Posts Tagged ‘Pershing Square’

Free Punk Show in Riverside
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 14
Inkonsiderate Boardshop, Riverside

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages local punk show tonight in Riverside.

Poison Idea: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, December 16, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 18, The Garage, Ventura

Portland’s own Poison Idea will headline a handful of shows this week in Southern California. The cover for these shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

107th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, December 16-20
Balboa Island, Newport Beach

Enjoy a free and all-ages Christmas boat parade around Balboa Island this week.

Give More, Get More On Fourth – A Holiday Celebration
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, December 17
Retro Row, Long Beach

Many shops on 4th Street in Long Beach will have sales or specials this Thursday. Check the Facebook event page linked above for a full list of what to expect on 4th Street this Thursday.

Allagash Bottle Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 17
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a special bottle release this Thursday night from Allagash, as well as a handful of other Allagash beers on tap. No reservations or admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Beachwood BBQ 9th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 17-19
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ celebrates their ninth year in Seal Beach this week, and to commemorate, Beachwood Brewing releases Nine this week in bottles and at both locations on tap. When you visit either location, expect to find a plethora of seasonal beers on tap, plus an exciting menu full of exclusive items only found during this celebration.

Silent Night, Deadly Night
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson

This Thursday night, Phantom Carriage Brewery in Carson will have an ugly sweater party, release a new barrel-aged beer, and show a 1984 slasher film. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy the night.

Artifex Brewing’s Ugly Sweater Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 18
Artifex Brewing, San Clemente

Don your ugly Christmas sweater to Artifex Brewing in San Clemente this Friday night. The top three sweaters will receive a prize. This event has no admission fee or cover charge. No purchase necessary.

The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, December 18
The Music Center, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will get to sing holiday songs with many other people. The music center will provide lyrics sheets.

Save The Swim Team – Holiday Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18, Beatnik Bandito, Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19, Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 20, Ché Café Collective, La Jolla

Ska-reamo band Save The Swim Team reunites for a series of Southern California shows this weekend. The cover charge for these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Lightsaber Battle 2015
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 18, Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 19, Waterfront Park, San Diego

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out this week, Southern California will see two all-ages flash mobs involving lightsaber battles. Bring your own lightsaber, or order one from the organizers for $10 presale or $15 at the event. The event spaces will have food trucks, a temporary bar, and live DJ’s to take care of guests.

Retox and ACxDC Record Release Show
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 18
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona

Rock out to some local bands this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Punk Rock Christmas Party & Toy Drive for Toys For Tots
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 18
Viper Room, West Hollywood

A handful of great punk rock bands will perform this Friday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. Bring an unwrapped toy for special prizes and drink specials. No one under 21 may enter.

Let it Snow at the North Pole
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, December 19
Houghton Park, North Long Beach

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find Santa Claus, toys, cookies, snow, and other forms of entertainment.

Akihabara Day
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 19
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Fans of Japanese pop culture will not want to miss this free and all-ages event in Little Tokyo this Saturday afternoon. Activities include cosplaying, a gift exchange, speed dating, and photographs around the Christmas tree.

Star Wars Day at Helm’s Brewing
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 19
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa

To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars film, Helm’s Brewing will air the original trilogy, host raffles for various merchandise, and release a new line of beers based on the Star Wars universe. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, pound a cold one, and enjoy the movies.

7th Annual Champagne Tasting
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 19
The Sky Room, Long Beach

Taste ten exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines, along with specialty hors d’oeuvres pairings. Admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door.

Timeless Pints Holiday Party
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 19
Timeless Pints, Lakewood

Ring in the holidays with craft beer, ugly sweaters, live music, food, and more this Saturday at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, free to attend.

Toys For Tots OC Punk Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Lots of great local punk bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10 or an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. No one under 21 may enter.

The Vandals 20th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
House of Blues, Anaheim

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets cost $20. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Chaos For X-Mas
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena

Rock out to some great punk rock this Saturday night in Pasadena. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Victory At Sea Day 2015
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 20
All Ballast Point locations, San Diego

Ballast Point releases their coveted porter, Victory At Sea, this Sunday to the public. At each of their locations throughout San Diego County, Ballast Point will have Victory At Sea for you to taste. Admission to each location will cost $30 and comes with five 4oz tasters, a souvenir glass, and a bomber of their limited edition coffee-only Victory At Sea. In addition, nearly every other beer bar and restaurant across the nation will have Victory At Sea specials, so check in with your favorite craft beer establishment if you cannot make it down to San Diego this Sunday.

44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 20
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-23
Various locations, San Diego

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

2nd Annual Seal Beach Restaurant Week
November 17-22
Various locations, Seal Beach

Following the success of last year, Seal Beach Restaurant Week will return for its second year starting today and lasting through Saturday. Over ten of Main Street’s restaurants will offer food & drinks specials during this time, ranging from discounts on certain items to prix-fixe meals, such as the one shown below.

7th Annual (Ice) Skate And Destroy
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles

Spend an hour ice skating in Pershing Square with no heed for children. Afterwards, grab some pizza from Pizzanista in the Arts District.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 20

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Animation Breakdown 2014
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 20-21
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 22-23
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, November 24-25
The Cinefamily, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles

Watch over a dozen independently-produced animated films all throughout the weekend for just $12 per film. See the website for a full schedule of all the films.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 21
Barnes Park, Monterey Park

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Orange County’s 2nd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Old World Village, Huntington Beach

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

Beaujolais Nouveau Passions
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
The Castaway, Burbank

Celebrate a night of French foods, wines, and entertainment in beautiful Beverly Hills. At this one-night fest, guests get treated to French food samples, merchandise, live music, silent auction, caberet dancers, and more. Presale tickets cost $20, while tickets at the door cost $25. VIP presale costs $50, and $75 at the door, and comes with preferred seating, a 4-course meal, complimentary wine & other drinks, and covers tax & tip. Guests may find free street parking surrounding the venue, while the venue will provide valet parking as well.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop 2, Riverside

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

Wasted Ones – Live in Canoga Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 21
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park

Get crazy at this all-ages punk rock show in the valley this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10.

OC Baking Company 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 22
Old Towne Orange Farmers & Artisans Market, Orange

This Saturday morning, purchase some bread and/or baked goods from the OC Baking Company in Orange, and a portion of the sales will go to diabetes research.

Repticon Los Angeles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

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

22nd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Lummis House, Highland Park

This Saturday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

29th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Microsoft Store Grand Opening Celebration w/ Kelly Clarkson
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 22
Los Cerritos Center (Mall), Cerritos

A new Microsoft Store will open their doors to the public starting this Saturday, and they will have two items at a very low price for that day only. In addition, the first thousand people in line for the store will receive a pair of tickets to see Kelly Clarkson perform live at the Cerritos Mall for FREE. People may start lining up as early as 11pm the previous night at the mall entrance between Lazy Dog Café and California Pizza Kitchen.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Warmer Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, November 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

This Saturday, Hangar 24 will release the next beer in their Local Fields series, Warmer, ahead of the normal yearly schedule. Anyone visiting the tasting room can sip on Warmer from draft, as well as take bottles or growlers of it home. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy live music, as well as food from the local mobile eatery.

14th Annual Cranksgiving Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 22
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park

Thanksgiving has inspired many 5K/10K runs in the past, colloquially know as Turkey Trots. This Saturday, participate in a Thanksgiving-inspired bike ride called Cranksgiving. Registration starts at noon, while the actual ride will start at 1pm. All participants must bring their own bike, helmet, lock, and bag(s).

24th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

Punk Rock NYE @ The Doll Hut
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 31
The Doll Hut, Anaheim

A $5 cover lasts all day for this 21 & over all-day punk rock show!

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 4
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Nique Ta Mère – Flash Art Mob
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 4
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles

Welcome to a pop-up art exhibit, flash-mob style. During this one-hour spree, artists set up their work on the subway train as a moving art show. After completing a round trip from LA to Hollywood displaying art through the train windows, participants get to hang out and party at Pershing Square!

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Health & Wellness Day
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 5
The OC Mix, Costa Mesa

Every first Saturday, people of all ages can visit this free experience at the OC Mart Mix. Visitors will enjoy the weekly farmer’s market, mini seminars from fitness trainers, yoga, cooking demos, olive oil demos & tastings, and more.

Reel Big Fish with The Pilfers and Dan P from MU330 @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:30 pm – 11:30 am, January 5
House of Blues, Anaheim

Get your skanking on this Saturday night with Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Tickets cost $23.50 presale and $26.50 at the door.

Free Blues Concert w/ Chris Cain
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6
Buster’s Beach House, Long Beach

Check out this blues concert on Sunday night at Buster’s Beach House. No one under 21 may enter, as Buster’s enforces a two-drink minimum in exchange for no cover charge.

Concert For Cancer
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 5
The Glass House, Pomona

The ticket sales to this charity concert assists families affected by cancer. In addition to raising cancer awareness to the community, this concert will feature prize raffles, while local vendors will sell their food, drinks, and merchandise here.

Spring Street Farm’s Sunday Supper
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, January 6
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

For $100, guests get treated to a local & seasonal fundraiser dinner prepared by local chefs, including wine pairings.

Remember the famous theme song to Disney’s Electrical Parade? Perhaps you may have even watched the parade in person before? If you fondly remember that parade, then Autumn Lights @ Pershing Square will take those memories, enhance them, and throw them back at you in a puff of sparkly lights. A free event that occurs annually on the weekend closest to the autumnal equinox, Autumn Lights invites artists and performers from all over to exhibit their work in this after-dark setting. All participants must supply their own method of lighting for whatever they exhibit – paintings, sculptures, 3D renderings, dance shows, and more. Many of the exhibits even encouraged guests to interact as well! I had arrived shortly prior to sunset, so I took as many photos as I could with natural sunlight.

Take a look at this exhibit that caught many people’s attention as it operated:

This glass circle consisted of four quadrants: two clear glass quadrants and two mirror quadrants both lie across from the center of the circle, attached to a gear that guests could spin. By spinning the gear, the circle created a half mirror/half glass image such that if you place two people or objects on opposite sides, you see a “ghost” or superimposed image of the two people or objects. Once guests found out how this exhibit functioned, many flocked over to see it in action. Personally, I spent at least 15 minutes gazing in awe at such a cool and creative invention.

Once the sun fully set, all the lights simultaneously powered on, revealing a spectacular show of lights, dance, music, art, and more.

Truly a marvelous sight for no entry fee, Autumn Lights redefines art by portraying it in its inverse setting. Whereas traditional art occurs in light on a light base, Autumn Lights focuses on no lights and that the art must create its own light or function differently without light. Those who remember Disney’s Electrical Parade will see Autumn Lights as the grown-up version of it. Make sure you remember to bring your friends and family to visit Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles next year to check out Autumn Lights, a spectacle you do not want to miss.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, or pay $60 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

21st Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18
Old Town Pasadena

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

As a bonus, anyone who dons a full pirate outfit to any participating Krispy Kreme will receive a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts!

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all locations

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

Cerritos Taste of the Region
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 20
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Thursday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay a low flat fee, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Last year’s participating restaurants:

LA Beer Week
September 20-30
Greater Los Angeles Area

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate.

Big Orange Book Festival
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 21
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 22
Chapman University, Orange

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day book festival takes place at Chapman University in Orange this weekend. Come see hundreds of books, writers, live entertainment, food, speakers, and more.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 22
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 23
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, Unit F @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana

The Dead Kennedys, JFA, Whitecaps, Anarchy Taco, and Unit F play a show this Friday at The Observatory in Santa Ana. This all-ages show costs $25. To Dead Kennedys fans, Jello has other priorities, and will not play with the band.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 21-23
KGB Studios, Los Angeles

This three-night event filled with live music, art, NUDE BODY painting, and of course, chocolate will take over the KGB Studios in Los Angeles across from LA State Historic Park. For just a $10 cover, attendees will get to see over 150 artists, photographers, designers, body painters, and more. Live DJ’s will keep the venue loud and pumping, while you snack away at chocolate. Because of its location by the park, attendees can park for free on the street.

13th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa

This charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing. [sic]

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Originally scheduled for September 2, presale tickets still sell for $25, while tickets will sell for $30 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition.

2012 Better Weather Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles

Golden Road Brewery will host their own beer fest this Saturday (just like everyone else). Presale tickets purchased before September 20 cost $30, then tickets cost $40 afterwards. Admission comes with five 6oz pours – additional pours cost $3 each. Attendees get treated to numerous breweries & beers, brewery tours, food trucks, live music, gifts & goodie bags, and more. Attendees can park on the streets surrounding the brewery.

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 22
Santa Monica Pier

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

10th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 22
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

Autumn Lights
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Pershing Square, Los Angeles

Anyone who has gone to the Downtown LA Artwalk will see similarities in Autumn Lights. This light show makes its annual return to Pershing Square this Saturday night. Free to attend for all ages, lights turn on at 6pm, revealing “some very large scale sculptural light installations, interactive light and performances, life black light paintings, photo booth, and other visually interesting work.” If you like going to the Downtown LA Artwalk, you do not want to miss this.

2012 Zam Fest
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
University High School, West Los Angeles

Moving from Long Beach to Los Angeles this year, this arts & music festivals caters to children. Zam Fest features a plethora of activities for kids, such as art, baking, acting, sports, dance, music, crafting, and more. Some activities cost nothing, while others cost tickets, of which the website lists the prices.

2012 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia

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

The International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 23
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. $20-25 gets you all-you-can-eat chocolate.