Posts Tagged ‘Societe Brewing’

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.

8th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/8th-annual-taste-of-la-mesa-837

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $55, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

California Presidential Primary
June 7
California
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/june-7-2016-presidential-primary-election/

Do your part this Tuesday: get our and vote!

Beer Camp Across America Visits Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1599658257029413/

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar will receive brews from this year’s Beer Camp Across America collaboration to tap fresh for you to taste. This night has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 9-11
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.

Chef Throwdown for Cystic Fibrosis
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
Hotel del Coronado, Coronado
http://chefthrowdown.eventscff.org/

A special dinner fundraiser takes place in Coronado this Thursday night. General admission costs $150, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus parking. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 5pm, and also includes a meet & greet, valet parking, and reserved VIP tables.

Business & Beer @ Monkish Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.businessnbeer.com/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This month, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 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 barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Beer Paper LA’s 3rd Anniversary
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9, Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 12, Barbara’s at the Brewery, Los Angeles
http://www.beerpaperla.com/

Beer Paper LA has churned out publications for three years now, and to celebrate, they will have TWO free beer-filled events this week.

Orange County Beer Week
June 10-17
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 8-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.

40th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10-12
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $45 to $50, while a three-day pass costs $125 to $140.

2016 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 10
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 12
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Diego this weekend, complete with food, desserts, drinks, ouzo, dance, music, rides, games, vendors, exhibits, and more. Arrive early enough and you can enter for free – otherwise, it costs $3 to enter.

2016 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

An all-ages music festival comes to West Hollywood this weekend, along with a parade on Sunday morning. Admission varies in price, with free admission on Friday, $25 for one day, and going up to $125 for a VIP admission.

Split Decision Reunion Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/961824893936718/

Split Decision formed over a decade ago, and after all this time, they will reunite for this special show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Eric Lara’s 29th Birthday Punk Rock Party w/ Naked Aggression
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1073831502678559/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Tarzana. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 10
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com/

A food and wine tasting event comes to West LA this weekend. Two sessions of the festival will take place: Friday night and Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $100 and lasts two hours, while VIP admission costs $150 and lasts three hours. Sunday’s Champagne brunch costs $55 to attend. Bring cash for parking at these events. No one under 21 may attend any of these events.

17th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 11
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/5krun

A 5k run will take place in central Anaheim this Saturday morning that will close off several streets. Registration costs $35 for the 5k, and goes down for teams or children.

31st Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 11
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

Fido Fest 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 11
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://www.cityofsanteeca.gov/Index.aspx?page=8&recordid=3158

A free and all-ages dog event comes to east San Diego this Saturday morning. Check out pet vendors, pet demos, pet adoptions, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 11
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1748101858768754/

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

Time Out LA’s Donut Party
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/tola-donut-party

Pig out on donuts, coffee, teas, ciders, and wines this Saturday in Hollywood. The $25 admission gets you in to one of three two-hour sessions: 10am, 12:30pm, or 3pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples of everything while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 11-12
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

Enjoy a weekend of art and culture this weekend at this all-ages art festival down by the water in San Diego. Admission ranges from $12 to $16 – see the website for a pricing breakdown.

29th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

LA Cosplay Con 2016
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $25 for general admission, $20 for cosplayers, or $15 for students.

3rd Annual Euro Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 11
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://eurobierfest.com/

A bunch of European beers will arrive at Alpine Village this Saturday for your tasting pleasure. Admission to this beer tasting event costs $45 and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer samples from over 60 different varieties while supplies last. Bring cash for other products, such as food and non-alcoholic beverages. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 8th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Societe Four
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 11
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns four 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 $12 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and one beer pour for that glass. Attendees will need to pay for any additional beers after that first one.

5th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/5th_annual_uptown_jazz_festival

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.

Sumo Sushi Show – San Diego
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fluxx Nightclub, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

3rd Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/event/3rd-annual-block-party/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Rök House 2-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/995273553898050/

Upland’s Rök House Brewing turns two years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have over two dozen beers for you to try, including their anniversary ales. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Inland Empire Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.bierbuzz.com/component/banners/click/43.html

Two events will occur back-to-back this Saturday in Riverside. The day starts with a beer festival from 12pm to 4pm, complete with over 20 local breweries all pouring their brews for all the attendees. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last, as well as admission to the following event. From 4pm to 10pm, a music concert will take place that costs $15 to get in to. At that point, all beers will come at cost, so anyone present after 4pm will need to pay for each beer.

2016 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11-12
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

An all-ages Greek festival comes to San Bernardino this weekend, complete with Greek food, desserts, ouzo, music, dance, games, rides, vendors, exhibits, and more. Admission costs just $2 for adults, while children can enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 11
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/tacos-tequila-festival-san-diego

Indulge in unlimited tacos, craft beer, and tequila this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, all while supplies last. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 11
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

2016 Iron Classics Car Show & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.gaslamplongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1698043677128637/

Two events will occur back-to-back at the Gaslamp in Long Beach this Saturday. Starting at 3pm, catch a free car show in the parking lot. From 5pm onwards, a music show will take place inside the Gaslamp that costs $15 presale or $20 at the door to enter. Guests arriving prior to 6pm can park for free; anyone arriving afterwards will have to pay $10 to park.

1st Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants arrives in Fullerton this Saturday evening. The $75 admission grants you unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. The venue provides free parking up to a certain amount, so if you arrive too late, you may need to pay for parking beyond the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Roller Girls – Battle for the Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 11
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.

JapanLA 10 Year Anniversary & Super Kawaii Food Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Japan LA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/

Japan LA turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an art show at their store, as well as specials on select items.

The Unholy Sounds of Damnation
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 11
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/damnation-ch3-mad-parade-rocket-to-russia-the-returners-g-matthews/

Get your moshing on at this punk rock show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Skacore Show @ The Constellation Room
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 11
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/inspector

Get your skanking on at this Latin skacore show in the Constellation Room this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 12
The Autry, Los Angeles
http://la-bike.org/riverride

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $80.

Santa Ana Street Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 12
Outside 4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Eat breakfast out on the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Sunday morning. Registration costs only $5 per person.

21st Annual San Clemente Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 12
Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente
http://villagesanclemente.org/annual-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars this Sunday at this free and all-ages car show in San Clemente.

Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Encino this Sunday, complete with vendors, food, desserts, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more. Note that this event will close Ventura Blvd to traffic, so plan your commute accordingly.

Stone Sour Fest 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 12
Stone Brewing, Escondido

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $49 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

Spring 2016 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple 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. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

Latino Multicultural Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-multicultural-festival-artventure-target-free-sunday/

Free to attend for all ages, explore art, music, dance, and more at this cultural event in Long Beach.

4th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 12
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this seasonal event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon, free of a cover charge.

Mission Brewery’s 9th Anniversary
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
Mission Brewery, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://missionbrewery.com/9years/

San Diego’s Mission Brewery turns nine years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a party this Sunday afternoon full of beer and live music. Admission with one beer costs $10. Add a souvenir glass for $15 admission, or get the beer, glass, and an anniversary t-shirt for $30.

All around the world, people always look for the next great thing. Between consumers, entrepreneurs, and investors, people want to know what will rise in popularity in the near future. Certain things do not remain popular forever – in time, trends and preferences change, leading to changing consumer behaviors. Last year, many new trends established a hold in the typical consumer’s life. One recent study showed that expanded more in 2012 than ever before since prohibition. Craft beer had launched early last decade, then snowballed into the industry you see today. With the increasing amount of breweries opening annually, consumers may lose track of worthwhile breweries to buy from and talk about. Check out five breweries to drink beer from this year, as they either opened recently or have major plans this year.

5. Claremont Craft Ales

Breweries tend to thrive well in suburb-like areas, despite the dispersed population. When the community carries a nice small-town charm, one can generally trust the local businesses, especially in food & beverage. Travelers may miss small-town gems as they pass through, meaning they may miss a true gem like Claremont Craft Ales. Located in a college town, CCA opened just last August after having garnered quite a following on Facebook. Their opening strategy took long to develop because they wanted to release a complete business, akin to waiting to release a novel until completely written to the end. After ensuring an interior pleasant on the eyes, CCA opened with their full lineup of craft ales. This lineup covers a good variety of beers, carrying light, hoppy, and dark beers. They carry two sizes of growlers for customers to take beer home, but beer this fresh does not last long, so anybody taking a filled growler home should drink the beer within a week to maintain flavor. As a general rule of thumb, this applies to any growler taken from any brewery. While their beers do not set any new precedence, a small-town brewery that makes good craft beer will please many palates, so craft beer lovers will want to check out CCA to try all the beers they can.

4. Fireman’s Brew

Businesses that focus on quality over quantity tend to have the most loyal customers. Keeping selections minimized in order to emphasize quality keeps customers wanting more. Some restaurants do this by maintaining a small menu that contains top quality food. Breweries can follow this exact same model too, as Fireman’s Brew has done. Founded by real firefighters, Fireman’s Brew crafts a small selection of premium beers, coffee, and fountain drinks. Their lineup of beers consists of three colors: Blonde, Brunette, and Redhead… a.k.a. the trifecta. More than just a reference to descriptions of women, these colors represent the beer’s style: pilsner, doublebock, and amber ale, respectively. With just those three beers, Fireman’s Brew covers the full range: light, heavy, and medium, respectively. Often seen pouring at beer fests, Fireman’s Brew currently distributes to California, Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois, where you can buy a six-pack of a particular flavor or a sampler pack of all three. A portion of the sales of any Fireman’s Brew products gets donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, so drink up and support a worthy cause!

3. Ballast Point Brewing

Many craft beer consumers will have heard of Ballast Point before, so I will not spend too much time explaining their background. Best known for their Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point announced last month their plans to embark upon canned beers, starting with the Sculpin, Pale Ale, and Longfin. Estimated to finalize in two months, Ballast Point will distribute the canned beers locally at first, then expand based on consumer demand. Finally, consumers can enjoy craft beers in places not glass-friendly.

2. Indeed Brewing

A brewery’s name can make or break the entire business. If you decide to open a brewery and name it after a pun, please serve great beer as to not tarnish the name. Luckily, the folks at Indeed Brewing appear to bear a firm grasp on the industry. Having opened this past summer, Indeed laid out all their plans prior to their grand opening in order to inform their followers about their offerings. In fact, months prior to the grand opening, Indeed already listed their two flagship beers: a west coast style pale ale, and an American black ale. The rest of their beers follow the ale spectrum, including Stir Crazy, a winter seasonal ale, and Sweet Yamma Jamma, an ale brewed with sweet potatoes. In addition, Indeed enters the prestigious list of the few craft breweries that sell their brews in cans. They currently sell their two flagship beers in cans, but may brew more canned beers this year. At the moment, they only distribute locally, but upon special request, you may find some Indeed beers at a local craft beer store near you, yes indeed.

1. Societe Brewing

To understand the product, you have to consume from the best. To understand the industry, you have to study the best. Sometimes the best tree grows so large that they have to break off a branch to allow room for growth and expansions. In just a few years, The Bruery had grown in popularity so much that a branch had to break off eventually. This branch fell in the form of a pair of The Bruery’s brewers and landed in San Diego, where that pair constructed Societe Brewing. Word escaped about this, and beer lovers all over clamored over the highly anticipated grand opening of what many considered a child brewery of the world-famous The Bruery. Societe’s brews combine The Bruery’s Belgian-influence with San Diego’s well-known IPA style. Although not groundbreaking, the fact that these beers derive from the hands of seasoned brew veterans gives these beers an exceptional taste that only the best in the business can craft. These guys also know how to get around, as they frequently make guest appearances at many restaurants, gastropubs, bars, and more around Southern California. Societe focuses distribution locally, but you may luck out and discover some of their brews at a local craft beer store near you. Give a Societe brew a try, and taste why many anticipated their release.

The San Diego Beer Week ran from November 2-11 this year. Much like Los Angeles Beer Week, San Diego Beer Week celebrates all things craft beer in San Diego. Home to many fine breweries, San Diego serves a vast assortment of craft beer all over the county, from bars to restaurants to gastropubs and more. With plenty of beer events occurring each day, San Diego Beer Week ensured that anyone interested in beer would get a piece of the ale. The festivities kicked off with a beer fest on Saturday, November 3rd, which I did not have a chance to attend. Instead, I spent a day in San Diego this past weekend to catch the tail end of the week.

My first stop of the day brought me to AleSmith Brewing. Notoriously known for brewing one of the world’s best stouts, AleSmith held a release party for their Barrel Aged Speedway Stout. This limited release stout went for $27 per bottle and sold out in minutes. Luckily, I managed to purchase some bottles, so I not only came here to pick up my bottles, but to also enjoy the varieties of Speedway that the brewery poured that day.

My picks: Vietnamese (coffee) Speedway, Nitro Speedway, Evil Dead Red on cask, Speedway on cask.

The staff also allowed guests to roam the brewery towards the back. They even turned on the machines so guests could watch the bottling process.

At the very back, foodtrucks served food, while the brewery staff served flights of Speedway variations, which I had to purchase no questions asked.

During my time at AleSmith, I spoke with some locals and asked about good food in the area. One guest had mentioned Urge Gastropub. Now I had already heard of Urge prior because of an event there with The Bruery and Societe Brewing, so naturally this suggestion only helped to push me more towards Urge. My dish of choice? The Duck L’Orange Burger:


Om nom nom indeed!

After my late lunch, I headed to the closest brewery: Green Flash Brewing.

As a fan of malty beers, I felt out of place at a brewery that specializes in hoppy beers. Still, I could not resist the chance to take a tour of this brewery.

And of course, what better way to wrap up San Diego Beer Week than with an anniversary ale?

Next, I traveled to Ballast Point, the next nearest brewery from Green Flash. Their main event for the week took place at their Home Brew Mart elsewhere, so heading to the brewery yielded less than stellar results, despite a large crowd at the brewery. Regardless, I never regret any visit to a brewery, no matter how brief.

As the sun set, I used my final minutes of daylight to locate Societe Brewing.

Infamously known as the child prodigy of The Bruery, Societe thrives on only top quality beers. They do not muck around with their beers – they get straight to the point with the flavor and strength. All week, guests could find Societe beers all over San Diego, as the brewery hit up many places to spread their good name and their good cheers.

Night fell, and I decided to seek a haven to snag another beer or two, along with some good eating. Based on a recommendation from a friend, my journey brought me to The Linkery in North Park. For the life of me, I could not decipher this place: a craft beer bar that specializes in sausages, lights dim to set the mood, and a live DJ. I sensed too many mixed messages as I entered and made a bee line for the bar. Coincidentally, I spotted two gentlemen from Societe at the bar as well. After a quick introduction and chat, I sat down to order a beer and food. I ended up ordering something called El Salchichero:

After such a long day of eating and drinking, I could not hold anymore in me, so I had to take half of this eye candy of a plate to go.

I still cannot believe that all these activities consumed my entire day. I had so much more to do, more places to visit, and much more food & beer to eat & drink. Right now I ask myself- do I want to wait until next year’s San Diego Beer Week to travel down here again and explore? Obviously no – having opened my eyes and my world to brand new places, I do not need a special occasion to go visiting all these places. If I want to try new and amazing things, then I shall do so. I want you to also keep an open mind and try new things. Get out there and explore. You should not need a special event or week to persuade you into delving into something new. You never know what you may find by opening your senses.