Posts Tagged ‘San Diego County Fair’

A handful of this past weekend’s events will continue to occur today due to the holiday weekend. Please refer to last week’s events post to see which events will also occur today.


Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Hardcore Punk @ Alex’s Bar
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1454668-scream-long-beach/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Long Beach this afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat + The Slackers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3130

Groove to some ska and reggae tonight in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

7th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 31
La Jolla Shores Hotel & Restaurant, La Jolla
http://chefcelebration.org/events/chef-celebration-dinner-series-the-shores-restaurant/

Chef Celebration has changed things up this year in regards to their annual event. Instead of a tasting event like previous years, they will host prix-fixe dinners throughout the year, including this main one this Wednesday night. Reservations for this dinner costs $65.

13th Annual Taste Around of Avalon
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 1
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/13th-annual-taste-around-avalon

Stroll around Avalon and sample the local eats this Thursday evening. The website has no information on cost, age limit, or location.

Tacos & Tequila
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 1
Candela La Brea, Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/tacos-tequila-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Sample tacos from various LA County restaurants and then down it with tequila this Thursday night in Los Angeles. General admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you in to one of two 90-minute sessions, 6:30-8:00 or 8:30-10:00. VIP admission costs $35 and starts at 6:00pm. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
June 2-8
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/5th-annual-avalon-restaurant-week

Some of Catalina Island’s most popular restaurants will provide specials on food this week. Contact your favorite restaurant to see what they will have going on during this period.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 4
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

2017 Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 3
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

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

12th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this weekend in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

2017 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $18, while admission for seniors and children costs $11. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

1st Annual I3 Arts Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 2
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
Grand Park & Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.i3artsfest.com/

An all-ages music & art event will take place in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Events will take place at multiple locations, such as Grand Park and Pershing Square. While generally free to attend, some of the events have an entry fee – see the website for details.

30th Annual Brea SummerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 4
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
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).

70th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 3-4
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.cmnhlions.com/fish-fry/

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more.

2017 Newport Beach Jazz Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Hyatt Regency, Newport Beach
http://www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com/

Enjoy a weekend of jazz music in Newport Beach this week. Ticket prices range from $65 to $150 depending on how long you want to attend and what days.

2017 Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

BuddhaFest LA 2017
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills
http://www.buddhafest.org/

Film, music, and meditation collide in a series of events this weekend in Beverly Hills. Ticket prices range from $15 to $185 depending on which event you want to attend.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 2-3
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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

23rd Annual Inland Valley Street Rods Rally & Cruise
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Euclid Avenue, Downtown Ontario
http://www.ontariorotary.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/23rd-inland-valley-rally-cruise-the-original-route-83-cruise-tickets-30235002707

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Downtown Ontario.

2017 Huntington Beach Elks Chili Cook Off & Car Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Huntington Beach Elks Lodge No. 1959, Huntington Beach
http://hbelks.com/

Check out classic cars, chili contests, raffles, vendors, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Huntington Beach.

17th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

23rd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 3-4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 3-4
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/932/3rd-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

2017 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/cdf-conference/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

4th Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
Belching Beaver Brewery, Oceanside
http://belchingbeaver.com/brewery-events/4th-annual-classic-car-show/

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Saturday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display. No one under 21 may attend.

14th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

4th Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/296361640821550/

Enjoy a variety of local music, art, sports, cars, and more for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

16th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 3
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/two-harbors-summer-wine-festival-2017

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 3
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoobrew/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $60 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

SCRD: V Town Derby Dames and OC Roller Derby
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 3
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

Nick Lamagna’s Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 3
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/248773385528443/

Enjoy some tacos (while supplies last) and local punk rock this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7, and includes all-you-can-eat tacos until they run out, so arrive early! No one under 21 may enter.

Carlos’s Birthday Bash
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 3
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1392157850854885/

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Saturday night in Corona. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/404112006627292/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1443698-voodoo-glow-skulls-long-beach/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
The Autry, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

7th Annual Cruise for Kids Car Show
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 4
Farmer Boys, Rancho Cucamonga
http://rckiwanis.weebly.com/fundraising.html

Check out a free and all-ages car show in Rancho Cucamonga this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, June 4
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/truck.html

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

1st Annual Bruisers & Cruisers Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Chino Valley D.E.S. Club, Chino
http://www.prisoncityderbydames.com/

Roller derby meets classic cars at this free and all-ages show this Sunday in Chino.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

5th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedroshredfest.com/

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

11th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

24th Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaisland.com/event/24th-annual-balboa-island-parade/

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

20th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

33rd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:30 am – 6:00 pm, June 4
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and while it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

4th Annual Monrovia Music Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
Library Park, Monrovia
http://www.monroviamusicfest.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Monrovia will have live music, a beer garden, mobile food vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more this Sunday afternoon.

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Upcoming Events: May 30 – June 5, 2016

Posted: May 30, 2016 in Animals, Art, Beer, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, San Diego, Sports, Wine
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Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
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. Prepare to park far away and have to walk over to the fair.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free. Visitors should look for parking in the neighborhoods around Abbot Kinney, then walk over to the beach.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture. Most vendors should accept credit card payments, but bring cash anyways just in case.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more. Bring cash, as most of the vendors may not accept card.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
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.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

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

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $18 presale or $20 at the door. Guests arriving before 5:30pm can park for free; afterwards, it costs $10 to park. No one under 18 may enter.

At The Drive-In @ The Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 1-2
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/at-the-drive-in/
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline two shows in Hollywood this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows start at $36. Parking nearby may cost around $10 cash.

Huntington Beach Expo
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
City Hall, Huntington Beach
http://business.hbchamber.com/events/details/huntington-beach-expo-6-2-2016-9466

Check out this free and all-ages event this Thursday featuring health screenings, a job fair, gourmet food trucks, recycling information, vendors, police & fire safety education, and more.

Pizza Port Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625112761147074/

Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store will receive a lot of beer from Pizza Port this Thursday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or more.

Bad Religion: Live in Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion will headline a show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30 presale or $32 at the door.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 3
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 5
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

5th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/craft-beer-bites

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Friday evening. For $35 presale or $40 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 5
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this weekend in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

2016 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $16, while admission for seniors and children costs $9. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

Brea SummerFest 2016
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
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).

69th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4-5
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.cmnhlions.com/fish-fry/

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more. Print the image below to receive a dollar off a fish dinner.

Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 5
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

Thrice: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3, Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/301537
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00502D99571074
http://thrice.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thrice will headline these two shows in Southern California this week. Both shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find after-market tickets available from third-party vendors.

The Amazing Chase: Long Beach
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://eastvillagelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234563360214714/

Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Registration costs $99 per person for teams of up to four people. Participants can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. Participants should dress for mobility through the city, and apply sunscreen as this will take place entirely outdoors.

17th Annual Yorba Linda Summer Festival & Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Senior Living Center, Yorba Linda
http://oescal.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-summer-festival-and-car-show-free-family-event-tickets-23851047124

A free and all-ages fair and car show comes to Yorba Linda this Saturday. The children will enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, shows, a bounce house, and more. The adults can enjoy the car show, vendors, and other goodies. Bring cash for food and the vendors.

16th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

22nd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this FREE and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

13th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/674/2nd-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/241054102918333/

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!

2016 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

Power-Con 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

5th Annual LitFest Pasadena
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 4
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

Check out this free and all-ages event dedicated to books and authors taking place this Saturday in Pasadena.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, as the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1082325765139852/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbveganfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this fair will have food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

13th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 4
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this FREE and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

Sumo Sushi Show – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Exchange LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

15th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 4
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/15th-annual-summer-wine-festival-2016

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

2nd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its second year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $43 and comes with unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew-2/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $58 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $95, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

2nd Annual Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, June 4
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $85 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend. Parking at nearby lots ranges from $5 to $15.

Board & Brew Anaheim Hills 1 Year Anniversary Tap Takeover w/ Knee Deep Brewing
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1036689226411131/

Board & Brews in Anaheim Hills celebrates their first anniversary this Saturday, and they will have a handful of brews from Knee Deep Brewing to celebrate. The first 150 customers to order a Knee Deep brew will receive a special gift to take home.

David Bowie Tribute Concert & Screening
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 4
Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach
http://thefridacinema.org/event/ziggy-stardust-at-sunnyside-cemetery/

Enjoy a concert and screening dedicated to the late David Bowie this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $12 presale or $15 at the gate. Bring cash for parking and food.

Care (Packages) For Your Community
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1565300587104115/

At this free and all-ages event, local ska bands will perform, and they will have a charity activity that involves donating items to make care packages for the needy.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1173047-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 5
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

4th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, June 5
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedroshredfest.com/

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

10th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/events/balboa-island-parade/

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

19th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

32nd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 5
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and while it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

3rd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 5
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1050074348375309/

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain three 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display.

Discharge @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1131507-discharge-eyehategod-pomona/

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages show at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night for $25 presale or $28 at the door. Guests can find plenty of free parking in Downtown Pomona, and can avoid having to pay to park in paid lots.

The Casualties @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1161783

Get your moshing on this Sunday night with The Casualties at this all-ages concert for $15. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhoods north of the venue.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County hosted the 2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest this past Father’s Day Sunday. Pulling together some of Southern California’s bacon-centric businesses plus craft breweries, this fest brought on all forms of pork to serve to guests that purchased the admission. Admission included unlimited food tastings until the food ran out, while guests could only receive five 2oz pours of beers, contrary to what they originally advertised. The staff mentioned that guests could receive more beer tastings than the original five, but that only applied to VIP guests, as the staff would not allow me five more tasters. This only marks the first of many things gone bad at this bacon fest. In order to receive food, guests had to wait in four staggering long lines: a line to enter the fair, a line to enter the fest, a line to receive a wristband, then a line to receive food. It took an hour and a half from arriving at the fair until I could obtain my first bite.

A handful of other problems contributed towards the overall lackluster performance of the Big Bite Bacon Fest. First off, when you look at the price compared to other food fests, most people clearly did not receive $55 worth of food. When you factor in the long lines and the vendors running out of food, most attendees received only about $20 worth of food. The $55 admission includes access to the rest of the fair, but the fest promoters failed to mention that the fair held Dia De Las Familias that day, a fair day dedicated to families. This resulted in excessive amounts of children and strollers not only in the fair, but at the bacon fest. Children do not appreciate certain foods as much as adults, so bringing children to a bacon fest that has beer in it too wastes the admission’s value. Speaking of food, those who did not attend did not miss anything special that they could find regularly on the restaurant’s menu. A majority of the vendors did not cook the food enough, such as:

  • A potato, egg, cheese, and bacon mix had rubbery bacon in it
  • The bacon waffles tasted like dough and wet batter
  • Slater’s 50/50 did not cook their burgers consistently – they ranged from rare all the way to well done
  • The BBQ chicken came out pink and slimy, a sign of not getting cooked long enough
  • Red in the center of a bacon-wrapped meatball

Other problems include not keeping the food warm, meager sample portions, no seconds allowed, beer volunteers that did not know the beers they poured, inefficient lines, and significantly less booths than the website advertised. How does a vendor serve cold food an hour after the fest starts? With such long lines, why do attendees receive only one small sample? For an event that does not limit the ticket sales, vendors should prepare more than enough food to meet the demands. This could potentially alleviate long lines, and increase marketing exposure to those who did not yet earn a chance to try the food. Keep in mind that general admission cost $55, while non-drinkers paid $40. Even for non-drinkers, nobody can scoff at $40, especially since nobody truly received that much food, albeit some of the bacon treats stood out from the rest.

A few of the bacon treats from the fest stood out, albeit most of the food do not belong in a fest that costs this much. My favorite treats include:

  • Pig Candy (candied bacon)
  • Bourbon maple bacon bar
  • Bacon cotton candy
  • Badunkachunk‘s Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the end, the Big Bite Bacon Fest took a big bite out of many attendees’ piggy banks. The long lines, lackluster food, strict beer rules, and expensive admission made for quite a disappointing event. This makes me fearful for future events of a similar nature. This weekend, the fair hosts the San Diego International Beer Fest. They claim to boast over 400 different beers from around the world, but I have seen the lineup, and it includes generic beers like Heineken, Stella, or Foster’s, plus many clones of those types of fizzy yellow beers. Each session costs $55 to attend just like the Big Bite Bacon Fest, but reviews from previous years reveal that each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends. I would hold off on admission to this, and save it for a better beer fest, such as NKOTB2 occurring next week in San Diego. Also, save a spot on your calendar for Saturday, August 31, as the San Diego Bacon Fest occurs on that day. I have higher hopes for this one, as the organizers allegedly have nothing to do with the organizers behind the Big Bite Bacon Fest. San Diego will see some great food and/or beer fests in the upcoming months, so keep an eye out for events in the area, or check this site every Monday for the week’s upcoming events.

Free Chocolate Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/274577442689182/

Love chocolate? Sample some artisanal chocolate treats this Tuesday night at the Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa, free of charge.

Summer Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 19
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchsummercocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

Hopscotch Tavern’s new summer cocktail menu debuts Friday, but you can order any of these at happy hour prices this Wednesday evening. RSVP using the provided link, where each RSVP works for the registrant plus one.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $28 each, while purchasing both costs $42.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19-20
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.

Dom’s Favorite Burgers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
West Elm South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
http://domsfavoriteburgers.com/

Snag some free burgers, and take pictures with pin-up models on the red carpet at this blogger’s summer kickoff party.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 21
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

Jack Bradshaw Dog Show
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 21-23
Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.jbradshaw.com/

Watch multiple dog shows and competitions this and next weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, breeds will compete in show and athletic contests throughout the weekend. Expect parking to cost $15. Take public transportation (free on the Passport bus) or ride a bike to circumvent the hefty parking fee.

San Diego International Beer Festival
Various times, June 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/index.php?fuseaction=festivals.beer_festival

The San Diego County Fair will import over 400 beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission costs $55, and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

To Kristen With Love
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377604

A punk show, art show, and film premiere take over this small pub this Friday night in Pasadena. For just $10 entry, guests will see lots of local punk rock bands, art, and a film premiere by Seraph Films. The bar will serve drink specials all night, as well as free nachos. You will find the entrance to Old Towne Pub at the end of an alley on Holly St right next to Cafe Linda. Although free parking almost does not exist in this area, a few spots on Corson St have no meters. No one under 21 may enter.

A Wilhelm Scream & The Flatliners @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/wilhelm-scream-flatliners

A Wilhelm Scream and The Flatliners will start a tour soon, and that tour sweeps through California this week. Catch these two bands plus local openers at this all-ages show for only $13. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

Steampunk Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/484900361582946/

Art, merchandise, food, music, gadgets, live tattooing, body painting, and more will grace The Vex with their presence this Friday night. For just $20 admission, guests can explore a night of steampunk music and art. Guests under 18 must attend with an adult. Guests can park behind the building, but should take care not to park too deep or risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Rental Car Rally – Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 21
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.

2nd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 22
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

34th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

27th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 22
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

2013 Tomato Assault – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tomatoassault.com/

Time to get down and dirty! Tens of thousands of pounds of tomatoes will fly through the air at this glorified tomato fight. Tomato Assault brings together live music, inflatable objects, a beer garden, food trucks, costume contests, and more all for the love of smacking other people with tomatoes. Registration costs $60, and no one under 21 may attend. Attendees must print, sign, and bring a waiver, found on the website, to the event in order to participate.

Balls For Balls 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 22
Nirvana Bar & Grill, Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

Bite Flite
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22
Bar & Garden, Culver City
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7012846613/efbbt

Sample burgers, beers, and desserts at this food pairing dinner this Saturday in Culver City. The $22 admission includes a 4-beer flight, a choice of one of four sliders ($3.50 for each additional), and desserts from Mwokaji Cakery. Guests can find free street parking on nearby streets. No one under 21 may attend.

Nekromantix @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/nekromantix

Catch a psychobilly show this Saturday night in Santa Ana, as Nekromantix headlines a show with Graveyard Johnny’s, Dragstrip Demons, Black Rose Phantoms, Crash Cadillacs, and Butchery Boys. The first band starts at 8pm. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. The venue contains a free parking lot, but late arrivals may need to park in neighboring lots, which require a parking fee.

CicLAvia – Iconic Wilshire Boulevard
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 23
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Wilshire Blvd from Downtown LA to Miracle Mile will close to bikers this Sunday. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

4th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 23
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/june-23-summer-solstice-festival-fullerton-sister-city-associations-international-taco-fest/

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

1st Annual Tacolandia
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 23
Hollywood Palladium Parking Lot, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/

Gorge out on tacos from over 30 chefs from around Southern California and some from Baja at this taco fest in a parking lot. General admission costs $20 and includes unlimited food until it runs out, while VIP admission costs $40 and also includes a hosted bar. Guests of all ages may attend, but adults must have ID to drink.

Santa Monica Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 23
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://drinkeatplay.com/winefest/

Sample wines from over 50 wineries on the pier this Sunday evening. General admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm. Food comes at a separate cost here. Both admissions include access to Pacific Park, the mini amusement park on the pier. Bring extra cash for parking. Dress for chilly weather, as this takes place at night near the ocean.

Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79576
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12 – House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79931

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside and Off With Their Heads, and you can catch them all this week at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets range from $24 to $28 depending on presale price and date, so check both links above to see the prices.

Crawfish Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/514822155250870/

Love crawfish? Head over to Beachwood BBQ this Thursday night for their special Crawfish Boil. This dinner requires no reservations, so simply show up, order crawfish by the pound, and receive your crawfish with a baguette, corn, andouille sausage, and potatoes. Depending on the available taps, your server will recommend some beer pairings for your crawfish dinner.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 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 does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

3rd Annual Sugar Rush Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
Aesthesia Studios, Culver City
http://www.sparkprogram.org/index.php/get_involved/sugar_rush/sugar-rush-los-angeles

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this dessert & cocktail reception this Friday night in Culver City. Treat yourself to delectable eats and desserts from high-end chefs, along with wine and champagne. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction for various items. The VIP reception starts at 6pm and costs $125 presale or $140 at the door. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $75 presale and $85 at the door.

38th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair returns this weekend to Oak Canyon Park in Irvine out in the hills. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. Until 11:59pm this Thursday, you can purchase general admission tickets for only $8 using this link. Parking last year cost $7, so bring cash for parking too.

2013 Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

4th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 15
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $25 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 15
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/CHILI_AT_THE_BEACH.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

OC Psycho Punk Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/528020443903619/

Check out this all-ages punk rock & psychobilly show in Anaheim this Saturday night, featuring 19 bands on two stages. Entry to this show cost $10. This venue does not allow ins & outs, so eat hearty and hydrate well before attending.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

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.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Unit B Studio
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Unit B Studio, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/630788496936699/

Slam dance, bike, and skateboard to your heart’s content at this punk rock show headlined by Narcoleptic Youth this Saturday night. Admission to this all-ages show cost $10.

Harmful If Swallowed – CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/237293713079822/

Local punk bands will play at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12 at the door.

Agent Orange, Longway, O.C.A., Splntr @ Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 15
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390538

Punk rock legend Agent Orange returns to Orange County to headline this show at the Juke Joint. Admission to this show costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, June 16
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this Father’s Day Sunday down in San Diego. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from San Diego’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. General admission costs $55 and allows all-access into the Big Bite Bacon Fest and the San Diego County Fair. Upgrade to VIP for $25 more to enter an hour earlier, receive a goodie bag, and gain access to a VIP lounge with a private tasting. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/381445518642245/

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