Posts Tagged ‘Scottish’

Naja’s Place 10th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16-23
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/2023780541215170/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

The Briefs – Live Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1669992-briefs-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm,, May 22, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1058553600963905/

The Briefs will perform in Southern California this week, and they will headline these two shows. They will also perform at other shows this week – read further below to see the other shows they will perform in. No one under 21 may enter these shows.

2018 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 24
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 22
Along Mission & Garnet, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.pacificbeach.org/event/coast-of-pb-restaurant-walk/

Walk along the coast of Pacific Beach while sampling food & drinks from participating restaurants. Tickets cost $25 presale or $30 on the day of the event, and provides unlimited tastings for the duration of the event while supplies last.

I Love Poke Festival 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 22
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2018 Lightning In A Bottle
May 23-28
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

21st Annual Taste of Duarte
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 23
Westminster Gardens, Duarte
http://www.tasteofduarte.com/

Sample foods from various restaurants in Duarte this Wednesday night. $50 gets you unlimited tasting samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

3rd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 23
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/bbb/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2018
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

7th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://elacc.org/event/taste-boyle-heights/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $150 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Angelic Upstarts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1669892-angelic-upstarts-briefs-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/8121105/gbh-angelic-upstarts-bad-co-project-crim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1671875-angelic-upstarts-long-beach/

Angelic Upstarts will perform at a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits for each show will vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Gamex 2018
12:00 pm, May 25 – 6:00 pm, May 28
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

60th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 26-27
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 28
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 26-28
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 2nd Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

86th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Anime Pasadena 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.animepasadena.com/

Pasadena gets their own anime convention this Saturday, courtesy of Nerdbot, who put on their own convention here last year. Admission costs $17 presale or $20 at the door, and gets you in to check out all the vendors, artists, cosplay, games, live entertainment, speakers, demos, and more.

10th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-27
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2018
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26-28
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 26
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2018
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 26-28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Eat Drink Vegan – 9th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

3rd Annual Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 26
South Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/3rd-annual-catalina-island-chili-cook

A chili cooking competition takes place on Catalina Island this Saturday. Admission costs $20 but does not include food.

Blacklight Run – Anaheim
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://blacklightrun.com/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Anaheim this Saturday night. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $50 and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/
http://www.facebook.com/VistaStrawberryFestival

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

22nd Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

7th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

5th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 27
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

D.O.A. & M.D.C. @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/583666791993499/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Sunday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

20th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 28
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

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9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

8th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

3rd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

9th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21-22
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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

1st Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $47 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

The Mad Caddies – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.madcaddies.com/

Ska/punk band The Mad Caddies will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2017/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Brutal Hearts of Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1888437541442061/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands for free this Thursday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 23
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

39th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

2017 OC Pride Festival & Parade
June 23-25
Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.prideoc.com/

A series of events will take place in & around Downtown Santa Ana this weekend. Check with the website for a full schedule of events, as well as their prices and age limits.

Chron Gen w/ JFA in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.facebook.com/events/1924708007748184/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3074

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show in Silverlake this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13.

Sal’s Photos 1 Millionth Photo Celebration
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 23
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1499122873483031/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

13th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

2nd Annual The Liquid Run
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.theliquidrun.com/

This floating obstacle course returns to Newport Beach this weekend. Traverse a quarter mile of inflatable objects and obstacles to reach the finish line. Registration filled up long ago, so bookmark this event for next year if this event looks fun to you.

CCOA Western Nationals 50th Anniversary Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Courtyard Marriott, Cypress
http://www.socalcougarclub.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Cypress.

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

Regal Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Irvine Marriott, Irvine
http://www.regalcon2015.com/

A fandom & pop culture expo comes to Irvine this weekend. Attendees can expect to find celebrities, art, vendors, cosplay, panels, entertainment, and more. General admission costs $60 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $95 for both days.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 24-25
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $20 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
JapanLA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/769244469910420/

A Japanese studio will have a popup market this weekend in Fairfax. In order to enter, you must line up at 9:30am on Saturday morning to receive a free ticket to attend. They will only hand out tickets to the first 800 people in line. If you do get a ticket, you can then return any time this weekend to enter the popup.

6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1884473848478072/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

31st Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

4th Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 24
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/goldlinepubcrawl

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no official website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

2017 Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/long-beach/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
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 $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. 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.

37th Annual Padres Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, June 24
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www2.mda.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109602

Tailgate prior to this Saturday’s Padres game and sample some chili too. Admission ranges from $20 to $50 based on age and if an attendee will go to the Padres game.

Societe Five
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $30 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and unlimited beer pours for the duration of the session. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

1st Annual PotterParty Anaheim
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://potterconusa.com/

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

8th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $3 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2017
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 24-25
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Celebrate Yorba Linda
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Yorba Linda
http://www.ylmainstreet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768275453352649/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Downtown Yorba Linda this Saturday night.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2017/06/25/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

SMD Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 24
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/240777349660734/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in East LA. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Highway Earth Car Show 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Classics in the Groves
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo
http://venturavintagerods.org/
http://hulalounge.com/events/classics-in-the-groves/

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Camarillo this Sunday afternoon.

Bombs Super Show – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.bombsmagazine.com/2017-events/los-angeles-classic-carshow/

A classic car show comes to the Long Beach Convention Center this Sunday. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $20 per person.

17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

17th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & OC Beer Alley
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 25
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/25/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

8th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Beers Workshop
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Workshops/

Learn how to make beer this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Registration for this workshop costs $50 per person.

Punk Rock Swap And Show 3
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
The OffBeat, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/113150949234798/

Punk rock bands and vendors will convene this Sunday evening in Highland Park. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Orange County Beer Week
May 19-28
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

2017 Space Tech Expo USA
8:30 am – 6:00 pm, May 23
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, May 24
8:30 am – 3:00 pm, May 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.spacetechexpo.com/

Check out America’s engineering meeting place for space technology. This exhibition draws thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil, military, and commercial space. Interested attendees can register for FREE to check out the main expo of this event.

I Love Poke Festival 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 23
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

2017 Lightning In A Bottle
May 24-29
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

Naja’s Place 9th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24-31
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/602988599889975/

For eight days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.nextdoorsd.com/

Enjoy local craft beer paired with ice cream from local creameries this Wednesday night in La Mesa. Tickets cost $20, and gets you in to one of two two-hour sessions (6-8pm or 8-10pm) along with four total pairings. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm, May 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/burgers-bourbon-beer-2/

Indulge on all the burgers, beer, and bourbon that you can handle (while supplies last) this Wednesday night in Santa Monica for $70 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Brea 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Ranchwood BBQ Grand Re-Opening Mixer
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, May 25
Ranchwood BBQ, La Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-bbq.com/

This San Diego barbecue restaurant opens their doors to the public once again this Thursday night. The cover for the opening reception costs $10 and includes two beverages.

6th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Down By Law – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Holding Company, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Punk rock band Down By Law will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices for each show vary by the venue, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Gamex 2017
12:00 pm, May 26 – 6:00 pm, May 29
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

59th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27-28
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 29
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

Blackest Of The Black Festival
3:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 26
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://blackestfest.com/

Metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and more bands will rock out the hills of Silverado this weekend. Tickets to this black concert start at $39.

14th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 28
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://meritagecollection.com/balboabayresort/newport-beach-wine-festival/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

The Varukers – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3097

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

The Adicts – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Ten Foot Pole – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 26
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.tenfootpole.com/

Punk rock band Ten Foot Pole will headline a few shows in Southern California this week – they will co-headline a show with Down By Law, mentioned above. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 27-29
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

Junior Volleyball Association’s 1st Annual West Coast Cup
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.jvaonline.org/events/jva-west-coast-cup

A volleyball competition will take place in Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Spectator admission ranges from $8 to $20, or $6 to $15 for students.

85th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

9th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-28
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 27-29
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1958778197741755/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Los Angeles featuring geek culture.

31st Annual California Festival of Beers
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 27
Madonna Inn Meadows, San Luis Obispo
http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Spend an afternoon drinking lots of beer this Saturday in San Luis Obispo. General admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm. Aficionado admission costs $80, starts at 11am, and provides access to exclusive beers and food samples. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. All non-VIP food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may attend.

Beer Fest & Pool Party
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 27
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373435679412750/

$25 gets you in to this beer tasting event and pool party this Saturday afternoon in the South Bay. For an additional $10, receive access to a taco bar plus food bites. No one under 21 may attend.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 27
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get eight 3oz beer tasters, four 3oz sour ale tasters, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Santa Anita Carnival 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 27-29
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Cismontane Brewing 7th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Cismontane Brewing, Santa Ana
http://www.cismontanebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/220535458441293/

Cismontane turns seven years old this year, and to celebrate, they will have rare beers on tap at their Santa Ana location. Unlike previous years that acted like a festival, this event will have no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Eat Drink Vegan – 8th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://eatdrinkvegan.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $60 presale and starts at 2pm. Children’s admission costs $25. VIP admission costs $120 presale and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

2nd Annual Long Beach Craft Beer & Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm , May 27
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Get schwifty in Long Beach this Saturday with beer, tacos, music, and raunchy times. Depending on when you want to attend and how much you intend to consume, ticket prices will vary from $22 to $110. See the website for pricing details. No one under 21 may attend.

Not Another Ska Fest 5
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901159830168798/

An all-ages ska show takes place in Silverlake this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $7.

Dirt City Roller Rats vs Rough Diamond Rebels
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 27
Holiday Skating Center, Victorville
http://www.dirtcityrollerrats.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Victorville. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10.

Newport Beach Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
Newport Dunes Waterfront, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachbeerfest.com/

If you want to get drunk in Newport Beach this Saturday night, do it here at this beer tasting event. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50, starts at 6pm, and includes access to a VIP area with exclusive beers. No one under 21 may attend.

Nick Lamagna Benefit Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1280822628654078/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this weekend in Northeast LA. The cover for these shows cost $7 for one night or $10 for both. No one under 21 may enter.

2017 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

21st Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

6th Annual LA Zine Fest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Long Beachland
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 28
Art Theatre Long Beach, Retro Row, Long Beach
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/event/charles-phoenix-long-beachland/

Enjoy a local comedy slide show this Saturday in Long Beach. Admission costs $29.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 28
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

Timeless Booty BBQ
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 28
Woodley Park Section Two, Van Nuys
http://www.timelessdnb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/402558446769022/

Free to attend for all ages, a music concert will take place in Van Nuys this Sunday afternoon. They will have food vendors present, so have cash available if you want to buy food.

Los Skangeles Fest
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/282783288821053/

An all-day all-ages ska concert takes place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets to this show cost $22.

4th Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 28
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

Under the Sun Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Under the Sun, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1400083713400546/

A vegan cafe will officially open their doors to the public this Sunday evening. Enjoy free samples during this time as well as live entertainment.

19th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 29
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

8th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 18-26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Make Music Los Angeles 2016
June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Tuesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

2nd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Tuesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Ceviche & Sours
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1021098637958235/

Enjoy some fresh ceviche and sour ale pairings this Tuesday night at Phantom Carriage in Carson. Guests will pay for food and drinks as they go.

2016 Plate By Plate Los Angeles Ticket Kick-Off Mixer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Spear Steak & Seafood House, Downtown Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Get a chance to attend a fancy food & beverage event in August by attending this mixer that gives you a chance to buy presale tickets. Pay $10 to attend this mixer, then you get a chance to buy tickets to Plate By Plate LA that will take place in August. At this mixer you can buy general admission for $99 or VIP tickets for $155. After this mixer, prices jump to $115 and $180 for presale respectively. After presale sells out, prices jump to $150 and $300 respectively.

The Adicts: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21-22
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk rock band The Adicts will headline two all-ages shows in Orange County this week. Tickets cost $25 per day or $40 for both days.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 22-23
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22-23
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Restaurant-Lineup-Menus-Announced-for-2016-Taste-of-Downtown-on-Pine-Ave

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held on Pine Avenue. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

VidCon 2016
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 23-25
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration has sold out long ago, so bookmark this landmark event for next year.

8th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 26
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Tour De Fork
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 23
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.victoriagardensie.com/event/tour-de-fork/2145468683/

Take a stroll through Victoria Gardens and enjoy bites and sips from local businesses this Thursday evening. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus five drink tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 24
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

38th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 26
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

The Adolescents @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1216453-adolescents-long-beach/

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $13 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race 5K – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 25
StubHub Center, Carson
http://rocrace.com/

If you have watched Wipeout and have always wanted to test your mettle on that course, you now have a chance with ROC Race this Saturday. This 5K course comes complete with obstacles from various similar TV shows to create a wacky race full of challenges and amusement. Anyone 13 and up can register to participate in this untimed obstacle race, and all registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt. Following the race, stick around for food trucks, a beer garden, and live music from DJ’s and local bands. Registration costs $72 through Friday, or $84 on the day of the event. Bring extra cash with you for parking, food & drinks, and other merchandise.

San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 25-26
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

CatConLA
10:00 am – 12:00 am, June 25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 26
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://catconla.com/

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

Riviera Village Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25-26
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 25
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $15 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 25
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 25
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 26
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood across Ocean Blvd.

Skyspace LA’s Grand Opening Block Party Celebration
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 25
OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.skyspace-la.com/

A brand new event space in Downtown LA will open its doors to the public this Saturday, and to celebrate its grand opening, they will have a free all-day all-ages street festival that day. Visitors can expect to find live entertainment, food, vendors, exhibits, and more.

3rd Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 25
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/events/537867843080257/

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://www.beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/los-angeles/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 25
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

Half Christmas Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Network Brewery, Santa Ana
http://www.networkbrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/743610295779331/

New brewery Network Brewery will have a Half Christmas party this Saturday, free to attend. They will have a special Half Christmas IPA on tap, plus Christmas decorations and other festivities.

Brew Rebellion’s 3rd Anniversary
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 25
Brew Rebellion, San Bernardino
http://www.brewrebellion.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/215982675434801/

Brew Rebellion turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have music and special beers available at their new location in San Bernardino. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

38 Degrees Ale House 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalehouse.com/events-alhambra.html

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

11th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 25
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 26
LA Wine Fest, Hollywood
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

7th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 25
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 25
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 26
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $2 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

720° Pine
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Laughs By Volume 4: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 25
Buena Park Community Center, Buena Park
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Saturday night in Buena Park, featuring over 40 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 25
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2016/06/26/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

626 Golden Streets
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 26
South Pasadena to Azusa
http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

A ciclovia comes to the San Gabriel Valley this Sunday morning, which will close off many streets to through-traffic to allow bikers and pedestrians to freely roam the streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 26
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.

16th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 26
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

16th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 26
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

7th Annual Summer Solstice Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 26
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2016/6/26/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 26
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/221526904906502/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

2016 Taste Of The World
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 26
Lombardi House, Hollywood
http://latravelmagazine.com/2016-taste-of-the-world/

Sample food and wines at this tasting event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $75, while VIP admission costs $125 and includes various goodies and perks. No one under 21 may attend.

The 84th Annual Scottish Fest USA returned this past weekend to the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The mayor of Costa Mesa has Scottish ancestry, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. But how often can groups prance around wearing kilts and grunting in Scottish accents?

A Scottish Festival such as this one contains enough activities for you and your friends & family to enjoy a full day of fun. From the music competitions to the food to the various sports to all the vendors, enthusiasts will find something here for entertainment purposes. Any of the music features surely would have taken up much of the time here. As for sports, the festival provided visitors with the Highland Games, as well as a broadsword demo and an archery range. Food mainly revolved around the standard Scottish faire found at festivals like these, so we found a lot of haggis, meat pies, fish & chips, and potatoes. With the exception of the haggis, none of the food impressed me much, as many Scottish and Irish pubs exist in Southern California that serve that kind of food, only at a more affordable price and higher quality.

For a two-day fest, the OC Fair can pack a lot into Scottish Fest USA. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended Scottish Fest USA in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

I Love Poke Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
Bali Hai Restaurant, Point Loma, San Diego
http://onoyum.com/event/i-love-poke-sd-2016/

Sample the best in island cuisine at this tasting event in San Diego. Over 20 different chefs/restaurants will attend to serve food samples to attendees, while ten local chefs will compete in a poke competition, allowing attendees to sample their food too. Tickets to this all-ages tasting event cost $75, which includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. All attendees must take care of their own parking and transportation.

Angelic Upstarts: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 24, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://officialangelicupstarts.com/

Legendary punk band Angelic Upstarts currently tour through the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so refer to the band’s website for show details.

2016 Lightning In A Bottle
May 25-30
San Antonio Recreation Area, Bradley
http://lightninginabottle.org/

If I could pick one word to describe Lightning In A Bottle, I would pick hippie. Lightning In A Bottle brings people together from all over the world to celebrate earth and life with music, art, dance, yoga, speakers, workshops, and more. Expect to encounter thousands of people with a hippie mindset, like Woodstock but more controlled. Ticket prices vary depending on the mode of attendance, and they offer a presale discount, so check the prices on their site, and if you like what you see, purchase a ticket online to save some green.

365 by Whole Foods Market – Opening Day
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 25
365 by Whole Foods Market, Silverlake
http://www.365bywfm.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1587622411548481/

A new grocery store opens in Silverlake this Wednesday morning, and the first 365 guests will receive mini-scones and vegan cookies, plus reusable shopping bags. The first 100 shoppers will receive gift cards in varying amounts, including one $365 gift card.

Scooper Bowl 2016 – Fundraiser
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 25
The Learning Centers At Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1199885140022271/

This fundraiser involves buying a bowl designed by an art student for $15, which will come with ice cream.

Mother Earth Brewing @ Far Bar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 25
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1683971371868505/

Far Bar will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Wednesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

The English Dogs: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, The Complex, Glendale http://www.facebook.com/events/1553493521615672/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1118313-english-dogs-long-beach/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2881

Punk band The English Dogs currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25, Petie’s Place, Tarzana http://www.facebook.com/events/1707817879508070/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/1104533162930651/
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 27, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1156801-do-san-diego/
4:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 28, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1174565-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Taste of Brea 2016
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 26
Downtown Brea
http://tasteofbrea.com/

This free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase a $25 wristband to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Mother Earth Brewing – Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1715262115378666/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will receive a handful of brews from Mother Earth Brewing this Thursday night. Buy a pint, and keep the glass to take home.

Ska Brewing Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 26
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/133188947093810/

Enjoy ska music and brews from Ska Brewing this Thursday night in Long Beach, free to attend.

The Buzzcocks: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 26, The Mayan, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.clubmayan.com/events_calendar/event/116
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/buzzcocks
http://www.buzzcocks.com/

Legendary punk band The Buzzcocks currently tour across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Anti-Nowhere League: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 26, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2784
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 27, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/1108505-united-punk-alliance-los-angeles/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 29, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/antinowhereleague
http://www.antinowhereleague.com/

Punk band Anti-Nowhere League currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday.

13th Annual Newport Beach Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 29
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
http://live-meritagecollectionevents.time.ly/event/13th-annual-newport-beach-wine-festival-memorial-day-weekend/

A handful of wine tasting events will take place in Newport Beach this weekend. Admission to these events range from $65 to $150.

Lower Class Brats: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.lcbarmy.com/

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform live in Corona this Friday night. Tickets cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Refused – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 27, The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/306986
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 28, The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1086697-refused-pomona/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free.

84th Annual Scottish Fest USA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.scottishfest.com/

This annual all-ages Scottish festival features hundreds of bagpipers & drummers, Scottish & Irish food & vendors, Scottish clans, Highland dancing, Scottish athletes, and more. Admission costs $18 with discounts available for military, seniors, and children. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 28
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the last Saturdays of each month in Yorba Linda. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

8th Annual Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28
Riverview Pkwy & Town Center Pkwy, Santee
http://santeestreetfair.com/

Thousands of visitors will roam the streets of Santee this weekend during their annual street fair, now combined with a craft beer garden. Free for all-ages to attend, the fair will contain live music, entertainment, food, drinks, games, arts & crafts, rides, vendors, and so much more. Pricing for the beer festival varies depending on how many tasters a person wants, ranging from $10 to $30.

Classic Not Plastic 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-29
Various locations, Long Beach
http://www.classicnotplastic.net/

A scooter/moped rally will take place in Long Beach this weekend. Consult with the website for the full schedule of events and rides.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

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

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this free and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture.

System Of A Stout – Bottle Release
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, May 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will have their annual release of this stout this Saturday at both of their locations. Stop on by to get a bottle or two for yourself before they appear in other retail shops.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more.

Deschutes Brewery Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 28
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/events/

Whittier’s The Bottle Room will receive a handful of Deschutes beers this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

5000 Pies Celebrates 5000th Pie
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 28
5000 Pies, West Long Beach
http://www.5000pies.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/278830395787626/

West Long Beach’s 5000 Pies will offer free pizza slices this Saturday afternoon while supplies last. They will also hold a pie-eating contest at 2:30pm.

California Gold Rush Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 28
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/california-gold-rush/

Beer and horse-racing mix up at the Santa Anita Park this Saturday afternoon. For $35 admission, you get ten 3oz beer tasters, one 12oz beer pour, and the souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may enter this event.

Hollywood Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Another corporate beer festival comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day & 5th Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/947946561993079/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Plethora of Piñatas Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 28
Border X Brewing, Barrio Logan, Downtown San Diego
http://borderxbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/182995588752153/

Piñatas and beer collide at this free event taking place in Downtown San Diego this Saturday night.

2016 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 29
Historic Downtown Vista
http://vistastrawberryfest.com/

At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.

20th Annual Redlands Firefighters Car Show
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 29
State Street, Downtown Redlands
http://www.redlandsfirefighterscarshow.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show on the streets of Downtown Redlands this Sunday.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 29
2nd & Sycamore, Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Guests should park in the neighborhood south of the festival.

3rd Annual MAINopoly: Taste of Main Street
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 29
Main Street & Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
http://mainopolysm.com/

Sample the flavors of Santa Monica’s Main Street during this Monopoly-themed tasting event this Sunday afternoon. Admission varies in price depending on how much you plan to consume, starting at $25.

The Last Generic Ska Show @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0900509C9E9D2AC4
http://www.facebook.com/events/120462555025700/

An all-ages ska show will take place at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

The 23rd Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest returned this past weekend to Long Beach. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The Scots built the Queen Mary many decades ago, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. The shepherding demo moved to the front of the venue area, providing more room for the highland games to take place at. The vendor village also expanded, albeit the expansion only made more room for weapons. Those Scots sure do love their weapons. Within the Queen Mary, the main banquet room hosted piping contests and dancing contests. Eventually, all the piping moved outside to give room for the girls to dance in the competitions. Just below that, a dart tournament took place, allowing anyone who registered online to test their skill at this pub game.

The way the Queen Mary handles pricing irritated me the most, and represents one of the main reasons why I originally boycotted events at the Queen Mary for many years. Simply put, the Queen Mary will always try to nickel & dime you as hard as possible in any fashion. For example, take a gander at the admission fee. Presale tickets cost $19 plus $3.63 in service and transaction fees. The website also mentioned that tickets at the gate would cost $22. In this case, people would think to buy tickets at the gate to save money. Unfortunately, the Queen Mary decided to pull a fast one and raise ticket prices at the gate. Visitors buying tickets at the gate had to pay $23 per ticket plus a $2.74 service fee. I understand the online fee because of the third party ticketing broker (Flavorus), but why a service fee at the front gate? Why not incorporate that into the ticket fee? Once you get past the admission shenanigans, you have to deal with exorbitantly priced products inside the festival. Things like bottled waters cost at least $5 while Bud Lights cost $10 or more. The vendors did not relent either, charging $10 for something as simple as a hot dog or slice of pizza. Coming back to the ScotsFest after many years of purposely avoiding events at the Queen Mary (except for Bacon Fest, which I got into for free) reminded me of why I originally boycotted all events at the Queen Mary.

The Highland Games took center stage as the main event of the fest, drawing in the largest crowds. Something about burly men in kilts tends to attract many people, men and women, old and young. I suppose in ancient Scotland times, someone picked up a heavy object, threw it, and his comrades decided to turn that into a competition, thus giving birth to the highland games. Purely speculating, all games involved throwing some object, usually with no technology involved; thus, the Highland Games.

For a two-day fest, the Queen Mary can pack a lot into ScotsFest. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended ScotsFest in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.

Craft beer has a huge market in Southern California that continually expands annually. This past weekend, MacLeod Ale Brewing Company opened their doors to the public with a grand opening complete with food trucks, bagpipe players, and of course, beer. Now you may think to yourself, “Oh great, another brewery.” Let me tell you that this brewery with a Scottish background sets themselves apart from the others by focusing on cask ales. Most breweries have their own niche with what they brew, and MacLeod chose cask beers. Out in the San Fernando Valley, breweries have not established themselves as part of the community, largely due to Anheuser Busch’s dominance in this territory. MacLeod hopes to break ground and start getting microbreweries out to this area.

At the grand opening this past Sunday, MacLeod celebrated it by hosting four two-hour tasting sessions starting at noon and running until 8pm. Each session cost $15 to attend, and included up to 50 ounces of beer in any combination of their four brews available. Guests wanting more beer could purchase more at $3 per 10oz. Hungry guests could munch on food from any of the available food trucks that rotated throughout the day. The four cask beers they had available:

  • Little Spree – 4.3% pale ale
  • King’s Taxes – 4.3% light Scottish ale
  • Session Gap – 3.5% ordinary bitter
  • Jackie Tar – 3.5% brown stout

MacLeod Ale plans to have seasonal brews throughout the year, so check them out in Van Nuys, or keep an eye out for them at your favorite beer store, restaurant, bar, or pub!

The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub in Downtown Long Beach has brought a taste of Ireland down to Long Beach, as they threw the first ever Long Beach Fleadh Irish Music & Oyster Festival. Pronounced ‘fla’ in its native language of gaelic, this traditional summer festival celebrates Irish culture with music, oysters, other Irish food, beer, whisky, and more. Now finding a place here in Long Beach, all visitors to this festival could sample a bit of Irish culture at this two-day all-ages festival that took place this past weekend at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach. A handful of activities awaited all visitors, such as a kids’ area, an Irish film tent, multiple music stages, and plenty of food & drinks.

In the main oyster tent, a handful of local restaurants catered fresh oysters from local sources. This tent also included champagne, beer, and whisky from Tullamore Dew along with acoustic music performances.

This festival featured three stages: a main stage, an acoustic stage, and a traditional/storytelling stage.

Visitors could find some of Southern California’s more prominent Celtic/Irish bands here at the Fleadh, such as The American Wake and the California Celts, shown below.

For as much as they marketed this festival, the organizers could have done a lot more to make this fest as grand as they made it sound. Take into consideration that it cost $20 for adults to enter this festival. Compare that with other Irish festivals that cost no more than $15 and comes with much more content. This Fleadh surely felt underwhelming, as it only featured exactly what they advertised and nothing more. We only ever saw the music, food, drinks, and film session that the website mentioned. They could have expanded this festival to contain more Irish culture and traditions, but then they started to dabble into Scottish culture with all the bagpipes. At that point, I could tell they did not obtain all the content they originally wanted for this festival. The organizers also left a lot of empty space around the festival that they could have filled but chose not to because they assumed a larger capacity of visitors. This festival has lots of room to grow, and plenty of potential to live up to the original Fleadh festival found in Ireland. Hopefully they can pull off a complete rework of this festival for next year, as Long Beach truly deserves its own Irish festival after housing so many Irish pubs for the longest time.

The 20th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest returned this past weekend to Long Beach. This Scottish cultural festival celebrated everything that makes Scotland so memorable today. From the bagpipes to the kilts to the haggis to the highland games, anyone who has not experienced Scottish culture surely needed to check out this festival. The Scots built the Queen Mary many decades ago, so naturally they get to host this festival. Largely remaining unchanged from previous years, visitors attending for the first time will enjoy everything this festival has to offer. Guests attending again following previous years will not see much in the way of new things, besides new people and new tangible goods. But how often can groups prance around wearing kilts and grunting in Scottish accents?

The shepherding demo moved to the front of the venue area, providing more room for the highland games to take place at. The vendor village also expanded, albeit the expansion only made more room for weapons. Those Scots sure do love their weapons.

Within the Queen Mary, the main banquet room hosted piping contests and dancing contests. Eventually, all the piping moved outside to give room for the girls to dance in the competitions.

Just below that, a dart tournament took place, allowing anyone who registered online to test their skill at this pub game.

A nearby vendor sold imported European treats and other goods.

Speaking of food, you cannot attend a cultural fest without trying the food of that culture. Thus, I opted to order the Haggis, and I added a Pork Pie. Sadly, this year did not measure up to last year, as they did not provide brown sauce (such as HP Sauce), and they kept the pork pies in a cooler. I do not usually eat meat pies cold, and after I discovered that the filling resembled ground pork, I immediately thought of a pâté chaud, which I could buy hot for just a dollar at markets in Westminster. To anyone instantly turning away from the haggis, do not knock it until you have tried it. It does not taste as bad as many people believe, as it simply tastes and feels like salty meatloaf.

If you go to a Scottish festival, you will hear bagpipes guaranteed. Throughout the fest, numerous piping groups marched around the Queen Mary and competed to win best in show and other prizes.

The Highland Games took center stage as the main event of the fest, drawing in the largest crowds. Something about burly men in kilts tends to attract many people, men and women, old and young. I suppose in ancient Scotland times, someone picked up a heavy object, threw it, and his comrades decided to turn that into a competition, thus giving birth to the highland games. Purely speculating, all games involved throwing some object, usually with no technology involved; thus, the Highland Games.

Every year, ScotsFest hosts a single-malt scotch whisky tasting for the adult crowd. This year, they added a craft beer tasting class, hosted by Deschutes Brewery. A $10 entry ($11.75 after fees) provided any guest with five tasters of Deschutes beers. As each taster amounted to about one ounce each, each person received the equivalent of about half a can of beer. Paying $11.75 for this little beer sounds terrible, but it sure beats the $8 Bud Lights served throughout the fest.

For a two-day fest, the Queen Mary can pack a lot into ScotsFest. Both days followed a very similar schedule, which happens to follow similar schedules of previous years. Sad to say, to anyone who has attended ScotsFest in the past, you did not miss much. Everyone else who has not attended should consider attending next year. Consider donning a kilt and the rest of a Scottish outfit if attending. Getting into the Scottish spirit not only amps your enthusiasm up, but will likely make guests treat you more jovially.