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Perception never falls into the simple categorization of black versus white. Perception falls anywhere within a boundless spectrum of antipodes. The problem lies with people’s ability to conceive perceptions beyond their scope. You can ask a person what type of music they love the most, while the next person may loathe that type of music. Most people claim to not like country music, yet the truth reveals that they simply have no preference for it; however, few people actually get adamant about the music. Going beyond preferences commonly exists in food and beverages. Where one person may call something “the best,” another will claim something else as better. For example, my father swears by the $2 wine from Trader Joe’s, unable to accept that pricier fine wines taste better. Some people say that no other burger can top a common burger from corporate fast food or corporate restaurants. People truly get attached to their fast food burgers and refuse to believe that better burgers exist out there. Whether or not you claim to know about the best burger in the world, I encourage you to seek out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season and give them a try. Who knows – maybe you will alter your opinions after one bite!
5. Eat Chow‘s Chow BBQ Burger
Portion size means a lot to the typical person who goes out to eat. Fine-dining restaurants focus on quality over quantity, so while fine-dining entrées appear small, it makes up for it with outstanding flavor. Generally, people want that happy medium between fine-dining and fast food, a restaurant that serves high-quality yet affordable food, something that Eat Chow specializes in. Now with three locations in Orange County, Eat Chow does not boast too much, perhaps because their foods speaks for itself. Eat Chow takes common foods and makes them well, from their burgers to the sandwiches to the entrées and more. Clearly a lot of care has gone into the dishes, evident by how much of the food’s natural flavor one can taste. In addition to the heightened food quality, Eat Chow doles up generous portion sizes too, such as in their Chow BBQ Burger. This grass-fed chuck patty comes topped with housemade barbecue sauce, smoked gouda cheese, crispy onion strings, bacon, mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes on a brioche bun. You can take on this huge burger for just $13.
4. Ocean Diner‘s Kiss Me Kate Burger
Different ingredients yield different flavors to the palate. Some ingredients have mild flavors, while some ingredients have extreme flavors. Some of the extreme-flavored ingredients may come with inauspicious side effects, such as spicy foods attacking the taste buds or foods invoking halitosis, or bad breath. Some of the latter ingredients taste so good that people often endure the side effects, such as garlic. For a calamity of ingredients that can cause bad breath, Ocean Diner has found just the combination. From the outside, Ocean Diner looks like your typical small-town American diner. However, Ocean Diner truly has some amazing things going on in here, such as their Kiss Me Kate Burger. This specialty burger comes with bacon-roasted garlic puree, grilled onions, and goat cheese. This $11.95 comes served with French fries, mashed potatoes, brown rice, coleslaw, or cottage cheese. As a special menu item, it will not last forever, so head over to Ocean Diner fast before this burger leaves their menu!
3. green2Go‘s Grass-Fed Bison Burger
A simple human truth states that people desire control in their lives. When someone lacks control over a situation, they may start to feel stress or panic. Give someone control, and they feel a lot more comfortable over their situation. This applies to all walks of life, including food, and green2Go gives you that control over your food. green2Go uses only the freshest all-natural ingredients to ensure pure flavor and nutrition. While you may certainly order any of their items as the menu describes, green2Go proudly offers a Build-Your-Own section where you get to dress up your favorite menu items, such as their Grass-Fed Bison Burger. This bison patty comes on your choice of brioche or squaw bread, or a lettuce-wrap, organic lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a dill pickle. From there, you can select up to four add-ons to accompany your plate, which you can pick by walking up to the BYO bar to the left of the front counter. For $16, this burger comes to you with your choice of a side salad or roasted mini potatoes.
2. Abricott‘s Lemongrass Chicken Burger
Who says that a burger must contain a ground beef patty? Not all burgers must contain beef. We have seen multiple different types of burgers, such as turkey burgers, salmon burgers, and even vegetarian patty burgers. We rarely ever see a chicken burger, much less a chicken burger done right. Abricott would like to turn that perception around. Known for their French-Asian cuisine, Abricott remains a staple in local Pasadena food, and has attracted the attention of locals and travelers alike. Pasadena brings in huge amounts of travelers between the convention center and the Rose Bowl, and travelers often want to savor the local flavor. Abricott’s menu covers multiple forms of food, including their Lemongrass Chicken Burger. Not just any old burger, this burger contains a ground chicken patty seasoned with lemongrass, topped with tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise served on a bun with coconut tamarind sauce. At $10.95, you can taste this unique burger that few other places can match in flavor.
1. Gus’s Barbecue‘s Brisket Burnt End Burger
When one orders a burger, one can typically expect a ground beef patty supported by various toppings, correct? The beef patty usually stars as the protagonist in the story known as the burger, but once in a while a burger may feature more than one co-protagonist. For a story featuring more than one star, we turn to Gus’s Barbecue in South Pasadena. A local barbecue legend, Gus’s Barbecue has done barbecue right for such a long time that they know exactly how to apply their prized meats to other forms of food. For example, take their Brisket Burnt End Burger. This beef burger comes topped with beef brisket burnt ends, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños, and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun. All burgers come with your choice of French fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad, cole slaw, or BBQ baked beans. You can pound this mound of meat at Gus’s Barbecue for $13.95.
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Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.
Free Punk Show @ Five Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 4
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Enjoy a free punk rock show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. No one under 18 may enter.
6th Annual Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 5
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.
D.I.Y. Festival Competition
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 5-6
Clash City Station, Riverside
Check out this music & art festival this week in Riverside. Admission costs $7 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.
If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.
Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 6-8
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.
Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 6
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.
Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 6
The Pike Outlets, Downtown Long Beach
Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.
The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
Legendary punk rock band The Damned embark on an international tour starting this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the website for details.
Ragnar Relay So Cal 2017
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 7-8
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.
43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 7-8
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.
7th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, April 8
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.
Lucidity Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 7-9
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.
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).
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 7
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
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 Pasadena. Admission to this all-ages event costs $30 per day or $70 for the full weekend.
Wasted Ones @ The Redwood Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 7
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk show this Friday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
6th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 8
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.
43rd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 8
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.
4th Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8-9
Come see over a thousand muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and more at this weekend-long car show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets cost $18 if purchased from participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, or $20 if purchased online or at the gate. Children can enter for $5. Bring cash for parking which may cost up to $10.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 8-9
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.
SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 8
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
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.
6th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 8-9
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages (with printable coupon found on website). Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.
2017 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 8
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 21st this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.
Food Truck Fetish Festival 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 8
Exposition Park Event Parking, Los Angeles
Remember food truck festivals from over five years ago? One returns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the gate, and grants you access to gourmet food trucks where you will have to pay again for food. This event will also have a beer garden (drinks sold separately), live entertainment, and a VIP admission that includes unlimited soft drinks and one free dessert.
JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 8
Japanese American National Museum, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
Learn about Japanese American history at this free and all-ages cultural educational event this Saturday in Little Tokyo.
Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, April 8
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.
9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 8
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.
4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival rebooted. A lot has changed since last year. Admission still provides includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will still cost $3 each, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. This big festival outgrew its previous home and has moved to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point for this year. In addition, this event now features a music component similar to their previous Cali Uncorked and Ye Scallywag festivals. Live bands will perform throughout the day, and all drinks after 4pm come at cost. No one under 21 may attend.
“When We Were Young” Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8-9
The Observatory, Santa Ana
A huge rock concert comes to The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.
2nd Annual Punktography
1:00 pm – 12:00 pm, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
Enjoy a free photography and punk rock show this Saturday all day at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.
5th Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
VinDiego returns to Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. Enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $115 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and allows entry at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.
7th Annual Broke LA
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Enox Events, East Los Angeles
Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Broke LA, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.
Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 8
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $25 presale or $60 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.
4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
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 – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
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.
Montrose Brew Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
Benitoite, Montrose, Glendale
A beer and food tasting event comes to Glendale this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
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14th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.
Free Punk/Ska Show @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 28
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
Enjoy a free punk and ska show this Tuesday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.
Fist of Fusion makes the transition from food truck to a permanent location as of this Thursday in Hollywood. Stop on by for their grand opening day where you will get 25% off your entire bill, and enjoy some Hawaiian/Islander fusion street food.
Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.
2017 Formula Drift
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.
MXM Tag Team Tournament
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
eSports Arena, Santa Ana
Video game developer NCSOFT has a new game going into Beta next month, and they will preview it prior to the Beta this Friday evening in Santa Ana. Free to attend for all ages, the first 250 people in attendance will receive a free MXM t-shirt. Stick around to watch the game tournament, and to interact with the professional gamers.
5th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 31
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the fifth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
House of Blues, Anaheim
Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour ends in Southern California this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.
2nd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this Saturday in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.
22nd Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 1
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.
25th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 1
Riverside Airport, Riverside
See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.
Discover The Dinosaurs – Orange County
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 1-2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.
A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $12 and starts at 12pm, while early entry for 10am costs $20.
7th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 1
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.
Abnormal Beer Company turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.
6th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.
7th Annual Spring Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 1-2
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $6 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.
2017 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 1
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.
Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Saturday. Presale tickets to this event cost $75. No one under 21 may attend.
Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2017
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, April 1
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $65, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.
Festival of Fools “Punk N’ Nachos” Spring Kick Off Show
1:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 1
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
A bunch of local punk rock bands will perform at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday starting in the afternoon. Guests may enter for free if arriving before 5pm; otherwise, the cover charge costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
King Harbor Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 1
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
2017 World Pillow Fight Day
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 1
Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 1st, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.
Duane Peters Gunfight: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 1
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
Release some inner aggression at this punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.
The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, April 2
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can “win” – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.
Sand Sports Super Swap
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 2
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Buy, sell, or trade anything related to sand sports or offroading this Sunday morning. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door, and grants access to all available vendors.
22nd Annual Tokyo City Cup & Japan Family Day
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, April 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
A day of horse racing and Japanese culture comes to Santa Anita Park this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find races, food, arts & crafts, games, entertainment, vendors, and more at this event. Adult admission costs $5, but the website has a printable coupon good for free admission. Children may enter for free with adults.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 2
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Celebrate this traditional cultural springtime festival this Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana. With just the price of admission into the museum, visitors get access to arts & crafts, live entertainment, cultural food & drinks, and more.
5th Annual Chino Brew & Chew
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 2
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds, Chino
A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.
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Bottle Logic Brewing 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.
Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 22
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
$30 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.
Cro-Mags: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, March 23, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 24, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
Hardcore punk band Cro-Mags will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to each show varies, so check with their website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.
Universal Flow Gathering 2017
Many details about this event remains unknown such as time and location, but this looks like a hippie gathering out in the desert with music, yoga, interpretive dance, and more. It costs $150 to attend this. No one under 18 may attend.
13th Annual San Clemente Mixologist Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 23
Pierside Kitchen & Bar, San Clemente
Local bartenders work their magic to deliver quality drinks with a quality show this Thursday afternoon in San Clemente. Admission costs $35, and comes with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Free to attend for all ages, this art walk will contain live entertainment, food samples, giveaways, demos, art, and more.
Leftöver Crack: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, Majestic Ventura Theatre, Ventura
Punk rock band Leftöver Crack will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary, so check with the venue for ticket prices.
Kilowatt Brewing’s 2 Year Anniversary Black Light Party
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their second anniversary this week, and to stand out from the crowd, they will celebrate with black lights instead. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and t-shirts available. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.
67th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24-25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
See lots of science and engineering projects from students this week at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free to attend for all ages, this event will have student projects on display as well as many seminars about science and engineering.
SoCal Etsy Guild Market – Riverside
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 24-25
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
Galleria at Tyler, Riverside
Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.
Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 24
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.
Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 24, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 25, Brick By Brick, San Diego
Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this weekend, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for each show. No one under 21 may enter.
Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque – Video Game Mania
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, March 24
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Check out a burlesque show that pays tribute to video games this Friday night in Long Beach. General admission costs $15 while a reserved seat costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.
If you ever wanted to try roller derby or just skate with current players, you have a chance this Friday in Huntington Beach. Registration costs $7 and includes rental gear. No one under 18 may attend.
Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2017
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 25-26
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.
25th Annual Walk With The Animals
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 25
Fairmount Park, Riverside
Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a pet walk, and K-9 demonstrations this Saturday morning in Riverside. Registration costs $25 for adults or $15 for children. All participants receive a t-shirt and the pancake breakfast.
Bubble Run Anaheim
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 25
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
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. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.
Piecemakers Peddler’s Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 25
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
Free to attend for all ages, this semiannual outdoor market contains dozens of local vendors selling various goods from antiques to apparel to accessories and lots more. Visitors will surely find great items to furnish a living space or to give away as gifts.
Discover The Dinosaurs – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 25-26
Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.
15th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 25
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.
OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday early afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 25
Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica
The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $29 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $109 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $149, also starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.
Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 25-26
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
Indulge on tacos and liquor this weekend in San Diego. Entry into the festival costs $10 per person per day. A $40 Saturday admission exists that comes with six half-ounce tequila samples plus a souvenir glass, but this sampling only occurs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. All admission does NOT include food or drinks – those come at a separate cost.
Sip ‘n Savor
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 25
Quartyard, San Diego
A food & alcohol tasting event takes place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 presale or $60 at the door. VIP admission costs $120 and provides access to a VIP line and VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited drink samples plus ten food samples, only from 12pm to 3pm and all while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Phantom Carriage turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $7 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.
Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release their two spring seasonal brews this weekend. Stop on by and enjoy these refreshing brews.
2017 Grain Games
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 25
Rainwater Gallery, Huntington Beach
Check out a free art gallery this Saturday night in Huntington Beach that will feature lots of art, where the winning works will get placed on wood canvases.
Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 25
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 26
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.
19th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 26
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 26
Washington Blvd, Culver City/Venice
Much of Washington Blvd from Culver City to Venice will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.
South Bay Food Swap 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 26
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
As the name suggests, this event allows attendees to trade food with others. Exchanged items should come from the person’s own work, not bought from a store. From raw ingredients to prepared foods, as long as both parties agree to the trade, it can happen here.
2017 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 26
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.
Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.
Beer apparel designer Craft Beerd celebrates four years in business this week with a party at AleSmith Brewing. This event costs nothing to attend. Craft Beerd will have all their merchandise on sale here, including some limited edition items. For every $40 spent, you will receive a souvenir glass.
LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 26
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $65 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
8th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
See all things cars at AutoCon this Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost between $15 to $20 per vehicle.
19th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 26
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.
Skacore Night @ Union Nightclub
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 26
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $8.
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Orange County Restaurant Week
Various restaurants in Orange County
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
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.
2017 All-Star Chef Classic
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.
Sample some wines, cheese, and charcuterie this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. Reservations cost $18 per person. No one under 21 may attend.
21st Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 9
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.
North Park After Dark
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
North Park, San Diego
This Thursday evening, many businesses in North Park will remain open later and have specials on food, drinks, merchandise, and more. Check out the variety of restaurants here, then check out all the various shops and discover something new to take home.
Golden Road: Grand Central Market – One Year Anniversary
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 9
Golden Road in Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
Golden Road’s Grand Central Market location turns a year old this week, and they will celebrate with food, live music, games, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and lots of beer. Free to attend, visitors will pay for beers as they go. The first 50 customers will receive free food.
Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
Downtown Los Angeles
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.
Ever wanted to play roller derby? You have a chance to join a team/league this Thursday night in Cypress. Come on out, meet current skaters, and learn more about roller derby.
Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 9
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.
12th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 10-12
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.
2017 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 10
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 11
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.
2017 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.
D.I. – Live in Downtown Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 10
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Downtown Santa Ana
Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana. They have not yet specified the cover charge for this show, so have cash available. No one under 21 may enter.
Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.
Color In Motion 5k – Indio
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
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.
Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
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 $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.
International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!
Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for the Doctor Who series.
23rd Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 11
Downtown Hermosa Beach
Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.
10th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 11-12
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.
Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.
Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.
FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 11
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
Find dozens of literary vendors at this free and all-ages book fair this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA.
Select Beer Store turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.
Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.
6th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.
The Lights Festival – Orange County
2:30 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Sunset Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, Apple Valley
Feel good with friends and strangers this Saturday evening out in Apple Valley. Take part in food, music, culture, lights, and more. Admission costs $60 per person.
Skanking Reggae Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 11
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, University Park, Los Angeles
Rock out to ska and reggae bands this Saturday night in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $53.
SCRD Lagunatics Vs. BCRD Riptide Rollers
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 11
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.
1st Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 pm – 12:00 pm, March 12
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.
Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 12
The Reef, Los Angeles
Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature many celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. General admission costs $13 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.
Brand Refresh Party
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 12
Belching Beaver Tavern & Grill, Vista
Belching Beaver has redesigned their brand, and you can sample the first of it this Sunday afternoon in North San Diego County. Admission costs $35 and includes four food & beer pairings, two 5oz pours, one 16oz pour, and a t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.
Babychella Family Art & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 12
Mason Regional Park, Irvine
Free to attend for all ages, this wholesome event will have a variety of activities for visitors to check out. Expect to find storytelling, live entertainment, photo booths, arts & crafts, games, yoga, vendors, and more.
43rd Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.
Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.