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Upcoming Events: May 2-8, 2016

Posted: May 2, 2016 in Art, Beer, Cars, Dessert, Drinks, Events, Food, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Extreme Midget Wrestling
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 4
BIGS Fullerton, Fullerton
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this Wednesday night for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Thursday this week, which typically means college specials since a handful of college students do not have classes on Fridays. Please celebrate responsibly!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon
May 5-8
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/tinker-bell-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Peter Pan universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from the lost boys to pirates and more. Throughout the weekend, festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel. The Peter Pan-themed half marathon takes place at Disneyland this Sunday morning. The half marathon runs through Disneyland Park and surrounding Anaheim streets, and will involve lots of costumes and characters on the sidelines. All participants receive a t-shirt, a medal, a goodie bag, and refreshments during and after the race.

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5-8
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/event/avp-hb-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

Valiant Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 5
Gina’s Pizza, Irvine
http://www.ginaspizza.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1583521865298411/

Valiant Brewing will take over the taps at Gina’s Pizza in Irvine this Thursday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Porko Rico Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1539560489673592/

For this Cinco de Mayo, Meat Up BBQ will do something different by having a gourmet food truck take over not the taps, but the kitchen. Enjoy various food specials courtesy of Porko Rico this Thursday night at Meat Up BBQ, with no cover charge.

7th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, May 5
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.tasteofcardiff.com/

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Gator By The Bay 2016
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 5
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 6
10:30 am – 8:30 pm, May 7
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, May 8
Spanish Landing Park, San Diego
http://www.gatorbythebay.com/

This all-ages Zydeco, Blues, & Crawfish festival runs all this weekend, starting on Thursday night. Enjoy plenty of live entertainment, music, dancing, dance lessons, cooking demos, arts & crafts, Cajun food, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on the method of attendance, starting as low as $15 and running all the way up to $200 for the full package.

Manic Hispanic: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1035864826495950/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1099879-manic-hispanic-west-hollywood/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 7, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1096963-manic-hispanic-san-diego/

Manic Hispanic returns to Southern California this weekend for their annual Cinco de Mayo shows. Tickets to these shows vary in price and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Cinco de Mayo Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://themaxies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254243134909112/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Thursday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 5, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://public.ticketbiscuit.com/ConcertLounge/Events/267159
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 6, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2898
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1066383526762136/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline three show in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
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).

The Copper Door 3 Year Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6
The Copper Door, Santa Ana
http://thecopperdoorbar.com/event/copper-door-3-year-anniversary-celebration-feat-dj-fuze-power-106/

This Friday, The Copper Door will celebrate their third year in business with live music, live DJ’s, food & drink specials, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

BBQ & Beer Festival
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 6
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 7
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://bbqandbeerfestival.com/

Barbecue and beers collide this weekend in Santa Clarita. Friday night represents the beer festival that costs $40 to get in and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All food comes at cost, so guests should bring cash to pay for food. No one under 21 may attend on Friday. Saturday represents the family-friendly barbecue festival that costs $10 to enter, but all food and drinks come at cost that day.

Union 13: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Programme Skate & Sound, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1525329297776045/

Check out Union 13 and other great local hardcore bands at this all-ages show for just $5 this Friday night.

The Generators: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1138123

Release some inner aggression at this local punk show this Friday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6-7
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1169079-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.

The Slackers: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 6, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/307067
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 7, Music Box, San Diego http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6499265
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 8, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theslackers
http://www.theslackers.com/

Popular ska band The Slackers will headline three shows in Southern California this weekend as part of their west coast tour. Ticket prices and age limits vary between shows, so click on a show’s link for details.

Free Comic Book Day
May 7
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

13th Annual Culver City Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Downtown Culver City
http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Culver City this Saturday to see hundreds of classic and custom cars, as well as browse dozens of automotive vendors and the local shops and restaurants.

49th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachca.org/specialevent.htm

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

2nd Annual Blastoff Comicsfest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.blastoffcomics.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of music, food, beer, and comics this Saturday in North Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, a special writer’s table will take place that requires an admission fee. Check the website to see what you may need to pay for to do there.

Fullerton Airport Day 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton
http://www.cityoffullerton.com/gov/departments/public_works/airport/airport_day.asp

At this free and all-ages event, visitors can check out all things aviation at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.

2016 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 7
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

39th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7-8
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://bernardowinery.com/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this arts & crafts fair going on in San Diego complete with food, arts & crafts, vendors, live entertainment, and more.

2016 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

8th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 7-8
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Soka University’s 15th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2016 Spring Champagne Social
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/champagnesocialspring/

Check out this free art exhibit featuring the current resident artists this Saturday in Santa Monica, complete with complimentary champagne. Although free to attend for all ages, guests must register via the link above.

Bacchus’ Home Brewers Fest 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 7
Claud & Co. Bacchus’ Kitchen, Pasadena
http://www.bacchuskitchen.com/

For $45 admission, gain entry to this homebrewers tasting event up in Pasadena this Saturday early afternoon with food and beer tasters. Their website does not specify how much food and beer one can receive. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Silverado Chili Cook-Off & Cinco de Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Silverado Community Center, Silverado
http://smrpd.org/

Sample lots of chili and enjoy a cultural festival this Saturday afternoon in the hills of Silverado. Packed with food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more, visitors will surely find something to say occupied here. Free to attend, guests should bring cash to pay for any food or drinks here.

7th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 7
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/186656765026898/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

5th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 7
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Bookfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/event/grand-parks-downtown-bookfest/

Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.

Cismontane Brewing 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cismontane-brewings-6th-anniversary-party-tickets-24667291533

Cismontane turns six years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes in two levels: $18 gets you four half-pints, while $32 gets you eight half-pints plus an anniversary t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

KROQ Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Listen to loud music, throw away money by betting on horses, and drink lots of macro beers at this event at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $5, then you have to spend money on everything else once you enter.

San Diego Paella & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines down by the coast this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $80.

Saint Archer Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Saint Archer Brewery, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.saintarcherbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1589044508074809/

Saint Archer turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have special anniversary beers available for you to try, as well as a special anniversary glass. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

16th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. 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 2pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

LA On Tap
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://laontap.beer/

Dozens of breweries will meet up at the Fairplex this Saturday afternoon to serve their refreshing brews to attendees of this event. General admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 2pm. Early admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last, but food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for that plus parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Network Brewery’s Grand Opening
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 7
Network Brewery, Santa Ana
http://www.networkbrewery.com/

A new brewery joins Orange County’s illustrious family of microbreweries, and they will open their doors to the public this Saturday. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 7
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Bike-Fest?id=70216

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

No Violence Music Fest 2016
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 7
UNION Night Club, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1234255286602746/

Over a dozen skacore bands will perform in Los Angeles this Saturday. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Uncorked Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Westfield UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc/events/all-events/uncorked-wine-walk/27036

Take a stroll through Westfield UTC while sipping on wines. Admission costs $20 and allows you to sample wines from participating businesses.

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $20, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

Street Food Cinema 2016 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 7
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2016 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Ladies First! Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
GCS Clothing Store, Santa Ana
http://www.konseptproject.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1134785179907628/

Free to attend for all-ages, check out this art exhibit featuring works made by local female artists.

3rd Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Beer, Brats & Books
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena
http://www.friendsppl.org/beerbratsbooks/

Relax this Saturday night with bratwurst, beers, and books in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 each or $90 for two people. No one under 21 may attend.

Agent Orange @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/994568020597306/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Mother’s Day
May 8
Worldwide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day

Mother’s Day arrives this Sunday. Take note that many restaurants and flower shops will have excess business this weekend.

Los Angeles Bicycle Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 8
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://bci.yapsody.com/

Enter a world of bicycles, music, food, and art this Sunday afternoon at Grand Park in Downtown LA. Check out workshops, demos, live music, art, ride-alongs, and more. Tickets for this event start at $10.

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6th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/6th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-4th/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

First Tuesdays Tap Takeover: Bottle Logic
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/685025194973562/

Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita has a feature tap takeover every first Tuesday of the month. This month, they will feature Bottle Logic on tap. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or more.

Stone Pilot Series: Experimental IPA Taste Test
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 6
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1107186412637100/

Stone Brewing has some experimental IPA’s going on, and Far Bar will have two of them, #2 and #3. You get to help decide the customer favorite. Participants will get a taster of each first, then get a pint of their favorite. Whichever brew sells the most at the end of the day wins.

Brewballers Bottle Share
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6
The Brew & Meatball Co., Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/576171029212075/

Got an interesting beer that you would like to share? Bring at least 750mL of beer, your own glass, and $10, and you can enjoy all the wonderful beers that everyone else will bring.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 7-9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 7
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Spring Cider Slam with 2 Towns Ciderhouse
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/spring-cider-slam-with-2-towns-ciderhouse/

Enjoy some spring seasonal ciders in Long Beach this Thursday evening. Enjoy them individually, or try all four as a flight. This event has no cover charge.

4th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 7-9
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to three nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Individual shows cost $10 to $15, while a pass for a full day costs $25. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Lucidity Festival 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 8-10
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2016.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

2016 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Jello Biafra DJ Set
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1730562247155489/

Enjoy a night of punk rock music this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Skarnales Boss Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243090

Rock out to local punk/ska bands this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

5th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 9
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 9
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

42nd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 9
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

ArtFest 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 9-10
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 9
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

5th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2016 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 22nd this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

San Diego BBQ Fest 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 9
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://eliteeventssd.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of food and craft beer in San Diego this Saturday. Admission comes in three tiers ($25, $40, and $75), and each provides a different amount of perks, from unlimited food and beer to just admission only. If you get any of the two lower admissions, bring cash to pay for food.

5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

KROQ Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Party with hundreds of other people this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. The $5 admission gets you access to food trucks, lawn games, live music, horse racing, and the beer garden. Bring plenty of cash to pay for food and beer. Upgrade to the $30 VIP admission for backstage access, two drink scrips, a souvenir hat, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $55, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Innovation Brew Works One Year Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/

This young Pomona microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary party at their tasting room this Saturday. Admission ranges from $10 to $30, and each type of admission will provide varying levels of beer and other goodies. Check their website linked above for a full breakdown of what each level of admission gets.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Bane: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 9, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1071657-bane-final-los-angeles-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/bane
http://www.banecentral.com/

Hardcore band Bane currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) @ The Frida Cinema
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, April 9
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/tmnt/

Come watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Attendees will also get treated to pizza, trivia, prizesm giveaways, photo opportunities with the characters, and more. Admission costs $17, or add $1 more to receive a Foot Clan headband.

Mad Parade @ Cafe NELA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/931104043647949/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

Bubble Run Irvine
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/irvine-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

10th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

6th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/session

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Sunday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

Peelander-Z @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1098379-peelander-z-long-beach/

Enjoy a night of punk and ska this Sunday at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 17-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Bottle Flight Night – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/155375524833448/

Logsdon Ales will make a rare Southern California appearance at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 19
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Harvelle’s Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will perform two burlesque shows this week at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach. Check their website for the prices of each show. No one under 21 may attend.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Sriracha & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 21
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

The Adicts: On Tour in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004F69B77B1E0E
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004F6BAC7A1856
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk band The Adicts will headline two shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices for these all-ages show vary, so click on a venue’s link for pricing details.

3rd Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 22
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 23
11:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Ballast Point Beer Pairing Dinner
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 22
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/219069401762617/

For $100 per person, receive a six-course dinner at Grits in Fullerton complete with beer pairings courtesy of Ballast Point. No one under 21 may participate.

The Gears: Don’t Be Afraid To Pogo
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 22
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/dont-be-afraid-to-pogo/

Check out this documentary about the rise of punk rock in the early years, as well as a Q&A with the film’s director. Admission to this all-ages viewing costs $10.

T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/tsol

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

2016 Golden State of Cocktails Los Angeles
January 23-26
Majestic Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://goldenstateofcocktails.com/about/los-angeles/

A plethora of seminars, tastings, and other events about cocktails will take place in Los Angeles this weekend going on to next week. All events cost under $40 to attend – see the website for a full schedule of events and links to purchase tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

13th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 23-24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Saint Archer Beer Pairing Brunch @ Restauration
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 23
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/st-archer-brew-brunch-2/

Enjoy a three-course brunch paired with four different Saint Archer beers this Saturday late morning. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Taco Asylum’s Fifth Birthday Party
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 23
Taco Asylum, Costa Mesa
http://www.tacoasylum.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/509962152506074/

Taco Asylum turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some specials available this Saturday. Expect to find some exclusive tacos this Saturday, as well as an exclusive beer brewed for them by the nearby Barley Forge.

Phat Con 2016
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 23
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/858552947527793/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 23
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 23
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Dale Bros Brewery’s 13th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

VRLA Winter Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

Founders/Green Flash/Ballast Point/Deschutes Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 23
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548192168836874/

Amazing Grapes will feature beers from four select breweries this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 23
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/losangeles/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.irontrianglebrewing.com/

A new brewery opens its doors to the public this Saturday evening. Check them out in Downtown LA, along with food trucks and live music, free to attend.

OC Roller Girls – Heroes vs. Villains
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
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.

Be Like Max @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://belikemax.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1005045649537468/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

American Jihad: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1528635920781756/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Destruction Made Simple @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.destructionmadesimple.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/939604906138728/

Rock out to some local hardcore punk bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5 if arriving after 9pm, or free if arriving before. Guests can park for free on nearby streets and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

A Pretty Mess – 10th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1118733061479559/

Rock out with local punk bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Kites Festival 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Bayshore Park, Long Beach
http://la-oc.netip.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/netip-la-oc-presents-kites-festival-2016-tickets-20321321620

Come fly kites with a bunch of other people this Sunday afternoon in Long Beach near Belmont Shore. Admission starts at $10 for admission, with rates going up based on how many will attend and how many kites to purchase.

Eagle Rock Brewery 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 24
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/cheers-to-6-years

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Blatoidea: Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/876519199070040/

A UK punk band comes to the United States this weekend to tour, starting with a show in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Craft beer sales have never looked more solid today than ever. The popularity of craft beer has risen exponentially over the past few decades, as the trend moves from mass-produced items to locally crafted & curated items. Sometimes a little dedication and hard work can make something better than machines can produce. While this notion runs popularly in the food industry and arts business, that practice has stretched to brewing beer. Microbreweries tend to represent the bar or pub that locals can go to unwind after a long day or week of work, or to hang out with friends and family. Large metropolitan areas lend well to the establishment of microbreweries or craft beer bars in general, but the demographics make a huge impact on the popularity of craft beer in the area too. Last month, I visited Seattle and discovered that the Ballard neighborhood had over a dozen microbreweries because the locals love it and the various industrial buildings and warehouses makes for perfect microbrewery locations. This time, we shift focus towards South Orange County, smack dab in the middle of North OC and San Diego County.

While North Orange County and San Diego County have tons of established microbreweries, South Orange County has only come up in the craft beer scene in the past few years. It appears that the young generation, or “millennials” as we go by now, prefer craft beer compared to the more traditional baby boomers who prefer their traditional beers like PBR and Budweiser. The majority of South Orange County’s population falls under the baby boomer category, which partially explains the lack of craft beer in South Orange County. However, as more and more millennials move into the area, the demand for craft beer rises, paving the way for microbreweries and craft beer bars to surface. In this post, we take a look at some of the places that people can go to wet their whistle with craft beer.

One of the first microbreweries to open up in South Orange County, Left Coast Brewing has a decade of experience out of their facility in San Clemente. All that time has allowed them to build up a solid portfolio of brews and extend retail distribution all the way to the east coast. First-time visitors may have some difficulty locating the tasting room, which lies behind the Oggi’s Brewing building. The tasting room features bar seating, over a dozen tables, two televisions, and a food truck occasionally.

Another one of the first microbreweries to open up in South Orange County, Cismontane Brewing recently celebrated their fifth year in the industry and shows no signs of fading away. Located all the way up in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, Cismontane truly represents your friendly neighborhood bar with their various local events, which usually involves a bide ride or other hike through the nearby hills. Their rising popularity has paved the way for Cismontane to open a second tasting room in South Santa Ana this past year. If the Rancho Santa Margarita location feels like too much of a drive to get to, consider visiting their Santa Ana tasting room.

Artifex Brewing represents one of the newer microbreweries to join the South Orange County craft beer family. Located in San Clemente down the street from Left Coast, Artifex came about from brewers that had experience from larger breweries such as Stone Brewing and Pizza Port. While the locals love Artifex very much, they still have some distance to cover to garner a presence in the Southern California craft beer market. Craft beer fans already know about Artifex from beer festivals and craft beer bars, but many restaurants and retail outlets do not yet carry Artifex beers. Perhaps this next year will see a rise in the spread of Artifex beers.

This past December, South Orange County received their first major business dedicated to craft beer in the form of The BrewHouse. Tucked away in the back of a shopping center in San Juan Capistrano, this tap room & bottle shop has up to 40 different beers on tap, plus dozens of different bottles available for immediate consumption or takeout. Since they do not produce beer on the premises, The BrewHouse often obtains beers from places around the world that do not normally distribute to California. Craft beer fans will want to stay in the loop about The BrewHouse in case they ever receive a very rare beer that no one else in Southern California will carry.

Other breweries in South Orange County that I have yet to visit include the San Clemente location of Pizza Port, Laguna Beach Beer Company, and Stadium Brewing. With all this craft beer available in South Orange County, perhaps the time has come for more microbreweries to open up there? North OC and Central OC already have dozens of microbreweries, so why not fill the gap between there and San Diego County with more beer?

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. Pie ‘n Burger‘s Cheeseburger

Two major archetypes of people exist: the adventurous and the safe. By human nature, people prefer the familiar – after all, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This explains why corporate products can survive for so long because they continue to serve the exact same product that people grew up with. Because something has never changed over time, that must mean that people love it, right? For something traditional that the people always go back to, look no further than Pie ‘n Burger. This little diner in Pasadena has withstood the test of time with their simplistic approach to traditional diner foods in burgers, milkshakes, and pies. Pie ‘n Burger not only makes food that all customers recognize, but they make them delicious as well that rivals corporate equivalents. Pie ‘n Burger’s basic Cheeseburger may remind some people of other famous fast food burgers because of its cheddar, thousand island sauce, pickles, and lettuce. However, something about Pie ‘n Burger’s old-fashioned cheeseburger just makes it so much better than fast food. Pair this cheeseburger with a milkshake or a fresh slice of pie, and you have a terrific meal that may remind you of your childhood.

4. The Blind Pig‘s Bison Burger

Fancy hip gastropubs have surfaced greatly over the past handful of years. The new wave of millennials crave something new and unique, unlike the previous generations that prefer to stick with the familiar. The days of family restaurants have passed, and smaller intimate restaurants have grown in popularity with the customers getting closer to their servers and mixologists. The dining experience should encompass more than just the food – it should involve atmosphere, community, and interactivity, and you can experience all of that at The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar. Nestled away in a shopping center in Rancho Santa Margarita, The Blind Pig’s smaller dining area seats groups of two to four and allows customers to feel closer to their servers and mixologists. While they boast an extensive offering of cocktails, The Blind Pig also serves some mighty fine cuisine, including their Bison Burger. This burger with a 100% ground bison patty comes with arugula, caramelized onions, cheddar, and spicy aioli, served with fries. Bison typically has less fat than beef and has a gamier taste, giving a different approach to the typical burger. You can savor this burger at The Blind Pig for $15.

3. True Food Kitchen‘s Bison Burger

With the widespread use of the internet came all the exposures of bad food industry practices. From the inhumane treatment of animals to all the fillers in food, people started to demand better food quality, and most food companies had to oblige or risk losing business. While the corporate businesses struggled to change their ways, local businesses started fresh and adopted a wholesome and healthy approach to their menus, something that True Food Kitchen accomplished right off the bat. Best known for their anti-inflammatory ingredients, True Food Kitchen truly delivers good good-for-you food. Their menu covers all types of diets, from vegan to gluten-free and more. For those without dietary restrictions, True Food Kitchen still has an expansive menu that includes savory dishes such as their Bison Burger. Using a 100% ground bison patty, this delicious yet healthy burger gets topped with mushrooms, onions, mayonnaise, watercress, and parmesan cheese on a flax seed bun. For your side, you can choose Sweet Potato Hash, Kale Salad, or half of each. I typically do not enjoy mushrooms, but I made the exception just so I could savor this burger’s true essence, and I have no regrets. Every ingredient plays an important role towards the full picture of this burger. Experience health and flavor all in one bite with the Bison Burger at True Food Kitchen for $16.

2. Village Idiot‘s Griddle Burger

With all these newfangled restaurants popping up everywhere, sometimes it helps to exhibit a little modesty. Young adults want to visit the trendiest, hippest restaurants and/or bars because of interaction and mingling with others of similar age and personality. With so many of these new places around, some restaurants or bars just want to resemble the go-to place away from all the hustle of noisy places. Enter the Village Idiot in West Hollywood as your go-to place to relax. The Village Idiot looks like your typical neighborhood restaurant with no frills or anything fancy inside. They have an old-fashioned bar with plenty of seating in the dining area, perfect for parties of all sizes. With a wide array of food and drink options, Village Idiot will have something for everyone. For something familiar yet scrumptious, go with their Griddle Burger. This simple yet effective $15 burger carries two patties along with dijon spread and a heaping serving of caramelized onions, with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and fries on the side. Accessorize your burger with cheese or a fried egg at an additional cost. Available throughout the day, this burger will help you get away from the bustle of daily life momentarily while you savor this local flavor.

1. Wagyu Chuck‘s BBQ Bacon Burger

A corporate fast food business recently released a commercial where they pushed the phrase “Go big or go home” constantly throughout the ad. The notion of “all or nothing” greatly applies to all aspects of life. Why half-ass something when you can go full-ass into something? If you do not go all-in, that shows lack of commitment. When you go out to eat, you can either eat healthy or you can eat something full of flavor that can ruin your health. State fairs have things like deep-fried twinkie bars because YOLO. But if you intend to think YOLO with your food, you might as well seek the best foods that fit that archetype, so trek on over to Wagyu Chuck for your fill. One of many food stands in Downtown Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market, Wagyu Chuck makes burgers and only burgers. They specialize in burgers, and will not offer you anything else… except maybe a side of fried potatoes. The standard menu contains a single, double, or triple burger, but occasionally they will have burger specials, such as the BBQ Bacon Burger. While the name itself sounds amazing, I hope that you do not have a diet plan if you intend to conquer this. Greasy, oily, and salty, the combination of bacon, fried onions, cheese, and barbecue sauce all on top of a wagyu beef patty leaves a profound effect on your tastebuds and your stomach. Savor this burger with small bites, as you will not ever want this burger to end. As a burger special, Wagyu Chuck may not carry this on their menu forever, so travel to Wagyu Chuck as soon as possible and see what a true burger should taste like.

By now, less than half of today’s active Orange County microbreweries have had their doors open to the public for greater than two years, meaning that the Orange County craft beer scene currently consists of many “beginners” for lack of better words. The Orange County craft beer community treats their local businesses well, such as Cismontane Brewing. Located way out in Rancho Santa Margarita, Cismontane has had a lasting impact on the Orange County craft beer scene with their strong support towards the brewing community. This past weekend, they celebrated their 5th anniversary with three days of activities. On Friday night, Cismontane poured five special firkins (casks) from their tasting room, and released some rare bottles to sell to the public. On Saturday, Cismontane held their beer tasting event, where guests received eight 9oz beers (72oz total!) and an anniversary t-shirt for $35/$40. On Sunday morning, Cismontane held their inaugural bike ride, a tradition of theirs since the start, considering their location in the hills lends well to long-distance bike rides. Those who attended the tasting event on Saturday got treated to a LOT of beer. Luckily, the tasting event lasted a good six hours, providing plenty of time to get sudsy. During that time, Cismontane co-founders Evan and Ross sampled some of their rarer treats, including a shot of bourbon. As if we already got enough beer from the tasting, here comes liquor.

Look forward to great things from Cismontane, as they show no signs of faltering. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for updates on what to expect from their camp.

57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 22
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 23-24
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 25
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 23-25
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.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Refused
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/820931-refused-west-hollywood/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embark on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Deschutes Tap Takeover @ Blue Palms
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/680406415439158/

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery will take over the taps at Blue Palms this Wednesday night. Stop on by and check out the vast beer portfolio of Deschutes.

Neon Retro Arcade Community Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Neon Retro Arcade, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/790598064381316/

Get your gaming on in Pasadena this Thursday, and 50% of admission and gift card sales will go towards charity.

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1638473266376509/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, May 31
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in San Diego this week. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the San Diego Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place near Balboa Park. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

2015 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8, but print the coupon below to enter for free.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 30
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 31
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission varies from $5 up to $50, so see the website for more details.

Brea SummerFest 2015
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 31
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

South Central Skankers: Live in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603880946495736/

Rock out to some great local bands this Friday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Strung Out – Live at House of Blues
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 29, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E490BA463F4
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004E50711B0D76

Punk band Strung Out will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check the links above for prices.

Barb Wire Dolls & A Pretty Mess @ The Vu Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 29
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/867823049949990/

Enjoy some live punk rock music in Santa Clarita this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering before 9pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Idea Fest Long Beach 2015
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 30
Orizaba Park, Long Beach
http://www.ideafestlb.org/

At this free and all-ages event, gain entertainment through education with workshops, classes, demos, arts & crafts, seminars, exhibits, and more. The content covers a wide variety of topics, so check out the website to see what the event will cover.

Cismontane Brewing 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-anniversary-party-tickets-16459240030

Cismontane turns five years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have a beer tasting event at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and includes eight 9oz pours (72 ounces!) and a t-shirt. Cismontane will also have events for Friday and Sunday, so check their social media feeds for more information.

Punk Rock Luau Summer Kick off
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/823861134357334/

Enjoy a full day of local punk rock music at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

2015 Long Beach Bike Fest
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 30
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, but costs $20 for ten 5oz beer tastings. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

Pepper Tree Brewery’s 1st Annual “A Taste of Summer”
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
Pepper Tree Brewery, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400310550290402/

Check out this small brewery as they provide two beers for the public to taste for FREE.

10th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 30
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 31
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Spring 2015 Balboa Island Wine Walk
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/BalboaIslandWineWalk

Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of fashion to Balboa Island this Saturday afternoon. At this event, attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass that they can take to various participating businesses on Balboa Island (map provided at event) to sip on wine and explore the businesses of Balboa Island. During this self-guided tour, check out the various shopping specials and food specials while you sip the day away. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event and includes ten wine tastings. VIP admission costs $75 and includes a VIP entrance, exclusive wines, a goodie bag, and access to a post-event party.

4th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO: New Brewery Edition
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 30
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-beer-bites-new-brewery-edition-tickets-16526036821

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Saturday evening. For $25 presale or $30 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Local Brews & Local Grooves
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004E62A0312F2E

Sample beers from 20 breweries while enjoying the sounds of local musicians at this food & beer event this Saturday evening at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Admission costs $12, while the tasting wristband costs $15 and come with five taste tickets, good towards food or beer.

Rocket From The Crypt @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Rocket-From-the-Crypt

Catch Rocket From The Crypt, The Bronx, and more at this all-ages punk rock show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets cost $20.

Teenage Bottlerocket – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/teenage-bottlerocket
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 31, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2406

Teenage Bottlerocket currently tours across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 31
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Colorado Blvd and surrounding streets in Pasadena will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

5th Annual Taste of the Eastside
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 31
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

Most micro breweries make a big deal out of their anniversary. However, unlike other Southern Californian breweries that throw huge galas for their anniversaries, Cismontane Brewing prefers to keep their celebration small and intimate. Having just turned three last week, Cismontane held a weekend-long celebration on a weekend already filled with other beer fests. They took the unconventional route by hosting different occasions on each day of the weekend. Starting Friday, Cismontane tapped all barrel-aged beers for the tough beer drinkers. On Saturday, they tapped their 3rd Anniversary Ale for all guests to come try. Sunday saw a bike tour through the mountains of Rancho Santa Margarita, followed by a day of dollar beers and raffle tickets. The festivities ended there for the general public; however, for those in the industry, a private party on Monday night allowed select patrons to sample exclusive beers, plus take a tour of the brewery.

As a persistent event, the atmosphere changed from day to day, varying majorly with the guests that showed up. With each day representing a different event, one guest may enjoy one day more than another. Regardless, Cismontane would not host these events if they knew the people would not attend. From what I have heard, guests have enjoyed the activities all weekend, in addition to all the beers they drank.

Coincidentally, Chris from Ohana Brewing showed up to the industry night as well. Here we see Cismontane co-owner Evan pouring some yeast out to give to Chris:

Have you tried any of Cismontane’s beers yet? While they specialize in hoppy beers, they brew a great selection of other beer types, such as a pale ale and a stout called Black’s Dawn, one of my favorite beers. While the tasting room requires a hefty drive away from any freeway, you can find Cismontane beers at a handful of local locations, such as Whole Foods, BevMo, Total Wine, and more. Show your support for the locals by drinking a Cismontane brew, and tell your friends about them!

Private Barrel Tasting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 27
Cismontane Brewing, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.facebook.com/events/458344650900821/

Taste beers from Cismontane’s private barrel collection for the low price of $25 per person. Cismontane will only sell 20 tickets, so act fast! You may purchase tickets at their tasting room in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Tiger Army, Old Man Markley, Stellar Corpses @ House of Blues San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 28
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78431

Psychobilly/punk band Tiger Army headlines a show this Thursday night in San Diego as part of their mini tour. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

WonderCon 2013
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 29
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 30
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 31
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

2013 Hammerhead Release Party
10:30 am – 10:30 pm, March 30
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/358301150946592

Hangar 24 will release another strong beer from their Barrel Roll series this Saturday. Head over to the tasting room in Redlands, where you can order an 8oz pour of Hammerhead for $8, no admission fee required.

Halftoberfest – Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 30
KnB Wine Cellars, San Diego
http://www.westcoastersd.com/event-calendar/?eventID=ve05rdobomt1kftuglv7fqamno

Hangar 24 Brewery takes over the taps at KnB this Saturday with a mini Oktoberfest-style celebration. Featuring beers like Casked Chocolate Porter, Hammerhead 2012 & 2013, Pugachev’s Cobra 2012, Ichigo Highway (Bruery collab), and many beers from their Local Fields series from the past year, beer lovers will not want to miss this opportunity to try rare beers. Free to attend, guests can also participate in stein-holding contests, and order brats with homemade sauerkraut & beer mustard.

Frank Ruffino Benefit Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/frank-ruffino

Frank Ruffino of China White needs a new liver, so naturally they will host a benefit show, raffle, and auction in a grand manner. Performing bands include China White (a short music set by all original members with Mike Drake of HB Outsiders filling in for Frank Ruffino), Cadillac Tramps, The Stitches, The Crowd, HFL, The Galway Hooker Band, Anarchy Taco, and Aggroculture U.S. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 31
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.