Posts Tagged ‘Retro Row’

This Saturday, Long Beach’s 4th Street Retro Row brings back their Pour on 4th event for its second year, providing an opportunity for visitors to stroll up and down Retro Row while sampling local food and drinks. Combining a stroll with a beer & wine fest, this event covers pretty much all of the Retro Row area of 4th Street from Cherry Avenue to Junipero Street and a little bit beyond those streets to allow attendees to explore the businesses while getting sudsy. General admission costs $26, while VIP admission costs $36 and includes a goodie bag. All attendees receive a wristband and tasting glass to receive beer and/or wine samples from participating businesses for the duration of the event while supplies last. Attendees will check in at one of two check-in spots (Art Du Vin and Restauration), and from there will walk to all the different participating locations, or ride in a complimentary trolley to get from one end to the other.

Attendees must keep a few things in mind to make this event go smooth for them. First off, this event takes place outdoors and involves a lot of walking, so attendees should wear comfortable shoes as well as dress for warm sunny weather. Most important to know, the wristband only provides beer and wine tastings from participating businesses. For example, Long Beach United Boxing Club last year hosted and poured Stone Brewing‘s beers, so attendees can visit a location to sample beers. The wristband does NOT include food – attendees can buy food specials from local businesses that range from $4 to $6. For example, Lola’s Mexican Cuisine may carry some daily specials in that price range. When you check in for your wristband, make sure you pick up a map to know where to find every participating business.

Unable to make it out to Pour On 4th? See what else goes on at Retro Row by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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San Diego Steampunk March Meeetup
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 28
Fuddruckers, Mira Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdsteampunk.com/

Mix and mingle with other steampunk enthusiasts tonight in Mira Mesa.

Avery Brewing Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 29
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1723947904486830/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will have a bunch of Avery Brewing beers on tap this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Epic Brewing Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 30
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/190006874713410/

Epic Brewing will take over the taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood this Wednesday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a few cold ones.

2nd Annual SOCO Uncorked
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
South Coast Collection, Costa Mesa
http://southcoastcollection.com/soco-uncorked/

Enjoy small bites, wine sips, and live music this Thursday evening at the SOCO Mix Mart in Costa Mesa. General admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $100, and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2016
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1-2
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/relay/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
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).

4th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 1
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $105 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $135 and allows entry at 3pm.

Hardcore Punk Night @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243003

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk night this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1133197-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.

2016 Formula E Long Beach ePrix
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Long Beach Grand Prix Track, Long Beach
http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/calendar/2016-long-beach.aspx

Check out the world’s first fully-electric racing series this Saturday on the same track as the Long Beach Grand Prix. This Saturday will represent round six of the year-long racing tournament. General admission costs $30 for adults or $20 for children and seniors.

BeerFit San Diego 2016
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://runbeerfit.com/event/san-diego/

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

21st Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 2
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/faire/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

24th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://www.riversideairshow.com/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://itsacurrentaffair.com/

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.

6th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.arttheatrelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671099253179679/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

5th Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Spring 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 2-3
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

San Diego Craft Beer Relay
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 2
Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center
http://www.craftbeerrelay.com/

Basically, a four-person relay team takes on a 5k obstacle course while sampling craft beer along the way. If you think you have a group that can handle this, registration costs $289 per team.

2016 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 1pm. 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.

Meet The Brewer: Good Beer Company
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 2
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.statesidecrafts.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1779973905558798/

This Saturday in Long Beach, meet the brewers from Good Beer Company, and try a flight of their beers as well for $7.

King Harbor Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/event/2nd-anniversary/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $30 and comes with a souvenir glass, unlimited beer pours, and access to the dessert bar. VIP admission costs $40, and also includes a bottle of their anniversary brew.

2016 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 2
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 2nd, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.nightnationrun.com/orange-county-2016/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/161-japanese-cherry-blossom-festival

Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.

5th Annual Chocolate Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 3
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $17 for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

Montrose Brew Fest 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 3
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
http://www.montrosebrewfest.org/

A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Coronado Brewing Can Launch Pool Party
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 3
Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows, North Park, San Diego
http://coronadobrewing.com/cans

Coronado Brewing will start distributing their canned beverages, and to celebrate this start, they will have a free pool party this Sunday in North Park. Guests can enjoy the live music, take a dip in the pool, enjoy some cold ones, and savor some local food. While this event costs nothing to get into, guests should bring cash to buy food and drinks.

Masters Of Taste 2016
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $125, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $225, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

This past Saturday, Long Beach’s 4th Street Retro Row hosted their first annual Four on 4th event, an opportunity for visitors to stroll up and down Retro Row while sampling local food and drinks. Visitors paid for a wristband and glass ($25 presale or $30 on the day of the event), which allowed the visitors to receive beer and wine samples at participating businesses along Retro Row. Visitors started at one of two check-in spots (Art Du Vin and Restauration), and from there could walk to all the different participants’ locations, or ride in a complimentary trolley to get from one end to the other. While all the retail and services businesses served free drinks to visitors, the participating restaurants merely had specials, so visitors had to pay additional money to sample anything from the restaurants, albeit at a discounted rate. For example, Long Beach United Boxing Club poured Stone Brewing‘s beers, but Lola’s Mexican Cuisine only had specials. A few breweries sent actual reps to this event for representation: Ballast Point, Uinta Brewing, and Firestone Walker each sent a rep to man a beer-pouring station inside a different business each. I spotted Bell’s Brewery and Knee Deep Brewing without a rep, but I never found Drake’s Brewing.

Just like Los Angeles, within the city of Long Beach lies numerous different neighborhoods each uniquely defined by its constituents. From the bustling Belmont Shore to the luxurious Naples Island to the family-friendly Bixby Knolls to Little Cambodia (the largest Cambodian population outside of Cambodia), Long Beach has a neighborhood fitting for everyone. Many of these neighborhoods occasionally host “Taste Of ____” events that allow visitors to sample food and drinks from the local businesses, including neighborhoods such as Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor, Taste of Downtown Long Beach, and Bixby Knolls First Fridays. 4th Street’s Retro Row used to have Last Saturdays where the local shops would have specials, but that monthly event stopped occurring years ago. Perhaps they can bring back some extra visitors to Retro Row with an annual event in Four on 4th. Coincidentally, Four on 4th took place on a Last Saturday!

For an event running for the first time, this did not run completely smooth without hiccups. Less than a few hundred people attended this event, perhaps due to poor marketing of this event. Any advertising of this event did not disclose enough information, but luckily I arrived early enough to find out the mechanics of this event. While I originally arrived in the middle of Retro Row, I did not know that I had to check in at the far ends of Art Du Vin or Restauration. I also did not know that admission provided NO food at all – I expected to receive some food samples, but discovered that we had to pay for any food at all. I do anticipate that, despite a few beginner’s mistakes, Retro Row will bring back Four on 4th next year. See what else goes on at Retro Row by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 11-21
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/hokkaido-torrance-2/

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

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 20-27
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

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

Taste of Laguna & Business Expo 2015
4:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
Tivoli Too, Laguna Beach
http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/taste-of-laguna-expo/

Gather in Laguna Beach this Wednesday night for a mixer of food and local businesses. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5:30, while VIP admission costs $80, starts at 4:30, and includes one parking spot.

OC Wine Crawl – Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
The Barrel Room, Downtown Santa Ana
http://occrawl.com/winecrawl/

Embark on a guided stroll through five different establishments in Downtown Santa Ana this Wednesday night and sip on fine wine at each stop. Admission costs $25 for five drinks or $40 for ten drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

The Maxies @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/170321996634280/

Come get crazy with The Maxies at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $3. No one under 21 may enter.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 25
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcala.org/stairclimb

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 25-27
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood
http://feastofla.org/

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

2015 HorrorCon International
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 26
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://horrorcon.wix.com/horrorcon2015

Visit the ultimate Halloween & horror convention this weekend in Los Angeles. Find monsters, zombies, ghosts, and other terrifying things along with costumes, merchandise, art, screenings, cosmetics, special guests, and lots more. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20 for Friday, $25 for Saturday, or $35 for both days.

2.5 Year Barrel-Aged First Flight
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/925-2-5-year-barrel-aged-first-flight/

Come taste this delicious beer (aged for two and a half years) this Friday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange. They have a very limited amount available, so first-come, first-served.

Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 25
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27
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.

20th Annual Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 25
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 27
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $15 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

7th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 25
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 26
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 27
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

Against Me! Live at The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/against-me

Against Me! will perform only one show in Southern California in their current tour. Do not miss this all-ages show, which you can attend for $20.

Billy Greer’s Birthday Bash
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 25
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/740219662771305/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

T.S.O.L. @ Borderline Bar & Grill
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 25
Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousands Oaks
http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/906863-tsol-thousand-oaks/

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show along with some Nardcore band this Friday night in Thousand Oaks. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

The Cadillac Tramps @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.thekarmanbar.com/event/live-music-45/

Enjoy some live local punk music this Friday night in Laguna Niguel. Tickets to this show cost $17. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Los Kung Fu Monkeys: Live in Rosemead
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 25
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.vonbadsville.com/

Skacore bands Voodoo Glow Skulls and Los Kung Fu Monkeys will perform live in Rosemead this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13. No one under 21 may enter.

16th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 4:30 pm, September 26
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

21st Annual Pacific Islander Festival of San Diego
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 26-27
Ski Beach, Mission Bay Park, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/

Check out this free and all-ages Pacific Islander festival this weekend in San Diego. Visitors will find food, treats, arts & crafts, games, merchandise, music, dancing, and more. Please have cash available for either parking or the shuttle service.

14th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 26
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/irvine-global-village-festival

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

34th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 26
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 27
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

9th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 26
The Pasadena Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Thee Hot Rod Luau
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 26
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

Check out cars, live music including Agent Orange, pinup models, vendors, and more this Saturday in Sunset Beach. Admission to this all-ages event cost $10.

Hi-Fi Rock Fest
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 26
Queen Mary Events Park, Long Beach
http://hifirockfest.com/

Check out this all-day all-ages punk rock concert taking place at the Queen Mary this Saturday. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the gate. VIP admission costs $55 and provides full access, including a VIP area.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 26
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. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 26
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

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

1st Annual Four On 4th
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 26
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/

Enjoy beer, wine, food, and music along 4th Street’s “Retro Row” in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, while VIP admission costs $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event and comes with a goodie bag with assorted products and gift certificates to the local businesses. All attendees receive unlimited beer & wine while supplies last and access to small eats, which will cost $2 to $6 each, so have lots of cash available for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.blacklightrun.com/sandiego-ca/

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.

2015 Fullerton Uncorked
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 26
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.com/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $62 presale or $65 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Arcadia Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 26
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
http://www.arboretum.org/events/arcadia-moon-festival/2015-09-26

Enjoy a fall evening with family and friends for an annual cultural tradition this Saturday evening in Arcadia. A traditional Chinese celebration when the full moon reaches its brightest point of the year, the Moon Festival offers live entertainment, food, desserts, and more. Admission costs $5 presale or $8 at the door, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

77th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=331

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

Fall Frenzy – Free Ska-Punk Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 26
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/882777871814766/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages ska-punk show this Saturday night at Out Of The Park Pizza in Anaheim.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 26
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/220004

Catch some local punk bands in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid having to pay to park in the parking lots.

Naked Aggression – Live in Lancaster
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 26
Lancaster Moose Lodge, Lancaster
http://www.facebook.com/events/1151750691518997/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands at this all-ages show in Lancaster this Saturday night. The event page does not specify a cover charge for the show, so have available for it.

17th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
7:30 am – 1:00 pm, September 27
Brookside Park, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/TR?fr_id=1160&pg=entry

Join hundreds of dog lovers as they all walk with their dogs this Sunday morning in Pasadena. Walk along with your dog, or join a team and walk together. After the walk, stick around for a pet expo, complete with vendors, pet adoptions, pet services, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

7th Annual Orange County Accordion Festival + The Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Experience
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 27
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://ocmarketplace.com/

Sam Adams hosts an Oktoberfest event this Sunday in Costa Mesa, full of random shenanigans. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and comes with four 12oz beer pours, a bratwurst, and a pretzel. Typical Oktoberfest entertainment will take place, such as a stein-holding contest, accordion musicians, and more. Attendees gain access to a variety of gourmet food trucks, plus the Orange County Market Place that takes place there every weekend.

31st Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 27
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Miss Anaheim Fall Festival Pageant
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 27
Business Expo Center, Anaheim
http://anaheimfallfestival.com/?page_id=35

Anaheim will crown the new 2015-2015 Miss Anaheim at this pageant this Sunday afternoon at the Business Expo Center. The actual Anaheim Fall Festival will take place a month later.