so guests can park on the street for free.

Naked Aggression @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/741595079186066/

Naked Aggression will headline a small local show this Saturday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 23
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious seafood along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Dipiazza’s
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2048&year=2014&month=03&day=23&Itemid=12

Voodoo Glow Skulls currently tours along the west coast, and they will swing by Long Beach for an all-ages show this Sunday night. Although not specified, this show should cost around $10.

Who appreciates the warmer weather recently? With Spring starting a week ago, Southern California definitely feels the turn of the seasons in the weather. The warmer weather combined with increased daylight hours allow people to do more things that they could not do a month or two ago due to weather restrictions. For example, people can detect outdoor BBQ on weekends, and food trucks now start to see more and more people. Perhaps people opt to travel to the beach as the most popular option. The beach certainly feels like a unifying area bringing together strangers onto one strand of sand all for the purpose of relaxation. Find other reasons to gather large groups of people, and the beach turns into the perfect venue for attracting said large groups. In this case, Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades provided the right expanse for AID LA to host their annual Holi On The Beach.

Holi originated in India, where they celebrate the arrival of Spring with a grandiose public party filled with colors, music, and joy. Traditional celebrations included nonstop live music, dancing, and the unique act of throwing or smearing color on other people. Like the color runs prevalent across the world today, these events typically involve using dry colors made with natural ingredients as to not stain the attendees’ clothing; however, traditional Holi also utilized wet colors, which the attendees at Holi On The Beach loved to use.

As an actual event, Holi On The Beach adhered to fewer rules than a previous Holi Festival. Holi On The Beach lacked structure or a fixed schedule – instead, attendees simply arrived, received colors from the organizers, and let loose on the sand. A live DJ provided music all throughout the afternoon while everyone danced and got merry with colors. Whereas other fests contained vendors and other content such as yoga, Holi On The Beach only provided the colors and the space to run around and get dirty. A food vendor eventually set up on the sidewalk between the parking lot and the beach, but other than that, all attendees just showed up and got crazy. Sometimes, you need no rules to live a joyful life.

Now that Spring has started over a week ago, the frequency of Holi celebrations may wind down. Attending one of these festival may have to wait until next year. Like mud runs or the inaugural tomato fight, if you have never attended one of these types of events that requires attendees to get dirty, I highly encourage just letting go of your inhibitions and succumbing to getting dirty. While Holi will have to wait until next year, plenty of color runs will continue to take place throughout the year. The official Color Run has already sold out, but many others may take place, so keep an eye out for those whenever possible.

Bottle Share @ The Factory Gastrobar
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/255639587904711/

Kick off Spring with a craft beer bottle share this Wednesday at The Factory Gastrobar. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry.

Chili & Ballast Point Pepper Beer Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/547105975329616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve four variations of chili: beef, wild boar, venison, and veggie. In addition, reps from Ballast Point will visit Beachwood BBQ and tap five of their beers brewed with peppers. After their Curry Night two months ago, you should not miss this chili night.

AdultCon
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 24
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 all three days plus some extra perks, listed on the website. Parking costs $15 per vehicle, so find a way to carpool to alleviate that cost.

Long Beach Roller Derby – 2013 Season Premiere
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeachderbygals.com/

Roller Derby returns to Long Beach after taking 2012 off! Tickets to the all-ages Friday night season opener cost $16. Parking costs $12, so either carpool or take the FREE bus from downtown.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 23
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

Missed Festival of Colors this past weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 23
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://acurrentaffairspring-es2005.eventbrite.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 3pm, while early entry for 2pm costs $20.

Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo @ House of Blues San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 22-23
House of Blues, San Diego
March 22: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78708
March 23: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78709

Big names in punk rock play this weekend in San Diego. Come see Pennywise, Anti-Flag, Death By Stereo, and more this weekend at House of Blues in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale and $30 at the door. On Saturday, no one under 21 may enter.

Pamper Me Fabulous
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Vibiana, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.pampermefabulous.com/

Consider this a Women’s Day Out, an event that features workouts, workshops, shopping, beauty, spa, health, free flowing bubbly, desserts, a gift bag, and more. For $42 admission, visitors can listen to speakers talk about health & wellness, participate in various exercises in the activity area such as yoga or stretching, and browse the vendors area for more goodies. Because of the free drinks, no one under 21 may enter.

4th (and final!) Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/413611305373861/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival takes place at the parking lot of the Handlery Hotel in San Diego. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. The now-sold out VIP admission costs $50, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 1pm. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, but for those who just want to eat and not drink beer, designated drivers can enter for $25. Guests wanting to extend the experience can attend an afterparty at the Reef Lounge in the hotel for just $8. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

The Drunken Dessert Cart
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 24
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles
http://drunkendessertcart.eventbrite.com/

Have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying? Check out what Golden Road Brewing has brewing in their facility this Sunday night. For just $10, guests can gorge out on all the candy, pastries, and ice cream they can handle. Guests can wash all that down with various caffeinated drinks from local coffee brewers, or any of Golden Road’s wide selection of beers. Admission includes access to unlimited food & non-alcoholic drinks, free parking, a goodie bag, a photo booth, and more trinkets. No one under 21 may enter. Hurry – less than 40 tickets remain to this event!