Posts Tagged ‘Run or Dye’

Anti-Nowhere League – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 20
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164791

Anti-Nowhere League leaves California this week on their tour, so do not miss out! Tickets to this show in Pomona this Tuesday night cost $16. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in any of the lots.

Barrel-Aged Mrs. Stoutfire Event
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/592595884181227/

Beachwood Brewing and The Bruery collaborated last year to create Mrs. Stoutfire, and the barrel-aged version of it has ripened to perfection. Taste it and other rare Bruery beers, including Grey Monday, this Wednesday night at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Beachwood BBQ will also have some food specials that they will only serve on this night.

Angelic Upstarts – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, May 21, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/164793
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/angelic-upstarts
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, 333 Live, Los Angeles http://www.showsincalifornia.com/Shows/Event/22049

Old school punk band Angelic Upstarts will tour through California this week, head up to Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling, then return after the weekend for more shows. The listed shows only barely cover what they will do in the next week, so check them out on Facebook for information regarding their upcoming shows.

56th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 23
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 26
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. New this year, a 5k will take place Saturday morning in the area. Registration has already closed, so just plan to avoid driving around this area in the morning.

O.C. Crust Stock Vol. 2
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://cruststock.blog.com/2014/03/19/qu/

Check out some local crust punk bands this weekend at Mirror Image Studios in Anaheim. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $13 for one day or $22 for both days.

The Adicts – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23-24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-one
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-adicts-night-two

Legendary punk band The Adicts go on tour this week, starting with a two-night concert in Orange County. Tickets to this weekend’s all-ages shows at The Observatory in Orange County cost $25.

6th Annual Children Today 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:30 am – 11:00 am, May 24
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.runchildrentoday.com/

Run a 5k or 10k for charity this Saturday morning in Long Beach, as the path takes runners along the bike path on the beach. All runners receive a t-shirt and goodie bad with their admission, which costs $35 presale or $40 at the event. All nearby parking lots charge for parking, but you can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free.

Long Beach Fine Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 24-25
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/lgb1.html

This FREE and all-ages event takes place at the Marina Green near Shoreline Village in Long Beach. This event features art from local designers, plus gourmet food trucks ready to serve delicious eats all weekend. Visitors may purchase any of the works from participating designers. Visitors will find paid parking at the park’s parking lot. Visitors may also park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Bottle Share #13
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401674980112548/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

3rd Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/latin_jazz_fest

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

2014 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 25
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

Spring 2014 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 25
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Propagandhi @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/propagandhi

Propagandhi will tour through Australia next week, but before they do that, they will play an all-ages show in Orange County. Tickets to their show this Sunday night cost $20.

The Slackers @ The Constellation Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-slackers-2014

The Slackers make an Orange County appearance at this small show this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.

City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 26
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 26
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale
http://www.runordye.com/locations/Los-Angeles

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $52 per person in a team, or $57 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

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American Craft Beer Week
May 12-18
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

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

Saint Archer Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 13
The Cellar, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/390953054380903/

Celebrate American Craft Beer Week this Tuesday night with Saint Archer Brewing in San Clemente. Receive a 4-beer flight for just $10 during this tap takeover. Buy the flight and another pint, and take home a souvenir Saint Archer pint glass!

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14-15
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Chinatown After Dark
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=83

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

6th Annual Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Film Festival
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 15
9:30 am – 1:00 am, May 16
10:30 am – 1:00 am, May 17
10:30 am – 12:00 am, May 18
Downtown Independent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lacomedyshorts.com/2014/

Watch some funny short films by local people all this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Besides all the film screenings, numerous after-parties will take place around town. Passes to the festival cost $60 for Friday or Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $159 for Friday through Sunday.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17-18
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

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

Hangar 24 AirFest & 6th Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 16
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 17
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 6th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Admission to this event varies in price depending on the day and parking, ranging from $5 to $20.

Dance Downtown: 60’s Night
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Music Center Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/activearts/Dance-Downtown/Upcoming-Events/60s-Night/

Dress up in 60’s attire, show up to the spot in Downtown LA, and dance the night away at this free and all-ages dance-a-thon.

The Skeptix: Live in Baldwin Park
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/628565710547002/

Catch UK punk legends The Skeptix as they headline a show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10.

Anti-Nowhere League and T.S.O.L. – On Tour
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/cockney-anl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17, 333 Live, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.showsincalifornia.com/Shows/Event/22048
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004C57D3DF40B1&oid=0

Some big names in punk rock go on tour this week. Tickets to these all-ages concerts cost around $18.

Music & Burlesque Night @ HM157
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
HM157, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/280427012133524/

Enter a night of music and burlesque this Friday night in northeast LA. The cover for this all-ages event costs $7. Visitors should look for street parking and avoid lots, as the nearby lots have tow trucks patrolling them.

Blank Expressions @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/231452297060614/

Catch Blank Expressions as they headline this show at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Renegade 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge
6:30 am – 10:30 am, May 17
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.renegaderaceseries.com/index.php?view=details&id=34%3Avasque-renegade-3-mile-trail-run-challenge&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=146

This fun run takes runners through dirt and other sorts of uneven trails, even passing through a stream. Registration costs $35, and comes with an event t-shirt, a goody bag, and access to the mini expo & festival after the run.

Bubble Run Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/los-angeles/

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 around the UCI campus. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

20th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17-18
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 17
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

2nd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival 2014
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17-18
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17-18
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

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

16th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 17-18
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

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

18th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $30 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

1st Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 17
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $100, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

19th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/649527588429130/

Watch some great local punk rock bands for FREE this Saturday night at the Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Whitekaps: Live in La Habra
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/289643037852615/

Orange County old school punk band Whitekaps will headline this local show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

20th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 18
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

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

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
9:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 18
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

21st Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

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

2nd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 18
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

One Way System: Live in Silverlake
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 18
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/576825-punks-not-dead-production-los-angeles/

UK punk legends One Way System will headline a show in Silverlake this Sunday night as part of their U.S. tour. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2013 Release
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
http://www.stonebrew.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=3452

Meet the brewers from FiftyFifty Brewing, and check out a handful of special stouts released this year.

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

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

Friday the 13th Punk & Metal Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Burger Bistro’s, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/649528811735450/

Get both punk and metal in your head at this all-ages show this Friday night in East LA. Admission costs $2 before 7pm, $3 before 9pm, and $4 afterwards. The venue has food and drinks for sale.

Naughty Sauce Night
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/noble-aleworks-naughty-sauce-night-with-brewmaster-evan-price/

One of my favorite Orange County rare beers gets tapped this Friday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Join Noble Ale’s brewmaster Evan and enjoy the various rare beers on tap this Friday night. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the parking structure across the street.

Death By Stereo 20th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/152202

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

The Angry Samoans in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/633315260045744/

Old school punk band The Angry Samoans return to the stage at this local show this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost only $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/227363907440991/

Welcome the holiday season with some baked goods samples, plus other giveaways, all at no cost to you!

4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 14-15
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-holiday-info

Renegade LA returns for the second time this year at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/3rd-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

60th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/daisyparade.asp

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

31st Annual Parade of 1000 Light Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 14
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/node/2061

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

51st Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 14
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

The Adolescents & 7 Seconds @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/adolescents-7seconds

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and 7 Seconds co-headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. Arrive early enough to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

Rx Bandits Acoustic Set in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 14
Art Theatre, Long Beach
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/413527-rx-bandits-acoustic-long-beach/

Rx Bandits will play an intimate acoustic set this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. This show will definitely sell out, so act fast and buy a ticket today.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/173449092857444/

Some local punk rock bands will play at this show this Saturday night for free. No one under 21 may enter.

Redwood Punk Rock Christmas Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/630204203711664/

Some of Southern California’s great punk bands play at this punk rock show and toy drive this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Admission to this show cost $12, or $8 if donating an unwrapped toy. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so either find parking there or somewhere nearby.

The Old Firm Casuals @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/155439

Rancid fans will definitely want to catch this show this Saturday night, as Lars Frederiksen of Rancid will headline a show with his current band, Old Firm Casuals. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Christmas Punk Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/550569475017862/

The Angry Samoans continue their weekend of shows at this local show in the valley. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $11 at the door.

Death By Stereo @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 15
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/498650

Death By Stereo continues their celebratory weekend with this show at Tiki Bar this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

A Colossal Party for Two Mid-Size Champions
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 20
Beachwood BBQ, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1428764817338726/

Catch some amazing rare beers at Beachwood Brewing this Wednesday night. Expect to see some rare beers from Beachwood Brewing as well as Firestone Walker.

2nd Annual Machinima Interactive Film Festival
November 22-24
Iam8bit, Los Angeles
http://machinimainteractivefilmfestival.com/

Watch tons of independently-made video game short films at this film festival this weekend. The website does not mention anything else, such as entry fees, parking, age limits, times, etc.

Run or Dye – Orange County
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 23
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://www.runordye.com/locations/Orange-County-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Orange County Great Park in Irvine. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

28th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 23
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Long Beach Comic & Horror Con
10:00 am, November 23-24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Come to the Long Beach Comic Con this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Fans of comic books, pop culture, cartoons, media, anime/manga, and more will find lots to do, see, and buy at this expo. Taking place the weekend after Halloween, expect to see tie-ins with Halloween, as this expo will feature a Horror theme. Saturday costs $25, while Sunday costs $20. Downtown Long Beach contains very few free parking, so either park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave, or take public transportation from elsewhere.

Zebrahead, Versus The World, Nations Afire, Sederra, and Safe Haven
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82673

Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $20 at the door. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

D.I., Battalion of Saints, Naked Aggression, Stop Breathing, Somali Pirates, Glue Gun in Ventura
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 23
Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/383489-di-battalion-saints-naked-ventura/

Get punked up this Saturday in Ventura, as D.I. headlines a show with lots of other great local punk rock bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15 presale and $17 at the door.

Graffiti Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.thegraffitirun.com/locations/los-angeles-ca-november-24-2013/

Love color runs? The Graffiti Run takes place this Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Runners should wear white worn to absorb the most color during the run. These types of runs emphasize color and having fun as opposed to actually racing to compete, so a participant’s age or physical status does not matter. The first race starts at 9am, and heats of 500 runners take off every 20 minutes afterwards. Registration costs $55, and $60 the day of.

23rd Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 24
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

LA Restaurant Week
July 15-26
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 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Beachwood Fried Chicken Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/558784350851857/

Beachwood BBQ continues their run of special monthly dinner nights with fried chicken this Thursday night. Choose from two kinds of fried chicken, which comes with mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and a biscuit. No reservations required, so show up whenever you like.

The Aquabats @ House of Blues San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81392

Have a ball with The Aquabats at this all-ages show this Thursday night. Tickets cost $18 presale and $20 at the door.

2013 Nudestock
July 19-21
Glen Eden Nudist Resort, Corona
http://gleneden.com/2013/06/nudestock-2013/

As a members-only event, they have released very limited information about this even. However, I have included the link for those interested in attending next year.

Belmont Shore Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-21
Along 2nd Street, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Various shops in Belmont Shore will offer sales on their items. Many shops will also place their items out on the sidewalk for people to browse as they walk by.

US Open of Surfing
July 20-28
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

65th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

35th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20-21
Alondra Park, Gardena
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.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles Empire
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Bernardino-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. This all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at the Fairplex in Pomona. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50 per person in a team, or $55 for an individual, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20-21
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This free and all-ages fair at LA State Historic Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Read my first and second recap from last year for more info.

Rumble On Pine
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Pine & 7th, Long Beach
http://www.partyonpinelb.com/

This free and all-ages festival features a variety of things to do and see, such as a car show, BBQ, beer garden, full bar, pin-up pageants, arts & crafts, merchandise, children’s activities, and more. If you seek something to do with friends and/or family, check out this event in Long Beach.

TAPS Fish House & Brewery Craft Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 20
Taps Fish House, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/133397120187611/

Taps Fish House in Corona will host a craft beer festival at their Corona location this Saturday afternoon. Following the same setup as their fest in Brea back in April, $50 gets guests all-access to several different international food stations and a set number of tickets to receive beer. Keep in mind that guests have a limit on beer, but no limits on food; as a result, I suggest getting obtaining some beers first before heading to the food stations.

LA Summer Skate Punk Fest 2013
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
Los Globos, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Catch a mega punk rock show complete with a small skate park in the back of the venue. This all-ages show costs $15 to enter, and will feature some great punk rock bands such as Smut Peddlers, Angry Samoans, Evacuate, Destruction Made Simple, and more.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

The Haters 10 Year Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 20
Tropics Lounge, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/434123680006349/

Orange County punks will want to check out this show, complete with ten SoCal bands. Attendees can receive free tacos while present, but no one may reenter after leaving once. No one under 21 may enter.

Guttermouth @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/138267

Catch Guttermouth headlining this small show at Alex’s Bar this Saturday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $12 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, July 21
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/547026848690651/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Sunday night in Downtown Santa Monica, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Bean-To-Bar Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 2
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151520754928955

Sample dozens of chocolates and chocolate treats this Tuesday night at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa. The tasting requires no admission fee, and all ages can attend.

Lindsey Stirling w/ The Vibrant Sound – SOLD OUT
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 2
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 4
April 2: House of Blues, Anaheim
April 4: The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=78372
http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/eventdetail.php?event_id=2579

Witness true musical talent as Lindsey Stirling wraps her tour this week, as the tour sweeps through Southern California. Tickets have officially sold out, and after-market tickets currently sell for more than double the face value. If you did not obtain tickets, you will have to shell out a pretty penny to get into this show.

Friends of the Old Doll Hut – Reunion Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/421347491287773/

In honor of the recently closed Doll Hut in Anaheim, Argyle Street, The Blob, Not A Chance, Rodents Of Unusual Size, and more will perform this Wednesday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $5.

The Casualties, Dr. Know, Goatwhore, Havok @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/casualties-goatwhore

Soak in multiple music genres at this show on Wednesday night, from punk rock to metal to thrash to possibly more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

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

Comadre, No Sir, End On End + more @ Aladdin Jr
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 5
Aladdin Jr, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/117371098443229/

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 5-6
RVCA Warehouse, Costa Mesa
http://rvca.eventbrite.com/

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Visitors may purchase speed passes online for $25 to bypass the long lines; otherwise, guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 6
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://runordye.com/locations/San-Diego-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Guitar Center Musician’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Musicians-Expo-g26743t0.gc

Check out tons of the latest music equipment, meet & greet with industry reps, and browse through many music vendors at this one-day music expo. Guitar Centers sell tickets to this all-ages expo for $5, or you may purchase tickets at the door for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so you may opt to take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest – SOLD OUT
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

The LA Beer Festival has grown to such intense popularity that they hold TWO sessions. 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. Since tickets have officially sold out, those wanting to attend need to search for after-market sales. Alternatively, check out another beer fest going on this same day…

Slater’s 50/50 Backyard Brew Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6
Slater’s 50/50, Lake Forest
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5836770939

Enjoy an afternoon of unlimited beer pours from over 15 local breweries and free samples of Slater’s 50/50’s epic eats. Tickets to this 21 & up only event cost $30, while designated driver tickets (food only) cost $10. Admission includes free parking, and typically little to no traffic thanks to this area’s geography.

4th Annual Edge of LA International Wine Festival
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, April 6
The Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro
http://offthevinewines.com/Edge_of_LA_Festival.html

Sample from over a hundred different wines from around the world at this wine festival in San Pedro this Saturday. If you like any of the wines you sample, you may purchase bottles of wine to-go! Residents of San Pedro, Harbor City, Wilmington, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Long Beach may purchase tickets to this wine fest for $45. For everyone else, general admission costs $55.

2013 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 6
Worldwide
http://2013.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 6th, 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.

VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 6
Broadway Pier Pavilion, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

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 $85 and allows entry at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm. I highly recommend carpooling to the fest – also consider that groups of 10 or more may receive discounted tickets!

A Taste of America in the OC
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 6
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://heritagemuseumoc.org/events/a-taste-of-america-in-the-oc/

For $50, guests get treated to a multi-course dinner from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries in Orange County. Guests may also browse and bid on items  in a silent auction available at the dinner. Guests may park for free on the street. The venue will not sell tickets at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Comadre, Ghostlimb, No Sir, Holy Fever, & Malon @ Ché Café Collective
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
Ché Café Collective, La Jolla
http://www.facebook.com/events/527671893922986/

Post-hardcore band Comadre has announced their FINAL tour, which wraps this weekend. Do not miss this last chance to see Comadre perform. Tickets to this show cost $10.

Pig Out Pig Roast @ SummerSalt
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 7
Saltbox, San Diego
http://saltboxpigroast.brownpapertickets.com/

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door, and includes one beer, courtest of Mission Brewery.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 6-7
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Signature-Event-Taste-of-Downtown-East-Village

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

6th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, including a reunited Pennywise in their original lineup. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so if you plan to arrive early, apply sunscreen.

Run or Dye – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 9
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://runordye.com/locations/Los-Angeles-2013

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Exposition Park. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $50, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

2013 Los Angeles Irish Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-10
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.la-irishfair.com/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in Irish culture this weekend at the 2013 Los Angeles Irish Fair 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 $16, while two-day costs $25. Seniors and students can enter for $14, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Best of the West Chowderfest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 9
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/chowderfest/

At this all-ages chowder festival, witness chefs and cooks compete for the title of Best Chowder of the West. Besides just clams, participants will use other seafood available, such as lobster or scallops. The $10 entry allows you to sample chowders from all the participants once the main competition has ended.

Bloody Surfer Imperial Red Release Party (Cismontane Tap Takeover)
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/611334652225318/

Check out this home-brewed imperial red ale at The Factory this Saturday evening, tapping for the first time ever. Cismontane Brewing will also stock their brews on all the remaining taps.

OC Music Awards
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 9
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://ocmusicawards.com/

The OC Music Awards honors the best of rising bands from Orange County, and gives them needed exposure to rise further. The actual awards show begins at 8pm and lasts two hours, followed by an after-party. Tickets to attend cost $40 plus Ticketmaster fees.

Venerable Photography’s 4 Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 9
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/289094761219898/

Pin-up model Ashley Marie hosts this 21 & over punk rock show, featuring The Chop Tops, Cold Blue Rebels, Dirty Filthy Mugs, The Quaranteds, and The Bastard Makers. Entry costs $10.

39th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/1992/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.