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Covina’s Alosta Brewing brings back their Pintwood Derby for its fourth year running this Saturday after. Now moving to the Glendora Public Library, this charity fundraiser will see numerous people enter their crafted (toy) cars to race for trophies. Participants will pay the entry fee to create a small car that would run down a track, purely powered by gravity and friction. Alosta Brewing sells a starter kit for $5 for those not familiar with designing the small car. Children will compete in their own division, while adults will compete in an adults division. This year’s event will operate slightly different than previous years, as Alosta Brewing will turn this event into a mini beer festival as well. It costs $30 to attend the beer festival, which will take place outside the building that the racing will take place in. Attendees will receive unlimited beer samples from 12pm to 4pm while supplies last. These attendees that want to enter the Pintwood Derby will simply have to pay $5 more. Alosta Brewing has not yet specified if it will cost anything for minors to enter the derby, though they did mention that they will have gourmet food trucks on the premises.

When Chinese New Year rolls around every year, those who celebrate it all over the world do not simply allow it to pass. They will celebrate this occasion by throwing a huge festival for it. Lots of places across the world have a festival in honor of Chinese New Year, such as the Lunar New Year Festival 2017 in Monterey Park this past weekend. This massive street fair took place along Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, closing off streets and causing major traffic headaches while at the same time pleasing everyone who attended the festival on foot. The organizers originally scheduled this festival for the previous weekend, but had to postpone the festival due to rain. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors encountered food, tons of vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. While a festival such as this would appear like something good for local business, the corporate businesses had a major hand here, and gained the best spots along the street. Regardless of where you found yourself, you could not escape the pungent stench of stinky tofu. As the name suggests, it smells terrible to those untrained to handle such a scent. However, stinky tofu finds a comfy home in night markets and street fairs such as this. As for me, I will steer clear of stinky tofu if I ever know of its presence. Perhaps the prevalence of stinky tofu caused me to not overstay my visit to the Lunar New Year Festival 2017 in Monterey Park.

While the actual Chinese New Year already occurred this past Saturday, plenty more Lunar New Year festivals will take place within the upcoming weeks, including a major one in Chinatown this weekend. Check out your local cities to see if anymore Lunar New Year festivals will occur, since many of them make for a fun afternoon with friends and family.

When Chinese New Year rolls around every year, those who celebrate it all over the world do not simply allow it to pass. They will celebrate this occasion by throwing a huge festival for it. Lots of places across the world have a festival in honor of Chinese New Year, such as the 2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival this past weekend. This massive street fair took place along Mission Drive in San Gabriel, closing off a few streets and causing traffic headaches to anyone driving by while at the same time pleasing everyone who attended the festival on foot. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors encountered food, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Prominently, one could not escape the color red among everyone set up here. From the booths to the banners to the merchandise, everyone here definitely saw red and continued to see red as some of the booths handed out free red tote bags. When looking at the various booths here, this festival catered more to the local mom & pop businesses instead of corporate businesses. Most Asian-themed festivals I have attended generally has a heavy influence of corporate businesses, so made for a refreshing change to not see big names all over the place.

While the actual Chinese New Year already occurred this past Saturday, plenty more Lunar New Year festivals will take place within the upcoming weeks, including a major one in Chinatown this weekend. Check out your local cities to see if anymore Lunar New Year festivals will occur, since many of them make for a fun afternoon with friends and family.

Craft beer has long passed its introductory phase, and has made it into the mainstream of today’s society and culture. While mass media will still portray the macro beers in commercials and ads, most avid beer drinkers will know to steer clear away from the macro beers in favor of the local microbreweries. With the high popularity of microbreweries, nearly every populated area has some form of brewery, whether a full production facility or a small-town brewpub. Some local breweries may go into other products, such as coffees, teas, and soft drinks. Other breweries may derive from an existing business, such as with the case of REV Brewing Co.

If you have never gone to REV Brewing Co., you may never know how to find it. Hidden away in an industrial office space in Covina, REV Brewing got their start over a decade ago as a winery. Times change, and REV eventually expanded to start brewing beer. However, their original plan of producing only organic products has not changed. To this day, REV Brewing still churns out only organic wines and beers out of that little production facility they have in Covina. Speaking of which, while they do have a tasting room, if one has never visited them before, it may take some effort to locate REV Brewing. They lie beyond a closed gate, and to gain access, visitors must first call REV Brewing to ask to open the gate. Only then can you get past the gate and to park by REV Brewing. Once you do though, you will discover a comfy cozy tasting room with fresh beers and wines available for you to taste. If you intend to drink for a bit, consider bringing food to munch on while you get your suds on.

While REV Brewing surely does not reside on the minds of many Southern Californian beer drinkers, they still have a fair presence in restaurants, bars, and bottle shops. See what REV Brewing has going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The 7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con returns to the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this Saturday. This FREE and all-ages event showcases countless forms of pop culture, reaching out to fans of nearly anything imaginable. Taking place inside a large warehouse with multiple aisles filled with vendors and booths, the Nuke the Fridge Con has all the memorabilia to satisfy any collector’s dream. From comics to video games to anime to sports, any visitor can easily find something that will interest him/her, or at the very least find the right gift for friends and/or family. In the previous years, this event had lasted two days: Saturday and Sunday. This year, it will only last for one day due to the celebrity appearances, namely those of professional wrestling.

The Nuke the Fridge Con attracts thousands of visitors annually due to its free cost and amount of content. As it takes place in mid-November typically, this event makes a great opportunity to search for holiday gifts for your friends and/or family. With so much to see here, you have little reason to not go to Nuke the Fridge Con. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to see what else they have planned.

Covina’s Alosta Brewing brought back their Pintwood Derby for its third year running this past Saturday evening. This charity fundraiser saw numerous people enter their crafted (toy) cars to race for trophies. Participants paid the $20 entry fee, and had to create a small car that would run down a track, purely powered by gravity and friction. Alosta Brewing sold a starter kit for $5 for those not familiar with designing the small car. Children competed in their own division, while adults competed in an adults division. Most of the children came from local families, while a handful of the adults competing consisted of reps from nearby breweries. This year’s Pintwood Derby benefited No Kid Hungry and Chefs Cycle foundation. Aside from this outdoor event, Alosta Brewing operated under normal business procedures, with mobile food vendors outside and beers flowing inside.

Interested in what else Alosta Brewing has brewing for the future? Check them out on Facebook and Twitter for news and upcoming events. Pay attention to Alosta Brewing before early November – their anniversary takes place around the first weekend of November, and craft beer fans will not want to miss it.

The 2016 Summer edition of the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo took place at the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this past weekend. This all-ages event cost $10 to enter and featured a handful of free-play arcade games and console games, as well as tournament stations for competitive multiplayer games. This expo contained over a dozen different vendors all selling goods related to video games, from actual video games to trinkets and accessories that have to do with video games. Near the entrance, attendees would find a music stage for video game music cover bands, such as Super MadNES, a heavy metal band that plays old school video game music from the 8-bit and 16-bit generation of video games. Past the music stage, attendees would find the tournament area with head-to-head consoles set up. For the most part, these consoles held fighting games, but a few of them had cooperative games and the players competed for a high score instead. At the back, attendees would find the panel room that had speakers and demos throughout the weekend.

The Frank & Son Collectible Show resides in a large warehouse full of vendors that anyone can enter for free. They have an event space in the middle of the building, and not all of these events come with an admission fee. As such, anyone could have simply visited Frank & Son’s just to browse the vendors, which sold things like sports memorabilia, anime/manga items, video games, video game merchandise, and more. Attendees to the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo also got a chance to browse all of the vendors here. For more information about the SoCal Retro Gaming Expo, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

The Frank & Son Collectible Show hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the Nuke The Firdge Con that takes place in less than three months from now. Check out what other events will take place at Frank & Son’s by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The city of San Gabriel held their 1st Annual San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest last week on Thursday night. Taking place at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, this event represents the San Gabriel Valley’s spin on Oktoberfest by combining the festivities of a traditional Oktoberfest with the culture of the San Gabriel Valley, a predominantly Chinese-American region. The organizers closed off S Mission Dr directly in front of the playhouse to set up booths for the food vendors all serving up hot dumplings. Visitors of all ages could enter this area for free to line up for dumplings from the food booths and food trucks. A fenced off area directly in front of the playhouse held a beer fest, where nine breweries (Stone, Golden Road, Hangar 24, Firestone, Deschutes, Bootlegger’s, Ballast Point, Tap It, Angel City) all brought a small keg to pour for those who bought the wristband to receive beer pours until the kegs blew. In addition, this fenced off area had a stage for live music throughout the night. While this all sounds fine and dandy, the fun stopped there.

For a first time holding this event, perhaps the organizers bit off more than they could chew. Perhaps they marketed the event too well, reaching thousands of people that all swarmed to this event as if expecting free handouts. Counting the number of food vendors, they had six dumpling booths, two dessert booths, and two food trucks. Despite this, every vendor clearly had hundreds of people in line for a few dumplings since the vendors started to run low on food quite early in the night. Though this event only lasted three hours, standing in line for one of the booths took up to 90 minutes from getting in line to waiting for the food to come out. This already consumed half of the event’s duration, not to mention the exorbitant prices for dumplings. I mean, who would think of paying $5 for three bite-size dumplings? The last time I waited in a line this long for food, I spent 4.5 hours for the Grilled Cheese Truck back in 2011.

As for the beer, I could do without it. Who thinks of holding a beer fest with unlimited pours on a weeknight? None of the breweries sent a rep to this event, so nobody could talk to someone directly from a brewery or ask about the brewery. The breweries only brought their basic beers, compared to other bigger beer festivals where breweries often bring something rare or strong for the people to remember. Despite a $25 price tag for these unlimited beer tastings, the beer felt like a side pairing for all the dumplings, if anyone could even get any dumplings before time ran out or the vendors ran out.

While dozens of people have made complaints about the event not having enough food vendors, the organizers have done a great job at deleting all negative posts and masking it with thank-you posts and other testimonial posts. Sadly this means that San Gabriel intends to bring this event back next year. Does this mean that they will fix the mistakes of this year’s event in time for next year? Or does this mean that they will simply rehash the event and allow it irritate many visitors once again? Visit the event’s Facebook album and leave a comment letting them know what you think. Do note that they will delete your comment very soon after you post it, but at least you let someone else know how you feel!

Chinese Cuisine Festival (SGV Chinese Restaurant Week)
February 6-15
Participating businesses in the San Gabriel Valley
http://www.iconunion.com/chinesecuisinefestival/

Explore the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley during this week-long period of meal specials. Participating businesses will have various specials ranging from discounts to prix-fixe meals, so check the website for a list of participating businesses and see what each has to offer.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/977034142323919/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 10, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1521039158177710/

Famous ska band The Toasters will headline two shows tonight and tomorrow in Southern California. The cover for the Long Beach show tonight costs $8, while the Fullerton show tomorrow night costs nothing. No one under 21 may enter either show.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Cismontane Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/413270438850500/

The fine folks from Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Come on down this Thursday night to enjoy some crafty brews.

Business & Beer @ El Segundo Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 12
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1582352505330949/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

Cro-Mags – West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2297
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195824
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/759981-cro-mags-los-angeles/

New York hardcore punk band Cro-Mags embark on a west coast tour starting this week in Southern California. The three Southern California shows all have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 14
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This all-ages festival will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks. Admission costs $5 for adults or $4 for children, with family packages available as well.

Single Hop – Downtown Santa Ana Beer Hop
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/beer/

Ring in Valentine’s Day with some craft beer in your life. This Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana, mix and mingle with many others at this unique beer tasting event. This event takes place across five locations in Downtown Santa Ana – guests start at The Good Beer Company, and from there can move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th St. Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. Admission costs $20, and grants you a flight of craft beer at each location. Bring some cash for parking in Downtown Santa Ana, or park in neighborhoods a few blocks away for free. No one under 21 may participate.

Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 13-14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/736299-joyce-manor-pomona/

Joyce Manor will headline not one, but TWO shows at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $16. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in certain lots.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/396902153820546/

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

Insane Inflatable 5K Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/huntington-beach-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/sandiego

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $17 for both days.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

6th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque Valentines Day Special
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 14
Villain’s Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/992052554157360/

Enjoy a Valentine’s themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 15
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

4th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 15
Homenetmen, Glassell Park
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Ska Night @ Loaded Hollywood
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 15
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552480678325604/

Get your skanking on at this ska show this Sunday night in Hollywood, featuring the return of South Bay’s Just Like Before. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con returned to the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this past Saturday. This FREE and all-ages event showcased countless forms of pop culture, reaching out to fans of nearly anything imaginable. Taking place inside a large warehouse with multiple aisles filled with vendors and booths, the Nuke the Fridge Con has all the memorabilia to satisfy any collector’s dream. From comics to video games to anime to sports, any visitor could easily find something that would interest him/her, or at the very least find the right gift for friends and/or family. In the previous years, this event had lasted two days: Saturday and Sunday. This year, it only lasted for one day due to the celebrity appearances, namely those of professional wrestling. Although I expected to see cosplay, very few visitors participated, not enough to grab any outstanding photos.

The Nuke the Fridge Con attracts thousands of visitors annually due to its free cost and amount of content. As it takes place in mid-November typically, this event makes a great opportunity to search for holiday gifts for your friends and/or family. With so much to see here, you have little reason to not go to Nuke the Fridge Con. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to see what else they have planned. As a matter of fact, I had heard that the organizers will bring Nuke the Fridge back for an encore show in late January, so keep an eye out for it when January approaches!