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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I cannot include every event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all. Read here for a sample of the beer events to expect this week:

Slaughter & The Dogs @ The Whisky
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/slaughter-and-the-dogs-defected-drones/

Punk band Slaughter & The Dogs will perform in West Hollywood tonight. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 26
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

4th Street Market Culinary Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
4th Street Market, Santa Ana
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-street-market-culinary-crawl-tickets-17288943696

Come play with rich people and tour through 4th Street Market while enjoying samples from every vendor inside. This event costs $85 and includes gratuity.

2nd Annual Chefs & Shakers Mash-up
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 25
Saltbox, San Diego
http://chefsandshakers.bpt.me/

Enjoy an elegant evening of food and drink pairings at this upscale event that costs $30 to attend.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 26
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

37th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 27
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

9th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 26-27
Calabasas Country Club, Calabasas
http://www.malibufoodandwinefestival.com/

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm, while VIP tickets cost $300 and starts at 6pm.

Ignite @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ignite_

Join Ignite and other great local bands for an intense show this Friday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 3
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Music Hall, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1082893

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert vary in price, starting at $21.

Tartar Control @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399702633691400/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Bad Acid Trip @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559234027673562/

Rock out at this local show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

The Aquabats! Super Show! Season 1 Screening
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 27
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1435776890064205/

Enjoy a marathon of the first season of The Aquabats! Super Show! this Saturday at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. Admission to this screening costs $25.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 27-28
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 27
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 29
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

2nd Annual Euro Bierfest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 27
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-euro-bierfest-tickets-16193002707

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Make Music Downey
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 27
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.

2015 Punk Rock Picnic
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 27
Marina Green, Long Beach
http://www.punkrockpicnicmusicfestival.com/

After a catastrophe in 2013 and taking 2014 off, Punk Rock Picnic returns this Saturday to Marina Green in Long Beach. Featuring over 60 bands across six stages and extreme sports athletes, this all-day all-ages concert will show that punk rock never died, and lives stronger than ever. Regular admission costs $45, while children 12 and under get in for $25. This event does not allow ins & outs, so make sure that you can endure the sunny weather for the entire day.

Hangar 24 Summer Sour Release
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 27
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1119902774692564/

Hangar 24 gets sour this weekend with the release of not one, but TWO different sour beers. Stop on by to taste these sours, or even take home a bottle or two. Throughout the day, enjoy live local music, and stick around at 5pm for the announcement of the homebrew competition winners.

3rd Annual Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. Free to attend, visitors can freely roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

38 Degrees Ale House 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/456423291191415/

To celebrate turning six, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

Twisted Manzanita Ales & Spirits 5th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 27
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1015626085131520/

Twisted Manzanita turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a tasting event in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night. For $40 general admission, receive unlimited samples of beer while supplies last, and received select samples of their craft spirits. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 27
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

720° Pine
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 27
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/

Enjoy some nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

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.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Smut-Peddlers

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

15th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 28
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Stone Sour Fest 2015
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 28
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1171599

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 28
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://ilovemusubi.com/poke/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event tonight in Huntington Beach. 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 $65, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover, Pig Roast, and Crawfish Boil
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 28
Tender Greens, Irvine
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tender-greens-barley-forge-brewing-co-tap-takeover-crawfish-boil-pig-roast-tickets-16866702762

For $30, gain access to this pigout of a night with Barley Forge beer and all sorts of food. Admission costs the same for everyone, even those under 21.

Skaussie Aussie Aussie
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/melbourne-ska-orchestra

Get your skanking on this Sunday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Arrive early to park for free at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Lindsey Stirling @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/lindsey-stirling

Lindsey Stirling headlines a show tonight at The Observatory. Tickets cost $17 while supplies last. Albeit I listen to punk rock, Lindsey Stirling’s music always mesmerizes me. This contemporary violinist combines the classical sound of this stringed instrument with today’s hip hop and dubstep music. Listen to the song that drew me to her.

Gourmet Salt Cooking Exhibition
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, November 7
The Factory, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/419188368148367/

The Factory will host a FREE cooking exhibition featuring various gourmet salts. The restaurant will feature special menu items for this night only, so food fans will definitely want to show up this night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 8
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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Punk Rock Picnic Battle of the Bands
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 9
Subcult Productions, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/404269206311460/

$7 cover charge for all ages – see many punk rock bands play for a spot for next year’s Punk Rock Picnic.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 10
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://www.discoverycube.org/exhibits/event/pumpkin-launch-2/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Nuke the Fridge Con
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 10
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://ntfcon.com/

Missed the Long Beach Comic Con this past weekend? Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests receive a goodie bag!

Wine Riot LA
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 10
Majestic Halls, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secondglass.com/wineriot/

Love wine, or want to get into wine? Wine Riot covers the entire spectrum of wine and people, from the newcomers to the experienced. Just like how a beer fest allows guests to sample different types of beer, Wine Riot allows guests to sample different types of wines from all around the world. Wine experts will deliver seminars for both consumers and those in the industry. Live DJ’s, a photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more will adorn the venue space. Wine Riot occurs in two sessions: 1pm-5pm, and 7pm-11pm. Tickets currently cost $50 per person. Prepare to either pay for parking or arrive via public transportation.

4th Annual Savor the Flavor Beer & Spirits Extravaganza
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, November 10
Four Points by Sheraton LAX, Los Angeles
http://savortheflavor2012.eventbrite.com/

For $35, guests get treated to unlimited beer tastings from only 11 breweries, unlimited spirit tastings, appetizers, two raffle tickets, live music, a souvenir mug, and more. Shuttle rides cost $5 roundtrip.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 11
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/locations-long-beach.php

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. 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. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

The Misfits, No More Saints, Knocked Out Cold, Core 10 @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/misfits

See legendary horror punk band The Misfits live at The Observatory this Sunday night. Presale tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Union 13, The Pegs, Sick Sense, Soto St @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/471847286178902/

$10 cover, ages 21 and up only – amazing show for all punk rock fans. Trust me.

Punk Rock Picnic Battle of the Bands
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 26-27
Subcult Productions, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/114180422068346/ – October 26
http://www.facebook.com/events/394079630659575/ – October 27

$7 cover charge for all ages – see many punk rock bands play for a spot for next year’s Punk Rock Picnic.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 27
Blackmarket Bakery, Irvine
http://www.blackmarketbakery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151232801703955

This Saturday, Blackmarket Bakery in Irvine will sample numerous new concoctions from their kitchen for food lovers to try. The first 30 guests receive a free gift, so go check it out!

2nd Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 27-28
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

For $20, guests get treated to an educational and entertaining festival showcasing the many worldly wonders of tea. Sample various teas, speak with retailers, listen to seminars, and take home some goodies from this Tea Festival.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 27
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This all-day zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this Saturday. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Unlike last year, the zombie walk now requires a $15 entry fee, but now includes so much more to see and do. The many activities this year include a Shaun of the Dead viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

15th Annual Trick or Treat Festival & Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx#10/28/2012

This festival combines Halloween with Dia De Los Muertos for an all-inclusive celebration at OC Fair. As a part of the weekly OC Fair Marketplace, admission costs $2, and allows guests access to the entire marketplace plus the festival. Activities include dancers, live music, costume contests, an ice cream eating contest, face painting, and more.

12th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 28
Livingston Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show last year! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.