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The largest Irish festival in Southern California returns this weekend for its 42nd year running. The BIG Irish Fair returns to El Dorado Park in Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm both days, delivering two days’ worth of Irish fun in the sun, filled with many activities, live entertainment, animals, merchandise, vehicles, food, drinks, kids’ activities, games, and much more. Just to name a few of the things guests will experience at the Irish Fair:

  • Spectate thousands of Irish dancers participating in numerous competitions at the various stages at the far end of the festival.
  • Listen and dance to dozens of live Celtic bands, including the Irish Ska Pirate band California Celts.
  • Watch marching bands compete for best in show, with plenty of bagpipes to go around.
  • Pet lots of animals from Ireland, such as sheep, border collies, and more.
  • Gasp in amazement at the athletic feats of the sports competitions in the far field across from the entrance.
  • Stroll through reenactments of older times in the countryside of Ireland.
  • Cheer for all the participating individuals in the grand parade, including the Rose of Tralee.
  • Peer at the Irish vehicles, including real DeLoreans like the one from Back To The Future.
  • Taste the Irish culture with authentic Irish food, such as bangers.
  • Peruse through the various merchandise vendors, selling lots of Irish souvenirs and memorabilia.

The BIG Irish Fair will contain plenty of fun and excitement for the entire family. The festivities run from 10am to 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. General admission presale costs $15 per adult per day, while a 2-day adult admission costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $13 each. Kids 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Admission will increase by $3 when purchasing at the gate. Parking will range from $5 to $10. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress appropriately for hot weather, and apply sunscreen prior to leaving home. The venue does not allow attendees to bring chairs, coolers, canopies, or any other large camping item; however, the park will provide more than enough tables and benches in the shaded areas. If you plan to purchase anything, bring cash, as the vendors cannot accept cards.

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The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 13th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one. Other notable events from this organizer include the Howl’oween Parade for all pets, and the Santa Paws operation, a charity event that occurs in December. Additionally, check out the So Cal Corgi Nation, an organization dedicated to corgis that routinely puts on events throughout the year.

The 13th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

For an event free to attend for the public, this makes for a nice Sunday morning getaway for you, your friends, and your family. If you do not currently have a pet, this event shows you the joys of having a furry companion in your life, and can pave the way towards having a pet of your own since this event has information about pet adoptions. In addition, some pet breeders may visit the event, so visitors can seek information from them as well. Come out to Long Beach this Sunday morning to see a bunch of cute pets for a feel-good time. Check out the Bulldog Beauty Contest on Facebook to keep up with their announcements and latest information. In the meantime, check out my photos from last year’s Bulldog Beauty Contest:

The 16th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returned to Long Beach this past Sunday afternoon. Now located at Marina Vista Park at the end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invited pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs got registered to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also wanted to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park featured a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade would not begin until 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returned to Marina Vista Park, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. This year, I clearly witnessed more spectators crowding the sidelines, and this year’s parade ended within 45 minutes, whereas previous years’ parades would last over an hour. Has the novelty worn off, or have people decided not to pay the price of showing off their creativity? Either way, this move did not daunt the parade, which still contained hundreds of dogs for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

The 16th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returns to Long Beach this Sunday afternoon. Located at Marina Vista Park at the north end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invites pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs get to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also want to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park features a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade tends to commence around 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returns to Marina Vista Park, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. As a result, I highly recommend arriving early to secure a a spot on the sidelines to view the parade from. The parade does not have a fixed duration – it can last as short as half an hour, or it can take over two hours. As such, I suggest preparing for the weather: apply sunscreen if the forecast shows sun, or bring an umbrella if the forecast expects rain.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

The Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest returned for its 12th annual iteration this past Sunday at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Organized by Justin Rudd and operated by the Community Action Team, this beauty pageant for bulldogs celebrates the charm and cuteness of these precious pets. Completely free to attend, guests could see and play with over 500 bulldogs, some even from out of state. Pet owners wanting to enter their dog had to pay a one-time participation fee of $10, which allowed the pooches to enter any of over 20 categories of competitions. These competitions more resembled sweepstakes than anything, as the dogs did not have to do anything physically tough other than walk around the runway once. In addition to bulldogs, a few of the contests allowed other breeds to participate, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories included cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Albeit not everyone who brought their dog actually entered a contest, everybody surely enjoyed the company of the pups, especially kids, whom bulldogs love to play with. Any pet lover should have made an effort to attend this free gathering of pets.

Events like these help to remind us of the joys these wonderful animals bring to our lives. If you currently do not have a pet, considering adding one to your life. They make great companions, and do not cost as much as a child. Stay on the lookout for pet events in your area for opportunities to learn about pets, and possibly acquire one.

The 12th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest will take place this Sunday morning at Marine Stadium in the park at the north end. Over 500 dogs can compete in 19 different categories, most of which feature bulldogs, both English and French. Some categories will tailor specifically to other breeds, such as pugs, chihuahuas, and pit bulls. Other generic categories include cutest, ugliest, senior dogs, best in show, mutts, small dogs, and large dogs. Spectators can visit absolutely free, but for just $5, visitors may buy a seat along the runway to gain an up-close view as the dogs strut down the runway. For anyone wanting to enter their dog into the pageant, the organizers assess a $10 entry fee. The first contest begins at 9:45 am, and contests continue all the way to 3:00 pm. The main event, the English Bulldog pageant, begins at 10am, while French Bulldogs go on at noon. Various pet vendors will remain open to the public from 9:30 am until 3:00 pm. Some home breeders also bring their pups to sell to eager pet lovers!

The 15th Annual Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade returned to Long Beach this past Saturday afternoon. Now located at Marina Vista Park at the end of Marine Stadium, this special Halloween precursor event invited pet-owners to doll up their dog(s) and bring them to stroll in the parade of dogs. Over 500 dogs got registered to participate in this poochy parade, along with all of the humans that also wanted to dress up for the parade.Completely free to attend for all ages, this festival at the park featured a handful of pet-related vendors and miscellaneous activities, such as a dachshund race. The actual parade would not begin until 2:30pm.

Following up from last year’s parade, this paw march returned to Marina Vista Park, a step away from taking place on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, causing street closures for the duration of the parade. It appears that with every year, this parade draws more and more people to come watch. This year, I clearly witnessed more spectators crowding the sidelines, and this year’s parade ended within 45 minutes, whereas previous years’ parades would last over an hour. Has the novelty worn off, or have people decided not to pay the price of showing off their creativity? Either way, this move did not daunt the parade, which still contained hundreds of dogs for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

As featured on the Kevin & Bean Show a few years ago, the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade brings a unique spin on the classic Fall Parade that many towns across the country host. Around this time every year, local towns host some sort of Fall festival, either to celebrate the changing seasons or to celebrate some other purpose. Some of these festivals even come with a parade. While Long Beach may not have a festival like that, other independent events like this one contribute to the diversity of the city. Mark your calendars next year for the Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade, which normally occurs on the last weekend or second to last weekend of October.

One of the bigger punk rock events of this calendar year, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returned this past Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 50 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert showed that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Most of the bands hailed from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, The Gears, and many more. This concert also brought a lot of bands out of a hiatus, such as Amerikan Made, Agression, One Less Zero, and some others. Despite an outdoor concert lasting all day at the start of summer, the overcast prevented the day from getting too hot, and made for the perfect outdoor setting. Attendees who arrived early enough got to enjoy a great amount of bands while getting a good amount of exercising due to the two main stages situated at opposite ends of the park, the four side stages in between, and the various vendors plus skate ramp along the center.

Perhaps what lingers on the minds of most of the people revolve around how the Punk Rock Picnic ended. Certainly if anyone left prior to approximately 8:30pm, they would have had the time of their lives. Unfortunately, the city police shut down the event at 8:50pm due to 1) complaints from people living on the yachts nearby, 2) rowdy & violent attendees, and 3) people loitering in the parking lots doing drugs, making noise, and causing trouble. Not surprising, the people got violent due to this news of losing their headliners of Cockney Rejects and Discharge; however, this event’s history only amplified the people’s rage. Punk Rock Picnic got unexpectedly shut down in 2013 because the Queen Mary embodies the absolute worst corporate archetype when it comes to hosting events, exemplifying their level of greed on inconceivable levels. But of course, as punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object: the organizers of Punk Rock Picnic. This led to bad press and carried over to 2014, preventing the return of Punk Rock Picnic that year. Fast forward to 2015 where the organizers valiantly tried to resurrect Punk Rock Picnic, another unfortunate circumstance had befallen them again with the untimely shutdown of the event. As punks do, they point a finger at the nearest living object, blaming the organizers for the loss of the headliners.

In hindsight, for $45, the value of this concert will vary with each individual. People who arrived early enough to catch the early bands certainly would have gotten their money’s worth. Does the loss of the two headliners merit the people’s rage? After all, the 2013 Punk Rock Picnic never even happened! At least the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic almost completed a 100% run. Heck, I would consider this all a successful event if not for punks acting like punks. Think about the cost to get in, and the value brought forward by this concert. Bands like these normally play local shows for less than $10, and you get like four or five bands. Here, you get over 50 bands all in one venue in one day for one cost. If a 4-band show costs $5, that already amounts to over $60. The caveat revolves around the value of seeing Cockney Rejects and Discharge, as most of the attendees place a greater value of seeing those two bands. If we place an artificial value of $10 for each of them, that makes all the other 50+ bands value at about $40, which still represents a great deal.

Do punks ever truly think about numbers like this? No. Their linear thought process only allows them to see as far as you can on a dense foggy morning. If a corporate or professional entity put on this event, then it would not carry the same underground punk rock feel. Since a handful of locals built this from the ground up, one can only expect so much. To everyone complaining about the loss of the headliners, how about YOU try to set up an all-day punk rock concert without relying on corporate backing? Concerts like Warped Tour and FYF run without a hitch, but those have sold out to corporate a long time ago, and no longer carry the traditional punk rock environment of the old days. As for the Punk Rock Picnic, I have greatly enjoyed them the past few times that I have attended, and I do not foresee this returning ever again under the same name. To the organizers: stick with small shows – find a venue, and just do shows with four or five bands. This has worked for many organizers everywhere, and should allow you to stay in the game.

Anyways, enough of my ranting – I captured over a hundred photos at the Punk Rock Picnic, so take a look at how it all went down. If the photo links die, you can view them all in my Facebook album.

Following the mishap of losing the headliners, I do not foresee the Punk Rock Picnic returning any time soon, at least not under the same organizers. If Southern California will ever get another punk rock concert like this again not aligned with a corporate entity, it will have different organizers or a different name. Sayonara Punk Rock Picnic – I will forever have fond memories of all the Punk Rock Picnics that I have attended and all the awesome bands that I have met.

An Orange County original, the 2015 Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach after a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. As for the reason why they took two years off, basically the organizer bit off more than he could chew in 2013, and the event completely fell apart, leaving hundreds of people concert-less with a $40 piece of paper. Since then, the event received terrible publicity, and many did not expect to ever see anything come back out of it. Luckily, that unexpected day will return this Saturday.

Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day. This time, the concert features a more realistic lineup of bands, many of which hail from Southern California, such as Agent Orange, Angry Samoans, Yeastie Boys, Ill Repute, Agression, The Gears, Shattered Faith, and many more. Of the bands not from Southern California, definitely check out Cockney Rejects, Discharge, and The Meatmen. Personally, I look forward to seeing Amerikan Made, One Less Zero, Whitekaps, Hollywood Hate, and any other band I can squeeze into my day. Regardless of the bands listed here, everyone should really check out as many bands as possible to support the local music scene. I will admit that I have my doubts about returning to this event, but I will give it a second chance to see if they can truly escape the hole that they fell into two years ago, and you should give it a chance too.