Posts Tagged ‘Santa Anita’

Mustard Plug 2017 West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 13, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 15, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so refer to Mustard Plug’s website for show details.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wcc

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Tuesday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $90 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Naughty Valentines Burlesque Show
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Come see some sultry dancing this Tuesday night in Long Beach. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on where you want to stand or sit, with a dinner package available as well, starting at $50.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 16-18
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 for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 16, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 17, House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.reel-big-fish.com/

Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Fang: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 16, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.fangofficial.com/

Hardcore punk band Fang will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices will vary by the show’s location, so refer to Fang’s website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Foam Wonderland – Climax Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
City National Grove, Anaheim
http://foamwonderland.com/

Want to get covered in foam without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out this foam party this Friday night in Anaheim. Take a nighttime EDM scene, throw in colors, lights, and foam, and you have one messy and wet dance party. Tickets start at $58. No one under 18 may attend.

Blanks 77 – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/Blanks-77-256493316808/

Oi punk band Blanks 77 will headline a group of shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check on their Facebook page for prices for each show.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for Friday in Hermosa Beach, or $15 for Saturday in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

Rock The Boat: Love Stinks
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Grand Romance Riverboat, Long Beach
http://www.rocktheboatla.com/

Take a boat ride out to sea this Friday night to enjoy an unregulated no-limits skacore show. Admission costs $25 presale. No one under 21 may attend.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 18
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

24th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18-19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/scotsfestival/

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $19 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

12th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18-19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

2017 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19
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, $25 for Sunday, or $50 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.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego
http://www.petexposandiego.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

Santa Anita Winners’ Circle Chili Cook Off
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanitabbq.com/santa-anita-chili-2017/

Enjoy chili tastings from local cooks as they enter their prized chili recipes in hopes of taking home the grand prize. General admission costs $10 and provides entry to the event as well as access to the racetrack and betting. All food and drinks sold separately.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.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.

16th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 18
Venice Beach, Venice
http://www.visitveniceca.com/calendar/2017mardigras/

Get wild this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach. Free to attend for all ages, expect to see of of wild and vibrant outfits in this parade. The public may jump in to the parade too!

Free Punk Rock Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/343804072685338/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Anti Social: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1694642954199516/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 19-25
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dineoutlongbeach.com/

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Crave Expo
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 19
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.craveexpo.com/

Basically, a gourmet food truck or mobile food vendor fest. Preregister on their website to enter for free, or pay $10 at the gate to enter the event, and you gain access to a plethora of various food and beverage vendors. The admission only grants you entry, nothing else. Attendees will need to bring plenty of cash to pay for any food or drinks they intend to consume. Regular admission starts at 12pm, while a special VIP hour will take place starting at 11am. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including sunscreen for those intending to stay long. The venue provides free parking.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 19
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/356173821431857/

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.

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St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Burlesque Fandom Battle: Star Wars vs Star Trek
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Bar Lubitsch, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/258706104303437/

The age-old debate of Star Wars versus Star Trek remains in a stalemate, and will remain that way for eternity. You can witness a more entertaining take on that debate this Tuesday night with this burlesque show depicting one world versus the other. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/785839171443598/

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.

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 20-22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

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.

IPA & Curry Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 20
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/663635343693616/

Beachwood BBQ returns with another special food night. This time, they will serve five variations of curry, similar to Curry Night last year. In addition, catch special IPA pairings for each curry variation. No reservations required – simply show up, have a seat, and order!

7th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 21
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 23
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://musink.org/

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

Free Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/582092611881278/

Catch a free local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/226477260890909/

Take our some inner aggression at this free show this Friday night in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Ass Punk Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 21
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480269448867416/

Local punk bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night. Check out this fun lineup for just $5 at Loaded Hollywood. No one under 21 may enter.

The Zombie Run Extreme/Black Ops – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 22
Acton Movie Ranch, Acton
http://thezombierun.com/location/socal/

You never truly run a 5k or obstacle course until you have to run it under fear! This two-part zombie run places you in the shoes of a survivor or zombie. In the morning, participate in a 5K obstacle course, where you can register as a fleeing human, or as a zombie seeking to capture the humans. At night, participate in the same setup, but under the cover of darkness with little to no light. Registration varies depending on the course, time, and role, starting as low as $45 for a single zombie.

3rd Annual Winners’ Circle BBQ Championship
10:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs around $12 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

Holi on the Beach 2013
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22
Will Rogers State Beach, Pacific Palisades
http://www.aidla-events.org/holionthebeach/

Missed Festival of Colors last weekend? You have another chance at it this Saturday. 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 $10 presale and $15 on the day of the event. The first 150 cars receive $2 off the parking fee, so try to arrive early! Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Let There Be Light: A Spring Equinox Design Fair
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 22-23
405 Mateo St, Downtown LA Arts District
http://parachutemarket.com/

This all-ages design fair showcases the latest seasonal trends in furniture, objects, fine arts, sculptures, and fashion. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door, and admit you for one day only. Attendees should park at any metered parking spot on the streets nearby, which only requires coinage until 4pm. Attendees can park on the street for free on Sunday.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 22
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/539158

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 $50 to get in. Use promo code mothercolony to save $10! No one under 21 may attend.

Sam Fest – The Inaugural Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-the-inaugural-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Ska Night @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 22
Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/503029-code-name-rocky-gogo-13-pomona/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona with this great lineup of local ska bands. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10. Guests can park for free around Downtown Pomona, so avoid paying for parking where possible.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1377882519125212/

For just $5, rock out with some great local punk rock bands at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

CH3 @ Redwood Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 22
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/247991278713224/

CH3 headlines a small show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so guests can park on the street for free.

Naked Aggression @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 22
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/741595079186066/

Naked Aggression will headline a small local show this Saturday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 23
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious seafood along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Dipiazza’s
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 23
Dipiazza’s, Long Beach
http://www.dipiazzas.com/index.php?option=com_events&task=view_detail&agid=2048&year=2014&month=03&day=23&Itemid=12

Voodoo Glow Skulls currently tours along the west coast, and they will swing by Long Beach for an all-ages show this Sunday night. Although not specified, this show should cost around $10.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 15-20
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For six full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

22nd Annual Taste of Old Pasadena
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 17
Old Town Pasadena
http://www.pfarcf.org/tasteofoldpasadena/

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

Fall Cocktail Preview
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 18
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://hopscotchfall2013cocktailpreview.eventbrite.com/

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

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 18-19
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Rubber City Rebels, Dime Runner, White Murder, Bombon @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 18
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148202

Catch this indie/punk show this Wednesday night at Alex’s Bar for just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 19
Everywhere
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

As the name suggests, feel free to talk like a pirate this Wednesday all day. Just do not get in trouble for it. Yarr~

Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 19-22
Mitsuwa Marketplace, all SoCal locations
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=42

Much like the Mitsuwa Summer Fest, this FREE festival at all Mitsuwa Marketplaces now celebrates North Japan culture. Experience food, drinks, desserts, dance, music, games, and more from Northern Japanese culture.

LA Beer Week
September 19-29
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Special C @ The Volcano Room
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, September 19
Friendly Hills Bowling Alley, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/162541820608515/

This ska/reggae show only costs $3 to attend. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 International Food Blogger Conference
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 20
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 21
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 22
W Hotel, Downtown Seattle
http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2013

The nation’s top conference for food bloggers moves from Portland to Seattle this year. This highly-acclaimed conference fills up fast every year, and this year, I have the privilege of attending for the first time! This conference covers a broad diversity of topics, and each attendee may choose their own program of sessions to attend. During any downtime I can freely roam the city, so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please do send me your suggestions! I plan to do some writing while there, so keep an eye out for my post this weekend.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 20
12:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 21
12:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 22
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://lobsterfestival.com/

Three weekend lobster fests in a row! Following Long Beach and Los Angeles, Redondo Beach now has a Lobster Fest going on this weekend, which will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. Purchase presale tickets online to save $2, or search their website for additional meal packages, such as surf & turf and more.

Pasadena Greek Fest
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 20
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://pasadenagreekfest.org/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages Greek festival, which includes food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. The race track charges $4 for parking per vehicle.

No Edge Night
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 20
The Airliner, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/176784919175370/

This all-night party will have local punk bands, live DJ’s between bands, full bars, vendors, and more. Guests get in free before 9:30, $3 by 11pm, and $4 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Slackers – Pan-Pacific Tour
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 20, El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/view-details.php?event_id=242535
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-slackers

Get your ska on this weekend with The Slackers at these all-ages shows! Tickets cost $20 for the El Rey show and $16 for the Observatory show.

OC Fest of Ales & Beer Run 5K
9:00 am – 3:30 pm, September 22
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://ocfestofales.bksites.net/

This two-in-one fest combines a 5K run/walk with a beer fest immediately following. The 5K begins at 9am, while the main beer fest begins at 11:30am. Situated on the streets of Downtown Anaheim, the beer fest will feature over 100 different beers, a food truck food challenge, food & beer pairings, live music & entertainment, and more. As with any beer fest, no one under 21 can enter. Plenty of street parking surround Downtown Anaheim; otherwise, you can pay to park in one of the nearby structures.

Red Bull Flugtag
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 21
Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
http://redbullflugtagusa.com/page/cities/city/5/longbeach

Everyone’s favorite annual day of construction destruction returns to Long Beach this Saturday. This FREE and all-ages gala will see thousands of travelers gathering to see who can create the greatest spectacle while gracefully diving into the drink and simultaneously destroying their crafted vessel. Come see what the entire world talks about every year, then stick around for a beer fest just a block away later that night!

2013 Asian Pacific Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 21-22
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, Newport Beach
http://www.asianpacificfestival.com/

This festival celebrates the culture of various Asian countries, from India up to Japan, to the islands of the Pacific. Attendees will find cultural exhibits, art, folk dances, fashion shows, music, entertainment, martial arts, cooking challenges, alcohol garden, and plenty of authentic food. General admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Homeless One: Punk Rock Fest 2013
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 21
Norwalk Moose Lodge, Whittier
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/443149

A full day of punk rock hits Whittier this Saturday, complete with two stages, food & drinks, and plenty of parking. This all-ages show costs $15 to attend.

6th Annual Orange County Pacific Islander Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 21-22
Central Library Park, Huntington Beach
http://pacificislanderfestivaloc.com/

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.

Venice Beach Music Fest 8
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

2013 Auto Gallery Car Show
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://autogallerycarshow.com/

Check out this car show on the beach, showcasing the nation’s best builds and models. Admission costs $15 per person, but use a coupon code from your favorite participating model to save $5 off admission.

11th Annual Tarfest Music & Art Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 21
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.

Feed Your Eyes
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
RiT Gallery, La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/167593623415933/

This free and all-ages art show takes food art to the next level. Come to see art based on food, and art made with food, as your feed your hunger with your eyes.

Promenade Beer & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 21
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Promenade-Beer-Wine-Festival-Downtown-Long-Beach?id=65423

Downtown Long Beach hosts their first official beer & wine festival this weekend, complete with lots of drinks, local food, and live music. For $25 presale or $30 at the gate, guests will receive unlimited 3oz beer or wine tastings, 10 food tastings, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may enter.

75th Annual LA Chinatown Moon Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=421

Chinese Thanksgiving celebrations continue this Saturday in Chinatown with their annual Moon (Cake) Festival. Free to attend for all ages, participants celebrate by eating mooncakes, mini pastries that may contain up to 2,000 calories each. In addition, guests can see kung fu demos, lion dancers, live music, food trucks, ping pong tournaments, and more. Guests can find free street parking beyond Spring St. or close to LA State Historic Park.

LivingSocial’s Glow-in-the-Dark 5K Dance Party
7:15 pm – 1:45 am, September 21
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.livingsocial.com/events/5kdanceparty

When you combine raves with 5k runs, you get glow runs, and LivingSocial will host one this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Participants must wear all black and run through this 5k course complete with glow sticks that anyone can use as bracelets, necklaces, crowns/circlets, anklets, and more. Registration costs $45 online and $55 at the gate. Following the run, all participants may stay for the after-party, full of live DJ’s, drinks, food, and more. Anyone may skip the run and attend this after-party for just $19.

LA Beer Week 5th Anniversary Opening Gala
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 22
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://www.labeerweek.com/unionStation.php

LA Beer Week kicks off its 2013 run with its annual beer fest this Sunday, unlike previous years where they close the week with the fest. In addition to the over 70 breweries present to serve beer, multiple food trucks will pair their foods (sold separately) with the beers. The $70 admission comes with UNLIMITED pours, so prepare your body to handle this!

Dr. Know & Decry @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 22
Los Globos, Silverlake, Los Angeles
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/362409-dr-know-decry-los-angeles/

Old school punk rock returns to Los Globos this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28-29
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=65374

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.

HopScotch Tavern & Bootlegger’s Brewery Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
HopScotch Tavern, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/368499229944424/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with Bootlegger’s beer and beer cocktail pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $75 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Originalites @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 28
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82680

Get your skanking on this Wednesday night at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, as The Originalites headline this local ska show. Admission to this show costs $15. No one under 18 may attend. Attendees may park for free for up to five hours using the wristband from this as validation, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Rock Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 28
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/186946694822905/

Catch a free sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to women on film. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Presale tickets sell for $65, while tickets will cost $75 at the door.

2013 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 30
8:00 am – 12:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

30th On 30th
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
30th Street, North Park, San Diego
http://30thstreet.org/

The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food!

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 31 – September 1
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. For example, the east road usually contains Old American, New American, and Mexican Streets. But we all go to the OISF every year for one reason: Irish Street. Located at the end of the southern road, immediately in front of Haven Gastropub houses the Guinness truck and the Irish music stage, of which bands like The American Wake entertain crowds all evening. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Wild in the Streets of South Central
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
8116 S Central Ave, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/207028072796143/

Backyard & street punk rock show in South Central LA – if you think you know punk rock, you have never seen anything like this before. Experience the true nature of punk rock at this no-holds-barred outdoor show not sanctioned by any business. Girls get in free before 7:30, or for $2 afterwards; guys get in for $3.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-2013

Catch legendary punk band Smut Peddlers at this show as they celebrate 20 years in the industry with other bands, including Bonecrusher. This all-ages show costs $15 to attend. Arrive early to find free parking at the venue, for if you arrive too late, you may have to park in neighboring lots, which will charge parking fees.

JFA CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
The Joint, West Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/415737

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows. This Friday night in West LA, guests may see this show for $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend.

Banner Pilot, The Bombpops, and More in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/275521095924993/

Punk rock comes to Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night with Banner Pilot, The Bomb Pops, and more. This show costs $10 to enter. No one under 21 may attend. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm.

Agent Orange in San Diego
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 30
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/4286/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will play a small show this Friday night. Admission costs $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Awesome Fest 7
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Four different venues, San Diego
http://awesomefest7.com/

Three days + four venues + 65 bands = one awesome weekend of punk rock. This three-day concert has sold out of tickets; however, you can still find after-market tickets for sale on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

Stagecoach Days: A Taste of the Past
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432494

Peer into the days of Old Town San Diego and taste what civilians ate in the past. Catch cooking demos, tastings, a cook-off, and activities for the entire family. Admission to this all-ages event costs $15.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Bottle Share #7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/511814368899131/

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

Zombie Walk’n
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
“The Tunnel” (Whittier), Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/624596614226224/

Get your zombie walking on this Saturday evening. Wear your best zombie clothes and makeup, and stroll over to East LA where this zombie walk will start. Free for all ages, this walk will have music and vendors around the starting area too.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

For What Ales Ya
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
Upland Women’s Club, Upland
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340777

$25 gets you admission to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.

D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door.

End of Summer Blowout 2
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/288379434633411/

Check out this massive punk rock show with over 20 bands scheduled to play! Tickets to this show cost $6 presale and $8 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street, past the Bank of America.

Motive Presents: Atlantis
6:00 pm – 4:00 am, August 31
Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
http://www.motiveevents.com/atlantis/

Think of this all-night EDM party like a rave, as it will include many DJ’s, lights & lasers, lots of drinks, and lots of bad decisions. General admission costs $35. No one under 18 may attend.

The Seed – Art Exhibit
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 31
Chevy Chase Baptist Church, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/168775406628649/

Catch live music, art, poetry, photography, food, and more at this free and all-ages art exhibit.

Battle of the Breweries – Saint Archer vs. Stone Brewing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 31
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83344

Old meets new in this special event, where the pupil will challenge the master to see who truly has brewed the best. Although free to attend, no one under 21 may attend.

The All Stars of Tease – A Burlesque Extravaganza
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 31
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/the-all-stars-of-tease-a-burlesque-extravaganza/

Catch this sexy burlesque show featuring a mixed cast of beautiful performers from all over. General admission costs $25, while reserved seating costs $40. No one under 18 may attend.

2013 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 31
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 3
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2013 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Hopscotch Inaugural Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/187137448117796/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with drink pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $85 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/189536131208458/

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

X Games 2013 – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 2
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/los-angeles/schedule/

This year’s X Games marks the last Los Angeles games indefinitely, as X Games has gone global. Admission to X Games varies depending on the event, but all of the LA Convention Center, Staples Center, and LA Live will turn into a massive festival and expo for all things extreme sports. After the competitions end each day, stick around for live music from bands such as AWOLNATION and Pepper.

2013 International Quilt Festival – Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 2-3
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

See all things quilts this weekend in Long Beach at the International Quilt Festival. This expo showcases anything connected to the quilting industry, and showcases everything for the quilting hobbyist. A full weekend pass costs $25, while a one-day admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children 10 and under get in free with paid adult or senior admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, so have cash available for parking. Otherwise, attendees can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Rx Bandits @ The Glass House
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, August 1
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/269865-rx-bandits-pomona/

Ska band Rx Bandits ends their tour by returning to Southern California this week, stopping by the Glass House this Thursday night. This all-ages show has already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available.

60th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 2
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

Wilmore 9 Summer Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
Pine Avenue b/t 6th & 8th, Long Beach
http://www.wilmore9.com/

The Wilmore 9 Festival debuts in Long Beach this weekend. This festival of music, film, and art will celebrate the best of the arts, from the local community all the way to international headliners. In addition to the arts, Wilmore 9 will throw everything imaginable to attendees, such as skateboarding, comedy, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, hands-on activities, dodge ball, kick ball, and more. Tickets to this all-ages festival range from $10 all the way to $70, depending on the method of attendance.

SGMHS Summer Family Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel
http://www.facebook.com/events/609186219099417/

Catch a family-fun street fair this Friday night in the San Gabriel Valley. Costing just $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, this street fair will bring vendors, arts, crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

65th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Agent Orange in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/141661

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a night of punk rock in Baldwin Park this Friday night along with eight other bands, including Whitekaps. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141364

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.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ The Pike Bar
10:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 2
The Pike Bar & Grill, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/474048376023085/

The sexy ladies from the Dirty Little Secrets have a free treat for you this Friday night, and it involves a lot of debauchery and sensual music. Enjoy two free burlesque shows this Friday night at The Pike Bar in Long Beach. Guests can park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may enter.

Splash Dash 5K – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://splashdash5k.com/locations/ca-losangeles/

Most runners run outdoors on clear days. Few runners dare to run in the rain. Challenge yourself to run in invariably wet conditions this Saturday morning with the Splash Dash 5K, taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Unlike most other 5K runs of this nature, the Splash Dash does not fit into the category of a fun run, as this race actually grants awards to top finishers. Prepare to run a 5k course while getting pelted with water balloons, water guns, water slides, waterfalls, and more water-filled contraptions. Registration for the 5k costs $45 presale and $55 on the day of the race. Registration for the 1k costs $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race. All participants receive a t-shirt and access to the after-party, filled with music and treats. No one under the age of 5 may run in this race. As this race only features one start time, I suggest arriving at least an hour early to find parking and to prepare for the race. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $5 to $10. Wear whatever you feel comfortable running in, or wear a costume – you choose how to represent yourself. Bring a spare set of clothes and plenty of towels for the drive home.

24th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 3
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2013 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3-4
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3-4
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Complete with some of the more recognizable EDM artists, such as Flux Pavilion, Justice, and Bassnectar, Hard Summer will also feature some rappers, like 2 Chainz. Hard Summer runs from 12pm to 12am on August 3rd and 4th. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Downtown Riverside Summer Street Jam
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
University Avenue b/t Orange & Lemon, Riverside
http://www.riversidedowntown.org/2013/07/23/summer-street-jam/

Check out this FREE all-ages outdoor music festival on the streets of Downtown Riverside this Saturday afternoon. The actual event does not serve food, but visitors can stop at any of the local businesses to dine at. The music lineup contains some punk, ska, and reggae bands, including The Aggrolites.

The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2-3
August 2: House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81169
August 3: The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/all-stars-tour

Rip your hair out to intense post-hardcore music this weekend with Every Time I Die and more. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $22.50; tickets to the House of Blues show cost $25 if purchased on the day of the show.

BrewFest Encinitas 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 3
MiraCosta College, Encinitas
http://www.brewfestencinitas.com/

San Diego loves their beer, and they keep rolling out beer fests to celebrate their love for beer! BrewFest Encinitas 2013 will feature 15 breweries, a few food trucks, free parking, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and 10 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $75 and allows access to a VIP area, complete with exclusive beer and food. Always remember – when going to a beer fest, bring your ID! No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

The Gears @ The Vex LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.voiceplaces.com/los-angeles/the-stains-the-gears-symbol-six-hollywood-hate-the-screws-why-things-burn-2117337-e

Catch punk bands The Gears, The Stains, Hollywood Hate, Symbol Six, The Screws, and Why Things Burn this Saturday night at The Vex in Los Angeles, just a few miles east of Downtown. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find parking behind the building, but avoid parking too deep, as you may get blocked in by other cars.

Naked Aggression @ The Social Bar Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 3
The Social Bar Lounge, Hacienda Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1390125667866083/

Catch punk bands Naked Aggression, The Voids, Urban Decay, Corrupted Youth, and Baldwin Park Disasters this Saturday in Hacienda Heights. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend this show.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Summer Cement Craft Block
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 4
Birch Theater, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegonorthparkcraftmafia.com/SCS/SCS-summer.html

This free all-ages event will host over 50 local arts & crafts vendors for visitors to peruse through.

2013 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 4-6
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $70, 2 days cost $60, and one day costs $40. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $15, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

4th of July Party on the Pier
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/july-4th-party.html

Party at the beach this Independence Day in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 for adults and free for kids, and includes all-day reentry, one BBQ plate plus a soft drink, and access to the kids’ play area. Plenty of live bands, a beer garden, boat rides, and more will keep guests entertained all day. Metered parking lots remain enforced in the lots nearby; for long-term parking, I recommend parking in the neighborhoods beyond Ocean Blvd.

Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 4
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://grandparkla.org/ai1ec_event/4th-of-july-block-party/

Check out a family-fun day filled with music, dancing, food trucks, and more this 4th of July in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, Hill Street will even close off for food trucks and pedestrian traffic, so if you plan to travel that way, take a detour, or get stuck in traffic.

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

Labyrinth of Jareth XVI – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5-6
The Legendary Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $49 to as high as $116. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

Luicidal in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 5
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/624118377616776/

Luicidal, a punk band that contains members from the original Suicidal Tendencies, headlines this all-ages punk rock with eight other bands this Friday night in Baldwin Park. Entry to this show costs $10. Guests may park for free, and the venue contains a bar for those 21 and over.

The Hootenanny
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://thehootenanny.com/

Check out some of today’s great punk rock and psychobilly bands, such as Social Distortion, Face To Face, Murder By Death, and more at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. The Hootenanny also features a car show and a Miss Hootenanny pageant. General admission costs $50, while children five and under enter free with a paid adult admission. VIP admission costs $100 and includes access to a backstage VIP lounge, complimentary cocktails, and reentry into the event all day. Bring lots of cash for parking, food, and vendors, and prepare for hot weather, as this takes place outdoors. Expect not to use your cell phone due to no cell towers in the area.

Long Beach Funk Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 6
Downtown Long Beach
http://www.lbfunkfest.com/

Taking place a full month earlier than last year, this free and all-ages all-day concert will feature numerous funk artists and bands in the heart of Downtown Long Beach on Pine & Broadway (hint: streets will close to traffic). A kids’ zone, arts & crafts, dancers, vendors, and more will cover the multitude of blocks around Pine & Broadway. Unlike last year, this event now comes with a admission fee of $15 presale and $20 at the door, while kids ten and under enter free with a paid adult admission. This admission fee should hopefully weed out the troublemakers that made last year’s event less safe than normal.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 6
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 7
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Agent Orange @ The Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 7
The Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/203449789807389/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange headlines an early all-ages show this Sunday in Long Beach. This epic show contains a multitude of bands that include Amerikan Made, Whitekaps, Billy Bones, The Uprising (first show back in 4 years), Jurassic Punx, The SCABS, Drown The Sound, Graveyard Riot and legendary punk band CH3. Admission costs $12 and comes with free parking.

Formation Flight Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2472

For $25, enjoy a night of gourmet ice cream pairings with Hangar 24 beers. The website says June 3rd, but since that already sold out, they added another night, the 4th. Contact the tasting room to buy tickets or inquire more info.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5-6
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue?id=65137

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.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 6-8
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. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $60 per day, or $180 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

2013 Jubilee Music & Arts Festival
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
http://jubileemusicfest.com/

Check out this 2-day festival full of local artists, musicians, authors, comedians, and more in Downtown LA. In addition to the all-day live entertainment, attendees will find food trucks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more at this all-ages festival. Tickets cost $30 per day, or $50 for both days. If you plan to arrive early, prepare yourself for standing outdoors for a long time – hat, sunscreen, etc.

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

The Ultimate LA Block Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://celebratela2013.com/

Have some fun in the park this Friday night. This free and all-ages event celebrates Los Angeles’ heritage with food, music, art, games, celebrity appearances, and more.

Free Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/290308897771280/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. Playing in order: Criminology, Shindig Avenue, Rodents of Unusual Size, Civil Disgust, and Dirty Hammer. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/171335703027453/

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.

2013 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 8
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

2013 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 8-9
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.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
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 $20.

26th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 8-9
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.

5th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 8
The World Famous Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for the low entry price of $25 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. This small beer fest only has about 50 tickets left at the time I write this, so act quick!

38 Degrees Ale House 4th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/559526597421446/

To celebrate turning four, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

8th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $65. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://100eats.com/store/beergarden/

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, drinks, and first dibs at purchasing tickets to PigOut 2.0.

Full Eight Fest
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://shows.gitbam.com/

Lots of punk rock and ska/core bands will play at this all-day all-ages show at The Vex in Los Angeles. Two stages will alternate bands to eliminate dead time, while guests can check out art and vendors. The venue will sell food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over. Tickets to this show cost $20. Keep in mind that the venue does not allow reentries, so do not plan to leave without paying the ticket fee again.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Punk Rock Show @ La Habra 300 Bowl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/159360304235542/

See local bands rock it out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 9
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65. With construction going on in Griffith Park, parking will get tight – consult the website for alternative parking choices.

OC Weekly Summer Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summer2013/

Enjoy a day in the sun with live music, merchandise, contests, games, prizes, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs only $10, while VIP costs $50 and includes special preview hours. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of the Nation – Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 9
Media Park, Culver City
http://ce.strength.org/losangeles

Sample culinary creations from over 30 of Los Angeles’ greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $110, while VIP costs $160, which the website does not indicate what benefits the VIP admission comes with. Attendees can find nearby parking structures designated for this event, though the website does not specify any parking fee.

T.S.O.L. in Baldwin Park
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/453596208057502/

See punk rock legend T.S.O.L. headline a show in Baldwin Park along with The Grim, The Stains, Experiment Perilous, Baldwin Park Disasters, Underground Alliance, Sgv Infected, The Rejected, No Priority, and The 405 Pile Up. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Get Porked
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://getporked.eventbrite.com/

Love BBQ and/or pork? Then you cannot miss this one-time dinner event! LA Foodie will record a live podcast during dinner speaking about styles of BBQ and the beers that pair with them. Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, which consists of four carefully crafted pork courses, four 5oz beer pairings, and four dessert pairings. Attendees also receive lots of other goodies to take home. Guests may park in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing for up to three hours with validation from the restaurant. No one under 21 may attend. Tickets normally cost $40, but use the promo code newsletter to save $10!

The Business @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-business

Catch a punk rock show headlined by UK punk band The Business this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

Slam Dance Fest
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/149389055233857/

Kick May in the nads with this end-of-the-month punk rock fest in Los Angeles. With over 15 bands playing across two stages plus live DJ’s, expect one rowdy and unforgettable time. Tickets only cost $6 presale and $8 at the door! The venue will contain a food vendor, a cash bar, and other merchandise vendors. No one under 18 may enter.

Brea SummerFest 2013
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

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

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 1-2
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.

5th Annual Downtown Pomona Community Car & Bike Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 1
Thomas Plaza, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/534341013294646/

Check out custom & vintage cars & motorcycles at this community auto show in Downtown Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, any profit or money made from this event via participants and vendors go towards local charities benefiting underprivileged children. Some of the nearby streets provide free parking, while parking lots west of Main St cost nothing to park in.

The Ultimate Radio Control Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.rcx.com/

Check out this expo for remote control toys and gadgets as you relive your adolescent life playing with portable mobile vehicles. With plenty of remote control cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and more, guests of all ages will find many attractions to check out. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, while children get in free with paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, or you may park on the street in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/content.aspx?id=15035

Free and open to all ages, this festival in Santa Monica celebrates the local community with family activities, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, and more. Guests can park for free at the location.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 1
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, including Youngblood Hawke, 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.

Balls For Balls 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 1
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

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

1st Annual Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbseafest.com/index.php/events/kickoff-extravaganza/event/2

This FREE event kicks off the summer series of festivals, as it previews all upcoming festivals that make up the season-long Sea Festival. Guests of all ages will find food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, jumpers, and more. After sunset, bring out the beach chairs and blankets for a free viewing of Finding Nemo on the beach.

AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2013/

See hundreds of classic, custom, and exotic cars this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Guests will also find beautiful models, food trucks, and plenty of automotive vendors to spend money on. General admission costs $12, while expedited admission costs $17. Children enter free with a paid adult admission. Please bring cash for parking at the venue. The event takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly for the hot weather, and apply sunscreen.

Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 1
Proof Bar, Santa Ana
http://noirart.org/lumiere-noir/

This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.

FotoSensori – ​A Multi-Dimensional Photography Group Show & Fundraiser
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.fotosensori.com/

This atypical art & photography show showcases more than just art – it utilizes all five of the human senses to experience and absorb the art. Over ten photographers will collaborate to present this diverse exhibit to all attendees. Throughout the night, local bands and DJ’s will fill the air with feet-moving beats, while attendees may purchase dumplings or vegan cupcakes to munch on. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Although the organizers have not enforced an entry fee, they suggest a $15 donation at the door.

16th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2013

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 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

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

29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 2
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 w3hile 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.

8th Annual Lummis Day Festival
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
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.

Chicks That Rock
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/132875120235497/

Five female-fronted bands will play at this show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $7. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Taste of Alhambra
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.downtownalhambra.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,49/func,details/did,37/

Savor the local flavor of Alhambra at this annual all-you-can-eat food fest on the streets of Downtown Alhambra this Sunday evening. For $50 presale and $60 at the gate, guests 21 and over will receive unlimited food samples from various Alhambra restaurants and unlimited drinks from local establishments. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures.

Radioactive Chicken Heads: Free Show @ Gamestop Manhattan Beach
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 12
Gamestop, Manhattan Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/170809876392292/

Free show for the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2!

Dishcrawl Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 13
Los Feliz, Los Angeles
http://dishcrawl.com/LA/

Imagine a pub crawl, but with food instead of drinks. This idea will pan out this Tuesday night in Los Feliz, as attendees will visit restaurants to try the food. Attendance costs $39 per person, and will sell out fast, so anyone interested should buy tickets immediately, as the crawl cannot accommodate such a large group.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383305551746398/

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from six different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Still Life Stout Release Party
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 16
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/244120412383695/

Beachwood Brewing will celebrate the release of their latest smoked double oat stout, as well as the 1 year anniversary of Still Life Tattoo in Seal Beach. Guest will find special appetizers on the menu, and enjoy music from DJ Dravidian, and an art show curated by Still Life Tattoo owner/artist Tim Shelton.

Beaujolais Nouveau Passions
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 16
Mercedes-Benz, Beverly Hills
http://www.beaujolaispassions.com/

Celebrate a night of French foods, wines, and entertainment in beautiful Beverly Hills. At this one-night fest, guests get treated to French food samples, merchandise, live music, silent auction, caberet dancers, and more. Presale tickets cost $20, while tickets at the door cost $25. VIP presale costs $50, and $75 at the door, and comes with preferred seating, a 4-course meal, complimentary wine & other drinks, and covers tax & tip. Guests may find free street parking surrounding the venue, while the venue will provide valet parking as well.

43rd Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Faire
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 17-18
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/156184074505655/

Over 75 local artists will sell their handmade items at this FREE fair running all weekend in Torrance. Find accessories, merchandise, apparel, trinkets, toys, jewelry, and more gifts for the holidays while supporting independent artists.

The Artisan Faire
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 17
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.theartisanfaire.com/

More than just your typical art fair, The Artisan Faire provides two days’ worth of books, beauty, art, gifts, toys, and more with an emphasis on high quality. Guests may enter the fair for free, while parking costs $4 per vehicle.

Greater LA Artisan Chocolate Festival & Wine Tasting Expo
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 17
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 18
Aviation Park Gymnasium, Redondo Beach
http://www.chocolatefestivalsamerica.com/
http://redondobeach.patch.com/events/greater-la-artisan-chocolate-festival-wine-tasting-expo

You may have eaten chocolate before, but probably not as sophisticated as the artisanal chocolates you may find at the Greater LA Artisan Chocolate Festival. Featuring the highest quality chocolates from around the world, this festival costs only $30 per person and provides all-access to chocolate and wine tastings (21+ for wine). The industry’s foremost experts will speak and perform demos throughout the fest.

Getting Our Just Desserts
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 17
International Culinary School @ Art Institute of California, Santa Monica
http://www.ccapinc.org/locations/los-angeles/2008/08/news-4/

Like desserts? Check out this dessert fest this Saturday, which will feature pastries, chocolates, candy, baked goods, coffee, tea, and other specialties. VIP tickets cost $100 and enter at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm and costs $50 presale and $75 at the door. All guests receive all-access to tastings, demos, and a goodie bag.

Downtown Santa Ana Art & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Blue Lot, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

This all-ages festival costs $5 per person to enter, and features live music, art, foodtrucks, local restaurants, and other local businesses. Nearby parking structures charge for parking, so guests looking for street parking may need to park a few blocks away.

Manic Hispanic, Swingin’ Utters, Union 13, Anarchy Taco @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/manic-hispanic

This all-ages punk rock show costs $15. The surrounding area contains plenty of free parking.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 19
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 20
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.losangelestamalefestival.com/

If you love tamales, you cannot miss this fest! For just $4 ($6 at door), guests will enjoy tamale-making demos, a tamale cook-off, arts & crafts, vendors, a kids’ zone, live music, and various contests such as best commercial tamale, best homemade tamale, tamale-eating, and more.

56th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 20
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 21
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 20
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 9th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

Fall 2012 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20-21
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

Hollywood On Tap
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.hollywoodontap.com/

Beer, food trucks, and live music join together to create the Hollywood On Tap beer fest this Saturday at Paramount Pictures Studios. For $40, attendees enter at 2pm and receive a souvenir glass and UNLIMITED beer pours. For just $10 more, guests may enter an hour early. At least seven food trucks will keep guests fed, but you have to pay separately for food. The event still provides free sodas and water to guests. As with all beer fests, anyone under 21 may not enter.

LA Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 20-21
Vanguard Hollywood, Los Angeles
http://www.laoktoberfest.com/

For the full coverage, see this blog post.

The 2012 Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Vanguard Hollywood. A step above the other well-known Oktoberfests in Southern California, LA Oktoberfest gives guests the LA spin on Oktoberfest. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $35 for admission to enter at 2pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more.

626 Night Market
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. Free to attend, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Arrive before 4pm to pay only $4 for parking and receive free horse-betting entries. Parking will cost $7 after 4pm.

Uptown Whittier Zombie Pub Crawl
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 20
The 6740, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/138599689612490/

Got a zombie outfit or zombie makeup? Join in on this zombie-themed pub crawl this Saturday night! Start at The 6740, then follow the group as they stroll from bar to bar.

Surf City Beach Derby
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 21
Huntington Beach Pier
http://www.beachderby.com/

Not your typical race! This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 2K & 5K obstacle course, half marathon scramble, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand. When registering, use coupon code YHang10 to save $5 off entry.