Posts Tagged ‘Starpool’

6th Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
June 1-7
Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/6th-annual-avalon-restaurant-week

Some of Catalina Island’s most popular restaurants will provide specials on food this week. Contact your favorite restaurant to see what they will have going on during this period.

The Adolescents – Live in Tustin
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
Marty’s On Newport, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/2108871956028001/

Get your circle pit on this Tuesday night in Tustin. The cover for this show costs $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6-7
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

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

Los Angeles Design Festival
June 7-10
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ladesignfestival.org/

During these four days, various locations in & around Los Angeles will have various fashion and design events open to the public. Some of these events have an entry fee, others do not, so check with the website to see the list of events.

EA Play 2018
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 9-10
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.ea.com/eaplay2018

Play a handful of upcoming EA games this weekend in Hollywood. Although free to attend for all ages, interested attendees must still register to attend on the website.

2018 San Diego Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 10
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sdgreekfestival.com/

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

10th Annual Cowabunga BBQ, Beer, & Bands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 8
Tri-City Regional Park, Placentia
http://www.rotarycowabunga.com/

Enjoy all-you-can-eat barbecue in Placentia this Friday evening, along with live entertainment, a silent auction, drinks (sold separately), and more. Tickets cost $40 for adults or $20 for children.

DTLA Dark Nights
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
L.A. Live, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lalive.com/events-calendar/dark-nights-birthday-edition

L.A. Live will host their own version of a night market this Friday night in Downtown LA. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find food vendors, merchandise, live entertainment, dancing, art, and more.

19th Annual Downtown Anaheim 5k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, June 9
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://anaheim5k.com/

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

33rd Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 9
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

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

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 9
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1842857219347521/

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

4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 9-10
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.4wheelparts.com/info/ontario-truck-jeep-fest.aspx

A free and all-ages expo for truck and jeep parts comes to Ontario this weekend. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the convention center.

32nd Annual San Diego Festival Of The Arts
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9-10
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sdfestivalofthearts.org/

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

31st Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9-10
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.palosverdeschamber.com/pv-street-fair

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

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

43rd Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 9
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 10
Great Park, Irvine
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Irvine this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

HessFest 2018
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Mike Hess Brewing, North Park, San Diego
http://www.mikehessbrewing.com/

Hess Brewing will celebrate their seventh anniversary with an afternoon beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room in North Park, San Diego. Hess Brewing will pour many of their beers plus some rare and exclusive beers just for this event, and other local breweries will make an appearance to serve their refreshing brews as well. General admission costs $45, starts at 12:30pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters and food samples. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11:30am, and also provides access to VIP-only beers. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Pechanga’s 10th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://www.pechanga.com/entertain/pechanga-10th-annual-microbrew-craft-beer-chili-cook-off

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

7th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 9
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/129179984616503/

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.

Rök House 4-Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Rök House Brewing Company, Upland
http://www.rokhousebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1667043016742775/

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

5th Annual East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
East End, Santa Ana
http://eastenddtsa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/2121981988034379/

Enjoy a variety of local music, art, sports, cars, and more for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

2018 Inland Empire Greek Fest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9-10
Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, San Bernardino
http://www.iegreekfest.com/

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

Chaldea/Cafe & Summer Fan Event
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 9
East Whittier Woman’s Improvement Club, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/1802794433120615/

A maid cafe experience comes to Whittier this Saturday. $30 gets you in to experience a Japanese phenomenon.

2018 LA Pride Music Festival & Parade
2:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 9
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 10
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.lapride.org/

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

Punk Rock Weekend in Pomona
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9-10
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1808580805840969/

Two nights of punk rock take place at the Glass House in Pomona this week. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $40 and gives admission to both nights.

Starpool’s 15 Year Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Garden Amphitheatre, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/992250060942978/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Garden Grove. The cover for this all-ages show cots $10.

5th Annual SoCalMoms Great Big Family Play Day
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
The Autry Museum, Griffith Park
http://greatbigfamilyplayday.com/

A big day for kids happens this Sunday at The Autry in Griffith Park. Admission ranges from $5 to $90, and provides full access to all the games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, booths, rides, demos, seminars, and more.

Stone Sour Fest 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 10
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-sour-fest-2018

Pucker up for this sour beer tasting event this Sunday morning at Stone Brewing in Escondido. For $55 admission, receive a souvenir glass and 15 3oz tasters from over a hundred different sour beers available. Bring extra cash for purchasing food on the premises. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Balboa Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 10
Encino Park, Encino
http://balboastrawberryfestival.com/

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

Spring 2018 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 10
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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

32nd Annual Ojai Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 10
Lake Casitas Recreation Area Event Site, Ventura
http://ojaiwinefestival.com/

A wine tasting event comes to Ventura this Saturday afternoon. Admission starts at $55 based on when you buy your ticket, when you want to enter, and how many in your party will enter. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 10
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.goosebar.com/

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

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2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

San Diego Burger Week
February 24 – March 4
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://sdcitybeat.com/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $6 each!

Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
February 28

Many locations and businesses will have some sort of special going on this Fat Tuesday. Check out your favorite local restaurants or businesses to see what they have going on.

The Virus and Agression @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.viruspunks.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2932

Punk band The Virus will headline a show in Santa Ana this Tuesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

OC Roller Derby Orientation
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, March 1
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/ticketsevents/2017/3/1/new-skater-orientation

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Click the link to send your information to them, and then show up to orientation this Wednesday night in Huntington Beach.

38th Annual Food Fare
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, March 2
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://pplafoodfare.com/

A high-class ritzy food-tasting event will take place in Santa Monica this Thursday. The afternoon session from 11am to 2pm costs $150 to attend. The evening session from 6:30pm to 9:30pm costs $250 to attend. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. The website does not specify an age limit.

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern – Santa Monica Grand Opening
11:30 am – 4:00 pm, March 2
Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, Santa Monica
http://j-fat.com/locations/santa-monica/
http://www.facebook.com/events/403898963293488/

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has opened the doors to their fourth location in Santa Monica, and they will celebrate with a generous 50% off all lunch menu items this Thursday afternoon. No coupon required – simply show up, order lunch, and you will get 50% off.

College & Food Truck Night
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/collegenight/

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

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

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

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 3
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625133217782719/

Local ska band Starpool will headline a show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual Downtown Anaheim Community Yard Sale
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 4
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/

Local Anaheim residents will join in on a large communal yard sale in Downtown Anaheim this Saturday morning. Visitors can explore this event for free, while residents wanting to set up a spot to sell things must register for $10 per spot.

The Straw – Grand Opening
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 4
The Straw, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1456671431034077/

Say hello to the next level of hipster food this Saturday as Costa Mesa’s The Straw officially opens their doors to the public. They will not have any specials on this day – just pop on in and buy one of these fancy milkshakes so you can show it off to all of your social media friends and post selfies with it.

34th Annual Porsche & Vintage VW Literature, Toy & Memorabilia Meet
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
LAX Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/

See dozens of vendors this Saturday near LAX all exhibiting posters, brochures, toys, models, gifts, press kits, literature, accessories, and more for Porsches and vintage VW’s. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 per person.

4th Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, March 4-5
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this weekend during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates more like a tap takeover than a typical festival – instead of tickets, all 10oz beers cost $5 each, while souvenir glasses cost $5 each. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1273487682690729/

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

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 4
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

SoCal Etsy Guild Market – San Diego
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 4
Westfield Mission Valley, San Diego
http://socaletsyguild.com/

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will hold its monthly vendor market this weekend, filled with dozens of vendors selling apparel, accessories, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – Riverside
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 4
Martha McLean Park, Riverside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-riverside-ca/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every hour. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Noble Ale Works 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 4
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their sixth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like previous years. General admission costs $50 and provides four hours of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Akiba Day #1
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1247962838619465/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2017 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4-5
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

16th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

2017 Get Shamrocked Fest Launch Party
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 4
Tin Roof, Downtown San Diego
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

The Get Shamrocked Fest normally takes place in Murrieta in September annually, but this Saturday afternoon, they will have a special concert party in Downtown San Diego. Admission to this concert party costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Tater Tots & Beer Festival
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 4
Montecillo De Leo Politi Park, Elysian Park
http://tatertotfestival.com/events/los-angeles-ca/

Snack on tater tots and craft beers this Saturday in Los Angeles. General admission costs $40 while VIP admission costs $75 and provides access to a VIP area. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and a beer stamp card good for one beer from each participating brewery. No one under 21 may attend.

Rhythm, Wine & Brews Experience 2017
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 4
Empire Polo Fields, Indio
http://www.rwbexp.com/

Partying, loud music, and alcohol collide in one epic mashup in the desert this Saturday evening. Taking place where the famous Coachella and Stagecoach concerts occur, this all-ages concert will have stoner music, beer, wine, and overpriced food for you to indulge yourself and the kiddos with. Tickets start at $70 and go up to $5000.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 5-11
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

626 Golden Streets
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
South Pasadena to Azusa
http://www.626goldenstreets.com/

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

So Cal All-Porsche Swap & Car Display 2017
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.lalitandtoyshow.com/related-events.html

Check out a bunch of classic cars this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Admission to this all-ages car show costs $10 per person.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 5
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

2017 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 5
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 5
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/December-2016/San-Diego-Magazines-Brunch-Bash-2017/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Stone IPA Madness
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 5
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-ipa-madness-festival-hops

Submerge yourself in hops this Sunday at this beer festival at Stone Brewing in Escondido. $15 gets you five 4oz beer tasters, while $25 gets you ten 4oz beer tasters. They currently have 20 beers listed, and may potentially have more added by Sunday. Bring cash for food, which you can buy separately once inside the festival. No one under 21 may attend.

South Coast Roller Derby Recruitment
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 5
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

If you ever wanted to try roller derby, you have a chance to join a league. Show up to orientation this Sunday evening in Laguna Hills for more information and to meet current participants.

D.I. and Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Riverside
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 5
Aurea Vista, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/170507356783333/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday evening in Riverside. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door.

4th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 12-13
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 13-15
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $18 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 17
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.

Bottle Logic Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1664156433853138/

Bottle Logic Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19-20
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
KGB Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chocolate-and-art-show-los-angeles-february-19-20-2016-tickets-19570978323

This chocolate and art show returns for another installment this weekend for $15 per person. If you plan to attend, do not carry high expectations.

Breasts: An Explorative Exhibit
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 19-21
Oddville: A Creative Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.oddvillestudios.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1696576560579382/

An art gallery featuring breasts will open to the public this weekend in Downtown LA. The cover for this art gallery costs $10 before 9pm or $20 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter. Visitors may not bring cameras into or take cell phone photos in the art gallery.

Starpool: Live in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/324750977719396/

Get your skanking on this Friday night in Riverside with Starpool and more. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Symbol Six @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/982715695115636/

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

Pliny The Younger Day
February 20
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available. Click here for a brief list of places that will have it.

38th Annual LA Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run
7:30 am – 4:00 pm, February 20
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.firecracker10k.org/

Start off the new (Chinese) year right with this 5/10K Run/Bike race this weekend in Chinatown. The bike race takes place on Saturday, while the run takes place on Sunday. All races cost $40 to enter. Various festivities will also take place in the Chinatown Central Plaza for most of the day.

2016 Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 20-21
Del Mar Fairgrounds Wyland Center, Del Mar
http://gfafexpo.com/locations/san-diego-ca-2016/

Find all things gluten-free and allergen-friendly at this expo in San Diego County this weekend. Admission starts at $15 with $10 parking, and grants access to the entire expo floor, full of vendors, seminars, free goodies, and more.

2016 Pomona Gold & Treasure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.goldprospectors.org/goldshows

This show brings hundreds of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their gold and other rarities. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission to this all-ages event costs $5 per day.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

2016 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeachcomicexpo.com/

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $45 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Noble Ale Works 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://www.noblealeworks.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fifth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Belasco Theather, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 20, Moonshine Flats, Downtown San Diego http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/san-diego/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

2nd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 20-21
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://airandstyle.com/los-angeles-2/

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $75 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

3rd Annual Pub Crawl “The Twelve Pints of Christmas (in February)”
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 20
East Village Tavern, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/175456696145701/

Join in on a pub crawl this Saturday evening in Downtown San Diego and explore five different locations while you get drunk with friends and/or complete strangers. All participants must pay for their own drinks.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2016/

Mix & mingle with other rich people as you munch on delicate food and drink samples curated by some of Los Angeles’ most hip places to hang out at. General admission costs $70 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $105 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Winter Wine Classic
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Attend this wine tasting event this Saturday night in Santa Barbara with unlimited wine samples & appetizers, and a souvenir wine glass. General admission costs $90 and starts at 6:30pm while VIP admission costs $110 and starts at 5:30pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Toasters: Live in Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://thetoasters.band/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512750922359392/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a show in Los Angeles this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. No one under 18 may enter.

The First Ever Skacademy Awards
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/512193625628242/

Southern Californian ska bands have banded together to throw the first ever awards show dedicated to the booming SoCal ska scene. Free to attend for all ages, various awards will go out to select bands, and a handful of ska bands will perform a set as well.

Punk Rock Karaoke
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, February 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1061173-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Sing your favorite punk rock hits accompanied by a live band this Saturday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this event cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Toasters: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/458619857674489/

Ska band The Toasters will headline a FREE show in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Returning for its fourth year running, the Ska Luau IV took over the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim this past Monday night. This all-ages show combines two worlds, bringing the traditional family-friendly dances of a luau to a ska/punk rock show. In an effort to spread cultural awareness, prior to the start of any of the bands, all early arrivals could watch traditional Pacific Island dances, adding some culture to a night where ska kids and ska fashion bled out like a barbecue stain on a white shirt. Sadly for this show, the House of Blues did not allow anyone to take pictures with flash on, which reduced the overall quality of my photos. Nonetheless, I would like to say great job to everyone in Magnolia High School’s Polynesian Dance Troupe for putting on an excellent opening performance for the night.

With the island dancers done, the room shifted face, as most of the parents and children left, and all the ska kids filled the floor. Up first, CodeName: Rocky hit the stage to deliver their ska-punk set. It did not take long for the floor to erupt into a full-fledged pit, as the crowd simply forgot how to skank and resorted to a mindless circle pit. CodeName: Rocky played a solid uninterrupted 30-minute set, setting the stage for not only the bands to follow in the night, but for their upcoming show this Sunday night in Long Beach.

The greatest conundrum in music stepped forth next, as Save The Swim Team appeared for their final show together as a band. Why have I not seen these guys in the past? Representing a fusion of genres unlike no other, I can only appropriately call them a ska-reamo band. Who would think to play hopping ska music, then throw screams into it? Only Save The Swim Team has done so, and following this night, no one else does it. If you have not seen them live, search for their music on YouTube, and become a believer. Farewell Save The Swim Team – I barely knew you, yet you will have a lasting impression on my heart.

Disneyland visitors would get a kick out of the next band, which occasionally plays in Tomorrowland. Say hello to Suburban Legends, one of the most entertaining bands this side of Orange County. As one of today’s more influential ska bands, Suburban Legends has garnered quite a following across the nation with their style of performing. When these guys play, they do more than just play music – they put on a show. Suburban Legends incorporates music, dance, acrobatics, acting, and crowd participation to generate a show to remember for ages. With a set lasting 45 minutes, the crowd received 45 minutes of pure rallying and dancing, just enough to get our hearts pumping and amped for the final band. Make sure you catch these guys touring with Reel Big Fish starting TONIGHT and running across the nation.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our ska hosts for the evening: Starpool! If you have not heard of Starpool, you have not lingered around Orange County enough. Just as much as Narcoleptic Youth represents OC hardcore punk, Starpool represents OC ska. After all, without Starpool, we would not have the awesomeness known as the Ska Luau. Starpool kicked off their set with a bang as confetti launchers covered the air with the little strips of paper raining down on the crowd for the entirety of the first song. From there, Starpool delivered hit after hit with the occasional crowd interaction, which included handing out glow sticks, inviting some fans to dance on stage, throwing out chocolate phalluses, and trombone player Tbone Willy diving onto the crowd in a giant inflatable ball. Words cannot describe what transpired at this Ska Luau – you would have to attend for yourself to believe it all!

The Ska Luau takes place roughly the same time of year every year, and has always taken place at the House of Blues Anaheim. Stay tuned for the 5th Ska Luau next year, as they could possibly add a second night if the fans demand it enough!

Ska Luau IV
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84120

Time to skank! TONIGHT, get all ska’d out with Starpool, Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, CodeName: Rocky, and the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe. Tickets cost $12.50 presale and $15 at the door.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. See below for a VERY brief list of what to expect. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible.

Party @ Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
Dinner @ The Cellar, Fullerton
Party @ Downtown Long Beach
Dinner @ The Factory, Long Beach
Party @ Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
Dinner @ Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
Party @ Stone Brewing World Bistro, Escondido
Dinner @ Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
Party @ The Factory, Long Beach

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/154507

Ring in the new year with The Aggrolites at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from Alex’s Bar or on Orizaba Avenue.

Punk Rock New Year’s Eve
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 31
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/563526740390302/

Spend New Year’s Eve with local punk rock bands at this low-cost gig in Los Angeles featuring The Gear, Decry, and more. Entry to this show costs only $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/433621610071892/

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

Reel Big Fish with The Pietasters, Suburban Legends*, Mighty Mongo and The Maxies @ House of Blues Anaheim
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 2, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84834
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84826
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=84825

Get your skanking on this week as Reel Big Fish starts their US tour at the House of Blues. Ticket prices vary by the venue, so click on each link for more information.
* = Suburban Legends will not play at the Anaheim show.

Poison Idea, Dissesion, Out Of Tune – Southern California Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 2, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://holdmyticket.com/event/158322
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 3, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/522673
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/poison-idea
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Loaded, Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/609665915760314/

Poison Idea will briefly tour through Southern California this weekend. Each show has its own ticket price and age restrictions, so click on each link for more information, then go rock out with Poison Idea!

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

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

OC Psycho Punk Show
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Mirror Image Studios, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/224935657678082/

Support the local punk rock scene at this low-cost all-ages show this Friday night in Anaheim. Entry costs only $5, with no reentry allowed. The venue will have food & drinks for sale in the back.

2014 Miss California USA Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 3
10:30 am – 7:30 pm, January 4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Friday night, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Saturday at 10:30 am, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal. At 4 pm, catch the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

Punk Rock Show @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/719121948105527/

Check out lots of local punk rock bands at this show in Los Angeles this Friday night, including big names like Los Creepers and All Out Attak. The venue does not allow reentry, but they sell food & drinks there. Entry to this show costs only $3. No one under 18 may enter. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street from the venue.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 3
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/157258

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

At The Hop! Free Burlesque Show
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 3
Big’s Grill, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/246339095526208/

Come to this FREE burlesque tribute to 50’s Sock Hop this Friday night. No one under 21 may attend.

Free Punk Show + Music Video Shoot @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/614180781957754/

Check out a free punk rock show, and get a chance to get into a music video that one of the bands will shoot at this show. No one under 21 may attend.

Yeastie Boys @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 4
Loaded, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/228503813990499/

Rock out with Hollywood punk rock bands this Saturday night, as the Yeastie Boys headline this show with a handful of local bands. Entry to this show costs $5 with the flyer found on the linked site, or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Indulge LA & Sugar Lounge
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 29
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/
http://www.sugarlounge.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. The $45 admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass. In addition, guests 21 and up may also purchase a ticket to Sugar Lounge for $30, where they can enjoy beers, bourbon, more food, more sweet treats, an ice luge, and sultry burlesque dancers. VIP Hour begins at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm. The Olympic Collection charges for its own parking, which ranges from $5 to $10. I advise against parking in the neighborhood, which requires a permit that only locals carry.

Reverend Horton Heat, Jello Biafra, and Tijuana Panthers @ House of Blues Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 29
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=75718

Come see The Reverend Horton Heat and the legendary Jello Biafra perform a show this Saturday night. Tickets cost $25 presale, and $27.50 at the door.

29th Annual Vintage Clothing & Textile Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 30
The Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
http://www.caskeylees.com/Vintage/Vintage.html

This expo features over 65 vendors selling their antique textiles, vintage clothes, accessories, and more for attendees to exhibit and purchase. Admission costs $7 per person and comes with free parking.

Ska Luau III
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 30
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=77495

Time to skank! This Sunday night, get all ska’d out with Starpool with Code Name Rocky, Paul Schiada of the Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe, The B-Sharps, and The Skank Agents. Tickets cost $12.50 presale and $15 at the door.

Christian Dasilva was not only the sound man for The Chain Reaction, but he has also toured with many bands, including The Aquabats. The Aquabats, along with Starpool and The Makeup Sex, played a show at Chain last night as a benefit concert to his family following Dasilva’s death. Thanks to OC Weekly Music for posting about this show.

The Makeup Sex opened the night with their grunge set. Although musically talented, Twitter people in the audience did not think so. Inside Chain is a screen that shows what people are tweeting when they include the hashtag #chainchat in their tweet. Most of the tweets showed disdain towards The Makeup Sex, comparing them to the likes of Nickelback and Creed. I did not believe the sound to be that bad, but this was not what I came here for.

Up next was Starpool. I had heard of Starpool prior, and knew they are a ska band. I must say that for a band I had never heard of, they put on quite a show. Their set was entertaining from the beginning to the end. I especially enjoyed watching the brass players, as they utilized the entire stage instead of simply staying in place the entire time.


In the final photo, the lead singer comes into the audience to sing from there.

Before The Aquabats took to the stage, I got a chance to see their set list.

The last song is Burger Rain.

As soon as the lights darkened, everyone in the audience threw up the Aquabats symbol.

And then in typical cartoon superhero style, The Aquabats stormed onto the stage. After this, there is nothing else that can be said – The Aquabats blew the roof off the place. With relentless energy and sound, The Aquabats not only just performed their music, but had some cartoonish antics between songs.

Right before getting to Super Rad, some former band members appeared onto the stage: Doctor Rock, Prince Adam, and Chainsaw the Prince of Karate. They had their moment to shine, but really this was meant to be a break for the band, as they spent a lot of time talking.

Once they got to Pool Party, perhaps the most unexpected scene (to me) occurred on stage. The band called up kids to come onto the stage. Each kid was introduced to the audience, then was informed that if they go crowd-surfing, they would be treated to free candy (Chain is an all-ages venue; thus there is no alcohol, just candy and soda available). A few of the kids declined the offer, while the rest took to the sea of crazy punks. During each kid’s surfing, The Aquabats would play snippets of other known punk songs, such as Minor Threat and Suburban Home.


The little boy in green was the most apprehensive, but was eventually coaxed into trying the pit when his dad came to the front of the stage and assured him that he would be fine.

After wrapping up Pool Party, The Aquabats briefly exited the stage, but I knew that they would come back to play a couple more songs. The audience knew too, as they continuously chanted “Where Was The Captain?” until they returned for their final two songs. At the end of the night, the band auctioned off their neoprene outfits, with all the proceeds going towards Dasilva’s family.

There will be more benefit shows for Dasilva’s family. Check the Chain Reaction website for further dates. Knowing his music history, any benefit show is something that neither I nor you should not miss.