Posts Tagged ‘Point Loma’

They say that variety adds to the spice of life. One can live life completely routinely and habitually day by day, but that leads to a dull and predictable life. These type of people live by the motto, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In other words, why change something if it already works just fine? I would argue about how boring that sounds, but another would argue “Better safe than sorry.” While you may not successfully convince the stubborn people, many others accept variety in their lives. Trying something different makes life much more interesting, especially when it already changes on a set schedule. In this case, I refer to things that change monthly, such as a monthly pint nite, bottle share, or food specials menu. Speaking of the latter, you can find a terrific monthly specials menu at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

Dedicated to the heart of true craft, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) understands that cooking requires more than simply skill – cooking requires HEART. Sure their menu contains plenty of amazing dishes that you will want to come back for over and over again in order to try everything. But did you know that JFAT carries a monthly specials menu? In addition to continually updating their menu and adding new items, all JFAT locations now offer a limited-time monthly menu with seasonal eats. This month, I got to try three items from their current specials menu:

  • Grilled Prosciutto-wrapped Figs with Arugula, Goat Cheese, Pine Nuts and Balsamic Syrup – Four halved fresh figs, wrapped with prosciutto, lightly grilled, served around arugula lightly dressed with sherry vinaigrette, and sprinkled with crumbled goat cheese & toasted pine nuts. Figs come drizzled lightly with balsamic syrup
  • Grilled Zucchini, Corn, Red Pepper, Ricotta and Squash Blossom Flatbread – Flatbread topped with Fontina, Ricotta, Parmesan, grilled zucchini, roasted corn, red peppers, and zucchini squash blossoms
  • Pasta with Clams, Andouille Sausage, Corn and Tomatoes – Thick-cut pappardelle pasta tossed with Manila clams, spicy Andouille style sausage, white wine, garlic, tomatoes. and corn

Enjoy something unique at any Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern location while the season lingers! Check out JFAT’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see what else they have that you may like your taste buds to tango with.

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Summer has undoubtedly arrived, what with the heat wave and all. The weather does not appear to get any cooler in the next month or two, so cool off with a nice cool treat. The summer season has a great effect on the types of food and drinks that people consume, as more people start to prefer light and refreshing things to consume. Your body just craves it – when you feel hot, your body tells you to go find something cold to eat or drink. If you plan on powering through this heat wave, then Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has got you covered.

We know and love Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) for their amazing food and great ambiance. Their menu always impresses with rotating and seasonal dishes, and they have plenty of weekly specials that you will want to come back for over and over, such as Happy Hour, Burger & Beer specials, and early dinner (supper) specials. The food menu contains many customer favorites, plus a lot of dishes that depend on the month or season. However, JFAT does not limit seasonal rotations to only their food menu – they apply a seasonal rotation to their drink menu too. Having just launched in early July, JFAT has added six new summer-inspired cocktails to their drink menu. JFAT already had a large list of drinks, and now you can enjoy any of the following to cool yourself off:

  • The Pearfectionist – Tito’s Vodka, Absolut Pear Vodka, Pear Nectar, Agave
  • SoCal Sour – Bulleit Rye, Lemon and Orange Juice, Diseño Malbec
  • Summer Sunrise – Ketel One, Blood Orange Juice, Blood Orange Liqueur, Sparkling Float
  • Blackberry Sangria – Troublemaker GSM, Sacred Bond Brandy, Schnapps, White Grape Juice
  • Peach Sangria – Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Sacred Bond Brandy, Peach Puree, Peach Schnapps
  • Classic Sangria – Simi Sauvignon Blanc, J-FAT Homemade Lemonade, Sacred Bond Brandy, Razzmatazz & Peach Schnapps

Treat yourself to a cool treat at any Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern location while the season lingers! Check out JFAT’s Facebook and Twitter pages to see what else they have that you may like your taste buds to tango with.

6th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2017 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$23 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

5th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19-22
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to four nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Tickets cost $10 per day or $40 for an all-access pass for all four days. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 20-27
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.

24th Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 20
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80. Admission does not guarantee food for attendees.

The Muckenthaler’s 5th Annual Speakeasy
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/4/20/the-muckenthalers-5th-annual-speakeasy

Enjoy fashion, drinks, dancing, and music this Thursday night in Fullerton. Admission costs $25 and comes with a complimentary glass of champagne. No one under 21 may attend.

38th Annual OC Fair Imaginology
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22-23
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair.com/steam

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this weekend in Costa Mesa featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Parking at the venue costs $8 per vehicle.

2017 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 21
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 21
The Paddock, Del Mar
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-of-North-County-Party-2017/

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.

Purple Rain Peepshow
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 21
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sultry burlesque show dedicated to the late Prince this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21
Club 80s Bar & Grill, Corona
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this Friday night for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 22
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

2017 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale or $40 at the gate.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 22
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/319731998441902/

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!

Earth Day 2017, Uptown Whittier
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 22
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.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 22-23
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/event_green.php

Check out a diverse range of plants, arts & crafts, and more this weekend at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton. Admission costs $8 for this all-ages event.

22nd Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-23
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

26th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-23
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

5th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
White Park, Riverside
http://rivtamalefest.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $10, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

College Area Business District’s ART Street
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22
Social Tap, College Area, San Diego
http://collegeareabid.com/?page_id=2831

Check out dozens of artists booths at this free and all-ages street fair this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. This event will also have live entertainment and a food & beer garden.

2017 Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 22
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $10 for the concert, $35 for both, or $10 less for children/youth.

9th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 22
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22
Houghton 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.

Santa Barbara Earth Day 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 22-23
Alameda Park, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbearthday.org/

Free to attend for all ages, Santa Barbara will host an Earth Day fair this weekend. Guests will find lots of activities, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, and more.

Meat Street Food Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 22
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://eatmeatstreet.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food festival this Saturday dedicated to meat. It operates much like their previous festivals – you can either pay for an entry admission to gain access to vendors where you will have to pay for food again, or you can pay for an all-you-can-eat experience that lasts only three hours. Basic admission costs $10, but then you still need cash to pay for anything else once inside. The all-you-can-eat experience costs $50 to attend, and runs from 1pm to 4pm, or 5pm to 8pm. These sessions will include some exclusive food vendors that the basic admission cannot get, which you can see on the website.

2017 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 22
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://californiawinefestival.com/events/orange-county

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $69 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $89 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $109, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

7th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 22
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours.

Spring 2017 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2017-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.

10th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 22
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
Great Park, Irvine
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

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

Watermelon Blonde Party
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/178089952707794/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release a spring seasonal beer this Saturday, and they will also have a watermelon eating contest and other fun watermelon inspired games and activities throughout the day. This event has no admission fee – simpy show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $25, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Half Past Two’s 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 22
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.halfpasttwoska.com/

Get your skanking on at this all-ages ska show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10.

Life In Color San Diego 2017
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 22
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.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 23
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

6th Annual Long Beach Walk for Kids
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 23
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.walkforkids.org/longbeach

Go on a walk to raise money for awareness this Sunday morning in Long Beach. Registration for this walk costs $25.

2017 La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5k
7:30 am – 10:30 am, April 23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.lajollahalfmarathon.com/

A half marathon will take place in San Diego County this Sunday morning that stretches from Del Mar to La Jolla. Registration for the half marathon costs $120, while registration for the 5k costs $45.

EPIC Series Los Angeles
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park
http://www.epicseriesocr.com/upcoming-events/epic-series-los-angeles/

Test your might at this all-ages obstacle course this Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Registration costs $65 for the open course or $70 for the competitive course. The kids course costs $10 to participate in.

31st Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
Main Street, Downtown Fallbrook
http://www.fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org/events-v2/avocado-festival.html

This annual local treat returns to Fallbrook this Sunday to celebrate the legacy of the California avocado. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find hundreds of vendors booths, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food & drinks, activities, and more.

28th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.tigerarmy.com/

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

For all of our lives, we have always heard about the importance of breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Whenever told about this, have we received an explanation about the origin of that? The statement exists as more than just a phrase – breakfast truly does monitor and control your mind and body for the rest of the day. What humans consume within an hour of waking up ultimately determines how a person will feel the rest of the day. A person that eats a breakfast full of vitamins and protein will take on the day with superior energy than someone who has something less nutritious for breakfast, such as pancakes with just butter and syrup. While a breakfast such as that will provide a heavy dosage of carbohydrates necessary for burning energy, a human body requires protein and vitamins in order to strengthen and grow the body. For this reason, nutritionists recommend eggs for breakfast, as eggs provide an abundant amount of protein in a small package. Many restaurants that serve breakfast will serve eggs in some fashion. For those that crave breakfast done right, seek out a local spot that specializes in quality ingredients, such as Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. Between lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more, especially in the morning.

JFAT offers some exclusive items found only their brunch menu, which they only serve on Sunday mornings. Get there at the right time, and you can kick off your Sunday brunch right. Arrive before noon for Early Bird Happy Hour, and you can get mimosa, champagne, or their Famous Mary for just $7 each. But even if you cannot make it to Early Bird Happy Hour, JFAT’s brunch menu awaits you with lots of succulent choices, such as the popular Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Malted Ale Waffles. Enjoy JFAT’s signature buttermilk fried chicken with waffles made with real malted ale, thyme gravy, applewood smoked bacon, and maple syrup for $18. Perhaps you seek something with eggs for brunch? If so, JFAT offers two varieties of eggs benedict. One can go with the Classic Eggs Benedict – English muffins topped with black forest ham, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. For a more unique spin, go with the BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict – English muffins topped with Anaheim chiles, barbecue pulled pork, poached eggs, and Tabasco Hollandaise sauce. Both of these come with tater tots and cost $17 per plate. For breakfast or brunch, some people like to eat with their hands. In that case, the Breakfast Flatbread makes for a great dish that multiple people can share. Normally cut into six pieces, this $16 flatbread comes with applewood smoked bacon, sausage, fried eggs, Fontina cheese, tater tots, and chives.

While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, Woodland Hills, or Santa Monica to savor American cuisine at its finest. Pay attention to their Facebook and Twitter pages for details about their current food specials, as well as new food and drinks that may arrive in the future.

As we grow older, our tastes change to shape the life of maturity that has enveloped us. As children, we preferred generally simpler foods, or foods popular within our culture. As time passes, our palates expand to include many other flavors, opening our minds to trying out lots of different foods out there. But while we start to eat differently as adults, sometimes we crave what we once had during our youths. Today, we refer to that as comfort food – food that reminds us of the comfort of home and childhood. Many gastropubs specialize in comfort food, but they do so in varying degrees of quality. Sure one can go to the local fast-food joint and get a cheap burger, but one can eat comfortably and exquisitely at a comfy restaurant, such as at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern.

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more.

On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes. Even their appetizers and sides can function as a full meal. Most customers start right off with the ‘Buffalo BBQ Style’ Certified Angus Beef Meatballs, juicy meatballs sitting in spicy wing sauce and served with honey-garlic ranch. These meatballs come with some kind of caramelization on the outside, so you get a crispy, sweet, and slightly sticky outer coating that holds a juicy, meaty interior. At $13, you cannot go wrong with this starting appetizer. For the vegetarians out there, the Signature Grilled Santa Fe Caesar Salad represents a masterpiece. Grilled Romaine holds corn, salsa fresca, avocado, and green chile Caesar dressing. This large salad can function as an entrée, and tastes like one too thanks to the grilling of the Romaine that gives it a smoky and meaty flavor. This salad only costs $12, or for $6 more, you can add grilled prime flatiron steak, spiced shrimp, rare seared ahi, or grilled or fried chicken. As another side or starter, customers rave about the $9 Charred Brussels Sprouts, which JFAT serves with applewood-smoked bacon and pine nuts, all of which sits in a pool of maple syrup and bacon fat. For a traditional pub entrée, go with a burger, such as their Jimmy Burger. This $18 burger comes with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and southern pimento cheese. Although more sweet and hearty than spicy, a little bit of heat kicks in at the end, giving a full spectrum of flavor in each bite. For a kinfe & fork entrée, JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken represents a fan favorite thanks to the Herbes de Provence present in the batter. This entrée costs $19 and comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans. JFAT proudly boasts a seasoned pastry chef that eloquently designs their desserts, such as Jimmy’s ‘Old School’ treat. In a large glass goblet, JFAT combines warm chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and roasted peanuts. This massive dessert that can feed at least two people costs only $12.

While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, or Woodland Hills to savor American cuisine at its finest. Also pay attention to their Facebook and Twitter pages for details about their upcoming Santa Monica location, as well as new food and drinks that may arrive in the future.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/event/i-love-poke-sd-2016/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Angelic Upstarts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://officialangelicupstarts.com/

Legendary punk band Angelic Upstarts currently tour through the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so refer to the band’s website for show details.

2016 Lightning In A Bottle
May 25-30
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

365 by Whole Foods Market – Opening Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 25
365 by Whole Foods Market, Silverlake
http://www.365bywfm.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1587622411548481/

A new grocery store opens in Silverlake this Wednesday morning, and the first 365 guests will receive mini-scones and vegan cookies, plus reusable shopping bags. The first 100 shoppers will receive gift cards in varying amounts, including one $365 gift card.

Scooper Bowl 2016 – Fundraiser
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 25
The Learning Centers At Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1199885140022271/

This fundraiser involves buying a bowl designed by an art student for $15, which will come with ice cream.

Mother Earth Brewing @ Far Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1683971371868505/

Far Bar will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Wednesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

The English Dogs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Complex, Glendale http://www.facebook.com/events/1553493521615672/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1118313-english-dogs-long-beach/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2881

Punk band The English Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Petie’s Place, Tarzana http://www.facebook.com/events/1707817879508070/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1104533162930651/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1156801-do-san-diego/
4:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 28, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1174565-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Taste of Brea 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Mother Earth Brewing – Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1715262115378666/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Thursday night. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/133188947093810/

Enjoy ska music and brews from Ska Brewing this Thursday night in Long Beach, free to attend.

The Buzzcocks: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Mayan, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/buzzcocks
http://www.buzzcocks.com/

Legendary punk band The Buzzcocks currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Anti-Nowhere League: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2784
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 27, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1108505-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 29, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/antinowhereleague
http://www.antinowhereleague.com/

Punk band Anti-Nowhere League currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

13th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 29
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://live-meritagecollectionevents.time.ly/event/13th-annual-newport-beach-wine-festival-memorial-day-weekend/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform live in Corona this Friday night. Tickets cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Refused – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/306986
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1086697-refused-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

84th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 28
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.

8th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture.

System Of A Stout – Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will have their annual release of this stout this Saturday at both of their locations. Stop on by to get a bottle or two for yourself before they appear in other retail shops.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Deschutes Brewery Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 28
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/events/

Whittier’s The Bottle Room will receive a handful of Deschutes beers this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

5000 Pies Celebrates 5000th Pie
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 28
5000 Pies, West Long Beach
http://www.5000pies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/278830395787626/

West Long Beach’s 5000 Pies will offer free pizza slices this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. They will also hold a pie-eating contest at 2:30pm.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get ten 3oz beer tasters, one 12oz beer pour, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Hollywood Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day & 5th Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/947946561993079/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Plethora of Piñatas Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 28
Border X Brewing, Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego
http://borderxbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/182995588752153/

Piñatas and beer collide at this free event taking place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night.

2016 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

20th Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 29
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 29
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

3rd Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

The Last Generic Ska Show @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0900509C9E9D2AC4
http://www.facebook.com/events/120462555025700/

An all-ages ska show will take place at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Game of Thrones Trivia Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/new-events/2016/4/18/game-of-thrones-trivia

Put your Game of Thrones knowledge to the test this Monday night at the Bottle Logic Brewing tasting room in Anaheim. They will have two trivia sessions: 5pm and 7:30pm. Each session can accommodate up to 30 teams with a maximum of six people per team. Registration costs nothing, but they will not accept walk-ins.

San Diego Craft Beer Job Fair
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewersguild.org/calendar/11919-san-diego-craft-beer-job-fair

Looking for a job in the craft beer industry? Don your business outfit and bring a bunch of résumés to SILO in Makers Quarter in San Diego this Tuesday evening to meet dozens of employers in the industry at this FREE job fair.

5th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 19
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Tuesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

The Big Cheese – Grilled Cheese Festival & Competition
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 19
Provisions Market, Orange
http://www.provisionsmarkets.com/
http://www.universe.com/bigcheese2016

For $60, you get to watch master chefs make grilled cheese sandwiches!

Rancid: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1071871-rancid-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/rancid
http://rancidrancid.com/

In addition to performing at Coachella, legendary punk band Rancid will headline two other shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows differ, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

City Tavern Culver City’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
City Tavern, Culver City
http://citytavernculvercity.com/

City Tavern’s Culver City location turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Wednesday night.

2016 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 20
Portuguese Club, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/TasteofPointLoma

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Doodlefest
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Public Beer Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.squeezeart.com/calendar/2016/4/20/doodlefest

Free to attend, the organizers of this event will provide paper and markers for guests to draw on and display their creative minds.

Mad Caddies: Live in Santa Barbara
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara
http://madcaddies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000146683410445/

The Mad Caddies will headline one show in Santa Barbara this week. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

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.

Valiant Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/3rd/

Valiant opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate, they will have three days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. This year, they have nixed the admission fee, so now you may pay as you go. First you must buy the glass for $5, then buy drink tickets afterwards. Each day they will have different beers available, so check their website for a schedule of the beers that they will have and when.

Tustin Union Market’s Spring Launch Party
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 21
Tustin Union Market, Tustin
http://unionmarkettustin.com/spring-launch-party/

Enjoy complimentary beer or wine as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres from the local eateries at Tustin Union Market this Thursday evening. They will also have live bands performing all night.

27th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 22-24
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.

2016 South Bay Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 22
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 23
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Parking starts at $5, but parking the neighborhood east of Alamitos can bypass any parking fees.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 24
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

Left Alone @ Union Nightclub
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.leftalonemusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1579965928961351/

Enjoy a night of skacore in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 22, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1141223-thee-static-age-lowerclass-los-angeles/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23, Til-Two Club, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/lower-class-brats-channel-3/
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Legendary punk band Lower Class Brats will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so check each show’s link for details.

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.

3rd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 23
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2016 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

33rd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 23-24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/events/springstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend 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.

Wild West Steam Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $20 for the concert, $35 for both, or $45 for VIP, which includes goodies and a seat at the concert.

8th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 23
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, live music, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

CitySolve Urban Race Long Beach
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, April 23
Alfredo’s Beach Club, Long Beach
http://www.citysolveurbanrace.com/cities/long_beach_ca

Participate in a city-wide scavenger hunt this Saturday for a chance to win $300. Registration costs $50 per person, and a team may contain two to four participants.

Spring Pop Up Shop
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 23
BOLD LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/962688180473501/

Check out this popup event in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon featuring dozens of local artists and designers. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find art, accessories, apparel, and many other household items for sale.

Wicks Brewing Co. 3rd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 23
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1148930561797949/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public three years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

Brunch at Farm Lot 59 with Restauration
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, April 23
Farm Lot 59, Long Beach
http://www.farmlot59.org/

Enjoy brunch at a local urban farm this Saturday early afternoon. Reservations cost $50 for adults or $15 for children.

4th Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 23
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenabrewfest.com/

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 1pm. Early entry costs $45, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive 12 4oz beer pours.

9th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 23
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://citybeatbeerfest.com/

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2016/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.

Beer Sessions at OB Warehouse
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 23
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.cohnrestaurants.com/obwarehouse/post/ob-warehouse-beer-sessions-next-class-april-23rd

Attend this beer seminar in San Diego this Saturday to learn a brief history of beer while tasting some brews as well. Registration costs $38 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Imperial Arts Studio, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 23
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://colorfunfest5k.com/los-angeles/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Irwindale. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Laughs By Volume 3: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 23
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 40 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Ales & Artisans Craft Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/636771089804159/

Inland Empire Brewing Company will host a free vendor popup event this Saturday evening. They will have a handful of local arts & crafts vendors, as well as live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Rolling Burger Barns: Free Burgers
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
Rolling Burger Barns, Arcadia
http://www.burgerbarns.com/

Rolling Burger Barns now has a permanent brick & mortar location in Arcadia, and to celebrate its opening, they will give out FREE burgers this Wednesday evening while supplies last. First come, first served!

South Coast Roller Derby Double Header
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Feast of Thrones
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 23
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1680112462278611/

Participate in a Game of Thrones themed dinner this Saturday night in Burbank. Reservations cost $70 per person. No one under 18 may attend.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 23
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

The Maxies – Record Release Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487055634821999/

The Maxies have a new album coming out, and to celebrate, they will headline a FREE all-ages ska show this Saturday night at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim Hills.

The Angry Samoans @ Bar 1650
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 23
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/570330863137076/

Go crazy at this local punk show this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies: Live in Rosemead
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 23
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/225614857794692/

Rock out to some punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Music Video Mania
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 23
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque will pay tribute to the late great music videos of the 80’s and 90’s this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Bring cash to pay for the cover charge, which will range from $5 to $10. No one under 21 may enter.

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.

6th Annual Kite Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 24
Ascot Hills Park, El Sereno, Los Angeles
http://www.josehuizar.com/councilmember_huizar_invites_you_to_the_6th_annual_kite_festival

Enjoy a free and all-ages kite festival in East LA this Sunday afternoon. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free kite and a commemorative medal.

Spring 2016 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2016 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 24
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

2nd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 24
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.

7th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, April 24
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/205970253094687/

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

4th Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 24
Link N Hops, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, April 24
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1764089383811488/

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.

Bootlegger’s Brewery 7th Anniversary Celebration
April 20-26
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=bf0f8641b90dbdb2a9fcb0c62&id=a6c646012b

Bootlegger’s Brewery celebrates their seventh year in business this weekend, but instead of a festival as they have held in the past years, they will spread out the festivities across this entire week. Every day this week, Bootlegger’s will hold a different event at their tasting room in Downtown Fullerton, as well as a few other events outside of the tasting room. Some of the events require tickets, so check out the link for more information.

Bottle Share #420
4:20 pm – 8:40 pm, April 20
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1517332285208694/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Bruery Terreux Previeux
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 22
The Bruery, Placentia
http://www.facebook.com/events/826245174136227/

The public can catch a glimpse of the offerings from The Bruery Terreux this Wednesday at The Bruery’s tasting room in Placentia. Come check out the latest on the works of The Bruery.

4th Annual Taste of South Pasadena
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
Canoe House, South Pasadena
http://www.southpasadenarotary.org/2015Event.cfm

Sample the local flavor of South Pasadena this Wednesday evening. This tasting consists of two events: a wine tasting portion, and a restaurant crawl. The wine tasting costs $20 to attend and takes place at the Canoe House from 5pm to 7pm. The restaurant crawl takes place from 6pm to 9pm, and costs $35 for adults or $15 for those under 21, and provides unlimited food samples while supplies last.

2015 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 22
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://tasteofpointloma.brownpapertickets.com/

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Wednesday night. For $25, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

6th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 23
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 24-26
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.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2015
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
6:00 am – 1:00 am, April 25
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 26
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://2015.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 $150.

Stupid Flanders Record Release Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/936684703016387/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 24
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.nightnationrun.com/orange-county-2015

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.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 24
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-North-County-Party/

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 $75 per person, or $65 each when purchasing five or more in a single transaction.

Chencha Berrinches: Live in South Gate
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 24
American Legion Post 335, South Gate
http://www.facebook.com/events/1629269970639582/

Check out some local skacore bands this Friday night in South Gate. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 for those over 21, $10 for minors, or $7 if entering before 7:30pm.

2nd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

Chinatown Champions: Scavenger Hunt
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 25
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/443064932515378/

Grab a partner for this cultural scavenger hunt throughout the historic Los Angeles Chinatown this Saturday morning. Registration costs $60 per pair, and registration comes with some requirements that participants must fulfill, as listed in the link provided above. During the scavenger hunt, participants will get fed food and drinks, so eat a healthy breakfast for energy, but do not fill up.

2015 Cambodian New Year Celebration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/drupal/node/214

Celebrate Cambodian New Year this Saturday in Long Beach with traditional & modern performances, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, vendors, and more. Tickets plus parking to this all-ages festival cost $30 presale and $40 at the gate.

32nd Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 25-26
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-aprilstreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this weekend 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.

12th Annual Yes I Can Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Santa Clarita Skate Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/859604630753209/

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $35 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 25
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
http://hopcourage.com/hops-hopes-craft-beer-day/

Get sudsy at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. They will have beer, food, beer pong, live music, and basically everything else you should have at a beer fest. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 11am, and allows access to an exclusive VIP area. Use promo code CRAFTFAN to save $10 off admission.

4th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 25
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fourth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. This festival will also feature a home brewers competition. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $60 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2015 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
Pasadena 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.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 25
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.

Spring 2015 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
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.

31st Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
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.

Spring 2015 Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 25-26
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Wicks Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 25
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399945980322571/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. Come try Two Year Siege, their 2nd Anniversary barleywine aged on rye whiskey oak staves, and enjoy other special brews and live music throughout the day.

3rd Annual Pasadena Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 25
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenabrewfest.com/

Enjoy local beer at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include ten drink tickets plus a souvenir glass. Hungry guests can order food off of the restaurant’s menu.

6th Annual Bikes Boards and Brews
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Catamaran Resort Hotel, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1354437

Enjoy local beer, gourmet bites, and a magnificent view of the bay at this beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Pacific Beach. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm, while general admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm. Prices go up $5 at the door. All admission comes with ten beer tasters. For $5 extra, display your vintage or custom bike for other guests to view.

Art of the TARDIS Craft Faire
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 25
Clockwork Couture, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/850520935019234/

Dr. Who fans will not want to miss this free event in Burbank this Saturday. Check out local artists and designers, and mingle with other fans that may dress up for the occasion too.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2015
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 26
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.

5th Annual San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 25
Left Coast Brewing Company, San Clemente
http://business.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-micro-brew-fest-933

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and food in San Clemente this Saturday afternoon. This beer festival will contain 17 local breweries all serving their wonderful brews, and food from local non-profit groups. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with 12 4oz beer pours.

6th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 25
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.autoconevents.com/event/details/autocon-los-angeles-2015/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $15. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $5 and $15 per vehicle.

South Coast Roller Derby vs. Wine Town Rollers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $8 presale or $10 at the door.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers.

8th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
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 Spring Melt Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-forwards-5th-annual-spring-melt-fundraiser-tickets-15620626715

Basically, rich people eating and drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $125 and includes all food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Tartar Control’s CD Release and Peach Cobbler Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1578263605764182/

Enjoy some good local punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2015
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 25
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolorsd.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 $80.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 26 and May 1, 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.

Pinup Girl Clothing @ Disneyland
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 26
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/352611104910125/

Pinup Girl Clothing will head to Disneyland Park this Sunday, where they will do lots of things in the park, such as hand out goodie bags, hold pop trivia sessions, host meet & greets, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://mudfactor.com/mfevent/event-san-bernardino-2015/

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $55 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

3rd Annual San Diego Veg Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 26
McMillin Companies Event Center, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegovegfest.com/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in San Diego. General admission costs $5, while VIP admission costs $20 (no perks specified yet). Certain foods require preordering online, so check the info via the link above.

Spring 2015 Brentwood Art Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 26
San Vicente Blvd b/t Barrington & Bundy
http://www.brentwoodartfestival.com/

Check out a free and all-ages art festival this Sunday afternoon in Brentwood, complete with art, food trucks, music, shopping, a kids zone, and more.

2015 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 26
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $85 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

3rd Annual Atwater Village Beer, Wine, & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 26
55 Degree Wine, Atwater Village
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Check out local breweries, local vendors, food & drinks, live music, and more this Sunday at Atwater Village. VIP tickets cost $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 12pm, receives unlimited beer tasters and a free goodie bag. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with 15 tasters. Designated driver tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Punk Rock Swap Meet
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 26
South Bay Customs, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/776140992463555/

Check out a bunch of vendors, food, and punk rock music at this all-ages punk rock swap meet this Sunday afternoon in El Segundo. In addition to the handful of vendors on hand to sell punk rock items, a handful of local bands will also perform. Admission to this event costs $5.

6th Annual Taste of La Mesa
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. Admission to this event costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All drinks come at a separate cost.

2014 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 10
Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma

This Tuesday evening, sample the local flavor of Point Loma at the 2014 Taste of Point Loma. For $25 per person, visitors can receive unlimited food samples from the participating restaurants while supplies last. Students, cyclists, and active military personnel receive a $10 discount off admission.

Jay Tea @ Bridgetown DIY
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 12
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1398789480397498/

Enjoy local ska music this Thursday night in La Puente. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 12
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.

E3 After Party at the CIA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 12
California Institute of Abnormalarts, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433106693615670/

Catch Radioactive Chicken Heads, Mega Ran, Space Boyfriend, and Wizwars at this crazy weeknight show in Burbank this Thursday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 13
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 14
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 15
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

A Wilhelm Scream – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/a-wilhelm-scream
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Lyric Theater, Hancock Park, Los Angeles http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/542013

A Wilhelm Scream currently tours through North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Battalion of Saints @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438745039698391/

Hollywood punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night with Battalion of Saints, Yeastie Boys, and more. The cover to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Naughty Nostalgia with the Dirty Little Secrets
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 13
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/247405428793959/

Check out this lovely burlesque show with a nostalgia theme. Relive your childhood as an adult this Friday night in Santa Ana. The venue charges a cover, so have cash available for that.

Angry Samoans @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 13
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1420905398178400/

Riverside punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Angry Samoans headline this small show. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 13
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/630150720413289/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172290

Long Beach punks! Get your punk rock on this Friday night as the Manic Hispanic headline this epic show. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Business – On Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, The Down & Out, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/544141875701935/
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 14, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/172365

Legendary punk band The Business returns to Southern California this week to play some shows. Tickets to the Friday show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Tickets to the Saturday show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Robert Rampage Memorial – Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/521655721273850/

Decry headlines a small show this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 14
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

39th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair finds a new home in Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

22nd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 14-15
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

7th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

2nd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 14
Downtown Downey
http://www.makemusicdowney.org/

This free and all-ages outdoor event will feature over 70 music acts, food trucks, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, and more.

5th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 14
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $27.50 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=275

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Fan Alley: Sci-Fi, Comics, Art, and More
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
A Little Known Shop, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470042139877689/

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find arts & crafts themed to comics and sci-fi that they can purchase to take home. In addition, visitors can take part in a cosplay contest, where the winning costume designer receives a special prize. A few food trucks will stop by to keep visitors fed as well.

Gutterball Fest II
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417081988562545/

Check out this loaded punk rock lineup that will play this Saturday night in La Habra. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Alamo Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Alamo, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/494009570698630/

Narcoleptic Youth headlines a FREE all-ages show in Riverside this Saturday night.

1984 “Dehumanization” 30th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/crucifix

Do not miss this rare chance to see some very old school punk rock bands perform this Saturday night in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/619394901487405/

OC punks! Get your punk rock on this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/santa-ana-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locationsz. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/125300704328632/

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego
http://www.showclix.com/event/TasteofPointLoma2013

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/355125444607668/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/132118

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday 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.

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://chinatownla.ticketbud.com/dimsumcrawl

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/351104

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
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.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/296807210448572/

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
http://www.artneedsfreedom.com/pda/

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/l-a-taco-and-grand-park-present-taco-madness/

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomusicfoundation.org/beerfest/home.html

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/628303773849726/

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica
http://www.stopcancer.org/Main/default/EventsDetail.aspx?id=58#.URS9d7aTQ7A

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 21 and April 26, 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.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://countryboil.bpt.me/

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego
http://www.dlhfoundation.org/?PageID=WineChocolate

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.