Posts Tagged ‘Santa Monica’

15th Annual Orange County’s Largest Mixer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmixer.com/

Pay $20 to enter this event to mix and mingle with other random strangers. Bring cash for parking too.

El Segundo Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351719211902801/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

8th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 30
12:00 pm – 6:30 pm, March 31
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/featured/east-village-opening-weekend-block-party/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual The 420 Games Los Angeles
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 31 – April 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://420games.org/

Do sports, listen to loud music, and get high all at this gathering this weekend in Santa Monica. Admission ranges from $4.20 to $60 based on what you want to do here. Check out the website for a full list of activities and how much each costs.

Margarita Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 31
Simi Valley Town Center, Simi Valley
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/margarita-taco-festival-simi-valley-tickets-41358670898

A food & drink festival comes to the San Fernando Valley this Saturday afternoon. General admission starts at $10 and only gets you in. Higher admissions will get you additional things, such as drink tickets and access to exclusive areas/tastings.

Champagne On Main Spring Wine Walk & Street Fair
11:00 am – 6:30 pm, March 31
Main Street, Downtown Ventura
http://www.champagneonmain.com/

A cluster of events will take place in Downtown Ventura this Saturday afternoon. A free and all-ages street fair will take place all day, consisting of vendors, food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more. A champagne/wine walk takes place from 3pm to 6pm. This costs $50 to participate in, and gives participants a wristband with tickets and tasting cup to walk around the street fair getting samples of champagnes, wines, or craft beers. A VIP admission costs $70 and also grants access to a dessert bar. Since this takes place in the street fair, no one under 21 may participate, but they can still walk around with the adults.

2018 San Diego Uncorked Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 31
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/san-diego-wine-festival-2018/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 31
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to SDCCU Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Mac’s Birthday Show with JFA, Narcoleptic Youth, and more
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/166084620678043/

Release some inner aggression at this local punk rock show this Saturday evening in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies + The Queers @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.ticketbat.com/event/the-dickies-_-the-queers

Legendary punk rock bands The Dickies and The Queers will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to thisshow cost $17 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Manic Hispanic – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 31
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/307914

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 1
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Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

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Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Universal Flow Gathering 2018
March 22-25
Apple Valley
http://www.universalflowgathering.com/

Many details about this event remains unknown such as time and location, but this looks like a hippie gathering out in the desert with music, yoga, interpretive dance, and more. It costs $150 to attend this. No one under 18 may attend.

68th Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 22-24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lascifair.org/

See lots of science and engineering projects from students this week at the Pasadena Convention Center. Free to attend for all ages, this event will have student projects on display as well as many seminars about science and engineering.

14th Annual San Clemente Mixologist Competition
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 22
Pierside Kitchen & Bar, San Clemente
http://www.scchamber.com/events/details/san-clemente-mixologist-competition-03-24-2016-1073

Local bartenders work their magic to deliver quality drinks with a quality show this Thursday afternoon in San Clemente. Admission costs $35, and comes with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a sampling of the presented libations while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Fork ‘N’ Bottle
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 22
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://alumni.calpoly.edu/

$75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last this Thursday night in Tustin.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Weekend
March 23-25
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their third anniversary this week, and to celebrate, they will have a variety of beer events this weekend. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and more activities. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

WonderCon 2018
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 23
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 24
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $30, while attending on Sunday only costs $18. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs about $20.

6th Annual Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 23
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Bankers Hill will host a beer and art festival this Friday night for the sixth year in a row. Tickets cost $30 presale or $35 at the door, and include unlimited 4oz beer pours plus unlimited food from participating local vendors while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 23
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

44th Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, March 24
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

Piecemakers Peddler’s Market
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://www.piecemakers.com/events/peddlers.html

Free to attend for all ages, this semiannual outdoor market contains dozens of local vendors selling various goods from antiques to apparel to accessories and lots more. Visitors will surely find great items to furnish a living space or to give away as gifts.

26th Annual Riverside Airshow
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 24
Riverside Airport, Riverside
http://riversideca.gov/airport/events/airshow/

See all things aviation at this FREE and all-ages air show at the Riverside Airport this Saturday.

8th Annual Brew With A View
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 24
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Watch the Riverside Airshow from Packinghouse Brewing this Saturday, free of charge. They will have mobile food vendors, live music, and of course, lots of beer.

Abnormal Beer Company’s Three Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://abnormalbeer.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/168985273755718/

Abnormal Beer Company turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party right where it started last year. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find special brews, bar bites, a live DJ, raffle prizes, a preview of the brewery expansion, and more.

2018 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Santa Monica. General admission costs $35 and starts at 12pm. Early admission costs $75 and starts at 11am. VIP admission costs $149, also starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

7th Annual Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://fireitupevents.com/

Enjoy some traditional BBQ meats this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Admission to this all-ages food fest costs $5 per person, and once inside, tasting tickets cost $1 each. Each vendor takes a varying amount of tickets depending on the item offered.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 24
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

12th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 24
Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/airportartwalk

Free to attend for all ages, check out a bunch of art on display this Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica.

Waffles & Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 24-25
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/waffles-and-beer-festival-tickets-39885374228

A bunch of waffles and beer vendors will cover Downtown LA’s Pershing Square this weekend. Admission costs $5 presale or $7 at the door. All guests will still have to pay for food and drinks once inside.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 24
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 25
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://pcrf-kids.org/events/reaching-for-the-cure-half-marathon/

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

2018 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 25
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 25
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://essentials.laweekly.com/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $65 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

20th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, March 25
Senior Center in Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://hblionscrabfest.com/

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

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 Rancid and Bad Religion. 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.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

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!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

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

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

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

2018 All-Star Chef Classic
March 7-10
LA Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.allstarchefclassic.com/

This week, a slew a culinary celebrations will take place at LA Live in Downtown LA. Events range from formal dinners to strolling events (food fest style) to cooking classes & demos, and more. Admission starts at $25 and goes up depending on which event you want to attend.

16th Annual Southern California Linux Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 8-11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale/16x

An expo for all things Linux comes to Pasadena this weekend. $20 gets you in to the expo floor to check out all the vendors and services.

22nd Annual Taste of Third
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 8
3rd Avenue b/t E St & G St, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/taste-of-third-avenue/

Stroll up and down Chula Vista’s 3rd Street and enjoy eats from the local shops this Thursday evening. Participation costs $20 and provides food and drink samples from participating businesses while supplies last.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

13th Annual San Diego Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 9-11
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/cbf18

The Cherry Blossom Festival at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego celebrates spring and Japanese culture. Guests can marvel at the beauty of the iconic cherry blossoms as well as the koi pond and waterfall at San Diego’s Japanese Friendship Garden. Visitors will also find an assortment of cultural performances, authentic Japanese street food, one-of-a-kind crafts & gifts, and a beer & sake garden for attendees to enjoy. The kids’ area offers hands-on arts & crafts and engaging activities. Admission costs $12.

2018 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 9
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

Into The Wild – OC Trail Run
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 10
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://www.intothewildoctrailrun.com/

Seeking a challenging run through the wilderness? Check out Into The Wild, a 10k or 21k course running through trails of rocks, dirt, and more uneven ground. Registration for the 10k costs $55 presale or $60 on the day of the race. Registration for the 21k costs $75 presale or $80 on the day of the race.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/142527236451622/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 10
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Smorgasburg Saturday Pop Up on the Pier
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://la.smorgasburg.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/165877050722709/

Smorgasburg delivers a free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon on the Santa Monica Pier. Visitors will find all sorts of food vendors and booths serving up delicious and unique food and drinks.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years-1

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
Whittier Narrows Park, South El Monte
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-los-angeles-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this weekend. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

California Irish Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, March 10-11
Perris Auto Speedway, Perris
http://www.californiairishfest.com/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend in Perris. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $7.

OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast 2018
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 10
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.freshtoastoc.com/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Saturday afternoon in Newport Beach. Tickets cost $40 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Orange County Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 10
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Phoenix Club in Anaheim. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while early bird admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Tickets at the door cost $10 more. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Best Coast Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, land of some of the most popular breweries on the west coast. General admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 1pm, and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Wine Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 10-11
A Stone’s Throw Winery, San Juan Capistrano
http://ocwinefest.com/

A wine-tasting event comes to Orange County this weekend. General admission costs $70 and provides unlimited drink tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. All-access admission costs $100 and also provides exclusive access to select wines. Parking costs $5 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Taste of Bressi
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 10
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
http://www.bgccarlsbad.org/fundraising-events

Sample food, beer, wine, and more this Saturday afternoon in Carlsbad. Admission costs $48 presale or $55 at the door, and provides unlimited food while supplies last, and eight drink tickets good for beer or wine. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Montrose Spring Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 10
Montrose Shopping Park, Glendale
http://shopmontrose.com/montrose-spring-wine-walk/

Sample wines from over 20 stations hosted by the local merchants and businesses. Each location will serve red and/or white wines plus delicious appetizers for your enjoyment, along with complimentary bottled water. Guests will also enjoy live music and activities throughout the area. Tickets to participate cost $45 per person. No one under 21 may participate.

Electric Asian Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 10
All Souls Church, Alhambra
http://www.electricnightmarket.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/497179677345075/

The night market craze comes to Alhambra this Saturday night, free for all ages. Visitors will find lots of cultural food and drinks, as well as live music and other entertainment.

6th Annual Rock Star Beer Festival San Diego
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 10
Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego
http://www.rockstarbeerfestivalsd.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Tustin Hangar Half Marathon & 5k
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 11
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://tustinhangarhalf.com/

A new race comes to cover the streets of Tustin this Sunday morning. Registration costs $110 for the half marathon or $35 for the 5k. Many streets in Tustin will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so plan your commute accordingly.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 11
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and includes free parking at the venue.

44th Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 11
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/44th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

Beat Swap Meet
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 11
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://beatswapmeet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1619071004848360/

Free to attend with the donation of one canned food, this outdoor event will celebrate traditional music through vinyl, records, mix tapes, and other mediums of all genres.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 25 – March 3
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.

39th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 1
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

2nd Annual The Classic Auto Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 2
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.theclassicautoshow.com/

A new car expo debuts at the LA Convention Center this weekend. Come see all things automotive, from model cars to accessories and more. Tickets to this expo cost $25 presale or $30 at the door. Children may enter for $10. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

This Friday night, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach will open later than usual. They will have discounted admission for college students, and the aquarium will have gourmet food trucks parked outside to feed visitors.

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

18th Annual Japanese Food Festival
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 2
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Los Angeles
http://www.japanfoodculture.org/japanese-food-festival/

$50 nets you all-you-can-eat admission to this 3-hour Japanese food fest and a goodie bag. Guests will chow down on sushi, ramen, soba noodles, beef bowls, and more, while adults can sip sake, beer, shochu, wine, and more (alcohol not included with admission). During this time, a number of chefs will showcase cooking demos.

Tough Mudder Los Angeles 2018
6:00 am – 8:00 pm, March 3-4
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://toughmudder.com/events/2018-los-angeles

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

3rd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 1:00 pm, March 3
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

35th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

5th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 3-4
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

Knife Expo 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 3-4
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.knifeexpo.net/

$12 gets you in to see dozens of vendors selling all sorts of knives.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

11th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

Noble Ale Works 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 3
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/
http://Noble7thAnniversary.eventbrite.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their seventh anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

2018 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 3-4
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

17th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 3
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

4th Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3-4
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/

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.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2018
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 3
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $80 and go up to $325.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 4-10
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

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

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

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

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2018
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

BrunchCon SD 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.brunchcon.com/

Spend some time this Sunday indulging in brunch goodies from scrumptious breakfast foods to tasty brunch beverages in San Diego. Multiple sessions will exist that each last three hours. Admission ranges from $65 to $90 depending on how much you intend to eat and drink, so check the website to see what admission works best for you. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 4
Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin
http://ocfoodandwine.com/

A new food & wine event comes to Orange County this Sunday afternoon. $100 gets you in to enjoy unlimited food and drink samples from all the participating businesses while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

51st Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://cabookfair.com/

Discover hundreds of books this weekend in Pasadena. Presale admission costs $13 per day or $23 for the full weekend. Admission goes up by $2 at the door.

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2018
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 11
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 9
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 11
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

12th Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 9
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 10
10:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901040880178563/

A handful of Croatian events will take place near Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. Every event has different admission costs (some free) and age limits. Click on the event page linked above for details.

31st Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

2018 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 10-11
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/expos/san-diego

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Adult admission costs $15 for one day or $25 for both. Children’s admission costs $5 for one day or $7 for both. Parking costs $13 per vehicle. Admission grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Burbank Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
Burbank Town Center, Burbank
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/574540182895864/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

4th Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 10
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
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.

3rd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 10
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

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

Jav’s BBQ Grand Opening
11:30 am – 9:00 pm, February 10
Jav’s BBQ, Anaheim
http://www.javsbbq.co/
http://www.facebook.com/events/542970226087753/

Though already open to the public, this barbecue restaurant in Anaheim will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music all day. Free to attend, customers will receive chances to enter to win raffle prizes.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

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

14th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/event/14th-annual-chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

9th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 10
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $45 presale or $60 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, souvenir bracelet, and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

4th Annual Port of Los Angeles Lunar New Year Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 10
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/Lunar_New_Year_2018.asp

A free and all-ages event celebrating Chinese New Year comes to San Pedro this Saturday evening. Guests will find arts & crafts, vendors, a petting zoo, live entertainment, food, and more.

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

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

14th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 11
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

Surround yourself with cuteness this Sunday morning at the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests will see over 500 bulldogs in attendance, as many will strut their little legs on the red carpet runway. Each entry can win from any of 19 contests, some of which will cater to other dog breeds. Guests wanting seats at the runway will have to pay $5, while anyone wanting to enter their dog must pay $10 per entry.

Valley Retro Game Swap
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/147674192603218/

A swap meet for video games will take place in Burbank this Sunday, free to attend for all ages. The venue may also have some retro games available for play as well.

KSPC CD & Record Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 11
Smith Campus Center Ballroom, Claremont
http://kspc.org/cd-record-expo/

For $2 admission and free parking, enter a room full of music albums available for purchase. Interact with dozens of vendors selling all sorts of music, new and old.

4th Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 11
Leichtag Commons, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $30 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $45 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

The Slackers – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13-14, The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.theslackers.com/

Ska band The Slackers will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

109th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 13-17
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.christmasboatparade.com/

A free and all-ages holiday boat parade will take place in Newport Beach this week.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Flatliners – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.theflatliners.com/

Punk rock band The Flatliners currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop in Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

A Taste of the Holidays Christmas Market
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 15-17
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://craftedportla.com/calendar-event/christmas-market-2/

A free and all-ages European-style Christmas market comes to San Pedro this weekend. Many vendors will have holiday items and gifts for sale. Other vendors will have seasonal foods and beverages for sale as well.

Holiday Luminaria Stroll
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 15-16
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Holiday-Luminaria-Stroll/

Stroll through the arboretum with pretty lights along the paths this weekend. Admission costs $15.

Glow Sword Battle 2017
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 15
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.glowbattletour.com/

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out this month, Southern California will see an all-ages flash mobs involving lightsaber battles. Bring your own lightsaber, or order one from the organizers for $10 presale or $15 at the event. The event space will have food trucks, a temporary bar, and live DJ’s to take care of guests.

9th Annual Champagne Tasting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, December 16
The Sky Room, Long Beach
http://www.theskyroom.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134943373874322/

Taste ten exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines, along with specialty hors d’oeuvres pairings. Admission costs $85 presale or $95 at the door.

9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $20 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

35th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 16
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night in Shoreline Village near Downtown Long Beach.

Riverside Mac and Cheese Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 16
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.macandcheeseriverside.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Riverside this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. All food comes sold separately, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Victory At Sea Day 2017
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 17
All Ballast Point locations, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/victory-at-sea/

Ballast Point releases their coveted porter, Victory At Sea, this Sunday to the public. At each of their locations throughout San Diego County, Ballast Point will have Victory At Sea for you to taste. Admission to each location will cost $30 and comes with five 4oz tasters, a souvenir glass, and a bomber of their limited edition coffee-only Victory At Sea. In addition, nearly every other beer bar and restaurant across the nation will have Victory At Sea specials, so check in with your favorite craft beer establishment if you cannot make it down to San Diego this Sunday.

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/12/17/holiday-festival

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton with live entertainment, dancing, arts & crafts, activities, games, food, drinks, and more.

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 10 & 17
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

Dia De Los Muertos 2017
October 31

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

9th Annual San Diego Beer Week
November 3-12
San Diego County
http://sdbw.org/

This 10-day festival celebrates the prominence of craft beer in San Diego County. During these ten days, restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses will host special events and hold special deals all pertaining to craft beer. Check the website for a list of all events and businesses participating in San Diego Beer Week.

11th Annual BlizzCon
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 3
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 4
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.blizzcon.com/

Dive into the world of Overwatch, Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This convention will have speakers, panels, vendors, artists, tournaments, demos, and more. The $199 tickets to attend the convention have sold out, but you may still purchase a virtual ticket to watch the convention from home for $40, which also includes some in-game items for select games.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

35th Annual Irvine Holiday Faire
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 4
Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center/irvine-fine-arts-center-presents-35th-annual-holiday-faire

For just $2 admission, gain access to over a hundred local artisans exhibiting their wares, from jewelry to apparel to accessories and more.

15th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 3
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 4
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://sdbw.org/guild-festival/

This beer festival coincides with San Diego Beer Week annually. This year, they have split the festival into two parts. On Friday, a special VIP reception will take place that will have brewers and business owners in San Diego meet together to discuss and enjoy beer. On Saturday, the standard beer fest will take place, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Prices vary depending on attendance – the VIP reception costs $75, the Saturday beer fest costs $40, an hour early access to that one costs $55, and a two-day pass costs $100. No one under 21 may attend.

Rogue & Friends Brews Cruise
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, November 3
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.socalbrewscruise.com/

A beer fest will take place on a cruise ship this Friday night in San Diego. Tickets cost $55 presale, and gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

T.S.O.L. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 3, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/TsolOfficial

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline a few shows in Southern California this weekend. Prices will vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Tough Mudder SoCal 2017
7:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 4-5
Lake Elsinore Diamond, Lake Elsinore
http://toughmudder.com/events/2017-socal-half

Tough Mudder needs no introduction – its legacy alone describes it in ways that words cannot. Expect to train hard this week, all leading up to madness this weekend.

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon
7:30 am – 1:30 pm, November 4
Avalon Pier, Catalina Island
http://renegaderaceseries.com/upcoming-events/eventdetail/14/catalina-island-triathlon-duathlon

Test your athleticism this Saturday on Catalina Island with a triathlon or duathlon. Registration starts at $120.

The Color Run 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 4
SDCCU Stadium, San Diego
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/san-diego-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to San Diego this Saturday night. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $55 per solo participant. Waves of runners will start at 9:30am and launch every few minutes following that for up to an hour, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Fullerton Pumpkin Launch
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 4
Discovery Science Center, Cal State Fullerton
http://oc.discoverycube.org/event/pumpkinlaunch/

At this FREE event (requires registration at their website), witness hundreds of pumpkins getting thrown, launched, catapulted, and more from the Discovery Science Center on the CSUF campus. Food trucks will open their windows to serve food to guests.

Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 4
Long Beach Airport, Long Beach
http://www.lgb.org/information/festival_of_flight.asp

At this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon, the Long Beach Airport will have information about flight schools, commercial airlines, aviation history, and more. In addition, find food trucks, live entertainment, a mobile aquarium, and prizes from a handful of airlines that they have donated for visitors to win!

StyleCon 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.stylecon.com/

Dozens of fashion and makeup vendors will congregate at the OC Fair this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $39 and gets you access to all of the booths on the show floor. The more you pay for admission, the more goodies you get.

3rd Annual Indio California BBQ State Championship & Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 4
The Lights at Indio Golf Course, Indio
http://www.discoverindio.com/Indio-BBQ-Championship-Festival

Over 100 teams of grill masters will gather from around the country to serve up their finest BBQ and compete for cash, prizes, and titles. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can purchase barbecue samples from any of the participants, as well as food and drinks from other vendors.

ComplexCon 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://complexcon.com/

If you see it on television or hear it on the radio, it will appear at ComplexCon this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Check out all things popular and conformed for $45 per day to access the expo floor. Concert tickets start at $75, which you must pay for on top of the expo pass.

California Dapper Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, November 4-5
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/fall-2017-disneyland-ca

Exhibit your style and profile this weekend at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. The Dapper Day Expo will take place in the Disneyland Hotel on both days, free to attend for the public. This all-ages expo will have dozens of style vendors and services available for the public to check out. On Sunday, Dapper Day attendees will take to Disneyland Park for a day of fun and excitement.

Ritual Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, November 4
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands this Saturday. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2017 – Azusa
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 4
Lagunitas Brewery, Azusa
http://lagunitas.com/beercircus

A beer fest meets a freak show this Saturday in Azusa. $40 gets you in to this entertaining event with acts not suitable for children, plus your first pint of beer. After your first beer, you will have to buy the rest, so bring plenty of cash for more beer and food. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Pizza & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 4
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.pizzabeerfest.com/

$50 gets you in to one out of two 3-hour sessions of this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout Los Angeles County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 4
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

1st Annual The Hard Core Cider Tour: San Diego
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://hardcorecidertour.com/events/san-diego/

Ciders have their day at this cider-tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Featuring over 100 different ciders from over 40 cider makers, this tasting extravaganza will surely please all palates. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and provides unlimited tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

La Quinta Brewing’s 4th Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 4
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
http://www.laquintabrewing.com/

La Quinta Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 4
Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale
http://nightnationrun.com/los-angeles

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

Agent Orange, JFA, and more – Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 4
DTSA Underground, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/153910928523677/

Some big names in punk rock will perform this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Save Ferris – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 4
Glass House, Pomona
http://saveferris.com/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Stone DRK Festival
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-drk-festival

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s DRK, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $49 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

8th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 5
Cali Comfort BBQ, Spring Valley
http://www.springvalleybbqfestival.com/

A barbecue competition & festival comes to La Mesa this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all-ages, visitors can sample food from the competitors for $2 each. Visitors can also expect lots of activities, entertainment, vendors, beverages, and more.

5th Annual Sip’n’Shuck
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 5
The Deck on Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://www.sipnshuck.com/

Enjoy fresh oysters, live entertainment, champagnes, wines, spirits, and more this Sunday afternoon in Laguna Beach. Admission costs $95 presale or $120 at the door, and provides unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Goose Tavern’s 5th Anniversary Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 5
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Wild Goose Tavern turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a party at their place in Costa Mesa this Sunday. During the first hour, guests will receive complimentary appetizers. Throughout the night, they will have a silent auction, raffles, merchandise for sale, and more. A portion of food sales will go towards a charity too. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and have a good time.

Santa Monica 10th Annual Wine & Food Festival
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 5
Playa Studios, Culver City
http://www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org/

Enjoy food and wine this Sunday evening in Santa Monica. Admission costs $145 presale or $150 at the door, and provides unlimited samples while supplies last. The venue contains plenty of free parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Four Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/488306804886726/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

To Live & Dine in OC 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Beach
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-oc-2017

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Laguna Beach. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Octoberflame IX
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 27
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.runrocknroll.com/los-angeles/

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

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $30 to $45 for single days, or $80 for the entire weekend.

SoCal Spartan Race Beast & Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28-29
Snow Summit, Big Bear
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2645/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Big Bear. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

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

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Family Fall Festival 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/family-fall.htm

Celebrate the season with fall-themed activities, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, and more with just the cost of admission to the garden.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

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

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA West L.A. & Valley
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/

This Saturday, enjoy FREE access to eight museums and 13 exhibits throughout LA County. See the website for the list of participating locations.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

3rd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

3rd Annual SoCal VegFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

This food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services. Daily admission cost $5 presale or $10 at the door.

Halloween ComicFest 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Comics Factory, Pasadena
http://www.comicsfactory.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1745555489080662/

Free to attend for all ages, Comics Factory in Pasadena will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

Super Dimension Convention 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://superdimensioncon.com/

A convention for all things Macross and mecha comes to Torrance this Saturday. Admission starts at $15 and gets you access to the event plus a tote bag and magnet. Higher tiers of admission will grant additional souvenirs and special access to certain areas.

93rd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

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

Halloween Comic Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Phat Collectibles, La Habra
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Phat Collectibles in La Habra will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

9th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $35 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://punkindrublicfest.com/huntington-beach/

Alcohol and punk rock collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock. Admission starts at $69 and gets you in to the festival at certain times depending on which admission you purchased. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Growlers Six Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28-29
Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor, San Pedro
http://thegrowlerssix.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in San Pedro this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

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

6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 28
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its sixth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://shorelinevillage.com/long-beach-zombie-walk-presented-by-shoreline-village-2017/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Free to attend, this event will have many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1941642949493432/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. The $15 admission gets you one beer, one sausage food item, and one pretzel.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 28
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/capers/

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

16th Annual Skalloween
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/109498303059169/

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $7 presale, $12 at the door, or $10 at the door with a costume on.

5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/211551212699899/

A zombie-themed pub crawl will take place in Santa Monica this Saturday night. Participation costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event, but does not include any drinks – attendees must pay for their own drinks.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

The Darlings – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/161049397805658/

Rock out to some local music this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Streets: Uptown
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 29
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur in Bixby Knolls and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

15th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 29
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

SWMRS, The Interrupters, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901229280131216/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in San Diego. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.