Posts Tagged ‘Rainbow Harbor’

Downtown Long Beach‘s series of tasting events moved down to the waterfront for an evening of sampling eats on the pier last week. The Taste of Downtown Long Beach invites many of area’s restaurants, bars, and other food businesses to come together to serve samples to all visitors looking to explore what Downtown Long Beach has to offer. Due to Long Beach’s structure of regional neighborhoods, a sole Taste of Long Beach would require too much work, and would come up to a loss rather than profit. With Belmont Shore running theirs in the summer, and Naples Island running theirs once a year, Downtown Long Beach runs their series of tasting events approximately three-four times per year, each in a different location. Participating businesses remain largely consistent between each event, with a few changes to accommodate for new businesses and others that could not or did not want to return. With each event, the location moves around from place to place within Downtown Long Beach, from the East Village Arts District to the bustling Pine Avenue on a busy weeknight. Last week, the taste moved down to Rainbow Harbor for an evening of feasting on the pier.

Unlike previous Tastes of Downtown Long Beach, this one did not feature as many participants. In fact, this one contained the fewest amount of participants out of all the events of the year. Many of the standard businesses made an appearance, while some others could not bring a setup out to the pier, such as Federal Bar or Beachwood BBQ.

The Sky Room‘s Chorizo Potato Taco and Apricot Creme Brûlée

Gladstone’s Lobster Mac & Cheese and Chocolate Ganache Mini Martini

Michael’s Pizzeria‘s Polpete al Forno

HootersBoneless Hot Wings

Visitors to this Taste of Downtown Long Beach could receive 90 minutes of free parking at The Pike’s parking structure. However, the website only mentioned this once, and very few of the visitors knew about this, and either resorted to paying for parking or took some other means to arriving that usually associated a cost or physical effort. I find this the fault of both sides – the website did not make parking an important point, and visitors must not have read the website thoroughly. Regardless, all visitors enjoyed tasting these fine eats out on the waterfront, despite the weather warmer than usual. Things will cool down by the next Taste of Downtown Long Beach which should occur in the winter.

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California Brewmasters Book Signing Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 9
Beach City Brewery, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/666873693400359/

Join brewers from local breweries at Beach City Brewery this Wednesday evening as they congregate for a signing of the book California Brewmasters. Guests may park and attend for free. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer.

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

Deschutes – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 10
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/476444565819032/

Oregon’s own Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at The Rookery in Downtown Pomona this Thursday night. Come on down and enjoy a nice cold one.

2014 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 11
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 11 with the final day on August 10. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Click this link for special ticket promotions. Click this link for info on the Super Pass. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004C8F2DE8ED6E&oid=0

Have a ball with The Aquabats and The Interrupters at this all-ages show this Friday night. Tickets cost $22 presale.

1st Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Four 4-hour sessions, July 11-13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team has struck again with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering four 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. Tickets per session cost $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and all ticket-holders receive 15 beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 6-10pm on Friday, 12-4pm and 5-9pm on Saturday, and 12-4pm on Sunday. The two afternoon sessions occurring at 12pm also include a free concert ticket to a performance at the Pacific Amphitheatre later that night. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

Read up on the last event put on by the OC Brew Ha Ha team.

Twisted At The Pike
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/twisted-at-the-pike/

Immerse yourself into the world of weird this Friday 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.

The Offspring & The Adolescents @ The Pacific Amphitheatre
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 11
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/The_Offspring.asp

Orange County natives The Offspring and The Adolescents will headline the opening night of the 2014 OC Fair this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show start at $40 and includes admission to the fair.

Agent Orange & Guttermouth @ Borderline Bar & Grill
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/609945-agent-orange-guttermouth-thousand-oaks/

Punk rock heavyweights Agent Orange and Guttermouth will headline this local show this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this show cost $12. No one under 18 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/443428575794238/

Check out a great lineup of local bands this Friday night in Downtown LA. The page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend this show.

Weird Band Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 11
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1409594345995678/

For just $10, guests of all ages can check out this show featuring some of the weirdest bands in the industry.

2014 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 11
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

What do you get when you mix Halloween with Mario Kart? You get the Rental Car Rally! This race abandons all conventional means by pitting themed teams against each other as they drive from point A to point B overnight. Instead of which team arrives first, winners reach the destination with the fewest miles traveled while hitting every single checkpoint along the way. Along the way, teams may attempt to interfere with other teams, using methods such as water balloons, water guns, powdered balloons, and other wacky ways that you would normally see in a video game. Words cannot accurately describe the mayhem behind a Rental Car Rally. To understand this, one must commit to competing in this wacky ride.

6th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 12
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

1st Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 12
Shannon’s On Pine, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hortons-hayride-tickets-11378069111

The streets of Downtown Long Beach at Pine & Broadway will shut down to traffic for this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival. Enjoy live music from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event costs only $10.

Grindcore Fest 2014
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
333 Live, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/509243209165428/

Can you handle this many hours of hardcore music? Test your stamina at this lengthy grindcore show this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The event page has released limited information about the event, so have cash ready on you, or prepare to not even enter if the event has an age minimum.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=281

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.

Colorado Street Bridge Party
6:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 12
Historic Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenaheritage.org/bridge

Celebrate the history of a really old bridge by partying on it this Saturday night. Catch a night of music, dancing, classic cars, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more all on the bridge. Tickets to this event cost $16 presale or $18 at the gate.

Neon Dash – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 12
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.neondash.com/locations/sandiego/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run with the brilliance of a glow run with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the magical glow to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $30 online and $40 on the day of the event. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

Smut Peddlers – Album Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-album-release

Legendary punk band Smut Peddlers have a new album coming out, and they will celebrate with this album release show this Saturday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $10. Arrive early and park in the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a parking lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Jerm & Merrie’s Birthday Bash
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
The Screamin’ Chicken, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/316714931837786/

Enjoy some of Southern California’s hardest rocking punk rock bands this Saturday night all the way out in San Bernardino. The cover for this show costs only $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Creepers @ 13th Frame Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 12
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/542896765819227/

Rock out to some hardcore street punk in La Habra this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Beach Babe Bicycling Classic
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 13
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://californiagirlseries.com/

Join hundreds of women cyclists tour the SoCal coastline from Long Beach to Huntington Beach in this beautiful annual bike ride this Sunday morning. Go on a bike ride for 15 miles or 36 miles along beach trails and bike lanes with a handful of catered rest stops along the path. Following the ride, attendees can enjoy a mini women’s expo at the finish line complete with merchandise and accessories. Registration costs $95 for a solo rider. Have cash available for parking, as the nearest free parking location lies in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue. The website does not specify if men can participate, but photos from previous years show absolutely no men.

101st Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 13
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

Los Angeles Cuban Festival
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 13
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.fiestalegre.net/

Bring out your family to this Cuban festival this Sunday in Long Beach. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the gate, and allows full access to all the Cuban food, drinks, music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

Ballast Point 18th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 13
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/ballast-point-18th-anniversary-beer-festival/

Ballast Point Brewing turns 18 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 13
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Punk Rock N’ Fiesta
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1438254613098011/

Relax with this daytime punk rock show this Sunday afternoon, with catering available. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

The English Beat @ The OC Fair
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 13
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/2014/shows/TheEnglishBeat.asp

Old school ska band The English Beat will headline a show inside the OC Fair’s Hangar this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 and includes admission to the fair.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

22nd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $30 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

Fall Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 18
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchfall2013cocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

Hopscotch Tavern’s new fall cocktail menu debuts on Sunday, but you can order any of these at happy hour prices this Wednesday evening. RSVP using the provided link, where each RSVP works for the registrant plus one.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18-19
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Rubber City Rebels, Dime Runner, White Murder, Bombon @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148202

Catch this indie/punk show this Wednesday night at Alex’s Bar for just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 19-22
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=42

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

LA Beer Week
September 19-29
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. 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 will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Special C @ The Volcano Room
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
Friendly Hills Bowling Alley, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/162541820608515/

This ska/reggae show only costs $3 to attend. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 21
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 22
W Hotel, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2013

The nation’s top conference for food bloggers moves from Portland to Seattle this year. This highly-acclaimed conference fills up fast every year, and this year, I have the privilege of attending for the first time! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. During any downtime I can freely roam the city, so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please do send me your suggestions! I plan to do some writing while there, so keep an eye out for my post this weekend.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 22
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

No Edge Night
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 20
The Airliner, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/176784919175370/

This all-night party will have local punk bands, live DJ’s between bands, full bars, vendors, and more. Guests get in free before 9:30, $3 by 11pm, and $4 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Slackers – Pan-Pacific Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 20, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/view-details.php?event_id=242535
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-slackers

Get your ska on this weekend with The Slackers at these all-ages shows! Tickets cost $20 for the El Rey show and $16 for the Observatory show.

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://ocfestofales.bksites.net/

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Red Bull Flugtag
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://redbullflugtagusa.com/page/cities/city/5/longbeach

Everyone’s favorite annual day of construction destruction returns to Long Beach this Saturday. This FREE and all-ages gala will see thousands of travelers gathering to see who can create the greatest spectacle while gracefully diving into the drink and simultaneously destroying their crafted vessel. Come see what the entire world talks about every year, then stick around for a beer fest just a block away later that night!

2013 Asian Pacific Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 21-22
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, Newport Beach
http://www.asianpacificfestival.com/

This festival celebrates the culture of various Asian countries, from India up to Japan, to the islands of the Pacific. Attendees will find cultural exhibits, art, folk dances, fashion shows, music, entertainment, martial arts, cooking challenges, alcohol garden, and plenty of authentic food. General admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Homeless One: Punk Rock Fest 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 21
Norwalk Moose Lodge, Whittier
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443149

A full day of punk rock hits Whittier this Saturday, complete with two stages, food & drinks, and plenty of parking. This all-ages show costs $15 to attend.

6th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 21-22
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://pacificislanderfestivaloc.com/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

Venice Beach Music Fest 8
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

2013 Auto Gallery Car Show
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://autogallerycarshow.com/

Check out this car show on the beach, showcasing the nation’s best builds and models. Admission costs $15 per person, but use a coupon code from your favorite participating model to save $5 off admission.

11th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 21
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

This music & art festival returns this Saturday to the La Brea Tar Pits in West LA. Free to attend and open to all ages, guests will experience live music, live painting, beer & wine garden, food trucks, and more.

Feed Your Eyes
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
RiT Gallery, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/167593623415933/

This free and all-ages art show takes food art to the next level. Come to see art based on food, and art made with food, as your feed your hunger with your eyes.

Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-Downtown-Long-Beach?id=65423

Downtown Long Beach hosts their first official beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $25 presale or $30 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

75th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=421

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

LivingSocial’s Glow-in-the-Dark 5K Dance Party
7:15 pm – 1:45 am, September 21
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.livingsocial.com/events/5kdanceparty

When you combine raves with 5k runs, you get glow runs, and LivingSocial will host one this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Participants must wear all black and run through this 5k course complete with glow sticks that anyone can use as bracelets, necklaces, crowns/circlets, anklets, and more. Registration costs $45 online and $55 at the gate. Following the run, all participants may stay for the after-party, full of live DJ’s, drinks, food, and more. Anyone may skip the run and attend this after-party for just $19.

LA Beer Week 5th Anniversary Opening Gala
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://www.labeerweek.com/unionStation.php

LA Beer Week kicks off its 2013 run with its annual beer fest this Sunday, unlike previous years where they close the week with the fest. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers. The $70 admission comes with UNLIMITED pours, so prepare your body to handle this!

Dr. Know & Decry @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/362409-dr-know-decry-los-angeles/

Old school punk rock returns to Los Globos this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Downtown Long Beach‘s series of tasting events moved down to the waterfront for an evening of sampling eats on the pier. The Taste of Downtown Long Beach invites many of area’s restaurants, bars, and other food businesses to come together to serve samples to all visitors looking to explore what Downtown Long Beach has to offer. Due to Long Beach’s structure of regional neighborhoods, a sole Taste of Long Beach would require too much work, and would come up to a loss rather than profit. With Belmont Shore running theirs in the summer, and Naples Island running theirs once a year, Downtown Long Beach runs their series of tasting events approximately three-four times per year, each in a different location. Participating businesses remain largely consistent between each event, with a few changes to accommodate for new businesses and others that could not or did not want to return. With each event, the location moves around from place to place within Downtown Long Beach, from the East Village Arts District to the bustling Pine Avenue on a busy weeknight. Last week, the taste moved down to Rainbow Harbor for an evening of feasting on the pier.

Unlike previous Tastes of Downtown Long Beach, this one did not feature as many participants. Many of the standard businesses made an appearance, while some others could not bring a setup out to the pier, such as Federal Bar or Beachwood BBQ. Surprisingly, I saw for the first time Village Bakery, who had taken over the building last occupied by Shortnin Bread.

Shenanigans Irish Pub‘s Corned Beef Sliders and Fish & Chips

Wine Down Lounge‘s Cuban Pulled Pork w/ infused rice, Fresh Fruit w/ Chile & Lime, Homemade Potato Chips, and Mini Crème Brûlée

Pier 76 Fish Grill‘s Langostino & Lobster Roll and Watermelon Lemonade

The Village Bakery‘s Peanut Butter Brownie

Gladstone’s Lobster Mac & Cheese and Chocolate Ganache Mini Martini

Michael’s Pizzeria‘s Polpete al Forno

Visitors to this Taste of Downtown Long Beach could receive 90 minutes of free parking at The Pike’s parking structure. However, the website only mentioned this once, and very few of the visitors knew about this, and either resorted to paying for parking or took some other means to arriving that usually associated a cost or physical effort. I find this the fault of both sides – the website did not make parking an important point, and visitors must not have read the website thoroughly. Regardless, all visitors enjoyed tasting these fine eats out on the waterfront, despite the weather warmer than usual. Things will cool down by the next Taste of Downtown Long Beach which should occur in the winter.