Posts Tagged ‘Pillow Fight’

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. World Pillow Fight Day takes place every year on the first Saturday of April, where communities around the world gather to unleash a fray of feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. One will encounter solo pillow fighters, pillow fighter parties, and specific pillow fighter “targets” dressed in costume. Throughout the melee, someone may call out a target, prompting anyone nearby to all focus on that particular pillow fighter. While many people brought cotton pillows, the few that brought feather pillows made the pillow fight much more interesting. Of course, this also caused some breathing issues as the air filled with dust and feathers. Regardless, everyone had a great time, and despite the location, the event did not see any troublemakers.

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Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. World Pillow Fight Day takes place every year on the first Saturday of April, where communities around the world gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. One will encounter solo pillow fighters, pillow fighter parties, and specific pillow fighter “targets” dressed in costume. Throughout the melee, someone will call out a target, prompting anyone nearby to all focus on that particular pillow fighter. For best results, participants should use feather pillows instead of cotton or memory foam pillows, and make a few perforations on the pillows to allow the feathers to fly. Participants should maintain their health by wearing goggles, bandanas, masks, or anything else to help preserve vision and breathing.

Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world. As far as Southern California goes, World Pillow Fight Day returns to Los Angeles after taking many years off, with the last one taking place in 2011.

San Diego Steampunk March Meeetup
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 28
Fuddruckers, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdsteampunk.com/

Mix and mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts tonight in Mira Mesa.

Avery Brewing Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 29
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1723947904486830/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a bunch of Avery Brewing beers on tap this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Epic Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 30
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/190006874713410/

Epic Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

2nd Annual SOCO Uncorked
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa
http://southcoastcollection.com/soco-uncorked/

Enjoy small bites, wine sips, and live music this Thursday evening at the SOCO Mix Mart in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $100, and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2016
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1-2
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

4th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 1
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
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 $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm.

Hardcore Punk Night @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243003

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk night this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5. 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.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1133197-secret-affair-long-beach/

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

2016 Formula E Long Beach ePrix
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Long Beach Grand Prix Track, Long Beach
http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2016-long-beach.aspx

Check out the world’s first fully-electric racing series this Saturday on the same track as the Long Beach Grand Prix. This Saturday will represent round six of the year-long racing tournament. General admission costs $30 for adults or $20 for children and seniors.

BeerFit San Diego 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://runbeerfit.com/event/san-diego/

Run a 5k while drinking beer. If you think you can handle this, registration starts at $50.

21st Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 2
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/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.

24th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://www.riversideairshow.com/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

6th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.arttheatrelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671099253179679/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

5th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Spring 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

San Diego Craft Beer Relay
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
http://www.craftbeerrelay.com/

Basically, a four-person relay team takes on a 5k obstacle course while sampling craft beer along the way. If you think you have a group that can handle this, registration costs $289 per team.

2016 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Meet The Brewer: Good Beer Company
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 2
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.statesidecrafts.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1779973905558798/

This Saturday in Long Beach, meet the brewers from Good Beer Company, and try a flight of their beers as well for $7.

King Harbor Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/event/2nd-anniversary/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $30 and comes with a souvenir glass, unlimited beer pours, and access to the dessert bar. VIP admission costs $40, and also includes a bottle of their anniversary brew.

2016 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 2nd, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.nightnationrun.com/orange-county-2016/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/161-japanese-cherry-blossom-festival

Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.

5th Annual Chocolate Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $17 for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Montrose Brew Fest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 3
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://www.montrosebrewfest.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Coronado Brewing Can Launch Pool Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 3
Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, North Park, San Diego
http://coronadobrewing.com/cans

Coronado Brewing will start distributing their canned beverages, and to celebrate this start, they will have a free pool party this Sunday in North Park. Guests can enjoy the live music, take a dip in the pool, enjoy some cold ones, and savor some local food. While this event costs nothing to get into, guests should bring cash to buy food and drinks.

Masters Of Taste 2016
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $125, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $225, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

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!

Citraholic IPA Release
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 31
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach/Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will release another of their coveted IPAs this Tuesday night at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations.

Pundamonium: The Los Angeles Pun Slam
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
Ghengis Cohen, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405251466452043/

Fancy yourself a comic? If you have the puns to make people laugh, you can win cash at this pun contest this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. No registration required – simply show up early and compete. First come, first served – they have a limit to the number of entrants.

April Fools Blind Beer & Wine Tasting
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/443159295849817/

Get into the holiday spirit with some booze at The Factory. Participants will blindly taste samples of beer or wine flights that will include one non-craft drink. Correctly identify the non-craft drink to receive the flight for free; otherwise, pay for it like normal.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/643431005761032/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 2
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Luba Nude Yoga – Photo Exhibit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 2
Unknowngallery, Venice
http://www.unknownart.com/

Yes, nude yoga. I need not speak anymore. Free to attend, but no one under 18 may enter.

WonderCon 2015
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1543014509319262/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a bunch of Hangar 24 beers on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and check out the selection.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/beer_dinner/

Eat some seafood and drink some beer at the aquarium this Friday night. Admission to this beer dinner costs $75. No one under 21 may participate.

Strung Out @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Strung-Out

Strung Out will begin touring this week, which includes a show in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

West Coast Punk Invasion
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 3
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/342221325986257/

A bunch of awesome local punk bands will perform at this show in LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhood across the street.

The Movielife – Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 3, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/746457-movielife-pomona/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/770039-movielife-west-hollywood/

The Movielife will headline a triplet of shows in California this week, ending with these two Southern California shows. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25.

2015 Spring Forward 626Drift Event
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 4
Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosemond
http://626drift.com/

Get your drifting on this Saturday morning, or just come spectate. Participation costs $85 for drivers or $5 for passengers.

9th Annual Easter Festival & Food Truck Brunch
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, April 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-easter-festival-treasure-hunt-and-food-truck-brunch-tickets-15608278782

Enjoy family-fun Easter activities and various local food trucks this Saturday morning at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Use the link above to receive admission for FREE; otherwise, admission will cost $2 at the door.

2nd Annual Filipino Sun Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://filipinosunfestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. At this Filipino-themed festival, find food, drinks, treats, music, dance, activities, games, vendors, demos, workshops, and more that all celebrate Filipino culture.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

After taking a year off, this gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to San Diego at its new home in Qualcomm Stadium. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $65, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-current-affair-pop-up-vintage-marketplace-spring-2015-tickets-15144623978

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $8 and starts at 1pm, while early entry for 12pm costs $16.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Bourbon O.E. & Goldie Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/795753630514995/

Smog City Brewing in Torrance will release two barrel-aged beers in bottles this Saturday. For this momentous occasion, visitors can buy bottles to take to-go as well as enjoy the brews in the tasting room.

Deltopia 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 4
Beaches of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara
http://www.facebook.com/events/403028739834618/

Bring out your floaters, because this Spring Break party will rock your boat. You will find everything stereotypical about Spring Break at this all-day beach party in Santa Barbara. Come mix & mingle with everyone here, meet new people, and enjoy the warm California sun.

Cosplay Spring Fashion Show 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/744727798933483/

Looking for a venue to show off your latest cosplay outfit? Want to see a bunch of other cosplayers without having to deal with the WonderCon crowds/registration? Check out this cosplay meetup this Saturday afternoon in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, completely free to attend.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

A bunch of taco businesses from across LA County will gather here this Saturday for an afternoon of slinging tacos. Admission costs $10but does not include anything but entry – guests should bring plenty of cash to purchase tacos once inside.

2015 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 4
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

The Punk Rock Pillow Fight concludes its championship tournament this Saturday in Chinatown starting at 6:45pm. Dubbed “Big Trouble in Little China,” this glorified pillow fight sees people of all ages fight it out on the bloodstained mattress.

Free to participate for anyone who signs the liability waiver, kids normally fight the first few rounds, while the adults fight after dark. Coordinators encourage all participants to don costumes and “ring names” during the fights. Technically, only the music played during the matches makes this pillow fight a punk rock pillow fight, which I happen to provide. Yes, I actually get to control the music during Punk Rock Pillow Fight.

Looking for parking? You can find free street parking east of Spring Street. College Street works, as well as all the streets across from LA State Historic Park. A Metro station disembarks nearby, for those taking public transportation.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight goes on during Chinatown Summer Nights, a summer party full of food, arts & crafts, vendors, and music. Chinatown restaurants offer specials, while food trucks take over the south alley. The center alley holds all the vendor and arts & crafts booths, while the north alley has the entertainment. Punk Rock Pillow Fight occurs in front of the main stage and Eagle Rock Brewery’s beer garden on the east side of Chinatown. All culinary activities actually occur across the street northwest from the main plaza.

All in all, you can see more than just the Punk Rock Pillow Fight at Chinatown this Saturday night for absolutely no cost other than transportation. Arrive early, try out some food, release some aggression with pillow fighting, and stay for the late-night parties.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 24
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22-23
Pine Avenue & Broadway, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/archives/6569

The final Taste of Downtown Long Beach will conclude this week with its finale at Pine Avenue and Broadway. The Taste of Downtown Long Beach follows the same format as Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor – booklets of 12 tickets cost $10, and each participating restaurant or bar will consume varying amounts of tickets. Beachwood BBQ will host a beer garden inside the parking lot.

Cruisin’ the Island
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, August 23
2nd Street, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://naplesislandbusiness.com/

Think of this as the Naples version of the Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor. Free admission and parking, while ticket booklets of 12 cost $10. Buying two booklets provides you with a raffle entry to win a $500 credit towards a cruise. Most of the Naples Island restaurants will participate, allowing you to sample food that otherwise could not participate in Stroll & Savor.

Ribs For your Pleasure
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/422239581159855/

On this glorious night, Beachwood BBQ will serve SIX different types of ribs a la carte: pork, beef, lamb, antelope, venison, and wild boar. Meat-lovers will not want to miss this.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/334550966629524/

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Left Alone, Chencha Berrinches, La Pobreska, Rompe Cabezas and Death March ft. Skinhead Rob from the Transplants will all perform on this night at Alpine Village. If you have not seen Voodoo Glow Skulls live, you must go to this show.

Decadence – A Celebration of the Senses
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 24
Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach
http://www.ocweekly.com/microsites/decadence2012/
Discounted tickets (expires Wednesday)

This festival for the senses will feature 30 local restaurants, live music & DJs, local dance performers, signature cocktails, and more. $30 all-inclusive admission, free parking.

2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival
8:00 pm, August 24
7:00 pm, August 25
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
http://www.laguitarfestival.com

This festival will feature many types of musicians, live performances, music vendors, and more. Ticket prices range from $30 to $125. Fans of music will not want to miss this gala.

Taste of Brews – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Lighthouse Park, Long Beach
http://www.tasteofbrews.com/

The PREMIER beer fest for Long Beach, Taste of Brews brings the best in craft beer to Lighthouse Park behind the Aquarium of the Pacific this Saturday. General admission begins at 1pm, while early entry (VIP) begins at 12pm. Parking gets complicated, as one cannot simply park right at the venue. The nearby parking structure will only allow parking for aquarium guests. The actual parking structure for this event lies across Shoreline Drive, next to Avia Hotel. For those who do not want to pay for parking, the next closest free parking stretches out to the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. I parked in a neighborhood last year, but walking in the heat drained me by the time I reached the fest area.

SoCal Tomato Battle
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 25
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://tomatobattle.com/socal/

Looking for a messy time? Expect to see hundreds of thousands of tomatoes flung at unwilling people at this all-out tomato fight. Live music, costume contests, a beer garden, and more await you at Irvine Lake this Saturday.

4th Annual Busker Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/buskerfest/

Buskerfest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend, fans of music will surely want to come here.

Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for Blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes separate.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.punkrockpillowfight.com/

Essentially a glorified pillow fight, this event marks night three – the final day of Punk Rock Pillow Fight at this location. Free to participate, kids usually fight first while the adults come out to play when it gets dark. I may get to DJ the fights, so come check it (me) out!

Trump National Golf Club’s 4th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=355164&ssid=261799&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

Ever wanted to try fried chicken prepared by nine of LA’s top chefs? Now you have a chance at the LA Fried Chicken Fest! In addition to the best fried chicken you will ever have, craft beers and cocktails will keep you hydrated.

2012 Orange County Fair – Final Week
August 8-12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The final day of the 2012 OC Fair is this Sunday, August 12. The fairgrounds are open from 12:00 pm – 12:00 am on weekdays, and 10:00 am – 12:00 am on weekends. Click this link for special promotions for tickets. Click this link for info on the Super Pass.

Every year, a new fried food gets introduced. Last year, it was deep-fried Kool Aid. The year prior, deep-fried butter. This year, they are mixing it up by allowing YOU to decide what gets friend next. All the info is on the OC Fair website, but I can tell you now that of whatever you bring, if it can be fried, it will get fried.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will be open late, and some parking lots will be filled with more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, there is no free parking in Downtown LA, although some meters only are active until 8pm. First-time visitors are encouraged to attend with someone who has gone here before.

Long Beach Jazz Festival
August 10-12
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachjazzfestival.com/2012/

Direct from their website:
“Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Long Beach Jazz Festival with one of the best concerts this season, featuring a great lineup from classic R & B to hot summer night jazz. The Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art, and much more.”

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/index.html

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. There will be comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission is $40 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 11
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
Huntington Beach Pier
http://www.facebook.com/SG101Convention

Come see lots of surf-music bands perform this benefit show, $30 admission. A post-party show will be at The Doll Hut in Anaheim. There will also be a free follow-up pier show at the Huntington Beach Pier the following day from 11am-5pm.

The 80th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am, August 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, while Sunday is mainly for spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Registration is FREE, and there will be vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am, August 11-12
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=36

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! There will be games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Parking and entry are free, and the festival is open to all ages.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 11
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.punkrockpillowfight.com/

This is essentially a glorified pillow fight. It is free to participate – simply arrive before 7:00 pm and sign up. You must provide your own pillow, which will be checked before entering.

3rd Annual Sea Feast-ival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
http://www.lbkidsconnection.org/

Formerly called Taste of the Coast, this food fest on the pier will feature numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach. Admission is significantly lower this year, from $50 down to $20 per adult. Live music, dance shows, and a fire boat show will be present to entertain guests.

Ecuadorian Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.festivals.com/viewevent.aspx?eventid=QFxVv8b6HcA%3D

The parade starts at 11am on Broadway & 8th St, goes north on Broadway until Temple St, then turns on Main St, ending at Olvera Street. The parade will have cars, dancers, drill teams, beauty queens, and other businesses. Olvera Street will be filled with Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, vendors, free health screenings, lots of free gifts, games, and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.

Well I simply cannot believe that I have just heard about this Punk Rock Pillow Fight. Apparently there is a tournament for punk rock pillow fighting. I completely missed the first night, so I have no idea if I can still participate in the second round (I am unavailable on August 25th). You better believe I will be there though, so stay tuned for that blog post once the fight is over.