Posts Tagged ‘Packing District’

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Apple Pan‘s Steakburger

With all this newfangled technology and modernism going on these days, sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. We turn to the originals to inspired us to prepare for the future. For the originals, we head over to The Apple Pan in Century City. The name should speak for itself, but for those who have not heard of the name, The Apple Pan represents one of the oldest Los Angeles restaurants still in operation to this day. The Apple Pan even inspired the Johnny Rockets chain we see everywhere. The Apple Pan’s old-time charm holds dear to our hearts, but their classic food represents comfort food at its finest. The Apple Pan serves two signature burgers with different cuts of beef: a hickory burger, and the Steakburger. Where the hickory burger carries more smoke flavor, the Steakburger remains closer to a medium beef patty. Each one costs $7.65 and comes with The Apple Pan’s signature sauce (resembles salsa), mayonnaise, pickles, and lettuce. For a small upcharge, you can add Tillamook cheddar to the burger, which I highly recommend since they let the cheese melt onto the grill, providing some crispness to the cheese. At The Apple Pan, the classics never go out of style!

4. Beer Belly‘s The Duck! Cheeseburger

We move from the classics to the modern era, where crafty chefs like to get fancy and creative with their foods. We deviate away from the norm with the type of ingredients used in classic dishes, but deviate too far and you may end up putting off willing customers. Thankfully, Koreatown’s Beer Belly walks the line between classic and inventive with their modernized take on classic foods. Beer Belly’s menu contains classic foods as you may recognize, but they use slightly different ingredients than you may recall. Take, for example, The Duck! Cheeseburger. Sure it may cost $15.50 for just a burger, but looking at what they put in this burger may justify the cost. Beer Belly uses a patty of duck and bacon for this burger, which can already kill the savory senses for those not accustomed to this barrage of meaty goodness. In addition, they even put foie gras on this burger! The hits do not stop there – you also get provolone cheese, mustard, peach ketchup, arugula, and pickled red onions on this burger in an onion brioche bun. Just for kicks, you can add a fried egg to this burger for $1.50 more. If you want to blitz your taste buds, Beer Belly has the ticket for that.

3. Urbana‘s Urbana Burger

Now we move from the modern era to the fusion path, where we start to cross cuisines of different cultures. As its name may suggest, the hamburger originated in Germany, yet today it somehow has a lot more popularity in the United States than Germany. One thing led to another, and we have foods mixing and matching all over the world. Most prominently, Latin cuisine mixes very well with other cuisines, something that Urbana in Anaheim does very well. Urbana takes Mexican flavors and applies them to many types of dishes besides Mexican food. While Urbana has the classics such as tacos, Urbana puts a Latin spin on other foods not typically thought of as Mexican, just like in their Urbana Burger. While it eats like a burger, the grass-fed beef patty comes filled with Queso Oaxaca for a stuffed burger experience. This stuffed patty sits on a layer of chorizo and gets topped with arugula, caramelized onions, and cilantro aioli. For $18, this monstrous burger comes with fries to feed you for the night.

2. Pig Pen Delicacy‘s Maple Bacon Jam Burger

Americans have a strange fascination with bacon. Something about this small strip of pork drives people to spend obscene amounts of money to add it on to something. Fast food restaurants routinely charge a dollar more to add a piece of bacon, while some restaurants charge up to $4 more to add some bacon. I will never understand why people do this, but I do know that if I crave the flavor of bacon, it had better taste good, so I go to Pig Pen Delicacy in Santa Ana. As the name of this food stand suggests, Pig Pen Delicacy sells pork and pork accessories products in whatever manner they can fashion. Look at their Maple Bacon Jam Burger to see how much they love pork here. An all-beef patty comes coated with maple bacon jam, havarti cheese, chive aioli, and friend onion strings. At just $8.50, you can have a mess on your hands and eat it too. Between all the bacon, pulled pork, and pork belly, if you want pork, you got it here at Pig Pen Delicacy.

1. Cafe Cola‘s Smoov Burger

We live in a time where every single human being desires absolute control over his or her life. As a universal human truth, people need to have complete control over their lives and do things only their way, even if it obstructs another person’s path to freedom. Sad as that might sound, history has shown exactly this. When you have control, you feel authoritative and confident. When you lack control, you may start to feel scared or angry. By allowing people to have control, they feel more comfortable with the current situation. They have ditched the old motto of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” for a more direct approach that gives them control. Instead of getting mad, go somewhere that allows you to enjoy your control by allowing you the pleasure of customization, such as at Cafe Cola in Covina. Now officially reopened (albeit only on weekends), Cafe Cola has introduced a brand new model of allowing customers to build their own burger from the plate up for one flat price. Customers pay $9.95 for the Smoov Burger, and can choose as many toppings as they want to go on it. Personally, I think too many toppings kills the flavor, but with so much to choose from, you can afford to carefully select toppings. Despite this gimmick, the burger comes out amazing, as Cafe Cola does not muck around with the beef patty. Very few places can boast about unlimited toppings at one low price, and Cafe Cola has sealed the deal as the best customizable burger in the Greater Los Angeles area.

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The Anaheim Packing District certainly has a bold reputation as a food hot spot in Orange County to add on to the many other food hot spots, such as Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market, Tustin’s Union Market, and Costa Mesa’s Bristol stretch. Everyday, hoards of people flock to these locations to spend lots of money for something that they can share on Instagram. From the $5 ice cream bar to the $8 cup of coffee (with foam art!) to the $14 Asian burrito, these places have come up with the right recipes to lire people in to drop loads of cash just so the customers can show off their oh-so unique food. Sometimes, it helps to go back to basics and enjoy something familiar that also tastes great, and the Anaheim Packing District has done just that with the introduction of the Doggone Good Soda Company.

The Doggone Good Soda Company has existed for a few years already and have delivered countless amounts of all-natural sodas all over Orange County and beyond. Though lots of companies can claim the use of all-natural ingredients in their beverages, DGSC takes it a step further by allowing customers to order custom labels on the sodas. This ranges from small batches such as for parties to larger needs such as a company picnic, an organization holding a fundraiser, a mom & pop shop that needs to advertise their business, and more. DGSC has had a location in Old Towne Orange where it functions as a production facility and a storefront, but this past Friday, they opened another stand in the Anaheim Packing District. Taking over the former Buy’n Bulk, DGSC now has a satellite location where they can serve up custom sodas and good comfort food. The food mainly consists of hot dogs and various toppings, providing comfort food in an environment filled with other businesses trying to push the limits of creativity. However, I strongly urge visitors to check out DGSC’s beverage selection – I mean, why not taste what they started the company for?

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Upcoming Events: August 22-28, 2016

Posted: August 22, 2016 in Animals, Art, Bacon, Beer, Burgers, Cars, Dessert, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports
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World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 23-28
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

1st Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/bbb/

Sample craft burgers, craft beers, and craft cocktails this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24-25
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Final-Taste-of-Downtown-for-2016-Set-to-Invade-the-Waterfront-with-GrubnSunsets

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

2016 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

2016 Oktoberfest Lager Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/292426344449027/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will have their own mini Oktoberfest celebration with the release of their Oktoberfest Lager. Stop on by, enjoy this brew, and don any festive clothing if you have it. This event has no cover charge – just show up and enjoy the night.

4 Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1801059113447483/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Build Your Own Grits Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night, this time featuring grits! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your grits dish. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

6th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Lagunitas Beer Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 25
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/lagunitas_beer_dinner/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings for each course this Thursday night in Long Beach for $75 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing Food Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754822874789012/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings this Thursday night in Pomona.

Twilight Concerts @ Santa Monica Pier: Save Ferris
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://tcs.santamonicapier.org/tcs825

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages concert featuring ska band Save Ferris this Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
August 26-28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns three this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

Doggone Good Soda Company Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 26
Packing District, Anaheim
http://doggonegoodsoda.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/496695287206542/

A new shop will open to the public this Friday at the Anaheim Packing District. They will not have any specials or giveaways, but you can still stop by and check them out.

3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26-27
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
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.

San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 26
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2016/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2016/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Nerd Con 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this weekend. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. Admission greatly varies depending on what day you will attend and how long you will attend, so see the website for pricing details.

Free Music Show @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Out Of the Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838548336275654/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages rock show this Friday night in Anaheim.

Saves The Day @ Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
Glass House, Pomona
http://savestheday.com/

Saves The Day will headline an all-ages show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area and can avoid having to pay to park.

Acidez @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/acidez

Rock out to some hardcore punk this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. 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 car.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26-27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537761413200296/

Punk band Bonecrusher will headline two nights at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this weekend. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Brigade: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/1280039-youth-brigade-di-stalag-13-thousand-oaks/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27, El Rey Theatre, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/312913

Punk band Youth Brigade will headline two all-ages shows in LA County this week. Ticket prices vary for each show, so click on a show’s link for ticket prices.

Tartar Control @ Dipiazzas
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 26
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1838797699686969/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

6th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2016

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

8th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

2nd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-28
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 27
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1129211980469212/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

1st Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

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

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1631024213878382/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/965061530258722/

Contrary to the event name, this event will not function as a festival. Instead, 38 Degrees in Monrovia will have a plethora of sour ales on tap available for you to try. This event has no cover charge or admission – simply show up, and pay for drinks as you go.

6th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2016/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

Ska Brewing & Scooter Rally
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/632205490266488/

Two free events take place at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store this Saturday. All day, they will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing on tap available for you to try (at cost, of course). They will also have a scooter meetup and ride – check the event page for further details.

1st Annual Ohana Music Fest
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 27-28
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A two-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

8th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $85, but use promo code cocktails to take $20 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27-28
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This two-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, you can still purchase tickets! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these two days.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 27
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Orfila’s 23rd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Middle Earth Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/595304703966194/

Lord of the Rings fans will not want to miss this themed dinner taking place this Saturday night in Burbank. While you can attend in regular clothes, they encourage dressing up to the theme, as well as acting the part. Admission costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

San Pedro Beer & Bacon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Indulge on beers and bacon aboard a battleship this Saturday night in San Pedro. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory North Park
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6835615

Punk band Face To Face will headline an all-ages show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

12th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

1st Annual Cars & Doggies
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 28
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://www.mpsarmy.org/cars-doggies/

A car show and dog meetup will take place in Irvine this Sunday, free to attend for all ages.

Tustin Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 28
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/tbc-20th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 20 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

14th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 28
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1735880903295814/

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

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

End Of Summer Bash
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1123689424370312/

Free to attend for all ages, Long Beach Creamery will close down their parking lot this Sunday afternoon for a day of live music and food.

Mead & Cider Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
http://www.honestabecider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1773259292922278/

Share your favorite mead and/or cider with others, and indulge in other ciders and meads this Sunday in Carson. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy drinks and good times.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Beards & Beers Bonanza
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116194742161626/

A beard & mustache contest will take place in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Throughout the day, the venue will have food & drink specials plus live music.

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Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dien Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 24 and 29, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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.

Munch&Learn
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, April 28
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/calendar-details.asp?id=5844

Enjoy an interactive luncheon featuring a keynote speaker talking about traveling. Reservations cost $20 per person.

7th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29 – May 1
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Modern Times Cask Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1699603640311520/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will have some exclusive cask ales from San Diego’s Modern Times available for you to taste this Thursday evening. As usual, order one of the special beers to receive a souvenir glass to take home. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Valiant Brewing Tasting Evening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 28
Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo
http://www.facebook.com/events/219858365051469/

Sample a beer flight from Valiant Brewing this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo for $5.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
The Social List, Long Beach
http://thesociallistlb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/594631117371393/

A tap takeover meets an art show this Thursday night in Long Beach. Stop on by The Social List to check out some Modern Times beer as well as art by Jason Samarin.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 am, April 29
7:00 am – 2:00 am, April 30
7:00 am – 3:00 am, May 1
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://2016.boogaloomtnjam.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $145.

25th Southern California Homebrewers Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.calhomebrewers.org/events/homebrew-festival/

This weekend, meet homebrewers and homebrew clubs from across California, and share beers, experiences, knowledge, contacts, and more. Attendees will find speakers, beer tastings, live entertainment, games, and more. It costs $10 to join the association, then another registration fee to attend.

20th Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 1
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods around the street closures.

2016 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 1
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

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

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 29
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2016/Best-of-North-County-Party-2016/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $80 per person.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 30
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.froyo5k.com/san-diego/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $54, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2016 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Browse dozens of vintage fashion vendors at this vintage fashion expo this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Admission varies based on when you want to attend, starting at $15.

Earth Day 2016, Uptown Whittier
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 30
Greenleaf Grassy Area, Uptown Whitter
http://whittieruptown.org/earthday

Bring out the family for some activities, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages event this Saturday late morning in Whittier.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1991162161108351/

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!

29th Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Science in the Park
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=52016

Bring out the family to this educational event featuring paleontology, archaeology, geology, biology, native plants, animals, and more. Admission costs $2 per person, while parking costs $5 per vehicle.

2016 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/get-involved/gluten-free-expo/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

Spring 2016 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
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.

13th Annual Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.summermeltdownscv.com/

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $30 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Lake View Park, Silverado
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $3, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

A Street Af(Fair)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30
North Almont Drive, West Hollywood
http://astreetaffair.com/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair featuring various design merchants this Saturday afternoon in West Hollywood.

7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

32nd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 30
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 30
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

Akiba Day #2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 30
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akihabaraday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1575502949429848/

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

Spring 2016 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 1
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2016-disneyland-ca

Dress to impress at this FREE and all-ages style expo this weekend at the Disneyland Resort. A plethora of activities will take place between the hotel and the amusement park throughout the weekend, so check the website to see what will occur. Some activities may require a fee. Visitors may park for free for up to two hours at the Downtown Disney parking lot.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

2nd Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Tustin Market Place’s Edwards Courtyard, Tustin
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon in Tustin featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

22nd Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 30
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

21st Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

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

9th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, April 30
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Long Beach Poetry Slam
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
MADE in Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1734078036827462/

This Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach, dozens of poets from all over will gather to share their poetry works and network with others. Admission costs $10, or $8 for students with valid ID.

La Bulla: A Lucha Libre Experience
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
Plaza de la Raza, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/201655506850706/

Art, wrestling, and music collide at this cultural event in East LA this Saturday night. General admission costs $25, while VIP admission costs $50 and comes with two drink tickets and separate speed lines. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1695081867417259/

Some great local punk rock bands will perform at The Viper Room in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets oto this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2016
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 30
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolor.com/

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

12th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 1
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

43rd Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 1
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/view/carlsbad-street-faire

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 1
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/truck.html

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 1
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://mudfactor.com/mfevent/event-san-bernardino-2016/

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

VegFest Los Angeles 2016
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, May 1
Woodley Park, Van Nuys
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 1
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Cinco De Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://boletosvip.com/en/home/377-cinco-de-mayo-que-buena.html

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo early this Sunday afternoon at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with live entertainment, food, and more. Parking costs $20 per vehicle.

6th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 1
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://chefcelebration.org/events/6th-annual-chef-celebration/

14 chefs will pair their best dishes with 14 craft beers from San Diego this Sunday afternoon, and you get to come and immerse your taste buds in ecstasy. Participation in this tasting event only costs $49! No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, May 1
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste_of_town_buy_tickets.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

4th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $65 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Authors on Asia – Tea Lovers Festival: 10 Years
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 1
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

In celebration of their upcoming book, this Tea Lovers Festival will have many things for tea enthusiasts. Visitors will find lots of tea, live music, speakers, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes access to the rest of the museum.

11th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

6th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 1
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/810939248994910/

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/978341268865611/

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460147750971809/

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/stiff-little-fingers
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC2C51C30B0&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EBC35D46C85&oid=0

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/_the-aggrolites
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/the-aggrolites
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu http://www.facebook.com/events/1452202035079676/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-31st-fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202210274

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/934400023277394/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576875682601019/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://moshimoshi-nippon-la.com/

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1609913935917154/
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1617638718511055/

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/twisted

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570326229922320/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2015-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

The Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 6-12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1407763742866137/

The Factory crafts some amazing artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, and for the next seven days, they will sling a different variation of grilled cheese each day. If you love grilled cheeses as much as I do, you ought to visit The Factory everyday this week.

Abnormal Beer Co. Launch Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/334690200054248/

Another brewery joins the illustrious San Diego craft beer family, and you can sample their brews this Tuesday evening in the Rancho Bernardo community of San Diego. No reservations required – simply show up, and choose from the cask or the three other core brews.

Matt and Kim – FREE Performance & Signing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3266/

Matt and Kim has a new album coming out this week, and to celebrate, they will have a FREE record-signing and performance session this Tuesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. Space will definitely run out, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Tastemade Bite Club: Country Fest
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tastemade-biteclub-country-fest-tickets-16307333674

Enjoy some comfort food, local craft beer, and country music this Wednesday night for FREE. No one under 21 may attend.

Game of Thrones/Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
Complex, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/783766921701038/

Basically, an Ommegang tap takeover. Come to Complex in Glendale this Wednesday night for some Ommegang beers and lots of Game of Thrones fun. $12 gets you a collectable Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven goblet plus a 10oz fill of any Ommegang beer.

Skacoustic Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/861667987210395/

Local ska bands will perform acoustic sets at this show this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The event page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash prepared for it. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/813691205413394/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415026368802116/

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 Dudes’ 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, April 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2015
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 10-11
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

Lucidity Festival 2015
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 10-13
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2015.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella going on this same weekend. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

26th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 10-12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

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

2015 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Marina Del Rey’s 50th Birthday Bash & LA’s Marinafest Boat Show
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/mdr50/

Celebrate the 50th year of this historic landmark this weekend with some free and all-ages marine festivities. On Friday night, catch a free concert plus fireworks.

Ommegang/Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 10
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/456686501153247/

Alpine Village gets the Ommegang Game of Thrones beers this Friday night, plus some exclusive glassware as well. No reservations required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

The Uprising @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/353350701518007/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $3 presale or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 10
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $125 and allows entry at 3pm.

2015 Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 11
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $115 for the half-marathon, $55 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

FroYo 5k – Irvine
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.froyo5k.com/irvine/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-20th-annual-uptown-whittier-arts-antique-spring-faire/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

7th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, and more. Also catch some live music from bands like Agent Orange, Swingin’ Utters, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375483326082135/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

BUZZ•BEER•CURE
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Local Tap House & Kitchen, Oceanside
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429226

For $25 admission, enjoy eight 8oz beer pours and food specials from Local Tap House at this beer tasting event this Saturday.

6th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/323405207849478/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/810740632314114/

The IEBC celebrated their 6th anniversary this year, and they will tone down this year’s celebration unlike the previous years. This time, they will not have a festival nor sell tickets – they will simply have standard tasting room procedures with special brews on tap, as well as an extra food truck or two.

OC Brew & Bites Music Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://ocfoodbank.org/brewsandbites/

Craft beer and gourmet food collide at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at the Anaheim Packing District. For $50 admission, gain access to beers from ten breweries, and food from six local restaurants.

King Harbor Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-harbor-brewery-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16165401150

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $50 and comes with eight 12oz beer pours plus a bottle of their anniversary brew. “Option B” costs $25 but only comes with four 12oz beers and no bottle.

4th Annual Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet World Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.sfsswapmeet.com/

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will hold an after-dark party this Saturday night featuring local cover bands and local craft beer. Tickets to this 21 & up fest cost $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include two beer pints and free parking.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1075129992515441/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 & The English Beat – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1608659166014616/

Get your skanking on at this ska show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/726899774083617/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night in northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 12
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

Farm To Table Tennis
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 12
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429284

Beer tasting, food pairing, and ping pong collide in this unique combination of events this Sunday afternoon in Liberty Station. For $40 general admission, gain access to this event with unlimited food samples and six beer pours. For $60 admission, attendees may enter the table tennis tournament; however, only individuals in the food & beverage industry may enter the tournament due to charity rules.

1st Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

3rd Annual Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 12
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://www.78festivale.com/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Sunday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. General admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Miss California Icon Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 12
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.missiconpageant.com/

This Miss California pageant starts at 7pm this Sunday night. Contestants will actually need most of Saturday and Sunday free for rehearsals and qualifiers.

Hooligans United – A Tribute to Rancid
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/A-Tribute-to-Rancid-with-Voodoo-Glow-Skulls

A handful of bands, including Voodoo Glow Skulls, will pay homage to Rancid with this tribute show this Sunday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door.

Long Beach Restaurant Week
March 22-28
Participating locations, Long Beach
http://www.eatlbc.com/

Long Beach finally gets their own restaurant week to celebrate the entire city, after decades of “Tastes” of just communities within Long Beach. Participating locations throughout Long Beach during this week will provide lunch and dinner specials, so refer to the website for a full list of locations and their specials.

Bottle Logic Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 22-28
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

Orange County craft beer fans have looked forward to this for a year, and the time has finally arrived. In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their first anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of Ideation, a Bourbon-Aged Wheat Wine, on Saturday, March 28th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Geek Fashion Week 2015
March 23-29
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://geekfashionweek.net/

Come see geeks turned chic all week at various fashion shows throughout Los Angeles County. Various events will take place that each showcase the latest in geek fashion trends, culminating with a large fashion show on Saturday. Check the website for the full list of ongoing events.

Silva Stout Release
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 24
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/870198976355893/

Check out some exclusive brews on tap at the Green Flash tasting room in San Diego this Tuesday evening. Visitors may also get the chance to take home bottles of Silva Stout.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 26
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

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

Hawthorne Heights – Stripped Down To The Bone Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 26, Porter’s Pub, La Jolla http://www.showclix.com/event/HawthorneHeights0326
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 27, The Feberal Bar, Long Beach http://underground.thefederalbar.com/tw-event/?event_id=5550155
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 29, The Mint, Mid-City, Los Angeles http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=187077

Remember “I can’t make it on my oooooooooooooown, because my heart is in Ohiiiiiiioooooooooooooo”? They still play music, and their current tour will swing through Southern California this week.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

12th Annual Los Angeles Golf Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 27
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 28-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lagolfshow.com/

Check out all things golf at this golf expo this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission costs $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/695983753860831/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a bunch of San Diego’s Modern Times beers on tap this Friday evening. Head on over and enjoy a cold one with some wings.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 27
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1394964390815651/

Orange County’s Bootlegger’s Brewery will have a handful of beers on tap at Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 27
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

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

The Adolescents: Live in Thousand Oaks
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/779517-adolescents-ill-repute-live-thousand-oaks/

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show in Thousand Oaks this Friday night along with a few Nardcore bands. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 18 may enter.

Naked Aggression: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Gigi’s Cocktail Lounge, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1547610038844767/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform in Ventura this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $8. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque in Long Beach
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 27
Pike Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/344408169087507/

These lovely ladies will perform some burlesque shows for FREE this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2015
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2015-los-angeles

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

Geeky Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/901240286593818/

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

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Glendale Appearance
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 28
Glendale Galleria, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/1556021631334063/

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.

Stone 2015 Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 28
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stoneworldbistro.com/aharally/

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.

2015 Hammerhead Release Party
11:00 am – 12:00 am, March 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

2015 Los Angeles Ramen Yokocho
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 28-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://ramenyokochous.com/

Guests can try different styles of ramen from all around the world at this all-ages ramen festival this weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Parking per vehicle costs $4, and entry to the festival costs $5 per adult, or free for children under 18. All ramen bowls within the festival cost $8 each.

Anaheim Citrus Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 28
Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/3/28/citrus-festival

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Sanctum Brewing’s 1 & 1/6 Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Sanctum Brewing, Pomona
http://sanctum1.bpt.me/

Sanctum Brewing turned a year old a few months ago, and they finally have a chance to celebrate it with a beer tasting event this Saturday. The $30 admission grants visitors access to one of two 4-hour beer tasting sessions at the tasting room in Pomona, one from 12-4pm and another from 5-9pm. Admission comes with a souvenir 5oz glass, ten beer pours, and first access to buy anniversary products, including their first bottled beer.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Bernardino
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 28
National Orange Show Events Center, San Bernardino
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-bernardino-2014/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in San Bernardino. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

San Diego CityBeat Beer Club’s 8th Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 28
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-citybeat-beer-club-birthday-bash-tickets-15430593320

This local beer club turns eight this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. For just $25 admission, gain access to unlimited 2oz beer tasters, as well as the souvenir glass it comes in.

Mac’s 40th Birthday Party – Punk Rock Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/843531499000803/

A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

E.A.T. Food
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
http://www.ocma.net/event/eat-food

Food and art cross over at this sophisticated event. Admission costs $40, and includes one food tasting portion from each of the five participating chefs, plus complimentary drinks.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/775323605890293/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in Riverside.

Radioactive Chicken Heads – Tanksgiving Special
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 28
Steve Allen Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/655809021196119/

In a strange turn of events, the Radioactive Chicken Heads in their first-ever theatrical stage show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12.

The city of Anaheim has really stepped up their game the past few years in regards to introducing new businesses and catering more to local independent businesses. While Anaheim still has some of the poorest pockets of Orange County, and Disney still practically controls Anaheim, many new ventures have come up recently, breathing new life into an area not usually thought of as a destination. The grand opening of the Anaheim Packing House this past weekend certainly has sounded out a statement that Anaheim can now stand toe to toe with other hip cities in Orange County such as Costa Mesa or Newport Beach. Located at the south end of the Anaheim Packing District, the Anaheim Packing House serves as a mini mall of food, libations, and music. Reminiscent of The OC Mix and The Camp in Costa Mesa, the Anaheim Packing House consists of two floors of vastly different businesses that all serve different types of food and/or drinks. A stairway in the middle that connects the two floors houses a platform suitable for an entertainment act to perform, such as music, comedy, or spoken word. Read on to explore and learn about the businesses at the Anaheim Packing House.

Immediately to the right of the second floor entrance, we find the Black Sheep Grilled Cheese Bar. Though not open yet, I imagine them making fancy grilled cheese sandwiches with artisanal breads and cheeses, and may add other things such as vegetables and meats.

In the middle of the second floor’s right side lies the Hammer Bar that guests can approach from any side. The Hammer Bar currently does not have a website.

At the back right corner, we find Adya, a restaurant serving Indian cuisine with modern western plating.

Next to Adya lies Orange Tei, a sushi and ramen bar.

At the center of the second floor’s back wall, we find Dark180, a chocolate beverage bar. Think espresso bar, but with hot chocolate using fair trade chocolate.

Split into two sides, The Chippy serves as the packing house’s obligatory fish grill.

The Iron Press has opened a new location here at the packing house, following their huge success in Costa Mesa. They still serve their full menu of waffle sandwiches, as well as their big list of craft beers.

Down at the end of the left side, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream always has a long line. Who says no to all-natural hand-churned ice cream?

In the middle of the second floor’s left side, we have Lemon Drop, the obligatory juice bar.

Speaking of obligatory, over on the left lies the packing house’s espresso bar, Cafecito Organico.

With as long of a line as Hans, Pop Bar places the ice cream bar in your hand by allowing you to select the ice cream bar flavor and the toppings to dip or roll your bar in.

Immediately to the left of the second floor’s entrance, I found this neat little spread of books and other merchandise, operated by Seed People’s Market of Costa Mesa.

Moving down to the first floor, nothing really existed to the right side. To the immediate left of the first floor entrance, a closed off space for Sawleaf Café awaited.

When walking to the left side, guests will first see Buy N’ Bulk. Visitors of certain grocery stores like Sprouts or Whole Foods will recognize this – guests can purchase dried goods like nuts, candy, fruit, and more in quantities that they want.

Over on the left wall, we find The Kroft, one of the packing house’s resident gastropubs. Although not officially open for a few more weeks, I foresee great things from this place.

Just past The Kroft, the butchery Wheat & Sons allows guests to take home organic meats, or enjoy the food cooked there.

Across from Wheat & Sons, Crêpe Coop has yet to officially open. When they do open, they will serve crêpes, coffee, and tea.

Across from the first floor entrance lies a shabu-shabu place, Rolling Boil.

To the left of Rolling Boil lies a closed space reserved for Urbana. Urbana currently does not have a website.

Against the left wall of Rolling Boil, you would think you see mere decorations of the restaurant. This panel actually hides a door to the packing house’s speakeasy, The Blind Rabbit. Originally meant to remain a secret, the secret quickly got out to the masses, and everyone wanted to come in here to see the fuss about a speakeasy. Other than its secret entrance, it acts like a normal bar and serves regular drinks.

Other businesses not pictured:

  • Ecco Restaurant – allegedly somewhere on the second floor
  • Georgia’s Restaurant – a soul food restaurant on the left side of the second floor between Cafecito and Hans
  • K-BBQ – a Korean BBQ restaurant somewhere on the second floor
  • Kettlebar – a cajun/creole restaurant at the furthest left of the first floor

With all these great places nestled in one building, the Anaheim Packing House has turned into a place suitable to visit at any time of the day. Stop by one day and see for yourself how Anaheim does trendy.