Posts Tagged ‘Rancho Las Lomas’

OC Weekly‘s annual tasting event, Decadence, returned for its tenth year running this past Friday night. This annual nightly gala features some of Orange County’s top chefs, caterers, bakers, mixologists, musicians, and more for a night of sipping and savoring in the wilderness. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, guests will walk among random animal exhibits around this wildlife reserve. As a wildlife reserve and event space, this venue hosts events all the time of varying scale, from small parties to large events like this. Perhaps the word large comes off as an understatement in this case, or that too many people anticipated or overrated this event.

Upon arrival, all guests could spot the night’s most glaring issue – the abundance of attendees. For some reason, people tend to believe that more people usually means something good. When it comes down to the source, this means something or someone at the front cannot expedite the group of people. In addition to the long line to enter the venue, once inside the venue, even more lines existed for every table and booth. Just to convolute things further, guests had to navigate lots of narrow paths in the darkness. For example, I could barely see what Slater’s 50/50 and Smoqued served until I used my phone’s light. At other locations throughout the venue, vendors had to operate with little space and contort around the twisted paths, since the venue’s architects decided not to craft straight paths or walls. But apparently, most of the attendees love to wait in long crowded lines in the dark for samples of food and drinks.

As another issue that manifested prior to the night, OC Weekly once again botched on the parking information. Last year, they said that guests could park for free, but at the last-minute announced that parking would cost $5. This time, they made a last-minute change to the parking location. They originally announced that guests should park at Saddleback Church and ride the shuttle from there to the venue. I arrived there an hour prior to the event’s start time, and circled the church campus for a good 45 minutes, and never saw any shuttles or signs of Decadence attendees. Finally fed up, I decided to drive to the venue to discover the parking situation, since OC Weekly does not list any sort of contact phone number for anyone to reach with questions. Along the way to the venue from the church, I spotted a shuttle turning from a cross street. I turned onto that cross street only to discover that the Decadence parking lot existed in a totally different location unrelated to Saddleback Church. OC Weekly’s negligence to announce correct parking details to the attendees caused not only myself to arrive late, but hundreds more, as I discovered during the shuttle ride to the venue.

What happened to the quality of the food and drinks? Sure OC Weekly invited some cool restaurants like Slater’s 50/50, Chapter One, and Scott’s, but Decadence this year came nowhere close to the amount of food vendors that participated last year. As another huge bummer, OC Weekly did not bring on any micro brewery this time, opting to stock Corona as the only beer available throughout the entire venue. Craft beer reigns in the overall beer industry, so why not bring ANY micro brewery at all?

A VIP area existed and carried lots of exclusive bites and sips that everyone outside could not obtain. With the right timing, anyone could enter the VIP area, as security apparently did not do a good job of keeping the area closed, especially after someone inside the VIP area opened all the doors marked DO NOT OPEN, allowing everyone else to enter.

Clearly I do not work for OC Weekly, but clearly too many people have drunk their Kool Aid. Decadence this year cannot even compare to Decadence last year, when they had lots of food, lots of space, and lots of light. This time, they put us outdoors in the dark, with fewer choices for food and drinks. Okay, we can look at animal exhibits… but we came to a tasting event, not a zoo! With the way the attendees swarmed in the narrow paths, it totally felt like a zoo with this many people. OC Weekly had the audacity to claim that everyone had a good time at Decadence, and their photos show it. People need to stop believing everything they say and start to realize the opinionated nature of OC Weekly. After all, OC Weekly exists as a publication, not a newspaper. If you seek credible sources of information, read a local newspaper, like the OC Register. Just stop taki

Orange County, you confuse me.

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Want to sample the best of local Orange County restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers, and more? If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence tomorrow night. This highly-anticipated food tasting event brings out Orange County’s top chefs, bakers, restauranteurs, mixologists, brewers, DJ’s, and more for a night of feasting, drinking, dancing, mingling, and partying. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado east from Irvine, attendees can enter for the general admission cost of $30, receive access to the botanical gardens, and receive food & drinks until all participating vendors run out. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church, located on Saddleback Pkwy by turning onto Portola Pkwy off of El Toro Rd, and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Attendees can expect to taste delicious eats from dozens of restaurants, bars, food trucks, and more. A partial list of participating businesses include American Tavern, Atun, Breakaway Sports Lounge, Cancun Fresh, Crave, Cream Pan, Creamistry, Ecco Pizzeria, Growl Juice Pub, Hapa Cupcakes, Hen House Grill, House of Big Fish, Irvine Lanes, Izalco, Jagerhaus, JT Schmid’s, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Marine Room Tavern, Original Mike’s, Ringside Lounge, Rooftop Lounge, Slapfish, Slaters 50/50, Smoqued BBQ, Ted’s Place, The Shore Bar & Grill, Tilted Kilt, Wildflour Cupcakes, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and more! Also featured, are sips from Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Milagro Tequila, Finlandia Vodka, Red Bull, Wine Gallery, Coffee Bean, Balvenie Scotch, Chambord, Chambord Vodka, and more.

Observe my photos from last year’s Decadence that took place at the Fairmont in Newport Beach:

2013 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 10
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.facebook.com/events/151727981691632/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Tuesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $5, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

Free Bread & Jam Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 10
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/696338460395848/

Sample all-natural breads with artisanal jams this Tuesday evening at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, all for free.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 11
Downtown Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/427579

Experience the variety Pacific Beach has to offer at this all-inclusive restaurant walk this Wednesday night! For $20, all attendees will get to sample food from 19 local restaurants, as well as craft beer sampling. Anyone can come and join in on the feasting, but only those 21 and over may receive beer tasters.

Spanish Punk Night w/ Destruction Made Simple
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 11
The Stardust Club, Downey
http://www.facebook.com/events/500692410024663/

Check out this FREE punk rock show this Wednesday night in Downey. Two punk bands from Spain will join the show that already consists of great local bands like Destruction Made Simple. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 13
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 15
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, 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. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 13
Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Reserve, Silverado
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/decadence2013/

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $30, or click here to pay only $15 for admission. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, September 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/712429488783795/

Come to Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa this Saturday morning and sample seasonal tarts, chocolate bark, toffee, pastries, buns, and breads, all for free. Every eighth customer that makes a purchase will receive a free t-shirt!

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://cantillon.be/br/3_21

“Zwanze Day is an international, simultaneous tapping of a one-off Cantillon abbey-style beer that visits 46 special locations around the United Stated, Canada, Europe, and Asia. One of Belgium’s finest breweries, these highly sought-after beers have become increasingly hard to find. Zwanze 2013 bears the name of its illustrious place of origin, Abbaye de Cureghem (Cureghem Abbey). In Dutch, “zwanze” refers to a type of semi-sarcastic humor typical of Brussels that one often encounters at Cantillon Brewery.”

As quoted by Beachwood BBQ, they will carry this extremely rare beer this Saturday, pouring samples and providing a brunch/lunch buffet to attendees. All reservations for this tapping have SOLD OUT already. If you would like to attend, search after-market sites for anyone selling tickets.

1st Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 14-15
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this free and all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Guests park and enter the fest for free, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8.

Long Beach Fleadh – Irish Music & Oyster Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 14-15
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachfleadh.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Downtown Long Beach, with Irish music, oysters, food, whisky tastings, film screenings, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. Guests will find fresh oysters, champagne, Guinness, whisky, and other delicious Irish foods to consume, all while enjoying the Irish music all weekend. General admission costs $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Click here to purchase a one-day admission that comes with two free drinks. All attendees must cover their own transportation expenses. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather.

Immelmann Release & End of Summer Bash
11:00 am – 12:00 am, September 14
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2751

Immelmann makes its long-anticipated return this Saturday at Hangar 24. Get your bottle from the tasting room for $20 this Saturday, where the tasting room will also have other special beer releases, food from The Big Easy, and three local bands.

Wet Electric SoCal
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.wet-electric.com/wet-electric-socal-september-14/

I cannot understand the website’s description of this event. To me, this looks like an all-day dance party at the beach, complete with live DJ’s and lots of people dancing at the beach in their swimsuits. General admission starts at $75, while VIP admission starts at $140 and comes with perks such as exclusive entry and VIP areas.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 22
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/431562

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Saturday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $35, while tickets will sell for $40 at the door. Over 30 local breweries will serve their beers to attendees, while homebrewers will sample their beers as well. Registration to enter you homebrews ended already, so if you want to enter your brew(s), you will have to wait until the next competition. All attendees must bring valid ID to show at the gate. Attendees may park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 14
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.greatwinefestival.com/

Over 50 wineries will gather to sample their tasty wines at this wine festival this Saturday afternoon at OC Great Park. For $75, attendees will receive unlimited wine tastings & food, while getting treated to live music, a silent auction, and an opportunity drawing. No one under 21 may attend.

SoCal Zombie Walk
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
Pasadena Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.socalzombiewalk.com/

Practice your zombie walk this Saturday evening in Pasadena. Meet up in Central Park in Pasadena, congregate with the other zombies there, and show Pasadena the collective force of a zombie invasion. This FREE and all-ages zombie walk will start early on in the night – guests not in zombie outfits or makeup will have to walk behind the main peloton of zombie walkers.

6th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $60.

The Detours in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 14
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/201844143317481/

Before legendary punk bands like The Adolescents and D.I. started their thing, The Detours helped to pioneer today’s punk rock. You can see them perform all of their original hits this Saturday night in Baldwin Park, along with plenty of other local bands. This all-ages show costs $10, and has a full bar inside. Guests can park here for free.

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/235613353253497/

Check out some local punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 14
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449031

Catch Guttermouth and other great local bands this Saturday night at The Juke Joint in Anaheim. Presale costs $12, and will likely sell out, so act fast! If any tickets remain, you can purchase admission at the door for $15. If the venue’s parking lot fills up, guests can park on North St. No one under 21 may attend.

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!

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 15
The Coop Pop-Up, Beverly Hills
http://www.lafriedchickenfest.com/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. All tickets to this event have officially sold out, but you can still find after-market tickets on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Rock Comp Finals
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193736110798388/

Say farewell to the old Tropics Lounge as they close the doors after one final show this Sunday night until they move to a new location. Check out this 11-band show for only $2! No one under 18 may attend.

8 Kalacas @ Los Globos
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/8-Kalacas-wSurprise-Headliner/187043

Spanish punk and ska come to LA this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

The Adicts, Agent Orange, Narcoleptic Youth @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts

Punk rock giants hit the stage this Sunday night at The Observatory, as The Adicts headline a show along with Agent Orange and Narcoleptic Youth, two more extremely popular punk bands in their own right. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early to park in the venue’s parking lot – arrive too late and end up paying for parking in neighboring lots.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Strip Down
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/237167809772803/

Enjoy a fun burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
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.

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

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

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.