Posts Tagged ‘Sci-Fi’

The Spring 2017 edition of the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention returned to The Reef this past Sunday. This small gathering for comic book fans occurs quite often throughout the year, but does not draw crowds as huge as the major conventions such as the big one in San Diego. This event caters well for fans looking to actually browse and shop for comic books, toys, accessories, and other merchandise. Unlike other comic book conventions, I did not witness any artists or writers at this past weekend’s event, although the event certainly has the space to host them. I also did not encounter many cosplayers – I saw no more than ten people dressed up in character during my visit. However, this event still managed to bring out some celebrities from film and television for fan meet & greets.

If you want a good way to shop for items for yourself or the friends & family into comics, the Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention makes for a fun local event sure to deliver what you need. This event occurs a few times a year, so make sure you like them on Facebook to see when they will return with another event.

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Barrel Fest with Epic Brewing
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/389108978110834/

This Tuesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Epic Brewing available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Buck-O-Nine: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1364083-devils-3-way-buck-o-nine-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1344533-voodoo-glow-skulls-west-hollywood/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Buck-O-Nine embark on a tour this week that starts in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDC: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1398146-mdc-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6, The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1676839269293771/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1059677300811563/
http://www.mdc-punk.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline some shows in Southern California this week. The cover for these shows vary by the location, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

AMA Expo West 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6
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).

Reverend Horton Heat: Live at The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Stäläg 13: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/862707697199090/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 7
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

14th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more

5th Annual Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

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

40th Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7-8
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this two-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this weekend. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children per day.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 7
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/191141061351041/

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.

2017 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Warfest 2017
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/218247815280265/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 8
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.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/oshogatsufest/

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandififth.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 8
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

Coronado Brewing Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 23
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/188212041546455/

Coronado Brewing will take over the taps at Far Bar in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Reagan Youth: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 23, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/414284385431935/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 24, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.facebook.com/events/1539697942988909/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1025429-reagan-youth-long-beach/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 26, Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2015/jfa-reagan-youth/
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 27, All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock http://www.facebook.com/events/199035447104357/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27, Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1642776489313206/
http://www.reagan-youth.com/

Legendary punk band Reagan Youth will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Check each show’s link for ticket prices and age limits.

Knee Deep Brewing Tap Takeover
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 25
Brew Kitchen Ale House, Los Alamitos
http://www.brewkitchenalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1736631856567601/

Knee Deep Brewing will take over the taps at Brew Kitchen Ale House in Los Alamitos this Thursday. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Celebrate Downtown 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 25
The Pike, Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Event-Detail-Page/Signature-Event-Celebrate-Downtown
http://www.facebook.com/events/1685468468367375/

Long Beach will honor esteemed individuals of the community this Thursday evening at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. While free to attend, this event requires a reservation, so click on the Facebook event link above for reservation details.

Legends Craft Brewery Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/475200436006119/

One of Orange County’s newer breweries will stock their beers at Meat Up BBQ in Placentia this Thursday night as well as dozens of their pint glasses. Order a pint of Legends beer, and keep the glass to take home.

King Harbor Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 25
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/event/beer-dinner-w-chef-jen-story/

Enjoy a four-course dinner complete with beer pairings this Thursday night at King Harbor Brewing in Redondo Beach. Admission for each person costs $55. No one under 21 may participate.

Punk Night in HB
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 25
The Standing Room, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/727949463971356/

Jam out to some local punk rock this Thursday night in Huntington Beach.

Strung Out @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 26
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.strungout.com/
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1036037-strung-out-pomona/

Punk band Strung Out will headline an all-ages show at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $16 presale or $18 at the door.

Agression – Live in Los Angeles
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 26
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1504475546524370/

Rock out to hardcore punk at this small show this Friday night in Los Angeles headlined by legendary nardcore band Agression. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Tsunami Bomb: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 26, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1063063-sprung-monkey-tsunami-bomb-san-diego/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1082699-tsunami-bomb-long-beach/
http://www.tsunamibomblives.com/

Punk band Tsunami Bomb will headline shows this weekend in Southern California. Click on a show’s link for ticket prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Fest
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 27
Alex Madonna Expo Center, San Luis Obispo
http://www.slo-beer-fest.com/

Get sudsy in San Luis Obispo this weekend and enjoy dozens of beers from dozens of breweries. Friday night consists of a pre-party with beer and blues music. Saturday will contain the full brewery lineup. Saturday-only tickets have sold out, but Friday’s event costs $45 while a two-day pass costs $90.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 27
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/pomona-ca/

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

13th Annual Los Angeles Golf Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 27
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 28
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lagolfshow.com/

Check out all things golf at this golf expo this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission costs $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and children 12 and under enter free with a paid adult’s admission.

11th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 27-28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $12 for one day, or $18 for both days.

39th Annual Orange County Home & Garden Show
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.thebesthomeshow.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $6 for adults, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the OC Fair costs $7 per vehicle.

Santa Anita Winners’ Circle Chili Cook Off
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, February 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://santaanitabbq.com/ics-chili-2016/

Enjoy chili tastings from local cooks as they enter their prized chili recipes in hopes of taking home the grand prize. General admission costs $31 and includes eight 2oz chili tastings, one 12oz craft beer or wine, an 8oz bowl of the Santa Anita Park chili, and access to the racetrack and betting.

Brouwerij West Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 27
Brouwerij West, San Pedro
http://www.brouwerijwest.com/

One of the most anticipated breweries to set foot in Southern California finally opens their doors to the public this Saturday in San Pedro. Free to attend, Brouwerij West will have at least eight beers on tap, plus gourmet food trucks all day and live music starting at 5pm.

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 27
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

The Dickies: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 27
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1079532798725720/

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a small show in Ventura this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 28 – March 5
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.

Nuke the Fridge Con (Stan Lee Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 28
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

Pasadena Comic Con & Toy Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 28
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com/

Pasadena gets their own all-ages convention dedicated to comics and toys this Sunday. General admission costs $7 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $12 and starts at 9am.

Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 28
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this one-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. General admission costs $12 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $14 and starts at 9am.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s 21st Anniversary Brewfest 8
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 28
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbrewingcompany.com/
http://brewfest8.bpt.me/

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $35 gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.