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26th Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 12
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfar.org/pfar-charitable-foundation/taste-of-old-pasadena/

The Taste of Old Pasadena returns tomorrow to Old Town Pasadena. Over 30 diverse restaurants will sample their food & drinks for just $35 per person. Maps and signs will guide all attendees to find the food.

4th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 14
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.cwcbexpo.com/

Explore the business of the cannabis industry during this expo this week at the LA Convention Center. Intended only for those in the industry, attendees will connect and network with other professionals in the industry to obtain information about starting a cannabis business, running a cannabis business, providing equity/investment resources, or providing professional/business services. Registration for the expo starts at $125.

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Downtown Pacific Beach
http://www.pacificbeach.org/

Take a stroll through Pacific Beach this Wednesday evening and sample on a variety of foods from the local participating restaurants. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last.

To Live And Dine In S.D.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 13
Farmer & The Seahorse, San Diego
http://modernluxury.com/san-diego/events/live-dine-2017

A food & alcohol tasting event will take place this Wednesday evening in San Diego. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

25th Annual Taste of Downtown San Diego
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
Rustic Root, San Diego
http://downtownsandiego.org/events/tasteofdt/

Take a stroll through Downtown San Diego as you enjoy food samples from restaurants throughout Downtown San Diego this Thursday evening. For $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, enjoy food samples from over 40 restaurants in Downtown all serving their flagship foods.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 14
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.savorsantaana.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 five 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.

Taste of 10: Celebrating 10 Years of The District at Tustin Legacy
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://localemagazine.com/localendar/taste-10-celebrating-10-years-district-tustin-legacy/

Sample food and drinks from over a dozen Tustin restaurants this Thursday night in Tustin. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 14
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.

19th Annual Sand Sports Super Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 16
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.sandsportssupershow.com/

Satiate your adrenaline with the Sand Sports Super Show this weekend at the OC Fairgrounds. See hundreds of ATVs, monster trucks, and many other vehicles all in one space. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $15, while children 12 and under enter free with paid adult admission. Bring extra cash for parking which ranges from $5 to $10.

Los Angeles Anime Film Festival 2017
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 15
10:30 am – 12:00 am, September 16-17
Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-aff.com/

Over 20 anime movies will air this weekend in Downtown LA. This event does not feature an all-inclusive pass – rather, you simply pay to see the movie(s) you want to watch. See the website for a list and schedule of movies.

California Beer Festival – Ventura
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 15
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 17
Mission Park, Downtown Ventura
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

The California Beer Festival invades Ventura this weekend with three separate events. On Friday, attend a food & beer pairing competition for $60 where five chefs and five brewers compete for the best beer & food pairing in show. Saturday represents their beer tasting event with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. General admission to this costs $55 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $80 and starts at 11:30am. No one under 21 may attend on Saturday. On Sunday, admission costs $30 and provides access to a plethora of food and beer vendors along with live blues music all day. All attendees will have to pay for food and drinks separately on Sunday.

Son of Monsterpalooza 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 15
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16-17
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/

Basically, a convention for horror, Halloween, and other similar media. Check out costumes, apparel, accessories, toys, media, speakers, demos, celebrities, artists, and more all this weekend in Burbank. Admission to this all-ages event costs $25 per day or $60 for the full weekend.

17th Annual Bike Walk & Roll
6:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 16
New Harvest Educational Facility, Norwalk
http://www.bikewalkandroll.com/

Join in on this community bike fest going on all day this Saturday starting in Norwalk. This celebration features a multitude of events, from bike rides to a 10k walk to a family fun day to a BBQ competition. All active events start early in the morning, and the website features the full schedule of when every single event starts. From 10am to 6pm, check out a FREE all-ages fair in Norwalk, complete with food, music, games, rides, vendors, arts & crafts, and more.

Bubble Run San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 16
Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

13th Annual Moompetam: Native American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/moompetam/

This weekend celebration will feature traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. All aquarium visitors gain access to this festival, so anyone with regular aquarium admission can check this event out.

Oceanside Harbor Days 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Oceanside Harbor, Oceanside
http://www.oceansidechamber.com/oceanside-harbor-days.html

A handful of events will occur in Oceanside this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual End of Summer Run
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 16
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

2017 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Huntington Beach Surf City Days 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 16-17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/surf-city-days2.html

A handful of events will occur in Downtown Huntington Beach this weekend, including a surfing competition, volleyball tournament, CrossFit competition, classic car show, skating demo, and more. These events cost nothing to attend and spectate, while participation requires registration, of which the deadline has already passed.

2nd Annual California Vegetarian Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.cavegfoodfest.com/

This event focuses on the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle, not necessarily the food. As such, expect to find speakers, celebrities, cooking demos, seminars, vendors selling vegan accessories and apparel, and more. Admission costs $20 per day but does not include any food.

10th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.pacifichealthpartners.org/

Immerse yourself in Pacific Islander culture at this FREE and all-ages festival this weekend in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find food, live music, entertainment, merchandise, activities, and more.

San Diego Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16-17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://womensexposandiego.com/

This two-day expo in San Diego celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

1st Annual San Diego Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 16
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sandiegocookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

5th Annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. General admission costs $40, while VIP admission costs $75 and includes access to a VIP lounge area. No one under 21 may attend as a VIP.

San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival 2017
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 16-17
Saint Basil Greek Orthodox Church, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.sjcgreekfest.org/

South Orange County gets their own Greek festival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find food, treats, live entertainment, rides, games, vendors, and more.

5th Annual OC Fest of Ales
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 16
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.festofales.com/

OC Fest of Ales returns to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. The $70 admission grants you access to unlimited food AND beer while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup and bottle opener. Guests will also find all the usual beer festival festivities, such as games, live music, a homebrew competition, vendors, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Montebello Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 16
Montebello City Park, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event, find artist, vendors, food trucks, live art demos, raffles, music, and more.

5th Annual Battle of the Tequileros
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 16
Taco Rosa, Newport Beach
http://www.tacorosa.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battle-of-the-tequileros-v-tickets-36834725656

$75 gets you in to sample all the tequila and drinks that you can handle for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Horton’s Hayride
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
S. S. Lane Victory, San Pedro
http://www.hortonshayride.com/

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, The Bouncing Souls, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $25.

2nd Annual Open Arts & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
Brand Boulevard, Glendale
http://openartsmusic.com/

A free and all-ages music and art festival comes to the streets of Glendale this Saturday.

15th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
http://www.tarfest.com/

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

2nd Annual Monrovia Station Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 16
Metro Gold Line Monrovia Station, Monrovia
http://www.monroviacc.com/

To celebrate the annivesary of Station Square Park & Metro Gold Line, Monrovia will have a beer and music festival there this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. Admission at the gate costs $60, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive fifteen 6oz beer tasters, plus access to local food vendors and the live music stage. No one under 21 may attend.

Downey International Food & Music Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Downey Ave & 3rd St, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/

Downtown Downey will bustle with activity this Saturday evening. On Downey Avenue in downtown, visitors of all ages can walk the street for free to check out local restaurants serving food here, plus a beer & wine garden, kids’ zone, live music, and an outdoor movie at night.

OC Roller Girls – Blocktoberfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 16
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Los Kung Fu Monkeys – Free Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 16
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/123317141624872/

Get your skanking on at this free skacore show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Slow Children – Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
De Via Bella Pizza & Sports Bar, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1966164253651729/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 16
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in San Diego, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
September 17-24
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, September 24th.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 17
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.

StanceNation SoCal
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 17
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.stancenation.com/

A car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday afternoon. Presale admission costs $30 but has already sold out, and they have not specified how much admission will cost at the door.

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2016 has arrived, and we welcome this new year with the reinvention and reintroduction of traditional world events. While the world will welcome the Summer Olympics and the United States will welcome a new president, the notion of bringing back something familiar spreads to other subjects as well. When something goes away for a while and returns much later, we refer to those things as classic. Some people say that the classics never go out of style, but eventually, all good things must come to an end, and classics do too. For that purpose, millennials must continually search for ways to improve or adapt methods in all aspects of life. Today’s culture revolves around two types of people: the safe, and the risk-takers. Safe people will find something they recognize and stick with it, preferring not to deviate away from the norm. Risk-takers feel adventurous and love to try new things. In general, safe people live a bland, boring life, while risk-takers live an exciting spontaneous life. Excitement gets your adrenaline pumping, so add some spontaneity to your life by seeking out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season.

5. Grinderz‘s Double Cheeseburger

When coming up with a winning product, two routes exist: you can invent, or you can reinvent. On one hand, creating something brand new comes with great risk that nobody will want said new item. On the other hand, you can only redesign something so many times. If attempting to redesign something poses a roadblock, why not just go back to basics and make the base item significantly better? Enter Grinderz, where they take a classic approach with an old timey burger shop and bring some modern flair into it. The bare bones menu at Grinderz resembles another overhyped Californian burger institution, with simply burgers, fries, and drinks. Grinderz does their own thing by doing food right with high quality ingredients and customization for your order. To taste the true flavor of Grinderz, go towards their Double Cheeseburger. This double meat & double cheese monster comes with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, and your choice of thousand island or chipotlé mayo dressing. You can snag this cheeseburger for $5.50, or for $3 more, you can combo it with beer-battered fries and a medium fountain drink.

4. Smoqued BBQ‘s Hangover Burger

Many people have faced this problem before: they wake up on a Sunday morning with a massive headache, no appetite, lack of energy, and the need to vomit… maybe. Nearly every adult has experienced the dreaded hangover that results from overindulging on alcohol without other nutrients or hydration. Unfortunately, only time can cure a hangover, but a person hung over can take steps to alleviate some of the symptoms, such as eating greasy foods. Oily or fried foods absorb some of the alcohol that remains in our stomachs, so a hearty breakfast will generally hit the spot, such as that at Smoqued BBQ in Orange. Many locals regard Smoqued BBQ for their namesake barbecue meats, yet Smoqued BBQ carries many other items as well, such as their Hangover Burger. In this burger, Smoqued BBQ uses a patty made with ground beef brisket, which they then top with roasted red peppers, arugula, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and a fried egg between two slices of Texas toast. Just for the heck of it, you can order this burger with a side of more bacon. Relieve your hangover for just $12.99, or just come on in any time and enjoy this burger, hangover or not.

3. City Tavern Culver City‘s Brew Burger

When visiting any pub, one can expect to see familiar items present. As far as the drinks go, expect to see the typical beers on tap, house wine bottles, lines of whisky and bourbon, and the usual mixers. When looking at pub grub, one can usually expect snacks like pretzels, finger foods like nachos, or handheld foods like burgers. Why not combine some of these with a burger that features a pretzel bun? Make your way over to City Tavern in Culver City to find one of these. Although City Tavern has a second location in Downtown Los Angeles, this post refers specifically to the Culver City location because they have different menus. Although themed like a whisky bar, City Tavern represents your usual neighborhood gastropub with their craft beer selection and fancy menu items. However, one does not need to go extraordinarily fancy in order to enjoy a great meal here. For example, take their Brew Burger. For this burger, City Tavern uses a blend of beef and chorizo as the patty, which they then top with pub cheese, mustard aioli, and watercress in a pretzel bun, which they top with a fried onion ring on top. This savory burger can tickle your taste buds for $13.

2. Apollo Burgers’ Bulgogi Burger

Never neglect the hole-in-the-wall businesses. Small mom & pop shops exist all over the place, and most people simply drive right by them never noticing them. Some mom & pop shops can hold the greatest hidden gems ever, but it takes word-of-mouth to get the news out there, especially if that mom & pop shop has no website, no social media, or no internet presence at all. With no marketing power, mom & pop shops have to deliver something so good that the constituents will do the marketing for them, such as with Apollo Burgers in Garden Grove. Representing the typical neighborhood burger diner, Apollo Burgers appears to have the most basic menu and appearance of any mom & pop fast food restaurant. If you look at any typical menu item, nothing would immediately stand out. You have to know what to order here, such as their Bulgogi Burger, a regular cheeseburger with beef bulgogi in it. While it may not ever win awards for beauty, it has won awards for taste, especially with how tantalizing the bulgogi tastes. After a bite of this burger, you will want endless bulgogi from Apollo Burgers.

1. The Riders Club Cafe‘s DIY Burger

A corporate fast food chain business has a slogan to “have it your way.” Human nature dictates that people desire control over any situation, and want to control as much as possible without allowing others to do the controlling. When it comes to food, customization appeals to all customers. This explains why businesses that allow you to build an entrée from the plate up have gained a huge following, such as Riders Club Cafe. This local Orange County institution has faith in the customers’ decision, the decision to craft the burger just perfect for them. This has led to the Riders Club Cafe creating a menu revolved around their DIY Burger. Starting at $8.65, the base burger comes with lettuce, pickles, grilled or raw onions, and house spread on a Challah bun. Each burger comes with kettle chips, and house pickled beets upon request. Customers can choose the base patty between beef, veggie, chicken, or portabello mushroom. Cheeses cost $1 each, which includes cheddar, muenster, swiss, goat cheese spread, blue, or havarti. Additional toppings cost $1.25 each, which includes bacon, grilled mushrooms, roasted chili peppers, avocado, or a fried egg. Despite customization, each burger tastes incredible, as if the chef had to cook the best meal of his life.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

Beachwood BBQ: Bottles Releases
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 20 & 24
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood Brewing has TWO beers to release in bottles this week at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations. On Tuesday, get some Melrose IPA. On Saturday, get your hands on Sadie Barrel-Aged Dark Ale. You can enjoy either beer directly fresh from tap or take it home in bottles.

3rd Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2221652

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120, and goes down for joining teams of three or four.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 20-25
Ventura, Santa Ana, San Diego, Corona, Baldwin Park, San Bernardino
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/

Punk band D.R.I. embarks on a Southern California tour this week, complete with SIX shows back to back, with more shows next week. Check the website for a full list of shows.

Back to the Future Day @ Smog City Brewing
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/

Smog City will celebrate “the future” with a special brew release this Wednesday night. They will also show the movie trilogy in the tasting room all night. Anyone wearing a Back to the Future shirt will receive $1 off beers.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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

Ballast Point Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://farbarla.com/

Far Bar will stock their taps with Ballast Point brews this Wednesday night. They will also have Ballast Point spirits on hand to make cocktails with, plus some food specials. No cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy the evening.

Acoustic Ales @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1205195876162142/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with beers from Acoustic Ales this Thursday evening. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 23-25
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Red Wine Barrel Aged Tart Saison
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/

Valiant Brewing will release a special barrel-aged saison this Friday evening in their tasting room. No reservations required – simply show up, and sip away.

AnARTchy – The Art of Punk: Opening Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Rainwater Gallery, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1686430771602033/

A special punk-themed art gallery will open for a month starting this Friday with an opening night reception, free to attend for all ages.

7th Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 23
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Doubletree by Hilton, Claremont
http://www.ivhsspca.org/howl-o-wine

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 23
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-3/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

34th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 24
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Riverside Rockabilly: Rhythm And Rods #2
10:00 am – 2:00 am, October 24
Boondocks Pub & Grill, Corona
http://www.riversiderockabilly.com/

An all-day car show and music festival comes to Corona this Saturday. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate. No one under 21 may attend after 9pm.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 24
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

1st Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 24
White Park, Riverside
http://ietacofestival.com/

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

91st Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 24
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Afternoon of Sours
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
The BrewHouse, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/188994211434811/

Enjoy and explore sour beers this Saturday afternoon at The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano. The organizers have not divulged any information yet, but if they add anything, I will update this entry.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/736723206471815/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655775491366410/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $30 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

16th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Belching Beaver’s 3rd Anniversary Great Lei Luau
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671877889698938/

Belching Beaver Brewery turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold a luau at their facility in Vista this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and grants attendees four 10oz beer pours, a raffle ticket, and a 13oz anniversary glass. Expect a Hawaiian-themed celebration with live music, food, chocolate pairings, Hawaiian clothing, and more.

Three Weav3rs Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 24
Three Weav3rs Brewing, Inglewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/425336874343539/

Three Weav3rs Brewing in Inglewood turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have plenty of festivities at their tasting room this Saturday afternoon. Attendees will find over a dozen different brews, plus food vendors, games, music, and more. General admission costs $25, starts at 2pm, and includes five 5oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $40, starts at 1pm, and includes access to exclusive brews.

The Pie Bar Mash Up
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 24
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/635770533232689/

The Pie Bar will brings some of their delicious pies to Long Beach Creamery this Saturday evening to serve up some pies a la mode. Each serving will cost $6.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.nightnationrun.com/losangeles-2015/

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

Robot Chicken 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1041802402530901/

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Robot Chicken, iam8bit will have a Robot Chicken art exhibit this Saturday night at their exhibit hall in Echo Park, free to attend for all ages.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/184225741911600/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night with Green Jellÿ. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 25
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 25
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

18th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 16th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

Craft beer sales have never looked more solid today than ever. The popularity of craft beer has risen exponentially over the past few decades, as the trend moves from mass-produced items to locally crafted & curated items. Sometimes a little dedication and hard work can make something better than machines can produce. While this notion runs popularly in the food industry and arts business, that practice has stretched to brewing beer. Microbreweries tend to represent the bar or pub that locals can go to unwind after a long day or week of work, or to hang out with friends and family. Large metropolitan areas lend well to the establishment of microbreweries or craft beer bars in general, but the demographics make a huge impact on the popularity of craft beer in the area too. Last month, I visited Seattle and discovered that the Ballard neighborhood had over a dozen microbreweries because the locals love it and the various industrial buildings and warehouses makes for perfect microbrewery locations. This time, we shift focus towards South Orange County, smack dab in the middle of North OC and San Diego County.

While North Orange County and San Diego County have tons of established microbreweries, South Orange County has only come up in the craft beer scene in the past few years. It appears that the young generation, or “millennials” as we go by now, prefer craft beer compared to the more traditional baby boomers who prefer their traditional beers like PBR and Budweiser. The majority of South Orange County’s population falls under the baby boomer category, which partially explains the lack of craft beer in South Orange County. However, as more and more millennials move into the area, the demand for craft beer rises, paving the way for microbreweries and craft beer bars to surface. In this post, we take a look at some of the places that people can go to wet their whistle with craft beer.

One of the first microbreweries to open up in South Orange County, Left Coast Brewing has a decade of experience out of their facility in San Clemente. All that time has allowed them to build up a solid portfolio of brews and extend retail distribution all the way to the east coast. First-time visitors may have some difficulty locating the tasting room, which lies behind the Oggi’s Brewing building. The tasting room features bar seating, over a dozen tables, two televisions, and a food truck occasionally.

Another one of the first microbreweries to open up in South Orange County, Cismontane Brewing recently celebrated their fifth year in the industry and shows no signs of fading away. Located all the way up in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita, Cismontane truly represents your friendly neighborhood bar with their various local events, which usually involves a bide ride or other hike through the nearby hills. Their rising popularity has paved the way for Cismontane to open a second tasting room in South Santa Ana this past year. If the Rancho Santa Margarita location feels like too much of a drive to get to, consider visiting their Santa Ana tasting room.

Artifex Brewing represents one of the newer microbreweries to join the South Orange County craft beer family. Located in San Clemente down the street from Left Coast, Artifex came about from brewers that had experience from larger breweries such as Stone Brewing and Pizza Port. While the locals love Artifex very much, they still have some distance to cover to garner a presence in the Southern California craft beer market. Craft beer fans already know about Artifex from beer festivals and craft beer bars, but many restaurants and retail outlets do not yet carry Artifex beers. Perhaps this next year will see a rise in the spread of Artifex beers.

This past December, South Orange County received their first major business dedicated to craft beer in the form of The BrewHouse. Tucked away in the back of a shopping center in San Juan Capistrano, this tap room & bottle shop has up to 40 different beers on tap, plus dozens of different bottles available for immediate consumption or takeout. Since they do not produce beer on the premises, The BrewHouse often obtains beers from places around the world that do not normally distribute to California. Craft beer fans will want to stay in the loop about The BrewHouse in case they ever receive a very rare beer that no one else in Southern California will carry.

Other breweries in South Orange County that I have yet to visit include the San Clemente location of Pizza Port, Laguna Beach Beer Company, and Stadium Brewing. With all this craft beer available in South Orange County, perhaps the time has come for more microbreweries to open up there? North OC and Central OC already have dozens of microbreweries, so why not fill the gap between there and San Diego County with more beer?

Slater’s 50/50 6th Anniversary
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 3
Slater’s 50/50, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/973682199311344/

Six years ago, Southern California discovered the infamous 50/50 burger. This Wednesday, celebrate six years of bacon goodness at the location that started it all: Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills. They will have food and drink specials all day, so stop on by whenever and congratulate Scott Slater on his continued success.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/497835437036092/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Chinatown After Dark
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=454

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

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1392855427711775/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Far Bar in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Alkaline Trio: Four Nights at The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.alkalinetrio.com/

Alkaline Trio will perform all eight of their records over the duration of four shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Each of these all-ages shows cost $25 per ticket.

Fields Ablaze Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1402022283458888/

Valiant Brewing will release their summer seasonal, Fields Ablaze, in bottles starting this Friday evening at their tasting room in Orange.

10th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 5
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 6
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 7
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

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

2nd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5-6
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $7 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

Shmaltz Brewing’s Hops In He’Brew Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
Total Wine & More, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/373741182823333/

Shmaltz Brewing will sample beers from their variety pack for FREE this Friday night at Total Wine & More in Tustin.

Agent Orange – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-2/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 6, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/837083-agent-orange-special-guests-san-diego/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a couple of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/210463

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

21st Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/finearts/specialevents/studio_arts_festival.asp

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.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
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.

1st Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 6-7
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/492/first-ever-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.

CatConLA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 6-7
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://catconla.com/

As the event’s name suggests, this two-day event features all things cats. See the latest in cat trends involving fashion, grooming, accessories, nutrition, and more. Also meet famous cats and famous people who work with cats, including artists and designers. Adult admission costs $25 for a day or $40 for the weekend, while child admission costs $15 for a day or $25 for the weekend. Guests may not actually bring their cats.

Rockabilly Weekend (& Rockabeauty Hair, Beard & Mustache Contests)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 6-7
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockabilly-weekend-rockabeauty-hair-beard-mustache-contests-sat-only-tickets-16851458165

Enjoy rockabilly music and assorted contests this weekend at the OC Market Place. Admission normally costs $2, but use the provided link to gain admission for free.

2015 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
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.

Orange County Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://ocwomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Anaheim celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6
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.

28th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 6-7
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Historic Core Mural Tour
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-core-mural-tour-tickets-17072541431

Embark on a tour through Downtown Los Angeles to view a plethora of beautiful art murals with cultural and historic significance. Participation in this tour costs $15.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 6
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

Hangar 24 Local Fields: Essence Release
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 6
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/860320794035104/

Hangar 24 releases the next brew of their seasonal series this Saturday. Come to the tasting room in Redlands to enjoy Essence, a double IPA brewed with navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit, and also catch some local music as well as local food.

12th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
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.

East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/950084651691537/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Pechanga’s 7th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 6
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $50, and comes with a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

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

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $55 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers.

3rd Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. Tickets sold out long ago, but some people may continue to sell their tickets up to the day of the event, so look around for people selling tickets.

Pinup Girl Clothing Yard Sale
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/370933699771639/

Find your perfect pinup outfit at this massive blowout sale with apparel, accessories, and so much more.

9th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 7
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/animalcare/events/super_pet_adoption.asp

For just $1 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

18th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 7
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2015

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.

Spring 2015 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

31st Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
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.

Chula Vista Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 7
Salt Creek Community Park, Chula Vista
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-in-chula-vista-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

2nd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 7
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/1418541951800355/

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

LA Bazaar Punk Flea Market
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
Space Forty-Two, Mid-City, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636901113212640/

Check out punk rock vendors and local punk rock music at this all-day swap meet in LA this Sunday. Enter for free if arriving before 3pm; otherwise, admission costs $5.

Mead & Cheese Pairing
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 7
The BrewHouse, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/798213306962411/

Head to The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano this Sunday afternoon for a special mead and cheese pairing.

Rob’s Birthday Show
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/442664179242418/

Check out lots of great local punk bands this Sunday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Supersuckers – Live in Long Beach
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/415807608600796/

Rock out to a bunch of great local punk rock bands this Sunday evening in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. Guests arriving before 5pm can park for free; otherwise, parking costs $10. No one under 21 may remain in the venue after 10pm.

Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeovers
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 24, Pie Dog, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/705932302839040/
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 25, Meat Up BBQ, Placentia http://www.facebook.com/meatUpBBQ/photos/a.645749405516015.1073741829.645725588851730/784668281624126/
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 26, Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/371903702981576/
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 27, Alpine Village, Torrance http://www.facebook.com/events/1441370076153213/

Bell’s Brewery will have their beers at a handful of Southern California locations this week. Check out where they will have their beers, and enjoy a cold one.

Taking Back Sunday – 2015 Spring Tour
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 25, Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside http://concerts.livenation.com/event/0B004D67F5D632A3
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 26, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D67D3C02439&oid=0
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/taking-back-sunday-letlive-the-menzingers/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Taking-Back-Sunday

Taking Back Sunday’s Spring tour will swing through Southern California this week with these four shows. Each show has its own ticket price, so click on a link above for more details about that show.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 28
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Friday night consists of a pre-party with beer and blues music. Saturday will contain the full brewery lineup. Saturday-only tickets have sold out, but Friday’s event costs $30 while a two-day pass costs $75.

Yeastie Boys @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/637282176401135/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 28
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

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

37th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 28
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 1
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

Atlas Race SoCal 2015
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 28 – March 1
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.atlasrace.com/racepage-socal.html

Test your might at this unforgiving obstacle course this weekend in Temecula. Participate in a standard obstacle course that lasts about four miles, or take part in a longer obstacle course lasting about eight miles. Registration prices vary depending on the event and time, starting at $85.

2015 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 28
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Open That Barrel Night
11:00 am – 12:00 am, February 28
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/424118834417866/

Enjoy some live music, rare barrel-aged beers, and one-off beers this Saturday at the Hangar 24 tasting room in Redlands.

Barrel & Stave Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 28
The Brew House, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/1650892148471998/

The Brew House in San Juan Capistrano will tap dozens of oaked & barrel-aged beers matured in everything from chardonnay & port barrels to oak chip & bourbon casks this Saturday for your drinking pleasure. This event costs $45 to attend and includes ten 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and one meal ticket for the visiting food truck.

Punk Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/320160751501554/

Over a dozen local punk rock bands will perform at this all-day concert this Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Litmus Green @ House of Tacos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
House of Tacos, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/632181126885945/

Enjoy a local punk rock show in Hollywood this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $12.

Monster Squad @ SCLA Apparel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
SCLA Apparel, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1486227114993885/

Follow no rules at this punk show in South Central LA this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $13.

Say Hello To Sunshine 10 Year Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 28
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/743913-finch-pomona/

Finch will headline this one-off show, not part of any tour, this Saturday night at the Glass House in Pomona. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Party For The Planet
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Big Red Sun, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-for-the-planet-tickets-15678157792

With a very vague and ambiguous description, this event has music, art, food, drinks, raffles, and more. It costs $20 to enter. The event page lists no other details, such as age limit, parking, content, and more.

2015 Vegan Street Fair
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Weddington St & Bakman Ave, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing the intersection of Weddington St & Bakman Ave to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Visitors must purchase $8 booklets containing 12 tickets that they can redeem for food samples.

For the longest time ever, humans have this unexplainable fascination with bacon. Vegans and vegetarians love to get mad at people for consuming it, while those that do consume it praise it as the almighty food among foods. Even now, those who do not eat meat can have their bacon with Coconut Bacon. We all must remember that times change, so while bacon continues to reign in its popularity, other foods have risen to compete with bacon. Short rib has garnered some attention in the past few years, as have pork belly. Pork belly basically represents unsliced whole bacon, and everyone who loves bacon would definitely love pork belly. Pork belly has started to appear in many more restaurants, such as at PUBlic 74 in San Juan Capistrano.

Having just opened their doors to the public earlier this year, PUBlic 74 has come to Orange County to deliver their take on the modern gastropub. With roots in Temecula, the folks over at PUBlic 74 boast industry experience, and hope to translate that over to this new spot in San Juan Capistrano. PUBlic 74 has all the fixin’s of a typical gastropub: craft beer, spirits, and fancy food. Their menu changes quite often, so their current menu may not appear on their website. For example, their current menu features a sandwich called The Fallin BL No T “Spanglish” that represents a modified version of the BLT that appears on their website. This sandwich contains hand-cut wood-smoked pork belly, cheesy sautéed spinach, a fried egg, and whole-grain mustard vin. Anyone ordering this will certainly get their hands messy while devouring this melty sandwich. I rarely advise this, but cutting this sandwich may help to contain the ingredients in this sandwich. The pork belly by itself tastes amazing, but some bites may contain more spinach that will overpower the pork belly. I suggest trying to spread out the spinach to prevent clumps of it, in order to maintain a consistent flavor throughout the sandwich. Oh, and this sandwich comes with fries that they season with what I can best describe as a barbecue rub. The fries alone also make this a worthy dish to order.

Feeling hungry while driving through San Juan Capistrano? Stop by PUBlic 74 and savor this meat for $14.50. Enjoy one of their signature drinks, or pair this nicely with an IPA to balance the flavor.

For a few years already, the craft beer scene has grown rapidly in Orange County, but moreso in the northern half of Orange County than the southern half. With big hits like The Bruery, Bootlegger’s Brewery, and Noble Ale Works all within a few miles from each other, travelers from all over can appreciate the local beer availability in this area. Most of the craft beer places in North Orange County form a geographical cluster that allows for craft beer enthusiasts to easily connect the dots and visit multiple locations in a short period of time. Down in South Orange County, craft beer places exists so few and far between that nobody has a centralized location or region to enjoy craft beer. Breweries such as Cismontane or Left Coast lie so far from each other that people rarely complete a brewery tour in South Orange County. Citizens of South Orange County usually had to travel to North Orange County or North San Diego County to enjoy their craft beer; however, the time has come for South Orange County to no longer need to travel far to enjoy a cold one. Enter The Brew House, the first original tap house of South Orange County.

Tucked away in the back of a lengthy strip mall in San Juan Capistrano, The Brew House has delivered the ultimate craft beer destination to South Orange County. With 30 beers on draft and over 100 bottled beers for your drinking pleasure, The Brew House will surely please anyone’s palate. Imagine the “hang out” atmosphere of a coffee shop, then mix that with a beer tasting room, and you essentially have what The Brew House behaves as. First-time visitors may enter the place and believe that the folks here brew their own beer. While they have devised their own brews in the past, they have yet to introduce it to this tap room. For now, they feel content to serve up beers from dozens of breweries from around the world. They strive to make this a place that people will want to not just visit and go, but stay to enjoy some drinks and relax. They have accomplished that with free wi-fi, outlets for electronic devices, furniture, and food in the form of bar snacks or the occasional mobile food vendor (customers may bring their own food in). As far as non-beer beverages go, they have a few wine varieties available for those who want it. In the future, I would love to see them brew craft sodas.

With its location right off a major freeway, craft beer enthusiasts now have a true destination in South Orange County rather than seeing it only as a passage from San Diego to North Orange County. Now that they have officially opened their doors to the public, stop on in soon and see what amazing beers you may discover here. Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for news and updates from behind the tap room.

Beachwood BBQ 8th Anniversary Week
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 18-21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ celebrates their eighth year in Seal Beach this week, and to commemorate, Beachwood Brewing releases Eight this week in bottles and at both locations on tap. When you visit either location, expect to find a plethora of seasonal beers on tap, plus an exciting menu full of exclusive items only found during this celebration.

Punk Rock Show in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18
DeadRockers, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/361473627347305/

Catch a bunch of great local punk rock bands at this all-ages show this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $2 if entering prior to 8pm, or $4 afterwards.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 pm, December 18, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/300156153516501/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/1490724867855726/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will end their tour in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click the link for more information.

The Brew House – Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20-21
The Brew House, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/852476748135788/

After over a year in the works, The Brew House will finally declare themselves officially open for business this weekend. This tap room has over 30 beers on draft and over 100 bottled beers for your drinking pleasure. They will also have food trucks in all weekend, so stop on by for a break this weekend.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Holiday Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1516658761918344/

This Friday night, visit the Bootlegger’s Brewery tasting room in Fullerton for drink specials, music, a food truck, prizes, and more.

The Vandals 19th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D4325FC07BB&oid=0

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets cost $20. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones w/ The Interrupters @ House of Blues
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 20, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D3DE590B4C4&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 21, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D3D0F943DCB&oid=0

Get your skanking on this weekend with legendary ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost around $27.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 19
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/748837075186659/

Catch a FREE all-ages punk rock show this Friday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the neighborhood.

Luicidal in South Gate
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
American Legion Post 335, South Gate
http://www.facebook.com/events/768712559852037/

A hardcore punk show comes to South Gate this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6 if entering prior to 9pm, or $8 afterwards.

Winter in Wilmore
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 20
Drake Park, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/912211262124897/

Bring your friends and family out to this snow day at the park this Saturday afternoon. At this free community event, find lots of things to see and do all in the real snow that will cover the park this Saturday.

Barb Wire Dolls @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 20
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/309417989234344/

Catch an all-ages punk show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

OtaXmas 2014
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20
Anime Jungle, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/355344884643300/

Want to participate in some cosplay, or perhaps just want to watch others do cosplay? Head on over to Little Tokyo this Saturday night for OtaXmas. For just $5 admission, visitors will mingle with other cosplayers, view cosplay contests, participate in raffles, play trivia, take photos in the photo booth, dance to live DJ’s, and more.

Xmas Punk Hardcore Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/310417489168744/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in a festive manner this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8, or $5 if you wear an ugly sweater. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Xmas
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Scotland Yard Pub, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534396316799128/

Catch a FREE punk rock show in Canoga Park this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 5
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 4
The Coach House Concert Hall, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/538288876261102/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Mad Caddies on Tour – Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The El Rey, Los Angeles http://www.axs.com/events/246469/mad-caddies-tickets
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 6, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mad-caddies-2014

The Mad Caddies start their 2014 tour across the continent in Southern California this week with these two shows. These all-ages show range from $15 to $20, so check each individual venue for info.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/715667638457196/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Tet Festival 2014
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 8
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 9
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $5 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
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).

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/184762961733520/

Check out the best of Los Angeles hardcore punk at this show this Friday night, headlined by Union 13. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Free Punk Rock Show @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194916444049107/

Three local punk bands play a free show in Ventura this Friday night. Come for the drinks, stay for the bands.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/161629

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

CH3 & RF7 @ Loaded Hollywood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434018120148143/

Local punk rock bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night at Loaded. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 8
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678164158889609/

Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, the Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank.

23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=d7f275b9-8ec5-49ca-bc7b-f1dd73513ed1

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 $10 for one day, or $15 for both days.

32nd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 8
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://100eats.com/events/noblealeworks/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their third anniversary this weekend, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. For $40 presale (purchased by this Thursday) or $60 at the door, attendees can enjoy three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 25 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may purchase the ticket, but minors may still enter the area for the food trucks or with an attendee.

Tap ‘N’ Run 4k – Orange County
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://tapnrun.com/

Two unlikely events combine together in this beer-chugging running race. Take a 4k, throw in costumed men, give them two pints’ worth of beer, and you have Tap ‘N’ Run. Running while drinking never leads to a good thing, but if this piques your interest, registration to this wacky race costs $60. No one under 21 may participate. Arrive early, as the road leading here contains only one lane, and will cause extreme traffic just before the event starts.

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Los-Angeles-Skawars-2014/221411

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $18 presale and $25 at the door.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Petersen Auto Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets sold out a long time ago, but you may get lucky and find someone selling a ticket or two.

The Dickies and Agent Orange @ M15 in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.m15concerts.com/events/agent-orange-featuring-the-dickies/

Catch old school punk bands The Dickies and Agent Orange as they headline this local show this Saturday night in Corona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Decry and RF7 @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/262081473941719/

Catch punk bands Decry and RF7 as they perform at The World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Harold’s Place
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
Harold’s Place, San Pedro
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406813316232764/

Check out this punk show in the South Bay this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

Union 13 @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 8
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194042124138627/

Union 13 headlines a show in Ventura this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/205225343003385/

Over ten local punk rock bands will play at this all-day show at The World Famous Doll Hut, including Union 13 for the third day in a row. Admission to this show costs only $5 and lasts all day. No one under 21 may attend.

Save Music in Chinatown 2
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 9
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-music-in-chinatown-2-money-mark-channel-3-hector-penalosa-from-the-zeros-w-baja-bugs-and-solo-tickets-9389804157

This fundraiser/concert takes place near Chinatown this Sunday afternoon, and features local bands, such as punk band CH3. Admission to this fundraiser costs $12, or $16 with eight raffle tickets. Children 12 and under can enter for free.