Posts Tagged ‘Ska Wars’

Anti-Flag – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Troubadour, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Soma, San Diego
http://anti-flag.com/

Famous punk rock band Anti-Flag currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

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

2018 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 2
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 3
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 4
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

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

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

CoffeeCon LA 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 3-4
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This weekend at CoffeeCon LA, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. General admission costs $20 per day or $25 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 3
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1943820199212948/

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

Lunar New Year Festival 2018 in Monterey Park
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 3-4
Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
http://www.lunarnewyears.com/

Celebrate Chinese New Year on the streets of Monterey Park this weekend. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors can expect to find food, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Consult with the website to see where to park.

10th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 3
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/187666678477486/

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by The Slackers. Tickets to this concert cost $25 presale or $35 at the door.

U.S. Bombs – Live at the World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/121448028547142/

Famous punk rock band U.S. Bombs will headline a show in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

80s Prom Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://80spromparty.com/

Dress up in 80’s attire and party like they did in the 80’s this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

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Down By Law: 2017 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 2, The Garage, Ventura, http://www.facebook.com/events/366345440367007/
February 3, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1438774869484985/
February 4, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/654220584752849/
February 5, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3196
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Legendary punk rock band Down By Law will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 3
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available.

The Halal Guys Cerritos Grand Opening
11:00 am – 2:00 am, February 3
The Halal Guys, Cerritos
http://thehalalguys.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/183625602114360/

A new The Halal Guys will open their doors to the public this Friday in Cerritos. The first 1,000 people in line will have a chance to win free stuff. As for the food, they did not mention any giveaways, so make sure you can pay for your food if you order any!

2017 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 3
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 4
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 5
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

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

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

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 4-5
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

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

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

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

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4-5
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Ontario. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both days. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $10 to $20.

3rd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $25 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $39 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

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

118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/118th-annual-golden-dragon-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Boomtown Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
Boomtown Brewery, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.boomtownbrew.com/

One of Downtown LA’s breweries will officially open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, this grand opening party will have live music throughout the day, mobile food vendors, and lots of new beers for you to try.

T.S.O.L. and The Dwarves – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2934

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1848830522063506/
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5, Aurea Vista, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/227636921019842/
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including these two this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

9th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 5
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187571184653266/

Ska fans get their day this Sunday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by the Mad Caddies. Tickets to this concert cost $20 presale or $30 at the door.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

City Tavern DTLA’s 2nd Birthday Celebration
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
City Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.citytaverndtla.com/

City Tavern’s Downtown LA location turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have food and drink specials this Thursday night.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 4
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

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

Hyper Local Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 4
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/

This Thursday night, The Rookery in Pomona will have four select local craft beers on tap for $4.

El Segundo Brewing’s Dankbowl 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-7
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.elsegundobrewing.com/

El Segundo Brewing will have special events this weekend that coincide with the big game. On Friday, they will bring back their Power Plant Triple IPA. On Saturday, they will have a lineup of Double IPA’s on tap. On Sunday, they will have a viewing party for the big game.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/579957418819629/

This Friday evening, find Ballast Point’s fruit-inspired brews on tap at Board & Brew in Anaheim Hills.

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

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

Taste of Night Market
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5-6
The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://www.tasteofnightmarket.com/

The organizers of the inaugural 626 Night Market brings their successful night market to Santa Monica this weekend. As a spinoff of the 626 Night Market, this event will focus on the food and drink aspects, with tastings available from dozens of Asian-themed vendors. General admission starts at 6pm while VIP admission starts at 5pm. Prices start at $65 and go up to $95.

Luicidal @ The World Famous Doll Hut
7:30 pm – 12:30 pm, February 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/657775887697976/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Gears and The Angry Samoans: Live in SoCal
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/228670
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://thegearsatdollhut.brownpapertickets.com/

Local punk rock bands The Gears and The Angry Samoans will perform at these two shows this week in Southern California. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1070885-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Super Kids Saturday 5K & Fun Run
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, February 6
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.millerchildrenshospitallb.org/5K

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning and raise money for charity. Registration costs $30.

Geeks In Love Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1044883558908874/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & craft fair this weekend in Burbank, which follows a love and Valentine’s Day theme.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Irvine Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 6
Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654582321474439/

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

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 6
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $17, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2nd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 6
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

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

12th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

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

Long Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 6-7
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Gamer Bowl, a Gam3rCon event
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6-7
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/148395915534914/

This weekend, check out a free and all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities.

2016 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 6
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $55 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $95 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.

4th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 6
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://www.westfield.com/santaanita
http://www.facebook.com/events/777192795748171/

Enjoy a free and all-ages Lunar New Year celebration this Saturday in Arcadia with live entertainment, arts & crafts, games, specials, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/skawars2016

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

Top Acid 1st Anniversary Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/230119177320564/

Top Acid turns a year old this weekend, and they will have a free and all-ages music show featuring local bands to celebrate.

The Crowd @ Fitzgerald’s HB
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1015609-crowd-huntington-beach/

Catch a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Storytime with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 6
Malone’s, Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a raunchy burlesque show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter. Bring cash for the cover charge.

D.I. @ Spike’s Bar & Billiards
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 6
Spike’s Bar & Billiards, Rosemead
http://www.facebook.com/events/446778298865288/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Rosemead. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Bad Cop Bad Cop @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682567965289163/

Check out some local punk rock bands this Sunday night at Characters Sports Bar in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

Flight of Darkness 3.0
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
The Iron Press, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/881211218565604/

If you like dark beers, then you need to head on over to The Iron Press in Costa Mesa this Tuesday night, when they will tap a plethora of dark beers, plus some other special brews including some sours made only for this occasion.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Aggrolites
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 5, M15 Concert Bar, Corona http://smarturl.it/Aggros_Tix_Feb5

Ska/reggae band The Aggrolites just ended a tour with the Mad Caddies, and will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different ticket price and age limit, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/837434149650304/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing Tap Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 5
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/781015875300497/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have lots of Bottle Logic Brewing’s beers on tap this Thursday night as part of a tap takeover. Drop on in and enjoy a cold one.

Mustard Plug @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/357699774411476/

Ska-punk band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast and will perform at a bunch of Southern California shows, starting with this FREE show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.

One Sweet Day Pop-up Shop
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 6
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 7
Community Socal, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1523110417967726/

Check out this Valentine’s Day-themed pop up shop, filled with handmade gifts for your friends, family, and yourself. Visitors will find a DIY photo booth and complementary sips & treats.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 6
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Leftöver Crack: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/764383-leftoever-crack-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7, Observatory North Park, San Diego http://observatorynp.com/?event_id=5557525
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Leftover-Crack

Legendary punk band Leftöver Crack will embark on a California tour this week, starting with these all-ages shows in Southern California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a link to see the prices.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/194537

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 7
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/san-diego-ca/

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

11th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

11th Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest
9:30 am – 3:00 pm, February 7
Marine Stadium Park (north end), Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/bulldog.html

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

2015 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 7
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2015/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this one-day expo in San Diego County this Saturday. Admission costs $20 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more. Print the coupon below to save $10 off admission.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, February 7
Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets cost $65, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 7-8
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this weekend to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 2pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Los-Angeles-Skawars-2015-Fest/276689

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $24 presale and $30 at the door.

The Empire Strikes Back – Skacore Show
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Empire-Strikes-Back

Release some aggression at this skacore show this Saturday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $5. Arrive early to snag free parking at the venue’s lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cadillac Tramps @ Fuzion Huntington Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Fuzion, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/712017288914575/

Rock out to some great local bands this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids @ Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/857225747630944/

Legendary female-fronted punk band The Voids come out of their hiatus to perform at this epic show this Saturday night in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dollyrots @ Mission Tobacco Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/408676252620622/

Rock out with some local bands this Saturday night in Riverside. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 10pm or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Generators 18th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Old Towne Pub, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/801967396515811/

Locally famous punk band The Generators will perform in Pasadena this Saturday night to commemorate their 18-year career in the music industry. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Susan Silva Benefit Show
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 8
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195624

Check out this benefit show featuring a lineup of local punk rock bands this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

Mustard Plug @ The Casbah San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 8
The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5114

Mustard Plug will round out their Southern California shows with this one in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 5
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 4
The Coach House Concert Hall, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/538288876261102/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Mad Caddies on Tour – Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The El Rey, Los Angeles http://www.axs.com/events/246469/mad-caddies-tickets
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 6, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/mad-caddies-2014

The Mad Caddies start their 2014 tour across the continent in Southern California this week with these two shows. These all-ages show range from $15 to $20, so check each individual venue for info.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/715667638457196/

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Tet Festival 2014
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 8
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 9
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $5 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 7
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Union 13 @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/184762961733520/

Check out the best of Los Angeles hardcore punk at this show this Friday night, headlined by Union 13. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

Free Punk Rock Show @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 7
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194916444049107/

Three local punk bands play a free show in Ventura this Friday night. Come for the drinks, stay for the bands.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/161629

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

CH3 & RF7 @ Loaded Hollywood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 7
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434018120148143/

Local punk rock bands hit up Hollywood this Friday night at Loaded. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 8
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/678164158889609/

Set up similarly to Stroll & Savor, the Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies. This year, the organizers have added a pancake breakfast in the morning – see the website for details on how to attend that. Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank.

23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=d7f275b9-8ec5-49ca-bc7b-f1dd73513ed1

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $10 for one day, or $15 for both days.

32nd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 8-9
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 8
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://100eats.com/events/noblealeworks/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their third anniversary this weekend, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. For $40 presale (purchased by this Thursday) or $60 at the door, attendees can enjoy three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 25 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may purchase the ticket, but minors may still enter the area for the food trucks or with an attendee.

Tap ‘N’ Run 4k – Orange County
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://tapnrun.com/

Two unlikely events combine together in this beer-chugging running race. Take a 4k, throw in costumed men, give them two pints’ worth of beer, and you have Tap ‘N’ Run. Running while drinking never leads to a good thing, but if this piques your interest, registration to this wacky race costs $60. No one under 21 may participate. Arrive early, as the road leading here contains only one lane, and will cause extreme traffic just before the event starts.

Los Angeles Ska Wars 2014
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 8
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Los-Angeles-Skawars-2014/221411

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in East Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages at Lincoln Park, headlined by legendary ska band The Toasters. Tickets to this festival cost $18 presale and $25 at the door.

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 8
Petersen Auto Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. Tickets sold out a long time ago, but you may get lucky and find someone selling a ticket or two.

The Dickies and Agent Orange @ M15 in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.m15concerts.com/events/agent-orange-featuring-the-dickies/

Catch old school punk bands The Dickies and Agent Orange as they headline this local show this Saturday night in Corona. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Decry and RF7 @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/262081473941719/

Catch punk bands Decry and RF7 as they perform at The World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Harold’s Place
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 8
Harold’s Place, San Pedro
http://www.facebook.com/events/1406813316232764/

Check out this punk show in the South Bay this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

Union 13 @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 8
Billy O’s Restaurant & Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/194042124138627/

Union 13 headlines a show in Ventura this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs only $6. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock BBQ
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/205225343003385/

Over ten local punk rock bands will play at this all-day show at The World Famous Doll Hut, including Union 13 for the third day in a row. Admission to this show costs only $5 and lasts all day. No one under 21 may attend.

Save Music in Chinatown 2
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 9
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-music-in-chinatown-2-money-mark-channel-3-hector-penalosa-from-the-zeros-w-baja-bugs-and-solo-tickets-9389804157

This fundraiser/concert takes place near Chinatown this Sunday afternoon, and features local bands, such as punk band CH3. Admission to this fundraiser costs $12, or $16 with eight raffle tickets. Children 12 and under can enter for free.