Posts Tagged ‘Spirits’

77th Annual Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 19-27
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

Free Ska Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/273968869752961/

Get your skanking on at this free ska show this Tuesday night in Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23-24
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 23
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Slaughter And The Dogs – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25, The Hi Hat, Highland Park
http://www.satd.band/

British punk band Slaughter And The Dogs will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. The cover price for each show varies by location, so check with the venue for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

2017 Naples Island Street Fair
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 24
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

7th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 27
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

2017 Anaheim Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimhomeshows.com/

This all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Admission costs $8 for adults. Print the coupon below to receive $2 off admission. Children may enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Japan World Heroes
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://japanworldheroes.com/

This all-ages expo celebrates all things Japanese heroes, such as Power Rangers, VR Troopers, Iron Man, and more. Tickets cost $20 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday, or $30 for all three days, and gets you access to the show floor with special guests, artists, vendors, screenings, panels, and more.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 4th Anniversary
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns four this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room – just stop on by, and pay for cold ones as you go.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 25-25
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Various locations, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadmusicfestival.org/

A handful of music concerts will take place throughout Carlsbad this weekend. This event will feature free concert stages as well as paid concert stages. One-day tickets cost $40 for general admission or $90 for VIP admission. Three-day tickets cost $99 for general admission or $199 for VIP admission.

Narcoleptic Youth @ The Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1963871960552443/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XX – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 25-26
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although this event has no age limit, I do not suggest that children attend this event due to the content.

7th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 26
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2017

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Run & Fundraiser
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26
LAFD Fire Museum, Hollywood
http://www.firehogs.org/

A charity motorcycle ride will take place in Calabasas this Saturday. Tickets cost $40 for a single rider or $70 for a pair of riders.

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://brickfestlive.com/

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. Attendees will find dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more. Tickets cost $25 for a four-hour session, or $39 for VIP good for an entire day.

Reflections Car Club South East Fundraiser Car Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Artesia Park, Artesia
http://www.facebook.com/events/1800972446885932/

A free and all-ages car show comes to Artesia this Saturday afternoon.

3rd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 26-27
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/

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.

2nd Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 26
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 12
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 26
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

6th Annual Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 26
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1605106102867658/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

Four Brewers 3rd Anniversary Celebration & Bottle Share
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.fourbrewers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/907605749407201/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Saturday afternoon in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

7th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

2nd Annual DTLA Proud Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26-27
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://dtlaproud.org/

A pride festival comes to Downtown Los Angeles this weekend, complete with lots of music and entertainment. Admission costs $5 for one day or $8 for both days.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 26
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Saturday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

2017 Huntington Beach Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 26
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.huntingtonbeachbeerfestival.com/

Party hard with booze, loud music, dancing, and many drunk people this Saturday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

It’s Not Dead Fest 2
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/

Punk rock never died, and this concert will prove just that. Check out this all-day all-ages punk rock concert featuring some of the biggest names in punk rock this Saturday in San Bernardino. Tickets cost $42.50 and provides access to all music stages in the venue.

9th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 26
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture, thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. Admission ranges from $20 for food only up to $95 for VIP admission – see the website for a full list of admission types. No one under 21 may attend.

Summer Madness Ska Festival 2017
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3328

An all-day all-ages ska concert will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday using both stages at the venue. Tickets to this concert cost $20.

Barks & Brews
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 26
Outlets at San Clemente, San Clemente
http://www.outletsatsanclemente.com/woof/

A free and all-ages event will take place at the Outlets in San Clemente this Saturday evening. This event encourages visitors to bring out their dogs to check out a beer garden, local food vendors, live entertainment, activities, and more.

Orfila’s 24th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 26
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/grapestomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Monrovia Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Old Town Monrovia
http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/2456/611

Take a stroll through Old Town Monrovia this Saturday evening and enjoy wine sips at participating businesses. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 on the day of the event, and include all wine sips while supplies last.

1st Annual Orange County Paella & Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://paellawinefest.com/

Enjoy paella and wines this Saturday evening. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $35. VIP admission costs $1000 and includes access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

In+ersection – A Playhouse District Festival
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 26
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/intersection

A free and all-ages art & music event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

SCRD Demented Danas vs. Dirt City Roller Rats
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 26
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

27th Annual CHOC Walk In the Park
6:00 am – 10:00 am, August 27
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.chocwalk.org/

Spend lots of money to go walk through Disneyland before it opens this Sunday morning. Participation requires a minimum payment of $85 but does not grant access to the parks after the walk.

18th Annual Elvis Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 27
Main Street, Garden Grove
http://www.mainstreetgardengrove.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1078308315601473/

A free and all-ages event celebrating all things Elvis Presley comes to Garden Grove this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find cars, vendors, live entertainment, games, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Brewlates
10:00 am – 11:00 am, August 27
Legends Craft Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.legendsbeer.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/254970055014867/

Beer and yoga has already happened, and now we have beer and pilates. $20 covers your registration for this event, plus one pint of beer.

13th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart-walk-2017/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Tustin Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/21st-anniversary-beer-festival

Tustin Brewing turns 21 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2017 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

15th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

7th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/treasurechest/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Sunday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. Admission ranges from $30 to $55, and each admission gets you different things at the event – check the website for a full list of admission types. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

End of Summer Bash
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
Long Beach Creamery, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1434173113284447/

This Sunday afternoon, Long Beach Creamery will host some local vendors as they sample their goods as well as sell them.

Skankster Sunday
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/109077333104884/

A ska and hip-hop show will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday evening. No one under 16 may enter. Anyone 21 and over gets in for free. For those age 16-20, only the first 250 people get in free – anyone after that has to pay the $6 cover charge to enter.

Reagan Youth – Live in Camarillo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 27
Rock City Studios, Camarillo
http://www.facebook.com/events/289912164762393/

End your weekend with some local punk rock this Sunday night in Camarillo. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

GBH – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 27
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1485270-gbh-san-diego/

Legendary punk rock band GBH will headline a show in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. No one under 21 may enter.

Upcoming Events: August 22-28, 2016

Posted: August 22, 2016 in Animals, Art, Bacon, Beer, Burgers, Cars, Dessert, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports
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World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 23-28
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

1st Annual Burgers Bourbon + Beer
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
The Victorian, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/lasocialevents/bbb/

Sample craft burgers, craft beers, and craft cocktails this Wednesday night in Santa Monica. General admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24-25
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Final-Taste-of-Downtown-for-2016-Set-to-Invade-the-Waterfront-with-GrubnSunsets

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

2016 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

2016 Oktoberfest Lager Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/292426344449027/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will have their own mini Oktoberfest celebration with the release of their Oktoberfest Lager. Stop on by, enjoy this brew, and don any festive clothing if you have it. This event has no cover charge – just show up and enjoy the night.

4 Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1801059113447483/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Build Your Own Grits Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night, this time featuring grits! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your grits dish. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

6th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 26
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, August 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.lafw.com/

Discover the multitude of food and wine options available in Southern California this week throughout Los Angeles County. Dozens of different events will take place that all feature something different, such as demonstrations, tastings, parties, and more. Events range in price from $100 to $250, so look at the website to discover what events float your boat.

Lagunitas Beer Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 25
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/lagunitas_beer_dinner/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings for each course this Thursday night in Long Beach for $75 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wiens Brewing Food Pairing Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754822874789012/

Enjoy a three-course dinner complete with beer pairings this Thursday night in Pomona.

Twilight Concerts @ Santa Monica Pier: Save Ferris
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 25
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://tcs.santamonicapier.org/tcs825

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages concert featuring ska band Save Ferris this Thursday night in Santa Monica.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
August 26-28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://www.pacificplatebrewing.com/

Pacific Plate Brewing turns three this week, and to celebrate, they will release special brews each day this weekend. Visitors of all ages pay no cover to visit the tasting room.

Doggone Good Soda Company Grand Opening
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 26
Packing District, Anaheim
http://doggonegoodsoda.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/496695287206542/

A new shop will open to the public this Friday at the Anaheim Packing District. They will not have any specials or giveaways, but you can still stop by and check them out.

3rd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26-27
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

San Diego Magazine’s 2016 Best of San Diego Party
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 26
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/April-2016/Best-of-San-Diego-Party-2016/

Sample food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. General admission costs $80 and starts at 6:30pm, while VIP admission costs $120 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Nerd Con 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this weekend. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. Admission greatly varies depending on what day you will attend and how long you will attend, so see the website for pricing details.

Free Music Show @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 26
Out Of the Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/838548336275654/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages rock show this Friday night in Anaheim.

Saves The Day @ Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 26
Glass House, Pomona
http://savestheday.com/

Saves The Day will headline an all-ages show in Pomona this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $22. Guests can find plenty of free parking around the area and can avoid having to pay to park.

Acidez @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/acidez

Rock out to some hardcore punk this Friday night in Santa Ana. 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 car.

Bonecrusher @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26-27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537761413200296/

Punk band Bonecrusher will headline two nights at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this weekend. The cover for each of these shows cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Brigade: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 26, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://borderlinebarandgrill.ticketfly.com/event/1280039-youth-brigade-di-stalag-13-thousand-oaks/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27, El Rey Theatre, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles http://www.theelrey.com/events/detail/312913

Punk band Youth Brigade will headline two all-ages shows in LA County this week. Ticket prices vary for each show, so click on a show’s link for ticket prices.

Tartar Control @ Dipiazzas
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 26
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1838797699686969/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7.

6th Annual Rumble At The Rose Bowl – Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 27
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/rose-bowl-2016

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $75, while registration for the 10k costs $85.

8th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Inspired Market – Yorba Linda
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
RM Nixon Park, Yorba Linda
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

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

2nd Annual The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 27-28
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.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.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 27
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1129211980469212/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

1st Annual Art In The Park
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 27
Triangle Park, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/art-in-the-park.html

A free and all-ages event comes to Huntington Beach this Saturday afternoon. This event will feature food, arts & crafts, entertainment, activities, games, and other family-fun things.

Venice Beach Music Fest 11
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, August 27
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 27
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-san-clemente/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1631024213878382/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

San Gabriel Valley Sour Beer Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 27
38 Degrees, Monrovia
http://38degreesalehouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/965061530258722/

Contrary to the event name, this event will not function as a festival. Instead, 38 Degrees in Monrovia will have a plethora of sour ales on tap available for you to try. This event has no cover charge or admission – simply show up, and pay for drinks as you go.

6th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 27
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/event/treasure-chest-fest-san-diego-2016/

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. General admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the door and gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

Ska Brewing & Scooter Rally
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/632205490266488/

Two free events take place at Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store this Saturday. All day, they will have a bunch of beers from Ska Brewing on tap available for you to try (at cost, of course). They will also have a scooter meetup and ride – check the event page for further details.

1st Annual Ohana Music Fest
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm, August 27-28
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A two-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

8th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 27
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $85, but use promo code cocktails to take $20 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 27-28
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

FYF Fest really requires no other description. If you have heard of or attended Coachella, FYF Fest will feel similar. This two-day concert will feature the largest names in music. Surprisingly, you can still purchase tickets! I recommend getting dropped off or taking the Metro, as parking will not exist on these two days.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 27
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.westfield.com/utc

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Orfila’s 23rd Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 27
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Middle Earth Dinner
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 27
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/595304703966194/

Lord of the Rings fans will not want to miss this themed dinner taking place this Saturday night in Burbank. While you can attend in regular clothes, they encourage dressing up to the theme, as well as acting the part. Admission costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

San Pedro Beer & Bacon Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 27
USS Iowa BattleShip, San Pedro
http://chugginbrews.com/

Indulge on beers and bacon aboard a battleship this Saturday night in San Pedro. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory North Park
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 27
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.observatorysd.com/event/6835615

Punk band Face To Face will headline an all-ages show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $25.

12th Annual LeucadiART Walk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

1st Annual Cars & Doggies
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 28
Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine
http://www.mpsarmy.org/cars-doggies/

A car show and dog meetup will take place in Irvine this Sunday, free to attend for all ages.

Tustin Brewing’s 20th Anniversary Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 28
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://tustinbrewery.com/
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/tbc-20th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 20 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 11am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

14th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 28
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.gardenajazzfestival.com/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $25 per person.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1735880903295814/

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

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 28
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

End Of Summer Bash
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://longbeachcreamery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1123689424370312/

Free to attend for all ages, Long Beach Creamery will close down their parking lot this Sunday afternoon for a day of live music and food.

Mead & Cider Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 28
Honest Abe Cidery, Carson
http://www.honestabecider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1773259292922278/

Share your favorite mead and/or cider with others, and indulge in other ciders and meads this Sunday in Carson. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy drinks and good times.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Beards & Beers Bonanza
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.folkrevivalfestival.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/116194742161626/

A beard & mustache contest will take place in Long Beach this Sunday evening. Throughout the day, the venue will have food & drink specials plus live music.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

Participate in any of a variety of events celebrating Japanese culture during this nine-day period based out of Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Numerous events will occur at Little Tokyo or the Japanese American National Museum on the north side of Little Tokyo. Check the website for a full list of events, which include some eating competitions, the free family festival, and a car show.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 18-23
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

26th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 18
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Rising Tohoku Food Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/the-second-rising-tohoku-food-fair-part-i-torrance-store/

Immerse yourself in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan this weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Free to attend for all ages, find lots of food, drinks, treats, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Kratos: The Original Returns
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464818517155270/

Valiant Brewing brings back their original Kratos beer as well as three variations of it this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for the beers you wish to enjoy.

Orange Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Old Towne Orange, Orange
http://www.orangewinewalk.com/

Stroll up and down Old Towne Orange, enjoy live music, and savor some wine and amazing local eats. The website has no other real information, such as how much this will cost, so bring some extra cash with you if you intend to attend.

The Return of La Banda Skalavera
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/la-banda-skalavera

Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Friday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to the show cost $13 presale or $16 at the door. Arrive early to park at the venue for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Best of San Diego Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 21
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-San-Diego-Party/

Samples food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $85 with a 12-month subscription to the magazine.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=623

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

Rob’s Birthday Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/866765380026838/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 22
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

7th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 22
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.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.

Nerd Con 2015
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 22
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this Saturday. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. General admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children. VIP admission costs $50, but the website does not mention what VIP admission gets different. Use promo code KILLERSNCO to save 15% off admission.

6th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 22-23
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to enter and with free parking, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

5th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

4th Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/4th_annual_uptown_latin_jazz_blues_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.

2nd Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Berth 49, San Pedro
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6008095

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $15.

7th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 22
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 23
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for one day or $150 for both days, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing – Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616751838581579/

Enjoy any of six different brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing this Saturday at Public Beer & Wine Shop in Downtown Long Beach.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

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

4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 23
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.facebook.com/events/1024827330880917/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $20 per person.

Tustin Brewing 19th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/19th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 19 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 7th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

Local Live Music Industry Mixer
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/939584916063393/

Meet local musicians, promoters, venue owners, sound/studio engineers, producers, media, photographers, vendors, and more at this free mixer this Sunday afternoon.

2015 Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Free Kite Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
http://www.scfta.org/Events/Detail.aspx?id=13346

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon, check out all things kites with kite-building stations, flying demos, arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more.

Date A Derby Dame
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa
http://tinyurl.com/dateaderbydame

Meet the women who participate in roller derby in this calm and encouraging environment. You may even find romance if you get lucky! General admission costs $35, or $10 for active roller derby athletes.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 15-22
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

25th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 19
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Tall Ships Festival LA 2014
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 20-22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.tallshipsfestivalla.com/

Some of the world’s tallest ships will dock at the Port of LA this week, allowing visitors of all ages to come gawk at them. In addition, the world’s largest rubber duck will float on in to the port. Ticket prices vary for everything during this festival, ranging from $4 all the way up to $150.

Smog City Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 20
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/688169924608595/

South Bay brewery Smog City Brewing will bring nine different beers to take over the taps of The Factory, plus their cask tap. Stop on by this Wednesday evening to enjoy a cold brew.

2014 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 21
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

Mad Caddies – North America Tour 2014
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2069
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22, M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona http://www.m15concerts.com/events/mad-caddies/
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/skankin-in-the-pit-fest

The Mad Caddies will go on tour throughout North America starting this week, and their tour starts off in Southern California with three killer shows. Each show has varying prices and age limits, so refer to the link of the show you want to attend for more info.

The Weirdos – 2014 US Summer Tour
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/177668
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://gonzopresents.com/event/178215

Relive the 80’s with these old school punk bands this week. Tickets to the Thursday show in Long Beach cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. Tickets to the Friday show in Pomona cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show.

Anime California 2014
11:00 am – 2:00 am, August 22
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 23-24
Hyatt Regency, Garden Grove
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove, this 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $30 per day or $50 for the entire weekend.

KTown Night Market’s OC Block Party
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Following to vivid success of the KTown Night Market from a few months ago, the organizers will invade Orange County this weekend to bring their night market to the OC. For just $3 to get in, visitors will experience the true nightlife of Asia in this local environment full of food, drinks, vendors, games, music, live entertainment, lights, dancing, and more.

4th Annual Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 22
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Long Beach BBQ Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.cityofbrea.net/Calendar.aspx?EID=6611

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

Amenaza CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/278990388948853/

Get crazy at this ska/reggae show this Friday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Centerfield Ska Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Centerfield Sports Bar, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/793977213987331/

Enjoy a FREE ska show this Friday night in Orange County with some fun local ska bands. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23-24
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Back To School Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 23
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/565229033599770/

If you have not visited Blackmarket Bakery in a long time, or have yet to visit them at all, check them out this Saturday afternoon. They will give out free samples of their new items to visitors. In addition, stick around for other free giveaways, such as t-shirts or other goodies to take home.

Venice Beach Music Fest 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 23
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicebeachmusicfest.com/

Experience local music, art, and dance at this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday.

5th Annual Taste of Westminster
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Civic Center Sunken Gardens, Westminster
http://www.tasteofwestminster.com/

Sample foods from the local restaurants of Westminster this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and comes with unlimited food tastings while supplies last. About half of the vendors consist of corporate restaurants, so keep that in mind when sampling the Westminster restaurants. All drinks, alcoholic or not, come at a separate cost, so for a hot day with little shade, bring extra cash to stay hydrated.

Old Skool Oil – Custom Car & Cycle Show
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Bowlium Lanes, Montclair
http://www.facebook.com/events/268668053321232/

Bring your friends and family to this FREE and all-ages car show in Montclair this Saturday afternoon. Visitors will find pin-up models, cash prizes, food & drink specials, a live DJ, music, art, raffles, and of course, cars.

3rd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 23
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

6th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 24
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for Saturday and $85 for Sunday, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. Use the promo code spirits to take $25 off your admission. No one under 21 may attend.

Saturday Matinee @ The World Famous Doll Hut
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/266643470189183/

Check out this FREE afternoon show featuring some local punk bands at the Doll Hut this Saturday afternoon.

Orfila’s 21st Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $90 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 23
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $12 presale and $17 at the door.

3rd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 23
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual CLIF Brewfest
5:45 pm – 11:00 pm, August 23
St. Juliana Parish Center, Fullerton
http://www.stjulianachurch.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=386328&id=0

The annual CLIF (Catholic Lithuanian Irish Federation) Brewfest returns this weekend in Fullerton. Admission costs $50, and those who purchase presale tickets can enter 15 minutes earlier at 5:45pm. All attendees can eat and drink as much as they can with admission.

Cheap Sex @ Los Globos
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/638889-cheap-sex-los-angeles/

Cheap Sex makes their only 2014 reunion at this show that they will headline at Los Globos in Silverlake this Saturday night, which also features a rare appearance by Lab Rats. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood down Vendome St.

RF7 – Record Release Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/671364132946958/

Local punk bands will hit up Blacklight District Lounge in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 24
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/leucadiart/

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Tustin Brewing 18th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 18 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 6th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 24
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

PigOut 3.0
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 24
California Scenario, Costa Mesa
http://100eats.com/events/pigout/

Following a successful turnout at last year’s PigOut 2.0, the organizers have returned once again with PigOut 3.0 – bigger, better, and with pignificant vengeance. This celebration of everyone’s favorite pink-snout animal delivers the goods with 15 of Orange County’s top chefs all preparing a feast for the ages, and ten of Orange County’s top mixologists all shaking up wicked concoctions. The general admission of $75 starts at 3pm allows all attendees four full hours of all-you-can-eat pork goodies, and all-you-can-drink craft cocktails. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes a champagne reception plus a complimentary dessert item.

OC Weekly‘s annual tasting event, Decadence, returned for its tenth year running this past Friday night. This annual nightly gala features some of Orange County’s top chefs, caterers, bakers, mixologists, musicians, and more for a night of sipping and savoring in the wilderness. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, guests will walk among random animal exhibits around this wildlife reserve. As a wildlife reserve and event space, this venue hosts events all the time of varying scale, from small parties to large events like this. Perhaps the word large comes off as an understatement in this case, or that too many people anticipated or overrated this event.

Upon arrival, all guests could spot the night’s most glaring issue – the abundance of attendees. For some reason, people tend to believe that more people usually means something good. When it comes down to the source, this means something or someone at the front cannot expedite the group of people. In addition to the long line to enter the venue, once inside the venue, even more lines existed for every table and booth. Just to convolute things further, guests had to navigate lots of narrow paths in the darkness. For example, I could barely see what Slater’s 50/50 and Smoqued served until I used my phone’s light. At other locations throughout the venue, vendors had to operate with little space and contort around the twisted paths, since the venue’s architects decided not to craft straight paths or walls. But apparently, most of the attendees love to wait in long crowded lines in the dark for samples of food and drinks.

As another issue that manifested prior to the night, OC Weekly once again botched on the parking information. Last year, they said that guests could park for free, but at the last-minute announced that parking would cost $5. This time, they made a last-minute change to the parking location. They originally announced that guests should park at Saddleback Church and ride the shuttle from there to the venue. I arrived there an hour prior to the event’s start time, and circled the church campus for a good 45 minutes, and never saw any shuttles or signs of Decadence attendees. Finally fed up, I decided to drive to the venue to discover the parking situation, since OC Weekly does not list any sort of contact phone number for anyone to reach with questions. Along the way to the venue from the church, I spotted a shuttle turning from a cross street. I turned onto that cross street only to discover that the Decadence parking lot existed in a totally different location unrelated to Saddleback Church. OC Weekly’s negligence to announce correct parking details to the attendees caused not only myself to arrive late, but hundreds more, as I discovered during the shuttle ride to the venue.

What happened to the quality of the food and drinks? Sure OC Weekly invited some cool restaurants like Slater’s 50/50, Chapter One, and Scott’s, but Decadence this year came nowhere close to the amount of food vendors that participated last year. As another huge bummer, OC Weekly did not bring on any micro brewery this time, opting to stock Corona as the only beer available throughout the entire venue. Craft beer reigns in the overall beer industry, so why not bring ANY micro brewery at all?

A VIP area existed and carried lots of exclusive bites and sips that everyone outside could not obtain. With the right timing, anyone could enter the VIP area, as security apparently did not do a good job of keeping the area closed, especially after someone inside the VIP area opened all the doors marked DO NOT OPEN, allowing everyone else to enter.

Clearly I do not work for OC Weekly, but clearly too many people have drunk their Kool Aid. Decadence this year cannot even compare to Decadence last year, when they had lots of food, lots of space, and lots of light. This time, they put us outdoors in the dark, with fewer choices for food and drinks. Okay, we can look at animal exhibits… but we came to a tasting event, not a zoo! With the way the attendees swarmed in the narrow paths, it totally felt like a zoo with this many people. OC Weekly had the audacity to claim that everyone had a good time at Decadence, and their photos show it. People need to stop believing everything they say and start to realize the opinionated nature of OC Weekly. After all, OC Weekly exists as a publication, not a newspaper. If you seek credible sources of information, read a local newspaper, like the OC Register. Just stop taki

Orange County, you confuse me.

Want to sample the best of local Orange County restaurants, bars, food trucks, caterers, and more? If so, then you owe it to yourself to check out OC Weekly’s 10th Annual Decadence tomorrow night. This highly-anticipated food tasting event brings out Orange County’s top chefs, bakers, restauranteurs, mixologists, brewers, DJ’s, and more for a night of feasting, drinking, dancing, mingling, and partying. Taking place at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado east from Irvine, attendees can enter for the general admission cost of $30, receive access to the botanical gardens, and receive food & drinks until all participating vendors run out. Guests should look to park at Saddleback Church, located on Saddleback Pkwy by turning onto Portola Pkwy off of El Toro Rd, and take the free shuttle from there, as the venue has limited valet parking only. No one under 21 may attend.

Attendees can expect to taste delicious eats from dozens of restaurants, bars, food trucks, and more. A partial list of participating businesses include American Tavern, Atun, Breakaway Sports Lounge, Cancun Fresh, Crave, Cream Pan, Creamistry, Ecco Pizzeria, Growl Juice Pub, Hapa Cupcakes, Hen House Grill, House of Big Fish, Irvine Lanes, Izalco, Jagerhaus, JT Schmid’s, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Marine Room Tavern, Original Mike’s, Ringside Lounge, Rooftop Lounge, Slapfish, Slaters 50/50, Smoqued BBQ, Ted’s Place, The Shore Bar & Grill, Tilted Kilt, Wildflour Cupcakes, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and more! Also featured, are sips from Hendrick’s Gin, Sailor Jerry Rum, Milagro Tequila, Finlandia Vodka, Red Bull, Wine Gallery, Coffee Bean, Balvenie Scotch, Chambord, Chambord Vodka, and more.

Observe my photos from last year’s Decadence that took place at the Fairmont in Newport Beach:

Upcoming Events: August 19-25, 2013

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Art, Bar, Beer, Burlesque, Dance, Drinks, Events, Food, Hot Women, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Ska, Sports, Wine
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Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
Now through August 23
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

24th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 20
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Chef Karl’s Summer Boil
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://summerboil.bpt.me/

Put a taste of the south in your mouth at this all-ages summer’s end country boil. For $25, guests will see 3/4 lbs of crawfish, 1/2 lbs of shrimp, 1/2 lbs of spicy andouille sausage, steamed red potatoes, and corn on the cob thrown into a communal boil for a grand feast. In addition, Hess Brewing will provide one free beer to each guest 21 and over. Guests also receive access to the swimming pool at this venue and their Reef Lounge for those wanting to stay after the feast ends. Bring cash just in case they charge for parking.

Beer Nerd Exam Night – IPA
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/492124894211209/

Think you know your beer? Come taste-test some mystery beers to see if you know your IPA’s. Correctly guess three out of four beers to get entered into a drawing to win various Beachwood BBQ prizes. No purchase necessary and free to enter, no one under 21 may participate.

2013 Naples Island Street Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Naples Fountain, Naples Island, Long Beach
http://www.naplesislandbusiness.com/

Bring your family out to this free street fair on Naples Island this Thursday evening. Complete with food, music, and plenty of activities, all visitors will find plenty to do, including raffles, face painting, sidewalk sales, live music, and more. Visitors should park in the neighborhood north of 2nd Street, as the southern neighborhood will close off to traffic.

3rd Annual Essex Skyline Fashion Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 22
Essex Skyline, Santa Ana
http://expo4life.com/survivor-strut-3rd-annual-fashion-show/

At this fundraiser, attendees will see local designers showcase their work on models down the runway, all while munching on food & drink samples from local restaurants and bars. Attendees looking to take something home can browse through the boutique for apparel, or buy into a silent auction or raffle. Doors open at 6pm, and the fashion show starts at 7:30pm. Admission costs $50, and the first 100 guests to purchase admission receive a t-shirt and gift bag.

MDC, Duane Peters Gunfight, Dime Runner, and Project Shepherd @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141368

A weekend of punk rock comes to Alex’s Bar, starting with MDC this Thursday night. If you missed MDC a week and a half ago, you have another chance to catch them here. Tickets cost $8 presale and $10 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave, or anywhere in the neighborhood south of Anaheim St.

SRH Fest 2013 w/ Strung Out & Unwritten Law
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, Agusut 23, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82199
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82260

Strung Out and Unwritten Law tag-team a set of shows this weekend in Southern California. This Friday night, they play an all-ages show at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, which costs $17.50 presale and $20 on the day of the show. On Saturday night, they play a 21+ show at House of Blues in Downtown San Diego, which costs $15 presale and $20 on the day of the show.

Motorsoule, Cadillac Tramps, Heroines, Brass Knuckle Voodoo, and more @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/182319431946807/

Looking for some old school music? Check out this show this Friday night. Little information about this show has gone out, such as cover charge, age requirement, and parking.

Slab, One Less Zero, Rope In Hand @ Hi Brow Lounge
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 23
Hi Brow Lounge, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=590021677711071

One Less Zero returns from their half-year break to play at this fundraiser Friday night in Upland. With limited information available, bring some cash in case of parking and entry fees. They did not specify an age requirement either.

Steve Soto’s 50th Birthday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 23-24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
August 23: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143136
August 24: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/143138

Steve Soto, guitarist for The Adolescents, celebrates his 50th birthday this weekend, and in celebratory punk rock fashion, he will host TWO nights of punk rock this weekend at Alex’s Bar. Both shows cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend either show. On Friday, catch The Adolescents, The Middle Class, The Crowd, and Rats In The Wall. On Saturday, catch Manic Hispanic, CH3, Shattered Faith, and Transistor LB.

The Gears, Carnage Asada, Gypz, and Somos Mysteriosos @ El Corita
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, August 23
El Corita, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/177597319085757/

Check out this small all-ages classic punk rock show this Friday night in Northeast LA. This show only costs $5 to get in.

13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 24-25
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 24
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

8th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

2013 Indonesian Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 24
Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia, Los Angeles
http://indonesianfestivalla.com/

This free all-ages festival celebrates Indonesian culture with music, food, dance, activities, arts & crafts, and more.

Lost 80’s Live
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 24
Madhaus, Long Beach
http://cavemanpresents.com/

Check out this outdoor all-ages 80’s music festival this Saturday in Long Beach. General admission costs $35, while VIP tickets cost $75 and comes with access to a VIP bar with two drink tickets, a t-shirt, VIP seats, and meet & greet with the bands, which include original members from 80’s bands.

2nd Annual Mira Mesa Festival of Beers
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, August 24
Mira Mesa Community Park, Mira Mesa
http://www.miramesabeerfest.com/

Sample lots of great beers this Saturday afternoon in Mira Mesa. General admission costs $25 presale and $30 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $32 presale and $37 at the gate, starts at 1pm, comes with twelve 4oz beer tasters, and receive in-and-out privileges throughout the fest.

5th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 24-25
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA CD Release Show w. D.I., Amerikan Made, and more @ Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Gaslamp Restaurant & Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/148485892018068/

This all-ages show this Saturday has so many bands that the show will start in the afternoon! For just $12 entry, you get treated to headliners JFA and D.I., along with many other great local punk rock bands such as Amerikan Made.

FYF Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 24-25
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://fyffest.com/

Last year, FYF Fest raised the bar by including in the lineup Refused, one of the most revolutionary hardcore punk rock bands in history. This year, they have yet to announce something groundbreaking, but FYF Fest still remains a rock music lover’s ultimate fantasy. Featuring well-known bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flag (comprised of former member of Black Flag), MGMT, Touché Amoré, Title Fight, Joyce Manor, and more, rock music lovers will definitely find something that interests them, as well as discover new music, leading to potentially new tastes of music. In addition to the music, FYF Fest will also feature local comedians for those looking for something different other than music. FYF Fest takes place the weekend prior to Labor Day weekend at LA State Historic Park, opens at 2pm, and closes at 12am on both days. Open to all ages, weekend passes start at $99, since single-day passes sold out a while ago. FYF Fest does not allow reentries, so take note of that when arriving. For more information, check out their website, which lists a great amount of information.

Orfila’s 20th Annual Grape Stomp
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
Orfila Vineyards & Winery, Escondido
http://www.orfila.com/winery-events/grape-stomp/

Celebrate this annual vineyard tradition this Saturday in Escondido. General admission costs $85 and includes dinner buffet, dancing & live music, wine tasting, tractor rides, grape stomping, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

The Long Table: A Playhouse District Food & Wine Celebration
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 24
(forner) Bistro 561, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/the-long-table/

Treat yourself to a multi-course dinner this Saturday prepared by some of Southern California’s renowned chefs. Diners can also sip on paired wines or beers during dinner. Attendance to this dinner costs $75 per person.

2nd Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 24
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $40 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Chula Vista Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 24
Otay Ranch Town Center, Chula Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/228953777247025/

Treat yourself to a taste of over 20 restaurants from Chula Vista this Saturday night, and wash it all down with a fine selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Attendees will also find a silent auction, raffle prizes, live music, and more all in this outdoor setting. Admission to this tasting costs $50.

The Undertakers, Media Blitz, Rick Wilder, Decry, and more @ Dilettante
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Dilettante, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/614271491937129/

See a bunch of local punk rock bands play at this fundraiser this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Entry to this all-ages fundraiser costs $10. Guests can park on the streets for free after 8pm.

OC Punx – Free Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 24
Good Ol’ Boys Saloon & Sports Bar, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/159572404232612/

Check out local OC punk bands at this free show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Burlesque of Hollywood
11:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 24
M Bar, Hollywood
http://bobbieburlesque.wix.com/losangelesburlesque#!burlesqueofhollywood/cfvg

Ten of Los Angeles’ hottest burlesque acts will congregate to form this collaborative burlesque show this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $18 presale and $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend. All guests must purchase a minimum of $10 of food or drinks.

9th Annual Leucadia Artwalk
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 25
West side of Hwy 101, Leucadia
http://www.leucadia101.com/Artwalk.php

Check out local artists on this leisurely art walk in sunny Leucadia this Sunday. Completely free to attend for all ages, many art galleries along Highway 101 will open all their doors to the public, and live music will play throughout the area. All the local businesses will remain open under normal business hours, so you can check out the best in local eats & drinks too.

Trump National Golf Club’s 5th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 25
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 25
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/7th-Annual-Charity-Chili-Cook-Off.html

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

South Central Skankers CD Release Show
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 25
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/south-central-skankers-cd-release/

South Central Skankers will release a new album soon, and this Sunday, they will bring only a hundred advance copies of it to sell at this ska show. They will headline this show, which features numerous other local ska bands, including Matamoska. Entry to this all-ages show cost $16 presale and $20 at the door. If you want to purchase an album for $10, you must e-mail them via their Facebook page to reserve a spot to purchase the album, which will also come with a CD release poster.

The annual Los Angeles Epicurean Festival brought the best of food, wine, and spirits together under one roof this past Sunday at Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. One of the largest fests of its kind, the LA Epicurean Fest lives up to its name, especially since the name contains epic. A food fest typically sees guests sampling food from various vendors. Epicurean allows guests more privileges than merely sampling – guests gain a full experience in small packages at a time. With abundant wines to taste and pair, wine connoisseurs could not easily taste everything within the three-hour event duration.

All around the main hall, attendees could try many different foods as well, most of which have no substitutions. Take, for example, these cake truffles from Velvet Rope Bake Shop:

If you have eaten cakeball pops, think of these little bites of heaven as a cake pop, but intensely more dense. One of these truffles contains the same density as four cake pops. In addition to traditional flavors like Red Velvet and Double Chocolate, Velvet Rope Bake Shop crafts “adult flavors” such as Guinness, Chardonnay, and Dirty Martini. After sampling these flavors, I believe that Velvet Rope Bake Shop truly epitomizes the phrase “Often imitated, never duplicated.”

Right beside Velvet Rope Bake Shop, I tried this all-natural ketchup with sweet potato fries:

The sweet potato fries did not stand out, but the ketchup completely amazed me. I normally do not consume ketchup anymore because most ketchup out there contains high fructose corn syrup, which I try to avoid entirely. This all-natural ketchup still tasted sweet like it did have high fructose corn syrup, but also had a tomato tartness, where you can tell that the ketchup does not contain unneccesary added sugar.

I continued my scroll around the hall, slowly browsing through all four aisles of the fest:

Eventually, I circled around and discovered that an opened side door led to an entire outdoors area of the fest!

As I started to explore outside, the very first thing to catch my eye had the most important food words on its sign:

Ladies and gentlemen, Foie Gras had returned to me. I knew I recognized the sign from the petition back in June to attempt to overturn the Foie Gras ban, but for now, simply getting Foie Gras back in my lips satisfied me to no end.

Immediately past the Foie Gras booth, I found a French gentleman sampling not just any old iced coffee – nothing “any old” about this coffee. This gentleman carried glass bottles that resembled beer bottles, but contained pure black coffee. Consumers should drink this coffee straight up black – no sugar, no creamer. For a hot day, I definitely needed something cold to cool me down, so I humbly accepted an entire bottle.

Across from the iced coffee, a booth contained chips with gourmet salsas:

In front of that booth, a woman sampled shots of Hazelnut Espresso Vodka. It sounds strange, but after trying it, I really wanted to buy a bottle… but my wallet said no.

The next booth over from the salsa booth contained Caribbean food:

The last booth in that row had exotic meat sausages. From left to right: Llama, Kangaroo, Wild Boar. Finally, I could cross llama off my list of meats to eat.

Continuing my tour of the outside area before stepping back in to the main hall, I discovered a booth with meatballs made with 100% grass-fed beef:

Next to that booth, I spotted a giant rotisserie with various meats already spinning inside it:

Another booth outside had cold meat samples: Smoked Turkey, Applewood-smoked Bacon, Canadian Bacon, and Smoked Liver Pâté.

On my way back inside, I noticed a sign that said SooFoo in giant bold letters. This grains mix reminded me of quinoa, but with different grains and nutrients. Personally, I would stick with quinoa, but this healthier alternative (as they claim) could find its way into mainstream soon.

Back inside, after having sampled all that food, I searched for something cold or sweet. My search did not last long, as I stumbled upon this bakery serving cappuccino cream puffs topped with a caramel ring candy:

Going around to the next aisle, a lady served a few varieties of latkes:

Samples of crème fraîche lie in wait just beyond the last lady:

Continuing down this aisle, I saw these cute little fruitcake-like logs resembling works of art:

The best part of this aisle came at the end: chocolate truffles.

Down the next aisle, I finally found the escargot, which I as a foodster knew I had to try. Once you get past the fact that you just ate a snail, the texture and taste does not seem that bad.

Further down this aisle, a pastry chef set out mini pastry dishes for display:

Up near the main stage, a French gentleman named Stephane Treand worked away at crafting food art:

During the entire fest, cooking competitions took place on the main stage. These competitions pit two chefs head-to-head to cook dishes for the judges, in a similar vein to what Food Network shows.

That concludes my pictorial of the Los Angeles Epicurean Festival. Costing $100 per person to enter, do not take this fest lightly – should you attend next year, embrace everything around you, and take advantage of everything available to guests. I guarantee you will discover amazing food and drinks here.