Posts Tagged ‘Queen Mary’

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

18th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Festival & Big Band Blowout
February 15-18
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachjazzparty.com/

Lots of jazz music performances will take place in Newport Beach this week. Admission will greatly vary from $30 up to $495 – see the website for a full breakdown of admission and prices.

7th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, February 16-17
Citadel Outlets, Commerce
http://www.citadeloutlets.com/event/7th-annual-chinese-new-year-celebration/2145501484/

This weekend during the listed times, live dancers and artists from the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center will perform Chinese dragon dances, folk dances, and traditional songs & drum ceremonies.

37th Annual Tet Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $8 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

12th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 17
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 18
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

Chocolate & Art Show – Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 16-17
The Vortex, Los Angeles
http://chocolateandartshow.com/

Peruse through various works of art and sample chocolates this weekend near Downtown LA. Daily tickets cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Marvel-ous Infinity War Parody
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 16
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

A comic-themed burlesque show will take place in Downtown Long Beach this Friday night. General admission starts at $15. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 17-18
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $25 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

2018 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

119th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/chinese-new-year-festival-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

2018 Huntington Beach Onesie Bar Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17
Cruisers Bar & Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.pubsinpajamas.com/

Drink with lots of people in outfits this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Admission starts at $15 and includes a drink and shot. No one under 21 may attend.

Throw Rag – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://throwrag.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1622862-throw-rag-long-beach/

Rock out to local punk rock bands in Long Beach this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Henny & Waffles Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
The Globe Theatre, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hennyandwaffles.com/

This event will features lots of Hennessey and waffles. Admission will vary depending on when you want to show up and what you want to consume. Brunch from 1pm to 4pm costs $35 to attend. Unlimited mimosas during that time costs $15. The party afterwards going into the night will have various costs as well – see the website for a full list of prices. No one under 21 may attend.

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The 23rd Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest returned this past weekend to Long Beach. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The Scots built the Queen Mary many decades ago, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. The shepherding demo moved to the front of the venue area, providing more room for the highland games to take place at. The vendor village also expanded, albeit the expansion only made more room for weapons. Those Scots sure do love their weapons. Within the Queen Mary, the main banquet room hosted piping contests and dancing contests. Eventually, all the piping moved outside to give room for the girls to dance in the competitions. Just below that, a dart tournament took place, allowing anyone who registered online to test their skill at this pub game.

The way the Queen Mary handles pricing irritated me the most, and represents one of the main reasons why I originally boycotted events at the Queen Mary for many years. Simply put, the Queen Mary will always try to nickel & dime you as hard as possible in any fashion. For example, take a gander at the admission fee. Presale tickets cost $19 plus $3.63 in service and transaction fees. The website also mentioned that tickets at the gate would cost $22. In this case, people would think to buy tickets at the gate to save money. Unfortunately, the Queen Mary decided to pull a fast one and raise ticket prices at the gate. Visitors buying tickets at the gate had to pay $23 per ticket plus a $2.74 service fee. I understand the online fee because of the third party ticketing broker (Flavorus), but why a service fee at the front gate? Why not incorporate that into the ticket fee? Once you get past the admission shenanigans, you have to deal with exorbitantly priced products inside the festival. Things like bottled waters cost at least $5 while Bud Lights cost $10 or more. The vendors did not relent either, charging $10 for something as simple as a hot dog or slice of pizza. Coming back to the ScotsFest after many years of purposely avoiding events at the Queen Mary (except for Bacon Fest, which I got into for free) reminded me of why I originally boycotted all events at the Queen Mary.

The Highland Games took center stage as the main event of the fest, drawing in the largest crowds. Something about burly men in kilts tends to attract many people, men and women, old and young. I suppose in ancient Scotland times, someone picked up a heavy object, threw it, and his comrades decided to turn that into a competition, thus giving birth to the highland games. Purely speculating, all games involved throwing some object, usually with no technology involved; thus, the Highland Games.

For a two-day fest, the Queen Mary can pack a lot into ScotsFest. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended ScotsFest in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

The 3 C’s: Cigars, Chocolates, Craft Beer
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 9
Belching Beaver, Vista
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2490992

Enjoy pairings of chocolate, cigars, and craft beers this Tuesday night in Vista. Attendance costs $25. No one under 21 may attend.

Ninkasi Night @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1259328620751362/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with Ninkasi beers this Thursday evening. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Business & Beer @ Dudes Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 11
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Dudes Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 11
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.

Tiger Army @ Observatory North Park
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 11
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://tigerarmy.com/
http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6394365

Tiger Army will headline a show in San Diego this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Tet Festival 2016
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 14
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

11th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 14
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

Psychobilly Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12
Novel Bar, Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/484209891750206/

Rock out to some psychobilly in Los Angeles this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may enter.

Bonecrusher @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 12
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/569847053170137/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Redwood in Downtown LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 13
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

29th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Ferbuary 14
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. 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.

23rd Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13-14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $18 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

25th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 13
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

34th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 13-14
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 14
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego
http://www.petexposandiego.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

117th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 13
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=417
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

San Diego On Tap
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 13
Town & Country Resort Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://americaontap.com/san-diego-ca/

A beer festival comes to Mission Valley in San Diego this Saturday. Two sessions will take place: an afternoon session and a night session. General admission costs $45 and lasts three hours while VIP admission costs $60, lasts four hours, and includes a t-shirt and food voucher. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Brewbies Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 13
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Hoppy Valentine’s Farm-To-Table Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.primalalchemy.com/
http://hoppyvalentine.bpt.me/

Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner complete with beer pairings courtesy of Brouwerij West this Saturday night in San Pedro. Reservations cost $90 per person if attending as a couple, or $100 individually otherwise. No one under 21 may attend.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

OC Roller Girls – Love Is A Battlefield
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

International Guitar Night
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/events/2016/02/InternationalGuitarNight.aspx

Enjoy contemporary guitar music this Saturday night at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. Tickets cost $39 general admission or $29 for students & seniors.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

31st Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, February 14
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

12th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

Meet the Brewer: Barley Forge
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612033139054495/

Meet the brewers from Barley Forge, enjoy some cold brews, and take home a sweet Barley Forge glass this Wednesday evening at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Millencolin: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6006415
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/millencolin
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/864199-millencolin-west-hollywood/

Punk band Millencolin currently tours around North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with three shows. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/968799996518427/

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

10th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 4
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 5
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

3rd Annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 3
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-san-diego-citybeat-5-minute-film-festival-tickets-18042730292

Come watch over a hundred locally produced short films this Thursday night at Balboa Park in San Diego. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 3-6
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

The Damned: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon http://www.sycuan.com/entertainment/the-damned/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC3A8192480
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, The Fonda Theater, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592

Legendary punk band The Damned will play a string of all-ages California shows this week, with three of them taking place in Southern California. Each of these shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4, 6-7
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 4-6
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2015 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 5-6
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

2015 Body Art Expo – San Diego
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 6
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/showsSanDiego.php

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the San Diego Concourse in Downtown San Diego. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Hey Porter! Beer Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1492267914421729/

Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga will release a new beer this Friday evening, available for enjoying in the tasting room or to-go in growlers.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4-6
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Escape Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/504303763061471/

Escape Craft Brewery will tap their beers at Wicks Brewing in Riverside this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 5-6
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Iron Maiden Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/564287177060077/

Iron Maiden has a new album coming out, and Phantom Carriage will celebrate its release this Friday night with CD sales, “The Trooper” beer on draft, limited edition glasses, and a concert DVD on display. No admission required – simply show up, enjoy a cold one, and rock on.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/944973-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 5
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

New Blues Festival II
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 5-6
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days. VIP admission costs $100 for one day or $180 for both days, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
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.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 5
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.facebook.com/events/510129519151688/

Ride a motorcycle? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday early afternoon to get it washed by the HBHD Angels.

Four Sons Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/foursonsbrewing

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room this Saturday. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 5
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5-6
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/shoreline-jam/

The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary with a plethora of reggae bands to highlight the stage all day. Admission starts at $45 and goes all the way up to $200 based on the package you select, while parking at the Queen Mary costs $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/buskerfest

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Fight Like A Girl! A Sailor Moon Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Top Acid (The Frida Cinema), Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/858193250935384/

Check out this FREE and all-ages art show dedicated to all things Sailor Moon this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana.

Punk Rock ‘N’ The OC
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/551456211670108/

Rock out to local punk bands at this FREE show this Saturday night at the Slide Bar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Funky Punky Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 5
The Church of Fun, East Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1489755874669365/

Discover the weird side of punk rock at this show this Saturday night in East Hollywood. The cover for this show costs only $5.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 6
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/866311160121754/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

Labor Day Weekend Punktanza
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1618746071738294/

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

5th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

People have an unexplainable lust for bacon. Some small quirk about a thin strip of salted meat drives people so crazy that some may even prefer it over SEX. People simply love bacon for unexplainable reasons, and will go to crazy distances just for that crispy salty crunchy satisfying feel of biting into bacon. You know bacon has something going for it when people wrap things in bacon to make it taste better, even things most people may not have heard of, such as water chestnuts or peppadews. When you cannot wrap something in bacon, what logically comes next other that chop up the bacon and throw it all onto food? In some instances, you can then directly add the bacon into whatever you make. Like bacon and waffles? Add bacon pieces to the batter prior to grilling. Like bacon and pasta? Roll your own bacon & cheese tortelloni. As one of the most versatile foods in the world, bacon adds that je ne sais quoi to anything one can eat or drink, and can replace most basic ingredients in foods. To see bacon doing all this in action, look no further than at the Big Bite Bacon Fest.

The Big Bite Bacon Fest returned for its second year running at the Queen Mary in Long Beach this past weekend. Pulling together some of Southern California’s bacon-centric businesses plus microbreweries, this all-ages event brought on all forms of pork to serve to all willing attendees. Dozens of food vendors ensured they had plenty of bacon goodies for all attendees to pig out on, while dozens of microbreweries delivered refreshing brews to cool off with. To keep attendees occupied between sessions of pigging out, the event organizers put out some games in the center field plus a stage for live music. In addition, all attendees could board the Queen Mary for a self-guided tour of the majestic ship. Big Bite Events held three separate sessions in order to spread out the amount of attendees to alleviate issues of long lines and vendors running out of food.

Anyone who did research on this event may discover an angry mob of reviews of this organization’s historical events. At least for the past three years’ worth of bacon festivals, too many things went wrong that no one thought that Big Bite Events could rectify their flagship event. Without going into too much detail, major issues involved the steep admission price, parking fees, long lines, low food quality, lack of food, food not fully cooked or heated, meager sample portions, too few vendors, lack of accessible water, and no crowd control. All of these factors over the past few years contributed to bad press for this bacon festival. During the past year, they swore to rectify all of their problems to deliver a bacon festival truly worth praise. If you ask me… I believe they have succeeded in coming back from the grave.

Something must have happened at the Big Bite Events camp during the past year, as they made a hard about-face for this year’s Big Bite Bacon Fest. They basically resolved most of this event’s past problems and ensured that those problems would not resurface again during the weekend. It did appear that they limited attendance, as no vendor never had a long line, and no one had any trouble navigating through the event space. While some vendors arrived late, no vendor ran out of food until the last hour. They also added much more food vendors this time, with added food variety and enough food to spread out all the attendees so that no booth required a long wait, with the sole exception of Slater’s 50/50, which did not surprise anyone. Issues that lingered included high parking fees (uncontrollable, since the Queen Mary handles this) and lack of accessible water – if people will eat salty food and drink beer, they will suffer dehydration fast under this hot sun. As long as attendees prepared for this by properly hydrating prior to arriving and applying ample sunscreen, they could manage to live through to the end of the festival.

While the Big Bite Bacon Fest suffered from bad press in the past few years, I believe this year’s festival may help to bring them back into good standing. We all hope that they learned from their past mistakes and use this this year’s festival’s overall success to deliver quality events in the future. If you seek out more bacon goodness, save a spot on your calendar for Saturday, September 5, as the San Diego Bacon Fest occurs on that day. The organizers for this festival have nothing to do with Big Bite Events, but they too also did poorly at their events the past few years for basically the same reasons of the Big Bite Bacon Fest. I cannot say if I crave bacon this much ever again, but if you do, plenty of opportunities will surface in the near future.

The Big Bite Bacon Fest returns for its second year running at the Queen Mary in Long Beach this upcoming weekend. Pulling together some of Southern California’s bacon-centric businesses plus microbreweries, this fest brings on all forms of pork to serve to all willing attendees. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, ranging from $40 to $70. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. Admission includes unlimited food tastings until the food runs out (which it will), while guests that purchase a beer package with admission can receive some beer tasters.

Those who have never attended ANY bacon festival in Southern California should do ample research before jumping the gun and buying tickets. In my experiences, every bacon festival in Southern California has had major issues that prevented people from thoroughly enjoying it. For example, all these reviews from last year’s Bacon Fest do not lie – it really did not live up to expectations. First off, when you look at the price compared to other food fests, most people clearly did not receive $40’s worth of food. When you factor in the long lines and the vendors running out of food, most attendees received only about $20’s worth of food. Children do not appreciate certain foods as much as adults, so bringing children to a bacon fest that has beer in it too wastes the admission’s value. Speaking of food, those who did not attend did not miss anything special that they could find regularly on the restaurant’s menu. A majority of the vendors did not cook the food enough, such as:

  • A potato, egg, cheese, and bacon mix had rubbery bacon in it
  • The bacon waffles tasted like dough and wet batter
  • Slater’s 50/50 did not cook their burgers consistently – they ranged from rare all the way to well done
  • The BBQ chicken came out pink and slimy, a sign of not getting cooked long enough
  • Red in the center of a bacon-wrapped meatball

Other problems include not keeping the food warm, meager sample portions, no seconds allowed, beer volunteers that did not know about the beers they poured, inefficient lines, and significantly less booths than the website advertised. How does a vendor serve cold food an hour after the fest starts? With such long lines, why do attendees receive only one small sample? For an event that does not limit the ticket sales, vendors should prepare more than enough food to meet the demands. This could potentially alleviate long lines, and increase marketing exposure to those who did not yet earn a chance to try the food.

Since last year, the organizers have claimed that they will improve the way they run the event. What can one expect this time? Read up for some tips on how to make your festival experience enjoyable:

  • Prepare yourself for the weather. This festival takes place mostly outdoors with limited shade. Apply ample sunscreen (security will not confiscate sunscreen upon entry), and dress for hot weather.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast. This sounds counterproductive, but the fact remains that you will only receive SAMPLES at this event, not full meals. Also all that bacon cannot do well for your body, so make sure you get your proper daily nutrients before splurging.
  • The VIP hour makes or breaks the day. Overall the VIP hour makes for an enjoyable experience. However, once the floodgates open to general admission, expect all to go to the pits.
  • Stay hydrated. Salty foods like bacon quickly dehydrate your body. Beer also quickly dehydrates your body. Drink plenty of water before you arrive here, and stay hydrated throughout the festival.
  • Fully charge your phone before arriving. Do not expect to find any outlets to charge your phone during the festival.
  • Bring cash. The Queen Mary charges a fortune to park there, and some vendors at the festival may only accept cash. Consider taking the FREE bus from Downtown Long Beach to save on parking fees.
  • Arrive early. All vendors WILL run out of food within an hour or two. Late arrivals will miss out on the best food samples.
  • Have patience. Expect LONG lines at every booth, and expect to wait a while to receive your bacon sample. Knowing the Queen Mary’s track record, they will not cap tickets either, so do not expect the event to sell out. For best results, split your party up to multiple lines, and have each person bring a handful of food samples back so you can all share the bacon goodness.

Still planning to attend this bacon festival? Take a look at these bacon eats from previous festivals:

US Open of Surfing
July 25 – August 2
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Roller Derby Day @ Disneyland
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 28
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/810939248994910/

Roller Derby will not actually happen at Disneyland, but you can meet hundreds of roller derby athletes as they enjoy a day of fun at the Disneyland Resort this Tuesday.

2015 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 30-31
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 2
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2015 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

13th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 30
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 30
Michael’s Pizzeria, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/978341268865611/

Stone Brewing will take over the taps at Michael’s Pizzeria’s Downtown Long Beach location this Thursday night. No admission necessary – simply have a seat and order away.

Cider Symposium
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/1460147750971809/

Cider enthusiasts will want to check out Phantom Carriage in Carson this Thursday night for a cider tasting plus Q&A panel with cider makers. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

4th Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 30
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stiff Little Fingers – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/stiff-little-fingers
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 31, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC2C51C30B0&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EBC35D46C85&oid=0

Legendary punk band Stiff Little Fingers will headline three shows in Southern California this week before they head back to Europe. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

The Aggrolites – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/_the-aggrolites
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 31, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/the-aggrolites
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 1, Casa Escobar, Malibu http://www.facebook.com/events/1452202035079676/

Catch The Aggrolites as they headline three shows in Southern California this week. Each show has different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for more information.

25th Annual Taste of Yorba Linda
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yorbalindachamber.org/

Sample the best of food & drinks in Yorba Linda this Friday evening. For $45 presale or $55 at the door, guests get treated to a night of unlimited food tastings plus two drink tickets good for beer or wine. Guests may reserve a table for ten for $100.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-31st-fancy-schmancy-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202210274

Enjoy a six-course dinner with beer pairings for $100 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

Rikk Agnew Band @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/934400023277394/

Enjoy some local punk rock music in Hollywood this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bear Fight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1576875682601019/

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.

26th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 1
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://moshimoshi-nippon-la.com/

Check out this Japanese cultural event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. This all-ages event features music, entertainment, fashion, vendors, cosplay, and more Japanese things. One-day admission costs $10 presale or $12 at the door. Two-day admission costs $18 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 1
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

2nd Annual Big Bite Bacon Fest Long Beach
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 2
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this weekend down at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of Southern California’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from Southern California’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. Admission varies based on when you enter and if you will include the beer package, starting at $40. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

Anaheim Packing District & Farmers Park Market One-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 1, Packing District, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1609913935917154/
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 2, Farmers Park, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1617638718511055/

A year ago, Anaheim launched a local attraction that has drawn hundreds of thousands of visitors since then. This weekend, they celebrate the past year with free and all-ages festivities that include games, arts & crafts, live music, entertainment, food specials, and more. As always, no cameras allowed inside the building.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 1-2
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets sold out a while ago, but you may still find after-market tickets for sale. No one under 18 may attend.

4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Taste of San Pedro
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55 and comes with five food tasters and three drink tasters. VIP admission costs $85 and comes with ten food tasters and five drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

Twisted At The Pike
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 1
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/twisted

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Saturday night in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this twisted carnival has live music, dance, magic performers, a beer garden hosted by Auld Dubliner, local food vendors, and more.

I-15 Brew Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 1
Galway Downs Equestrian Center, Temecula
http://www.i15brewfestival.com/

Taste the best of the Inland Empire at this beer tasting event out in Temecula this Saturday evening. This event will feature over 60 breweries, 30 home brewers, live music, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 7pm, and includes a souvenir glass with unlimited beer tasters. VIP admission costs $70 presale, and starts at 6pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570326229922320/

Release some aggression at this local show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lakewood Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, August 2
Del Valle Park, Lakewood
http://la-bike.org/events/lakewood-family-sunday-funday-ride-0

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Lakewood and Long Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 2
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2015-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

The Dead Kennedys performing Holiday In Cambodia at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

The Dead Kennedys performing California Über Alles at the 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA. Filmed on June 8, 2013.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 26
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/382088235230963/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

New Kids On The Block 2
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 27
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://nkotb2.bpt.me/

From the organizers behind the Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival comes NKOTB2, a festival of beer and food featuring breweries, brewpubs, and restaurants that opened less than two years ago. The admission of $30 includes parking and grants all-access to beer tastings and food samples until it runs out; however, with a hard limit of 300 tickets and over 15 breweries on board, do not expect any vendor to run out of food or beer by the end of the fest, so go nuts. Local bands will play live music to fill the room with uplifting beats. As of this morning, less than 100 tickets remain, so act quick and purchase your ticket today!

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 27
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=188069541357373

Union 13 returns to their hometown of Los Angeles to headline this street punk show featuring Rats In The Wall (Leftover Crack + F-Minus), Sleepwalkers, Nomads, All Out Attak, and more. Admission to this show costs only $5. No one under 18 may enter. Remember to bring your ID too, as security will not allow anyone in without showing it. Guests can find plenty of street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 28-30
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

OC Tastefest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 28
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 29
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 30
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://octastefest.com/

Get a taste of Orange County’s top restaurants at the annual OC Tastefest this weekend at the OC Fair. This fest follows the pay-as-you-go system, foregoing last year’s admission fee to allow anyone in, and allowing guests to purchase as many tickets as they would like. Guests then use these tickets to exchange for food & drink samples from the 20+ participating restaurants. The more tickets you purchase, the more you save – $10 for 10 tickets, $25 for 30 tickets, and $40 for 50 tickets. Based on last year’s ticket requirements, a single person can consume more than 10 tickets, so I suggest 30 tickets for two people, or 50 tickets for three people. Parking at the OC Fair costs $5, so have cash available for that. This fest takes place mostly outdoors, so if you go early on Saturday or Sunday, dress for the warm weather, and apply sunscreen.

CH3 @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 28
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/137967

Catch punk rock band CH3 as they headline a punk rock show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night with The Simpletones, The Gears, White Flag, and Shag Rats. Admission to this costs costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking on Orizaba Ave or in the neighborhood across the street. Avoid parking on N Gladys Ave, or in the Autozone parking lot.

Color Burst 5K
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 29
Irvine Lake, Silverado
http://www.thecharitybomb.com/

Enjoy a summer kickoff color run this Saturday morning at Irvine Lake. As with all color runs, this all-ages run covers a 5k dirt & grass course along Irvine Lake, complete with color “bursts” along the route. Participants should wear white to absorb and display all the colors the most upon reaching the bursts. As a fun run, no participant will win an actual prize other than the fun of running through color, and the colorful clothes they leave the event with. An afterparty will feature a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and other miscellaneous games. Registration costs $50 per individual, $35 per individual running for a team of four or more, $20 for children ages 9-15, and free for children 8 and under. Parking costs $5 at Irvine Lake. I strongly suggest carpooling and arriving early, as traffic here gets intense with only one road leading to the lake.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 29
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 30
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.

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29-30
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.

Beachwood Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
11:30 am – 2:00 am, June 29
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/500598403341008/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 2nd anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Bottle Share #5
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 29
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/661742867176287/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested 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.

1st Annual BrewGrass Craft Beer & Music Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 29
Packinghouse Brewing Company, Riverside
http://blog.pbbeer.com/?p=27

Rock out to bluegrass music as you sip on unlimited craft beer samples this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing Company in Riverside. This festival brings together food trucks, bluegrass bands, and craft beers from a handful of local breweries for your afternoon enjoyment. The fest will even provide a wine booth and a cigar lounge for those interested. Admission costs $35 presale and $40 at the door. Guests may bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs into the event. Food and full pints come at an additional cost. No one under 21 may attend.

Farm Folk Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 29
Packing House, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/izevents?izc-event-id=13

Check out a local arts & crafts fair near Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. Expect live music, art, vendors, cooking demos, other merchandise, and more. Hungry guests can munch on food from food trucks or from Umami Burger right around the corner. The tasting room at Anaheim Brewery will remain open for normal business as well.

4th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 29
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $50, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

4th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
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 $35 presale and $40 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.

Space of Light
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 29
Tierra de la Culebra, Highland Park
http://p-ai.com/pages/space-of-light

If you have attended Autumn Lights before, you will not want to miss this. Space of Light takes art as we know it and transforms it into glow-in-the-dark works of art. For a fee, guests can actually turn into the canvas for the artists. Other types of art will go up on display at this art show. Join in the communal fire pit lighting at 10pm. Guests will also find live music, vendors, raffle prizes, food & drinks, and more. Admission costs $5 presale and $10 at the door. The site makes no mention of age limits or parking, so prepare for whatever happens in that case.

Fang @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/645092898852090/

See some 1980’s bay area punk rock bands play at this show at The Airliner this Saturday night. This show costs $5 to enter before 9pm, and $7 to enter after 9pm. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Volcanik Rockers + more @ Bob’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 29
Bob’s Bar, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/384314968341846/

Support local punk rock bands at this show that only costs $5 to attend. This show will include raffle tickets to upcoming shows for Luicidal, Lace ‘Em Up, and Agent Orange. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Pasadena Marathon & Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 29
5:15 am – 11:00 am, June 30
Pasadena City College, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenamarathon.org/

Have you prepared for the 26.2? Enter the Pasadena Marathon, occurring this Sunday morning at Pasadena City College. A marathon festival occurs at the start/finish line until 11am, complete with vendors, activities, and other services. A marathon expo takes place on Saturday at Fuller Theological Seminary from 9am to 7pm. Full marathon registration has already sold out, but you can still register for the half marathon, 10k, or 5k until Wednesday night – after that, interested individuals will have to go to the expo and register there.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

13th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 30
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 $30 presale and $35 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.

2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.meetup.com/desperatepawsofocdogclub/events/101243672/?action=detail&eventId=101243672

This FREE dog event takes place at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. Open to guests of all ages and all breeds, guests will find lots of dogs and dog activities, with athletic demos, vendors, adoption information, merchandise, and more. As part of Fountain Valley’s 5th Annual Summerfest, guests will also find rides, games, live music, beer/wine gardens, food, and more. Guests can park for free in any of the park’s parking lots. If those fill up, guests can park on the street, or in the neighborhood across the street.

Wanderlust Yoga In The City
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.wanderlustfestival.com/

Join in on this FREE yoga meetup this Sunday on the Santa Monica Pier. Simply RSVP by clicking on the picture below, then show up when desired. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.