Posts Tagged ‘Reggae’

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 3rd Annual Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival.

The Beer X San Diego Beer & Music Festival returned for its third year running this past Saturday. Taking place at Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego, this festival combines craft beer, drinks, food, and reggae music all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and other beverages to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The beer stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 10pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the beer pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks.

Although I did not attend the previous years, I believe that this event marked the first time the organizers teamed up with the organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha. As such, I would expect that they would handle the festival quite well as they always do with their events. However, prior to entering, I clearly saw faults that Brew Ha Ha would never commit, such as having an inefficient entrance and laying out the booths in confusing spots. Nevertheless, I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the reggae culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. In the meantime, check out Beer X on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

AleSmith’s 3rd Annual IPA Week
July 10-14
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://alesmith.com/

In the past, AleSmith has celebrated IPA Day, which typically falls on the second Tuesday of July. This year, AleSmith will expand the celebration to a full week of specialty IPAs, educational seminars, and unique hoppy creations.

Endless Summer: Time Out LA July Magazine Release Party
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
The Montalban, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/endless-summer-time-out-l-a-july-magazine-release-party

Time Out LA releases their monthly magazine this week, and will celebrate with a party in Hollywood tonight. General admission costs $19 and comes with two cocktails per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Birds of Prey Night
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Birds-of-Prey/

Get an up-close look at magnificent birds this Tuesday night in Fullerton. Ticket to this all-ages event cost $10.

Taco Tuesday w/ Viernes 13
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/231900113995991/

Enjoy $1 tacos and a FREE show this Tuesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Summer Nights at Newport Dunes
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 12
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://greatersmc.com/

Food, drinks, music, networking, and more will collide in Newport Beach this Wednesday evening. Admission costs $75 and includes food and drinks.

14th Annual California Wine Festival
July 13-15
Multiple locations, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

This weekend, a variety of wine events will take place throughout Santa Barbara. Events vary in content and price, so click on the provided website for details about what to expect.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
July 13-16
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

15th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 13
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

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

Taste of Grand Central Market
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, July 13
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://secretcityla.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-grand-central-market-tickets-34985236785

$50 will get you a tasting tour of many of the food stands inside the historic Grand Central Market in Downtown LA. This will include food only, not drinks.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Of 2017 Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, July 13
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://www.orangecoast.com/bestof2017/

$50 gets you in to this event with unlimited samples of food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 13
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.

2017 LA Restaurant Week
July 14-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 15-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

2017 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 14-15
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, July 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $81 for adults or $59 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $238 for adults or $174 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

2017 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 14
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 15
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

2017 Orange County Fair Opening Day
12:00 pm, July 14
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The OC Fair this year runs Wednesday through Sunday each week starting July 14 with the final day on August 13. The fairgrounds open 12pm until 12am on weekdays, and 10am to 12 am on weekends. For opening day, all guests receive FREE parking and enter the fair for FREE. Every year, a new fried food gets introduced, such as deep-fried Kool Aid or deep-fried butter. In previous years, they allowed guests to bring their own foods to get fried, and they will continue that tradition this year.

2017 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 14
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 16
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.

2017 South Bay Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 14
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15-16
St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, Redondo Beach
http://www.sbgreekfestival.com/

Celebrate life as the Greeks do at this Greek festival this weekend in Redondo Beach. This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $2, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

Los Angeles Soul Music Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 14-16
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://lasoulmusic.com/

Three days of soul music come to Los Angeles this weekend. Admission ranged from $70 to $255 depending on how many days you want to attend, as well as what areas and seats you want to access.

Bacon & Barrels – San Luis Obispo
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 14
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 16
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.baconandbarrels.com/

Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in San Luis Obispo. Three different events will take place throughout the weekend, each with different prices. A dinner will take place Friday night, and a brunch buffet will take place Sunday morning. Most people will want to check out the festival taking place Saturday afternoon. Check with the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

2017 See, Sip & Savor Historical Home Tour
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 14
Private residence, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://hslb.org/calendar_of_events/2017-see-sip-savor-historical-home-tour/

Tour through old historical homes in Long Beach while enjoying appetizers and drinks this Friday night. The $60 admission gets you in to the tour, as well as gets you your food and drinks for the tour.

Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 14
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/234129480400629/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 14
Location TBA, Los Angeles
http://www.rentalcarrally.com/

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

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 15-16
Liberty Station, San Diego
http://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/

For $10 admission, gain entry to this all-ages vendor fair featuring countless vintage apparel, accessories, and other goods.

39th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 15-16
Alondra Park, Lawndale
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 15
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226988447817458/

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!

2017 Sri Lanka Day
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 15
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://slday.com/

Immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors will find Sri Lankan food, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. The website does not mention anything about admission, so make sure you have cash available just in case.

The Agenda Festival 2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.agendafest.co/

A pop-up show for pop culture and all other things popular in mainstream media takes place this Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. The $45 admission gets you in to check out the hundreds of vendors, as well as access to the extreme sports shows and concerts throughout the day.

4th Annual Orange County Brew Hee Haw
Three 4-hour sessions, July 15-16
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocbrewheehaw.com/

The OC Brew Ha Ha team returns with this weekend-long beer festival taking place at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Covering three 4-hour sessions throughout the weekend, this beer festival takes the concept of the locally famous Brew Ha Ha and steps it up by adding beer from breweries outside of the Southern California circuit, so expect to see some unfamiliar beers here. General admission costs $55 presale or $65 at the gate. All ticket-holders receive unlimited beer tasters plus a complimentary pass to the OC Fair for that day. A session will take place 12-4pm and 6-10pm on Saturday, and 1-5pm on Sunday. No one under 21 may enter the Brew Hee Haw area, and can only stay out in the fairgrounds. However, guests may freely leave and enter between the Brew Hee Haw area and the fairgrounds. Parking at the OC Fair costs $10 cash per vehicle. On weekends, guests may park for free at select parking lots and ride a shuttle to the fairgrounds – consult the OC Fair website for details, linked above.

37th Annual Los Angeles Lotus Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 15-16
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.laparks.org/lotusfestival

Enjoy a free and all-ages event this weekend that celebrates Asian culture with food, music, dance, and a variety of other entertainment.

Annual Luau Party Fundraiser
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 15
American Legion South Bay, Post 184, Redondo Beach
http://post184.com/

A local fundraiser takes place in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. $25 gets you in to see traditional music & dance, as well as food served at 4pm.

2017 Garagiste Wine Festival: Urban Exposure
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 15
Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Santa Monica
http://californiagaragistes.com/2017-la-festival/

Wine lovers will not want to miss this wine event taking place this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica. Regular admission costs $69 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $99, starts at 2pm, and includes backstage access plus seminars. All attendees receive unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Reggae Island Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

A drunk fest featuring music, beer, food, dance, drugs, games, and more comes to Long Beach this Saturday. Admission ranges from $15 to $45 depending on your age, when you buy the ticket, and when you want to attend.

1st Annual OC Cajun Food & Music Celebration
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 15
Mile Square Park, Fountain Valley
http://ocfoodbank.org/cajun/

Sample food from local restaurants and sip on craft beers and wines this Saturday afternoon in Fountain Valley. Admission ranges from $15 to $50 depending on your age and what food or drink package you want to buy.

Sip & Savor – Santa Monica
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 15
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://sipandsavorfestivals.com/

Enjoy food, drinks, snacks, wine, and more this Saturday evening in Santa Monica. General admission costs $70 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited food & drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Fig Earth Supply’s 1st Annual Mid Summer Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 15
Fig Earth Supply, Mount Washington, Los Angeles
http://minifarmbox.com/figearthsupply/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1870861429798219/

A local vendor market will take place this Saturday night in Mount Washington, free to attend for all ages.

Hardcore Punk Night @ The Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1856101261312325/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Cruisers & Brews #2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
King Harbor Waterfront Tasting Room, Redondo Beach
http://www.kingharborbrewing.com/event/beach-cruisers-brews-2/

Bring your bicycle to Redondo Beach and take a small tour around while enjoying some brews and bites. $40 gets you two pre-ride beers, a beer & burrito at the first stop, an IPA at the second stop, and pitcher deals at the final stop.

Artisanal LA Summer Garden Party
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 16
Lombardi House, Hollywood
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA goes fancy with this spinoff event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Basically the same thing that happens at regular Artisanal LA events will happen here – attendees will get to check out dozens of vendors all selling their goods here. However, this event costs $35 presale or $40 at the door to attend, primarily because this event includes food and drink samples for attendees while supplies last.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2017
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 16
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234184463754234/

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $40 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Three Weav3rs Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/956426151100814/

Far Bar will feature beers from Inglewood’s Three Weav3rs Brewing this Tuesday night, and they will also have some of the Three Weav3rs crew present as well. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

The Dwarves and The Queers: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1021837-dwarves-queers-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1024199-dwarves-queers-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am March 20, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2763
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Two heavy-hitting punk rock bands will headline a string of shows on the west coast this week. These shows have different age limits and ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 16-17
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 19
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 20
Columbia Square, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Hanadoki Con 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 18
10:00 am – 2:00 am, March 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 20
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this four-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – St. Patrick’s Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque in Downtown Long Beach this St. Patrick’s Day night. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Los Angeles Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 1 Year Anniversary Black Light Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their first anniversary this week, and to stand out from the crowd, they will celebrate with black lights instead. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and t-shirts available. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

18th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 19-20
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://cure.pcrf-kids.org/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

FroYo 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 11:00 am, March 19
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://thefroyorun.com/los-angeles/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

24th Annual Walk With The Animals
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 19
Fairmount Park, Riverside
http://www.petsadoption.com/index.php/events/224-walk-with-the-animals-2016

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a pet walk, and K-9 demonstrations this Saturday morning in Riverside. Registration costs $25 for adults or $15 for children. All participants receive a t-shirt and the pancake breakfast.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 19
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Beach Streets: Downtown
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Broadway, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur down Broadway from Downtown Long Beach through Belmont Heights. The path will also include 4th Street’s Retro Row and additional streets in the downtown area. Plan your commute accordingly.

2016 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 19-20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 19-20
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/960841003998822/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Doctor Who series.

2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19-20
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Downtown LA. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

9th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19-20
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 19
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. Use promo code boozeblog to save $5 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 19-20
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/native-american-festival-3/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

2016 Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
South Hills Plaza, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/174-2015-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Select Beer Store’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/991070667636058/

Select Beer Store turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

BeerFit Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://runbeerfit.com/event/los-angeles/

Run a 5k while drinking beer. If you think you can handle this, registration starts at $50.

Self Help Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 19
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $44.50.

San Pedro Craft Beer Festival 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
S.S. Lane Victory Battle Ship, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrobeerfestival.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – Lake Elsinore
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 19
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://www.blacklightrun.com/lake-elsinore/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.canyonclub.net/html/schedule.html
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1063099-reverend-horton-heat-long-beach/
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

CH3 @ 5 Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19
5 Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/856082867843621/

Rock out to a local punk rock show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 20
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

Stone Oakquinox 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-oakquinox-2016

Drink yourself a merry good time at this beer tasting event featuring only barrel-aged beers. The $49 admission includes a souvenir glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food from Stone’s Bistro. No one under 21 may attend.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, March 20
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbjapanesefestival.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

2016 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 20
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

Chino Brew & Chew 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 20
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chino-brew-and-chew-tickets-20434628524

A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.

Treat Yo’ Self
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, March 20
L.A. River Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles
http://timeouttreatyoself.splashthat.com/tolafb

Indulge in a world of sweet treats and sips this Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. $25 gets you entry into a 90-minute session where you can stuff yourself full of sugary goodness. Three 90-minute sessions will take place, starting at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Laughs By Volume 2: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 20
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 20 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Skanking Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 20
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, Los Angeles
http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/304078

Ska and reggae fans will not want to miss this all-day music festival taking place this Sunday in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $50 presale or $60 at the door.

18th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://tinyurl.com/crabfesttickets

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

Beautiful California: a state unlike any other. From the luscious weather to the so-called California Girls, California almost represents a unique country of its own. As one of the major metropolitan states of this nation, California has one of the largest populations of virtually all demographics, but especially young adults. As society can guess, young adults sure love their hard beverages, and California has no shortage of festivals featuring hard beverages. Practically every week of the year, a festival occurs that features either craft beer, wine, or cocktails/spirits. When adults think festivals that include alcohol, they immediately think about what other activities and forms of entertainment to expect at the events. The days of simple tasting events have long gone by the wayside, and now people expect to find more than just drinking at such festivals. Typical events may include some games or live music, plus some some of food either included with admission or at a separate cost. The more these events feature, the more they feel like they bit off more than they could chew. Some events promise everything yet deliver underwhelming content, while some events promise the best of a few specialties and deliver all they can to satiate the attendees, such as at the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ha Ha, Orange County’s biggest beer festival, have delivered a new festival unlike anything ever before: the 1st Annual Cali Uncorked Festival. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this festival combines Californian craft beer, wine, food, music, and comedy all in one location. With over a hundred different beers and wines to sip on, attendees had a plethora of options to get their buzz on. Cali Uncorked took place at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Silverado in east Orange County, which lends well to these sorts of events with the massive area of the venue. The park represents an oval centered around a lake, with each side housing something different.

  • East: Attendees entered from here, and this side held the dozens of Californian breweries, picnic tables, and a row of vendors.
  • North: All the wineries set up at the north row.
  • South: The south section housed all the vendors, including merchandise, food trucks, food booths, and the pairings stage.
  • West: This side contained the music stage, comedy stage, and VIP area.

With so much to do in so little time, one would expect to try to rush around to see everything before the event ended. The drinks stopped pouring at 4pm, while the entertainment continued to 7pm. This created an unpleasant crowding effect by the 3pm hour, as the people who attended primarily for the entertainment instead of the craft drinks continued to arrive even after 3pm. At this time, all the wine and beer booths had ridiculously long lines, and almost everyone in those lines no longer cared about the drinks pouring – they simply wanted to get drunk. This created a culture divide with the attendees of this event: those who care about the quality of the drinks, and those who attended for the entertainment that cared less for the drinks. Anyone who arrived early enough certainly got to enjoy any drink without needing to wait in lines, and could take time to discover the different types of drinks. However, as time passed, the type of attendees present quickly became apparent that no one cared for the drinks. At one point, I asked a worker about the types of beer available, but someone quickly cut in front of me and said to just fill her cup. Also, the rampant stench of marijuana gradually increased over time. With the lines for beer getting longer, people caring less about the drinks they received, the smell of marijuana growing, and the uneasy feeling of getting lost in a crowd rising, I ended up leaving before 4pm. In fact, the band performing as I left continued to goad the crowd into smoking and getting high, asking everyone in the crowd to share with someone nearby that did not have anything to toke.

For the first Cali Uncorked ever, the notion and intention of the event seems aspiring. Combining multiple different types of events into one represents a mammoth task that one person cannot possibly undertake. The Brew Ha Ha crew teamed up with music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) for this event, and I can see the stark contrast in the types of people they invited: the craft people, and the music people. This strongly reminds me of why I started this blog in the first place: to bridge the gap between the punk rock crowd and the gourmet crowd. The stereotypical punk rocker lives a frugal life and consumes cheap products, such as mass-produced beer and fast food, while the stereotypical gourmet person lives the opposite way, a life of luxury. I attempt to shatter those stereotypes by introducing the worlds to each other, and I see how Cali Uncorked attempts the same by introducing the craft beer crowd to the reggae crowd. However, a large scale event such as this probably lacked the proper execution to do that, as the reggae crowd just wanted to get high and drunk and listen to music, while the craft crowd had to deal with the smell all over the area.

Can the organizers behind Cali Uncorked come back next year with a bigger and better festival? I believe that the genre of music had a large effect on the people who showed up. Consider that the entrance still had a massive line in the final hour of drinks, and that the 420 culture eventually overtook the craft side of the festival. Perhaps Cali Uncorked can bring on a different genre of music, since reggae seemed to invite all the stoners and skinheads to the entertainment side. Despite having The Aggrolites as the headlining band, OC Brew Ha Ha did not have this stoner problem back in September. What if Cali Uncorked goes with either country or alternative rock? For now, we leave it in the hands of the organizers to decipher how next year’s event will run. In the meantime, check out Cali Uncorked on Facebook and Twitter for future updates, and for news about upcoming events.

Last Thursday night, the Mad Caddies headlined a small intimate show at the Constellation Room in The Observatory in Santa Ana. Just three months after they sold out a show at this exact same location, Mad Caddies once again fill this venue up, generating a crowd that even attracted those who attended the show in the bigger room. The Observatory features two stages – the main room, and the Constellation Room, a smaller, more intimate room. The audience Mad Caddies never relented, despite a sold-out Pepper show in the main room.

The only other band in this show, illScarlett, opened the show 75 minutes after the doors had opened. Despite their soaring popularity back home, very few of the audience had heard of this band that I can best describe as a pop-ska band. Much of their fan base resides in Canada, their home country, so I can understand of the majority did not recognize them. They played a full 45-minute set that included a wide mixture of songs, from fast punk rock-style songs to smooth reggae songs, and even some songs that involve vocalist Alex rapping. The audience thoroughly enjoyed this opener/co-headliner, and exhibited it with a strong circle pit starting at the second song.

After a 30-minute setup, the Mad Caddies finally entered the room to screaming fans. Those who attended some of their previous shows, such as the show three months ago linked above, may recognize the set list as nearly identical. This time, the Mad Caddies have added in some unreleased songs, as they have just finished recording a new album set to release later this year. The room remained relatively calm the entire time aside from the pit, as much of the audience behaved and stayed put, rather than bounce around frantically. They did a great job of transitioning between songs, not leaving too much downtime between groups of songs. This 90-minute set included lots of fan favorites, like Leavin’, Tired Bones, State of Mind, Monkeys, Silence, Road Rash, Drinkin’ For 11, and more. Although they could not play all of the fan favorites like Souls For Sale, they still generated limitless energy from the crowd, and attracted a handful of people from the show in the main room.

The Mad Caddies currently tour across North America, so check out their Facebook page for a list of upcoming tour dates, and remember to give their page a Like so that you can stay up-to-date with all things Caddies.

On a week filled with many great music performances in Southern California, Mad Caddies headlined a small show in the Constellation Room of The Observatory. Mad Caddies have played on bigger stages before, but they could not get the main stage at The Observatory on this night due to an Alkaline Trio show. Mad Caddies could not select a better date since they had to fly to Canada the following morning. Thankfully, they still decided to play this show, despite the time crunch on their end, and they invited two local reggae bands to play the show with them.

Opening the night, from Los Angeles comes Arise Roots, a roots reggae band. They played a mellow reggae set that lasted about 40 minutes, enough time to get everyone settled in and to feel the vibe of the night’s music selection. No real surprises occurred during their set – they played well, and held onto everyone’s attention the entire time.

Up next, True Press, another band from Los Angeles, played their reggae set. Just like Arise Roots, they played a set that lasted approximately 40 minutes with no real surprises. Compared to Arise Roots, True Press had a few faster songs to start pumping up the crowd for Mad Caddies. The sets played out fine, building up the intensity in the room and the energy in the crowd.

Understand the lack of size of the Constellation Room, and you quickly realize the intimacy of this room. That leaves Mad Caddies with a smaller stage than usual with a crowd directly at their feet. In fact, trombone player Eduardo Hernandez could easily reach the audience with his trombone, and occasionally hit a few audience members in the head throughout the set with his trombone. Their 75-minute set consisted of many of Mad Caddies’ well-known songs, such as Leavin’, Without You, State Of Mind, Silence, Drinking For 11, and more. Their set ran so late that the Alkaline Trio show had already ended, and audience members from that show tried to get into the Mad Caddies show, which looked relatively more exciting with the room-wide circle pit. Alas, the Mad Caddies show, which cost $12, never sold, whereas the Alkaline Trio show cost $30 and sold out a while ago. Too bad Alkaline Trio fans – you will have to see Mad Caddies elsewhere another time.

Miss out on this show? Mad Caddies do not plan to play any shows in the next few months, as they have returned to the studio to work on their next album, which they plan to release in February. Remember to like them on Facebook (linked above) and follow them on Twitter to stay up-to-date on Mad Caddies and what they have coming up!

Build Your Own Poutine Night
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 29
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/281621261942187/

Based on their popular Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Nights, Beachwood BBQ will now allow you to construct your own Poutine this Thursday night. Food fans must attend this night and build something epic for dinner. See below for what transpired during a Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night:

Beachwood BBQ Live Music Night
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach and Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.php

Both Beachwood BBQ locations will have live music on Thursday night. Seal Beach will have acoustic music, while Long Beach will have a DJ spinning beats.

The Aquabats – FREE SHOW @ OC Great Park
8:15 pm, August 30
OC Great Park, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/229555637167508/

The Aquabats will play a FREE (kind of) all-ages show this Thursday at OC Great Park. However, the park charges $10 for parking, so technically you still have to pay to see The Aquabats. Bring friends & family, because if you split the parking cost, that reduces the per-person price!

LA County Fair – Opening Day
10:00 am, August 31
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

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

E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 31
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 1-2
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

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

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 1-2
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. For example, the east road usually contains Old American, New American, and Mexican Streets. But we all go to the OISF every year for one reason: Irish Street. Located at the end of the southern road, immediately in front of Haven Gastropub houses the Guinness truck and the Irish music stage, of which bands like The American Wake entertain crowds all evening. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

IMPLANTS, Sederra, Lowbrow, The Highest Account, & Drown The Witness at The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/256749424438685/

A clash of punk rock bands will take over The Juke Joint this Friday night. $10 cover, ages 21 and up only.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 1-3
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.fiestahermosa.com/

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.

Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
11:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 1
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinejamqm.com/

The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary. Last year, Pepper headlined the show. This year, a plethora of reggae bands will highlight the stage all day. General admission tickets cost $35, while VIP tickets (VIP line, parking, lounge, and 4 free drinks) cost $75.

The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 1-3
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Presale tickets sell for $65, while tickets will cost $75 at the door.

FYF Fest
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1-2
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This two-day concert will feature the largest names in music, including recently reunited Refused. Surprisingly, you can still purchase tickets! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these two days.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 1-3
Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

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

SoundWalk 2012
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 1
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://soundwalk.org/

This free street art exhibit beats the norm of art by hosting art through sound. Participating artists ditch contemporary visual art in favor of art for your ears. For example, the famous slinky ladder may return, where each step represents a different sound that, when struck by the special slinky, plays together for a clash of sound effects.

Drink Good Beer Mash-Up & Homebrew Competition
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastropub, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/DrinkGoodBeerMashUpHomebrewCompetition

The Factory Gastropub will host a beer fest and homebrewers competition in their parking lot this Sunday afternoon. Presale tickets sell for $25, while tickets will sell for $30 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.