Posts Tagged ‘Sederra’

Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, June 11 – House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79576
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12 – House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79931

Alkaline Trio currently tours with Bayside and Off With Their Heads, and you can catch them all this week at the House of Blues in West Hollywood and Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Tickets range from $24 to $28 depending on presale price and date, so check both links above to see the prices.

Crawfish Boil
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/514822155250870/

Love crawfish? Head over to Beachwood BBQ this Thursday night for their special Crawfish Boil. This dinner requires no reservations, so simply show up, order crawfish by the pound, and receive your crawfish with a baguette, corn, andouille sausage, and potatoes. Depending on the available taps, your server will recommend some beer pairings for your crawfish dinner.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

3rd Annual Sugar Rush Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 14
Aesthesia Studios, Culver City
http://www.sparkprogram.org/index.php/get_involved/sugar_rush/sugar-rush-los-angeles

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this dessert & cocktail reception this Friday night in Culver City. Treat yourself to delectable eats and desserts from high-end chefs, along with wine and champagne. Attendees can also bid in a silent auction for various items. The VIP reception starts at 6pm and costs $125 presale or $140 at the door. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $75 presale and $85 at the door.

38th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Orange County’s largest Irish Fair returns this weekend to Oak Canyon Park in Irvine out in the hills. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. Until 11:59pm this Thursday, you can purchase general admission tickets for only $8 using this link. Parking last year cost $7, so bring cash for parking too.

2013 Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 15-16
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

4th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, June 15
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $25 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 15
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/CHILI_AT_THE_BEACH.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

OC Psycho Punk Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/528020443903619/

Check out this all-ages punk rock & psychobilly show in Anaheim this Saturday night, featuring 19 bands on two stages. Entry to this show cost $10. This venue does not allow ins & outs, so eat hearty and hydrate well before attending.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Unit B Studio
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
Unit B Studio, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/630788496936699/

Slam dance, bike, and skateboard to your heart’s content at this punk rock show headlined by Narcoleptic Youth this Saturday night. Admission to this all-ages show cost $10.

Harmful If Swallowed – CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 15
The Roxy Theater, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/237293713079822/

Local punk bands will play at The Roxy this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $12 at the door.

Agent Orange, Longway, O.C.A., Splntr @ Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 15
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/390538

Punk rock legend Agent Orange returns to Orange County to headline this show at the Juke Joint. Admission to this show costs $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Big Bite Bacon Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm, June 16
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.bigbitebaconfest.com/

Get your pork on this Father’s Day Sunday down in San Diego. Pig out on bacon eats & treats from some of San Diego’s finest chefs and restaurants, and for the adults, sample brews from San Diego’s multitude of micro breweries. As you munch and sip your way through the fest, test your mettle at pig pong, pork ladder toss, bacon bags, dunk a swine, and more games. General admission costs $55 and allows all-access into the Big Bite Bacon Fest and the San Diego County Fair. Upgrade to VIP for $25 more to enter an hour earlier, receive a goodie bag, and gain access to a VIP lounge with a private tasting. Parking costs $10, so bring cash for that. This festival takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately, and apply sunscreen.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/381445518642245/

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

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American Craft Beer Week
May 13-19
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15-16
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 15
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/466829150053763/

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

4th Annual Anatolian Cultures & Food Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 16-19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.anatolianfestival.org/

Celebrate Anatolian culture at this weekend-long festival at the OC Fair. Guests will experience food, art, exhibits, arts, crafts, performances, music, dance, and more. Ticket prices vary, with a one-day general admission costing $12.

Firestone Walker’s Finest Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/622324564463925/

Meet co-founder of Firestone Walker, Mr. Walker himself, and enjoy some of their finest, rarest barrel-aged beers at this beer tasting. Guests simply pay for the beer they would like to try.

Artopia Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 16
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=427

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $15, with plenty of free street parking a block east of Chinatown near LA State Historic Park. All ages may attend, but only guests 21 and over may drink.

Valiant Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 17
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/373318306109968/

Receive a flight of Valiant’s fine craft brews along with select gourmet cheeses to pair with each one. Each flight & pairing costs $15.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18-19
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. Free to attend (with ticket printed online) for all ages, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Waive the admission by printing the ticket, found on their website. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, Hollywood Hate, Blank Expressions, Gritos Enfadosos @ American Legion, Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 17
American Legion, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/135555

Rock out with local punk rock bands such as D.I., Destruction Made Simple, Yeastie Boys, and more this Friday night in Baldwin Park. This all-ages show costs $10 to attend and does not allow ins-and-outs, so eat hearty before arriving.

Sederra, Solution, Seven Year War, Warner Drive, & more @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 17
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/641423115872122/

Check out some local punk rock bands for FREE this Friday night. The show will hit capacity early, so for guaranteed tickets, click the event page linked above and send an email to the provided address to reserve your tickets. The show starts at 8pm, but not that parking with validation only lasts 5 hours, so expect to shell out a little extra cash for parking. No one under 18 may attend this show.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 5th Anniversary Celebration
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 18
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/airfest.htm

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 5th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. For just $5 presale and $8 at the door (free for kids 12 and under), guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. Guests may park for free at any of the various parking lots of the airport, and a free shuttle service will run from Downtown Redlands too.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18-19
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

North Park Festival of the Arts + The Art of Whisky Tasting + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 18
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $25 presale and $30 at the door, guests can attend either a whisky tasting or enter the craft beer block. Whisky tastings take place at the Seven Grand Bar, last one hour each, and start at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm. The Craft Beer Block runs all day, and comes with twelve 4oz beer pours from any of 25 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University.

Orange County Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 18
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://orangecountybeerfest.com/

The annual Orange County Beer Fest returns this Saturday to Irvine Lake, just like the past few years. Dozens of microbreweries will gather here and pour all the beers that the guests can drink for the duration of the event. General admission costs $40 and starts at 3pm, while early bird admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Some bands will play music throughout the fest, while food trucks will serve their delicious eats, sold separately. Bring extra cash for parking, which can go as high as $10. Arrive early, since only one road leads to Irvine Lake, meaning heavy traffic will occur closer to the start of the fest. The fest takes place entirely outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior. No one under 21 may enter.

Hepcat, The Aggrolites, DJ Boss Harmz @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79577

For $20 presale and $22 at the door, check out this all-ages ska show featuring Hepcat, The Aggrolites, and DJ Boss Harmz this Saturday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

19th Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Venice Beach Food Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 19
Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Beach
http://venicebeachfoodfest.com/

$35 gets you all-you-can-eat food down on the boardwalk! Local chefs and food trucks will gather to serve their wonderful food to all attendees, and attendees can continue to check out all of the local shops on the Boardwalk. Prepare for a lot of walking if attempting to locate street parking in the neighborhoods, as you will likely end up parking a handful of blocks away from the beach on this day.

Taste of Hawthorne
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne
http://www.tasteofhawthorne.com/

Get a taste of the local flavor of Hawthorne this Sunday, as the Hawthorne Airport hosts this food fest for all ages. Expect over 40 participating food vendors, live music, beer & wine gardens, food trucks, and other activities to keep guests occupied. Check the website for a map of free parking. Allegedly free to attend, guests simply pay for food as they go.

20th Annual Sicilian Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 19
Little Italy, San Diego
http://sicilianfesta.com/

Immerse yourself in Italian culture at this free and all-ages festival this Sunday in San Diego. Guests can eat authentic Italian food while enjoying live music, dance performances, rides, games, and more. Arrive early too look for free street parking.

15th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 19
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

Hola Mexico Festival: The Greatest BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles
http://holamexicofest.com/english/evento3.html

Feast on a BBQ from some of LA’s top chefs, sip on some wines from some of Mexico’s top vineyards, or some tequilas, beers, or mezcales, and indulge on artisan chocolates. Admission to this all-ages feast costs $40.

The Rancho Country Beerfest Ho-down
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 19
Rancho Las Lomas, Silverado
http://therancho.brownpapertickets.com/

This country music festival takes place out in the wilderness this Sunday afternoon. For $40 admission, attendees can enjoy live country music, a variety of beers and other beverages, outdoor BBQ, line dancing, and more. Admission includes access to the zoo, food, and five beer tasters. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling. No one under 21 may attend.

CRUSH
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 19
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/events/crush-artisanal-wine-art-food-tasting-event

Check out this artisan wine, art, and food fest this Sunday afternoon in Santa Monica. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. Admission includes unlimited tastings of wine & food, plus tours of the resident artists’ studios. VIP admission includes a few extra unnamed perks. For long-term parking, try parking the in the neighborhood across the freeway by taking 17th Street over.

18th Annual Taste of Anaheim
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 9
GardenWalk, Anaheim
http://tasteofanaheim365.com/

Taste food samples from Anaheim’s great local establishments this Thursday evening at the GardenWalk near Disneyland. Admission costs $35 presale and $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited food samples from all participating restaurants while supplies last. In addition to free parking, guests may bid on various prizes in a silent auction. All drinks come at an additional price.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking does not exist in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here before.

Night of Crust-Punk-D-Beat
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, May 10
Guirado Park, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/101115630093059/

Experience a true East LA backyard punk show this Friday night. Many local punk rock bands will play at this show, with 9 bands expected to play. Admission to this all-ages show costs $3 early bird, then $5 after 7:30. Guests may not bring outside food or drinks to the location, but the venue will sell basic food like tacos and hot dogs.

Implants, Sederra, Pour Habit, Skip Jack, Thorne @ The Ruby Room
7:30 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Ruby Room, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/536738876348754/

Catch Implants, Sederra, Pour Habit, Ship Jack, and Thorne at this local punk rock show this Friday night in San Diego. Tickets only cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 10-11
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
May 10: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=80002
May 11: http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=79999

Punk band Face To Face just released a new album, and currently headlines a tour with Teenage Bottlerocket. That tour will sweep through Southern California this week. Tickets to both all-ages shows cost $25.

WHAM! BANG! POW! The Retro Edition
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 10
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/169319916550710/

Experience art, live music, DJ’s, food trucks, and more this Friday night at The Vex in Los Angeles. For just $5, guests of all ages can check out art of B movies, cartoons, comic books, and more. Local bands and live DJ’s will break any silence all night, while a few food trucks will keep guests fed. For free parking, parking behind the venue, on the side closest to the train tracks. Take care not to park too deep, as you risk getting blocked by other cars.

2013 Tour of Long Beach
6:30 am – 9:30 am, May 11
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.touroflongbeach.com/

Join hundreds of locals on a bike ride through Long Beach this Saturday morning, including the mayor and more city officials. This race for charity features different levels of riding for all skill levels, starting with the 100-mile ride, all the way down to the 4-mile family ride. Registration, which closes Thursday night, varies in cost based on the ride length, while the family ride comes at no cost. The end of the Tour of Long Beach coincides with Bike Fest Long Beach, taking place at the finish line and opening at 9:30.

46th Annual Sunset Beach Art Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11-12
Pacific Ave, Sunset Beach
http://www.sunsetbeachartfestival.org/

Find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or any other great gift this weekend in Sunset Beach. Completely free to attend for all ages, the grassy area along Pacific Avenue gets filled with booths from local arts & crafts vendors all selling accessories, apparel, merchandise, and various other goodies. Local bands will play throughout the day, and a few food trucks will make their way down here to serve their wonderful eats.

Bike Fest Long Beach
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 11
The Pike, Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Bike-Fest-of-Long-Beach

Enjoy a family-fun day filled with bike activities, vendors, and exhibits at the finish line of the Tour of Long Beach, located at The Pike right next to the Laugh Factory. This free all-ages event will feature bike exhibits, live entertainment, a bike valet, rides, games, vendors, food, a mini beer fest hosted by Beachwood BBQ, and more. The mini beer fest has no admission fee, so guests pay as they go. In addition to beers from Beachwood Brewing, other local breweries will make an appearance too.

2013 San Diego Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 11
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/chocolate.htm

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tastings, demos, and more this Saturday at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Guests pay the admission of the garden to enter ($12 general admission, discounts available for seniors, students, military, and children), then pay for tasting tickets to receive any of the chocolate or food. The garden will host activities for children to play with, while other guests can check out plant sales or other merchandise perfect for Mother’s Day.

2013 Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 11
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

Long Beach Comic Con
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcomiccon.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Con returns for its semiannual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. For just $15 general admission, guests receive all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/bbq/

BBQ experts from around the country will fly in this weekend to compete at the Queen Mary for the annual Best BBQ of the West title. Guests can help judges decide which contestant deserves to win the $9,000 cash prize by sampling all the BBQ and voting for the favorites. Entry costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, with parking costing $10. Once inside, guests can receive food samplers from the contestants for $2 each. In addition to all the smoke & meat around, live bands will play music all day, games will keep everyone occupied, select vendors will sell their related merchandise, Jack Daniels will open a lounge for all adults, while a separate kids’ county will house the little ones, and some of the LA Kings crew will make an appearance.

2013 Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 11-12
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 11
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://78festivale.net/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Saturday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. Admission costs $20 presale and $30 at the door. Although guests of all ages can visit the food trucks, only guests 21 or over may enter the beer area.

Glow Rush 5K
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.glowrush.com/#!los-angeles/c1imn

If you have ran in a color run before, prepare yourself for a new light. This 5K run/walk combines racing with a scavenger hunt and plenty of lights to brighten up the night. Teams compete to locate clues spread out among the city, and race to the finish line at the same time. Following the race, participants can party at the After-Glow Party at the finish line. Although tickets originally sold out over a month ago, the organizers just released a few hundred tickets at $80 each, so register now before all the tickets sell out!

Lori Gilbert Art @ Old Orange Brewing
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 11
Old Orange Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/130927847097339/

Enjoy a night of art, beer, and food this Saturday night in Old Orange. Guests may purchase art available all night as well as some of the latest brews available from the brewery.

Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 11
The Mezz Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/490945747623099/

Dozens of Hollywood makeup artists will transform models into the undead at this Saturday night fashion & art show. While the models strut their deathly stuff, attendees can check out zombie-themed artwork from over 300 artists from all over the country. The $10 admission grants access to all these exhibits, plus all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of the Pancakes & Booze Art Show that just occurred last week. No one under 21 may enter.

The American Wake @ Auld Dubliner
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 11
Auld Dubliner, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/538710106180772/

Come watch local Irish rock band The American Wake play a few sets for no cover charge at the Auld Dubliner in Downtown Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Once a punk, always a punk. Punk rock never died, despite what naysayers may claim. Music genres fluctuate in popularity over time like a wave, and when a genre begins to decline, old genres resurface or new genres arise. Where do you think dubstep or trap music came from? Punk rock may have seen some downtime last decade, but certain developments helped bring it back. Some video games, like the Tony Hawk series or Guitar Hero series, enlightened the musically lacking public, paving the way to new music tastes. With the steady resurgence of punk rock, many bands have jumped into the industry, while others have returned to recording or touring, such as At The Drive-In and Refused last year. Post-hardcore also saw a revival a few years ago – as screamo faded away, post-hardcore evolved from it and steadily grew. Punk rock remains a niche genre, so the vast majority may not immediately recognize the good bands from the bad, and believe me – anyone who does not listen to punk rock cannot truly discern punk rock from a different genre. With that said, listen to some music from the following five punk rock or post-hardcore bands expecting to make an impact in the music industry this year.

5. Sederra

We start off this list with an OC Music Awards nominee for the Best Rock category, Sederra, despite the existence of a Punk category. Veterans in the music industry met up and formed Sederra for the lack of a good rock/punk rock band back in 2006, and since then, Sederra has made history. Keeping it DIY punk style, Sederra relies on social media and word of mouth to get their name out and around, opting to remain an independent band. No strangers to the stage, Sederra has toured with some of the greatest punk rock bands like Lagwagon, Face To Face, Strung Out, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and more. They show no signs of throwing in the towel, and based on their cryptic posts, they may come out with something big this year. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to their music while we wait for word from the band.

4. Comadre

California has a way with bands of many genres. No one can surely pinpoint what causes this phenomenon to occur, but historically, California yields some of the world’s greatest bands. Without exception, the bay area has graced the music world with Comadre. For almost a decade, the same five guys have released a handful of albums and toured in so many different places, leading to the question of why do they not have more fans than they currently do. Largely resembling Kid Dynamite, Comadre utilizes fast-paced riffs to intensify the energy of the venue they play at, while occasionally toning things down for a more melodic sound. Comadre has also seemingly mastered the synergism of instruments, as everything they play just feels right and right in tune. Listen to a single from their album that just released earlier this week to understand what I mean. Listen to how well every instrument fits in with each other. Not many bands can grasp this concept, but luckily, Comadre understands music and has delivered with their new album. Go buy the album and feel the amazement.

3. Touché Amoré

They say that the lyrics to music a person listens to represents everything that person fears vocalizing. If that statement holds validity, I feel confused for the troubled souls that listen to more depressing emo music. Luckily, no one should ever have to feel like that when listening to the post-hardcore sounds of Touché Amoré. As one of the bands responsible for rising with the post-hardcore scene, Touché Amoré wants nothing to do with any screamo labels. Unlike screamo music that talks about love, relationships, and heartbreak, songs by Touché Amoré deal with life situations, such as growing up or dealing with adversities. Refreshingly, punk rock and post-hardcore fans do not want to rock out to songs about love – they care about real life, as real life relates to everyone in the world. Although Touché Amoré has not released a full album in over a year, they recently released a music video, so give it a listen, as fans expect great things to come this year.

2. Fiction Reform

Who said chicks cannot rock? As 7 Seconds puts it in their song, “If we can walk together, why can’t we rock together?” When given the chance and the heart, anyone can accomplish anything. Give a guitar to Brenna Red, and you have the start of an incredible journey leading to the creation of Fiction Reform. Based out of Southern California, Fiction Reform plays catchy tunes with a punk rock influence. One could say their sound closely resembles The Descendents. Although Fiction Reform does not ring too many bells, do not discount them, as they have toured with some of the major names in punk rock, such as Mike Ness from Social Distortion and Duane Peters of U.S. Bombs. Their tour continues on, as they just released an a new album back in November 2012. This year, OC Music Awards has nominated Fiction Reform for the Best Punk category for their effort in getting their latest album out. Still not a believer? Listen to one of their older songs and tell me you do not love this.

1. United Nations

When you combine members of some of the most influential bands of all time into one group, you get more than a supergroup – you end up with a powerviolence group. Constructed with individuals with enough power in the music industry to lead a revolution, United Nations revives the post-hardcore noise bands like Refused and Orchid and channels it into raging outbursts of sound and rock. Performing members wear Ronald Reagan masks because of the band name’s liability, so the masks hide the identities of the performers. However, true music fans cannot stay in the dark forever, so founder Geoff Rickly, former frontman of Thursday, revealed the rotating band roster, which included Glassjaw‘s Daryl Palumbo and Converge‘s Ben Koller. Although United Nations has only released one album since their founding, they recently announced some show dates, possibly hinting at a new album or something else greater. If you live on the east coast, you simply must make it to one of their limited shows to experience this heartpounding show. Listen to a United Nations song, and recognize the sheer musical talent.