76th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.
28th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 16
Main Street, Encinitas
Sample food from dozens of restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at over a dozen sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.
Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.
Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
The Rookery, Pomona
Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.
The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 18
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.
This Thursday evening, Coronado Brewing will take over the taps at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.
The Living End: Shift US Tour
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 18, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050E7E0003C5E
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1247535-living-end-west-hollywood/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1247661-living-end-pomona/
Legendary punk rock band The Living End will embark on a tour this week, and that tour will swing through Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link for prices.
6th Annual Echo Park Rising
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 18
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 20
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 21
Sunset Blvd, Echo Park
Explore the music, creativity, and diversity that Echo Park has to offer at this FREE and all-ages outdoor concert taking place all weekend on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. Many of the music shows have VIP tickets available for sale for preferred seating, so check the website to see which shows offer VIP tickets for sale.
2016 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 21
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.
Finest Made Ales: Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Finest Made Ales, Santee
A brewery/restaurant hybrid will officially open their doors to the public this Friday evening in Santee in East San Diego County. Stop on by and enjoy dinner with a cold one or two.
6th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $3 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.
Full Moon Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
The LAB, Costa Mesa
A free and all-ages artisan vendor fair will take place at The LAB in Costa Mesa this Friday night.
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 19
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” 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 tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.
The Weirdos: Live in Temecula
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 19
The Boiler Room, Temecula
A local punk rock show will take place in Temecula this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.
15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 20
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 21
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.
SoCal Retro Gaming Expo Summer Edition 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 20-21
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Rowland Heights. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $10 for one day or $15 for both days. This area does not have a lot of parking available, so I suggest carpooling.
7th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 20-21
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. For $5 admission, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.
6th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.
Sip N’ Ship Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 20
Maritime Museum, San Diego
San Diego’s Maritime Museum will host a beer tasting event this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer while supplies last, plus admittance to the museum during the event. No one under 21 may attend.
Stone Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $55 per session, which run from 1pm-4pm or 5pm-8pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.
This Saturday, South El Monte’s Progress Brewing will open up their parking lot for a day of skateboarding. They will have mobile food vendors available all day too. At night, they will show a skating documentary, as well as have raffle prizes to give out. This event costs nothing to attend – minors may attend to skate and watch the documentary, but obviously may not have any alcohol to drink.
Rob Caramella’s Birthday Bash
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 20
Regal Inn, Lakewood
Rock out at this local punk rock show this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
7th Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
A festival with a lot of seafood comes to Dana Point this Saturday evening. Admission starts at $85, and each different admission provides you with different food. Attendees should also expect music throughout the night, casino games, and other activities. Bring cash for the cash bar.
Put your crafting skill to work this Saturday evening in Covina. At this contest, people enter to build a “toy” car to see whose design works the best. Entry costs $20 per person, and each person can buy a starter kit to build a car for $5. Children will compete in their own division, while adults will compete in an adults division. Reserved seats at the racing track costs $25 and includes table service.
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
This Saturday evening, San Pedro’s Brouwerij West will bring back Popfuji, their unfiltered pilsner, as well as a handful of local bands and gourmet food trucks. The cover charge to enter costs $5.
17th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
Colorado Blvd & Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock
Take over the streets of Eagle Rock with this FREE and all-ages music festival this Saturday evening. With six stages all providing different genres of music, surely something exists for everyone here. In addition to all the music, check out the food trucks, local food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.
Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.
5th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.
OC Roller Girls – Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 20
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $13.
Trump National Golf Club’s 8th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 21
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $65 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.
Taste of Paleo 4.0
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
Sample all the paleo food you can (until the vendors run out) at this all-ages tasting event this Sunday afternoon in Yorba Linda. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate.
21st Annual Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 21
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.