Posts Tagged ‘Stout’

Streetlight Manifesto: The Somewhere in the Between Tour 2017
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 27, House of Blues, San Diego
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 28, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Ska/punk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tour across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary in price, so check with the venue for prices.

Knee Deep Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 29
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/315896232171083/

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

Tour De Fork 2017
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, June 29
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.victoriagardensie.com/event/tour-de-fork/2145491758/

Take a stroll through Victoria Gardens and enjoy bites and sips from local businesses this Thursday evening. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food samples while supplies last, plus five drink tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30 – July 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

9th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 30
World Cruise Center, San Pedro
http://www.portoflosangeles.org/community/cars_and_stripes_2017.asp

At this free and all-ages event this Friday night, check out cars, local bands, and fireworks.

A Taste of Exotic Mexican Cuisine & Mezcal
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 30
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/30/a-taste-of-exotic-mexican-cuisine-mezcal

Sample authentic eats and drinks this Friday evening in Fullerton, all while enjoying cultural music. The $35 admission gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The 4th Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 30 – July 1
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/cinemattack-returns-to-the-frida-cinema-with-the-scott-pilgrim-picture-show-june-30-july-1/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

The Vandals – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 30, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 1, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://vandals.com/

Legendary punk rock band The Vandals will headline these two shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by venue, so check with the venue for prices.

Rockabilly Luau
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 30
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Hula and burlesque mix up this Friday night in Downtown Long Beach. $15 gets you in to enjoy this raunchy show. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Anime Expo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 1-3
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.anime-expo.org/

The nation’s largest expo & convention for anime & manga returns to Downtown LA this 4th of July weekend. Complete with hundreds of artist & vendor booths, this convention allows attendees to get interactive via the masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission varies by the number of days attending – 4 days cost $90, while one day costs $55. Children 6-12 get in for a flat rate of $25, while children 5 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Some of the special events, such as concerts and maid cafés, requires an additional ticket to get into. Parking at the convention center costs $20, so bring cash for that plus any of the vendors and food inside the convention center. Optionally, park in outdoor third party lots in the surrounding blocks for a lower rate, or take public transportation.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 1
Alamitos Beach (Shoreline Dr off Ocean Blvd), Long Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

Corgi lovers and Corgi owners unite this Saturday afternoon for a dog day at the beach, free to attend and for all ages. Share your love of this wonderful breed by showing off your adorable companion or by showing love for someone else’s adorable companion.

Pirate Invasion of Long Beach
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 2
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-pierdaze.html

Come see and act like pirates at the beach! Visitors may choose to dress as a pirate or arrive in normal clothes. Many others will fully dress up to play their parts. Expect to see pirate shows, vendors, music, a (mock) ship fight, and cannon blank shots fired at the pier. This FREE and all-ages event runs on Saturday & Sunday starting at 10am both days. If you plan to stay for a while, note that this takes place entirely outdoors, so have sunscreen available. Have cash available for nearby parking.

Red, White & BBQ
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, July 1
Start Los Angeles, Harvard Heights, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/red-white-bbq-presented-by-time-out-l-a

Munch on barbecue and sip on booze this Saturday in Los Angeles. Two sessions of this food & drink fest will occur this Saturday: 12pm-2:30pm and 3pm-5:30pm. General admission costs $25 per person but starts half an hour after each session starts. VIP admission costs 35 and starts right when the session starts, so you get an extra half hour for $10. No one under 21 may attend.

The Rarest Experience Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 1
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/

A rare beer fest comes to Hollywood this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Bring cash for parking and food.

Dry River Brewing Grand Opening
4:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 1
2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, July 2
Dry River Brewing, Boyle Heights
http://www.dryriverbrewing.com/

A new brewery near Downtown LA will officially open their doors to the public this weekend. $15 gets you in to one of six 90-minute sessions this weekend where you can enjoy two beer pours during that time. Attendees have the option of purchasing more beers beyond the initial two. No one under 21 may attend.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 1
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in 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.

Agent Orange & JFA @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 1
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1477888-agent-orange-long-beach/

Two heavyweights in punk rock perform this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

113th Huntington Beach 4th of July Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 3
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 4
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://hb4thofjuly.org/

Celebrate Independence Day with a plethora of things to see and do in Huntington Beach this weekend. Activities include a pancake breakfast, 5k run, fitness expo, a parade, fireworks, live music, exhibitors, food vendors, family activities, and much more. See the website for a full list and schedule of what to expect.

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6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

Free Ska Show @ Slide Bar
9:00 pm – 12:00 pm, January 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/193990614400267/

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

Barrel Fest with Hangar 24
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 11
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882915241920684/

This Wednesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Hangar 24 available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Brujeria, The Casualties, and Piñata Protest: Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 11
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/brujeria

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages punk rock show this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets cost $15 each.

Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend
January 12-15
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/star-wars-half-marathon/

This entire weekend, the Star Wars universe takes over the Disneyland Resort with this running extravaganza. Choose your distance (5k, 10k, or half marathon) and course (run or obstacle), and each run will have a different theme, from Jedi Knights to Rebels and more. Throughout the weekend, Star Wars festivities will take place all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as a health & fitness expo in the Disneyland Hotel.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 12-15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 13-27
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

26th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-15
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.photola.com/

One of the world’s biggest photography exhibits returns to The Reef in Los Angeles this weekend. Presale admission to this all-ages event costs $20 for one day, $30 for the entire weekend, or $15 for students & seniors. Tickets at the door will cost $5 more. Guests can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Coffee & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 13
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

Whitney’s Freaky Friday the 13th Birthday Bash
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 13
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/147070969103602/

Get your skanking on at this FREE all-ages local ska show this Friday night. Ska Brewing will also have a handful of their beers available on tap on this night.

Friday the 13th Punk Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/337820203266734/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, and Dogwood: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://www.observatorysd.com/event/7052365
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1393441-mxpx-ventura/
http://www.mxpx.com/

MxPx will headline shows in San Diego and Ventura this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for prices.

1st Annual Comic Excitement Convention
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.comicexcitement.com/

A new comic con debuts in Downtown LA this weekend at the LA Convention Center. This all-ages two-day event will feature celebrity guests, cosplay stars, comic book creators, and more. Attendees will find contests, demos, games, exhibits, vendors, and lots of programming to stay occupied all weekend. Admission costs $29 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $49 for both days. Parking at the convention center costs $20 per vehicle.

36th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $11 for one day or $22 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Arcadia Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 14
Westfield Santa Anita, Arcadia
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/226410531132933/

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

Grill ‘Em All 4th Anniversary Rager
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 14
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-whisky-wonderland-tickets-24826951079

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Eventrockit Food Market – Pasadena
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 14
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://eventrockit.com/

An all-ages outdoor food market and tasting event will take place in Pasadena this Saturday afternoon. It costs nothing to attend this event, but you still need to RSVP a ticket via their website so that the vendors know how much food to bring. Alternatively, spend $2 for a special pass, and show this pass to vendors to receive a dollar off all items.

Noods Noods Noods – SoCal Asian Food Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 14
eSports Arena, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.noodsfest.com/

Foodbeast returns with another food event this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana focused on Asian food. This event will operate much like their last event in October last year. $10 gets you admission throughout the day into the area, where you can simply pay for food as you go. For the food fest experience, $60 gets you all-you-can-eat for four hours – two of these four-hour VIP sessions will take place, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

Meditation Flash Mob
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 14
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.ransomly.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1192496597499811/

Show up to the park, do some meditating, and mingle with others at this free and all-ages flash mob this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. Pay attention to the event page for the exact time and location.

390’s CD Release Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 14
DTSA Underground, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/347930658902284/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 15-22
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 15
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.

Beer Belly Bottle Share
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 15
Beer Belly, Long Beach
http://www.beerbellyla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/351062788583550/

Beer Belly’s new Long Beach location will host a bottle share this Sunday afternoon. Bring a beer or two to share with others, and taste what others have to share.

Celebrate The Life Of Mike “Gabby” Gaborno
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/163221700827738/

An all-ages punk rock benefit show will take place in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10.

Barrel Fest with Epic Brewing
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 3
Stout, Hollywood
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/389108978110834/

This Tuesday night, Hollywood’s Stout will have a handful of strong beers from Epic Brewing available for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

Voodoo Glow Skulls & Buck-O-Nine: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, The Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1364083-devils-3-way-buck-o-nine-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 6, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1344533-voodoo-glow-skulls-west-hollywood/
http://voodooglowskulls.com/

Voodoo Glow Skulls and Buck-O-Nine embark on a tour this week that starts in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link for details.

MDC: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 5, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1398146-mdc-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6, The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/1676839269293771/
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim http://www.facebook.com/events/1059677300811563/
http://www.mdc-punk.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline some shows in Southern California this week. The cover for these shows vary by the location, so click on a show’s link for prices. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

AMA Expo West 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

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

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

Reverend Horton Heat: Live at The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Santa Ana this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 each.

Stäläg 13: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 6
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/862707697199090/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 7
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

14th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7-8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more

5th Annual Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 8
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.

40th Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7-8
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this two-day expo taking place in Los Angeles this weekend. This event will feature the original cast of Star Trek, many other celebrities, hundreds of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children per day.

2017 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 7
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 7
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/191141061351041/

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

2017 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 7
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 8
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Warfest 2017
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/218247815280265/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

6th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 8-13
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 8
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.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2017
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 8
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2017/oshogatsufest/

Celebrate the year of the rooster at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 8
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandififth.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 8
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 14-20
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $145 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $185 and starts at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 16
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from various breweries. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 17
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Creamistry Koreatown Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Creamistry, Koreatown
http://creamistry.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153460365121294/

A new Creamistry opens their doors the public this Thursday in Koreatown. The first 200 customers receive a free t-shirt with the purchase of any item. From 3pm to 5pm, all customers receive one free single scoop of ice cream.

AleSmith Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/221444861609772/

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

Pennywise: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, House of Blues, Downtown San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050FD9C4F2A0F
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1272249-pennywise-playing-about-ventura/
http://www.pennywisdom.com/

Famous punk rock band Pennywise currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude on the west coast this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link to view prices.

Nekromantix: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1376864-nekromantix-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2802
http://www.nekromantix.net/

Popular psychobilly band Nekromantix currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 18-27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

The Mom Made Market Orange County
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://the-mom-made-market.ticketleap.com/the-mom-made-market-orange-county/

Visit over a hundred arts & crafts vendors this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. Admission to this all-ages event ranges from $2 to $8.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 18
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://motorcycleshows.com/longbeach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $16.

La Quinta Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
http://www.laquintabrewing.com/

La Quinta Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Santa Ana Art Mixer
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/event/santa-ana-arts-mixer/

Mix and mingle with local artists and makers this Friday night in Santa Ana. Free to attend, this event requires registration via their website.

The Aquabats: Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 18
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://www.theaquabats.com/
http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/the-aquabats

Legendary ska-punk band The Aquabats will headline a show in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

1st Annual Punk Rock for Preemies
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 18
Paladino’s, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1112696532155702/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Friday night in Tarzana. Tickets to this show cost $15, and a portion of ticket sales goes to charity. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/530/Turkey-Trot

A Thanksgiving fun run takes place in San Gabriel this Saturday morning. Registration costs $35 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/huntington-beach-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/san-diego-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Barbells for Beers
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbells-for-beers-tickets-26486089607

Get a good morning workout with a partner, then cap it off with some food and beer this Saturday in Riverside. Registration costs $60 per team.

7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 19
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and more.

2016 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectibles has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Single-day admission costs $10, while weekend admission costs $15.

31st Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 19
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19-20
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3399

Check out this free and all-ages event this weekend in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Gunwhale Ales Grand Opening
11:00 am – 8:30 pm, November 19-20
Gunwhale Ales, Costa Mesa
http://www.gunwhaleales.com/

Another Orange County brewery opens their doors to the public this weekend in Costa Mesa. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Cranksgiving Los Angeles XVI
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, November 19
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/318338861837453/

A bicycle ride, scavenger hunt, and food drive collide in one event this Saturday. Bring out your bike, some fitness gear, and some cash, and race to see who can collect or buy the most food for the food drive charity. The event itself costs nothing to attend, but participants will need some money to pay for food to donate.

5th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/kraft-bierfest/

More than 30 microbreweries will serve over 50 different beers this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Stereo Brewing’s IPA Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
Stereo Brewing, Placenta
http://www.stereobrewing.com/

Recently-opened Stereo Brewing will release their first batch of IPA’s this Saturday, and you can taste them all and score a t-shirt to commemorate the release. A flight of five beers plus the t-shirt costs $25 presale or $35 at the counter.

The Rare Experience Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 19
Stout, Studio City
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/beerfest/

Sample some really rare beers from across the nation this Saturday afternoon in Studio City. General admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beers. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and comes with 12 4oz beers. Attendees should bring extra cash to pay for food at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

Helm’s Brewing 4-Year Anniversary
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.helmsbrewingco.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2708719

Helm’s Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. $25 gets you a souvenir glass plus ten beer tasters, or pay $5 more for unlimited beers tasters for the duration of your visit. No one under 21 may attend.

A Drinking Game: So I Married an Axe Murderer
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 19
ACME Studios, North Hollywood
http://www.adrinkinggame.com/

Enjoy some drinks and solve a mystery this Saturday night in North Hollywood. Admission costs $20 but does not include alcohol – attendees should bring their own drinks.

Suicidal Tendencies: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 19
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/

Legendary hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies currently tours across the nation, and that nation concludes in Ventura this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25 presale or $28 at the door.

The Dwarves: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
LA Space Camp, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Punk rock band The Dwarves will headline a show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Gone Mad: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 19
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/989922907784862/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 20
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/holidaystreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

24th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 20
Colorado Blvd, East Pasadena
http://pasadenadoodahparade.info/

The weird and wacky get their own parade this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. Register on the website to secure a spot along the parade route to watch, free for all ages.

2016 Miracle on Main Street – Tree Lighting
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 20
Main Street, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1674782902771762/

Free to attend for all ages, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Downtown Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon, as well as a plethora of other festive events.

1st Annual San Diego Ramen Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
Sushi On A Roll, Downtown San Diego
http://sdramenfest.com/

Pig out on ramen, sake, and more this Sunday evening in Downtown San Diego. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with four ramen samples plus a ticket good for a fifth ramen sample or a beverage. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the door, includes two additional tickets, a goodie bag, and access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Restaurant Week
July 18-31
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 14-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Streetlight Manifesto’s The Year With No End Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 18, The Novo, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.thenovodtla.com/events/detail/307918
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00505D12932E44
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/streetlightmanifesto
http://streetlightmanifesto.com/

Skapunk band Streetlight Manifesto currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for prices.

Los Angeles Swim Week
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 19-20
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood, Los Angeles
http://swimweekla.com/

See the latest in swimwear fashion and accessories at this one-of-a-kind swimwear fashion event. Admission to this show costs $30.

Gam3rCon 2016
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 20-24
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.gam3rcon.com/

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20-21
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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

2nd Annual Stars Of Pinot
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, July 20
Sofitel LA, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofpinot

A wine tasting gala comes to Beverly Hills this Wednesday evening. Admission comes at three separate prices. Silver admission costs $100 and starts at 7:30pm while gold admission costs $125 and starts at 7:00pm -both of these admission types receive unlimited wine samples and appetizers while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6:00pm, and also includes a panel, dinner buffet, and gift bag. No one under 21 may attend.

Modern Times 3rd Anniversary Hits The Road
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 20
Library Alehouse, Santa Monica
http://moderntimesbeer.com/events/so-cal

San Diego’s Modern Times Beer turned three years old recently, and to celebrate, they will tap their beers at various locations throughout Southern California during the second half of July as part of an anniversary tour. That tour visits Library Alehouse in Santa Monica this Wednesday night. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Women’s Beer Forum: Chapman Crafted Beer
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

$14 gets you a flight of four beers from new Orange County brewery Chapman Crafted Beer. Judging by historical posts about this event, it appears that men may not participate in this.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 20
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.

Hop-Con 4.0
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.stonebrewing.com/hopcon

Stone Bistro in Liberty Station will shut down this Wednesday night for this festival that will include lots of beers, cask ales, and free-play arcade games. General admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
9:30 am – 7:00 pm, July 21-23
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1740322739584602/

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

Creamistry Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 21
Creamistry, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/305285206483142/

A Creamistry will open its doors to the public in Torrance this Thursday afternoon. The first 200 customers will receive a t-shirt with their order. Customers visiting between 2pm to 4pm can receive free ice cream.

Reinheitsgebot 500 Years of German Beer
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/267950600245903/

Alpine Village will have a bunch of German beers available for just $4 or $5 this Thursday evening in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the passing of a vital German beer law. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Venice Art Crawl
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 21
Windward Ave Circle, Venice
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own free and all-ages art walk this week, complete with a plethora of exhibits on display.

2016 Dew Tour
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 22-24
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Los Angeles Lobster Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 22
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, July 23
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 24
Ports O’Call Village, San Pedro
http://lobsterfest.com/

This lobster festival at Port of Los Angeles will have lots of fresh lobster for guests to eat. In addition, guests can enjoy dancing, games, rides, pirate shows, music, arts & crafts, and more. The $10 admission includes parking and entry into the fest, while all food comes separate, so anyone wanting to eat will have to bring extra cash. A printable coupon on the website allows guests to save $1 off entry.

Weird Al Yankovic’s The Mandatory World Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 22-23
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood Hills
http://weirdal.com/

Weird Al Yankovic will headline two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Tickets may have already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available for sale.

US Open of Surfing
July 23-31
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

35th Annual Cypress 5K & 10K Run + 35th Annual Cypress Community Festival
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
Oak Knoll Park, Cypress
http://cypressfestival.com/

Two events occur back-to-back this Saturday in Cypress. Starting early in the morning, participate in a 5K or 10K run through the streets of Cypress. Following the run, a FREE all-ages & all-day festival will take place at the nearby park. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with a car show, food, drinks, games, rides, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/554465994725913/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Insect & Ladybug Festival 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, July 23-24
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/insect.htm

Check out insects, lizards, snakes, and other invertebrates this weekend at this special exhibit in San Diego. Admission into the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military, or $8 for children. Parking costs $2 per vehicle.

5.11 Tactical – Carson Grand Opening
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 23
5.11 Tactical, Carson
http://www.511tactical.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/826659177464480/

A new 5.11 Tactical store will open their doors to the public this Saturday, and you may attend for free. Arrive early for free food, giveaways, promotions, and more.

Introduction to Extract Homebrewing Class
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, July 23
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/282683205418664/

Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and the procedure of extract brewing during this class this Saturday morning. Attendees will get to actually do some work, so wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Following the class, attendees will receive 10% off purchases in the store.

To Live And Dine In L.A.
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 23
FilAm ARTS, Westlake, Los Angeles
http://www.grublife.com/toliveanddineinla/

Some kind of food, art, and music event will take place this Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. Virtually no information exists for this, such as admission fees, prices, and more. If this event sounds appealing to you, approach it with lots of time and money on hand.

Craftsmen Brewing Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
The Bottle Room, Whittier
http://thebottleroombar.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/515674518621273/

For as long as Craftsmen Brewing has existed, they have not had a tasting room. This Saturday, they will have a special event in Whittier, so do not miss out on this rare opportunity to check out Craftsmen Brewing in person.

The Surf Life 1 Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, July 23
The Surf Life, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/508572502667070/

This Pacific Beach clothing shop celebrates their anniversary this Saturday afternoon with live music, complimentary food and drinks, and 25% off your purchase.

6th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 23
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Fundraiser Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1692436131017899/

Enjoy a hard punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert 2016
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.losthighwayfest.com/

A motorcycle show and rock concert comes to San Bernardino this Saturday. Tickets start at $25.

4th Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, July 23
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $44 and starts at 3:30pm, while presale VIP admission costs $54 and starts at 2:30pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Orange County Funk Fest
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://curious-ent.com/event/orange-county-funkfest/

An all-day funk concert takes place in Anaheim this Saturday. Tickets start at $40 and go up to $200.

Beer Fest For Beer Geeks: Drink To Independence
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
STOUT, Hollywood
http://beerfestforbeergeeks.com/festivals/drink-to-independence/

Drink lots of Belgian beers this Saturday evening in Hollywood. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Heroes Vs Villains Art Exhibit
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1749205555313971/

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in San Diego this Saturday evening.

2016 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 23
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachgrandcru.com/

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $100 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

Super Video Game Land 3 at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.supervideogameland.com/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Saturday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Ska Show @ Don The Beachcomber
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/902500483250918/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Saturday night in Sunset Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Out Of Order’s “Stuck In The Mud” Tour 2016
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 23, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/OutOfOrder2013

Punk rock band Out Of Order currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary by location. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual North Pacific Beach Sip ‘N Stroll
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Cass St, Pacific Beach, San Diego
http://www.sipnstrollpb.com/

Discover all the local shops and restaurants in North Pacific beach at this free street fair this Sunday afternoon. Cass St will close to traffic to allow visitors to roam the street and check out all of the booths, vendors, food, drinks, merchandise, games, rides, and more.

2nd Annual Orange County Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 24
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana
http://oczinefest.tumblr.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Orange County gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Coastal Country Jam BBQ & Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 24
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://coastalcountryjam.com/

A barbecue, beer, and country music festival will take place on the beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to this event cost $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://facetofacemusic.com/
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/facetoface

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show featuring Face To Face, Guttermouth, and more this Sunday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $25.

With the turn of a new year, many people often make new year’s resolutions. Among the most common resolutions, losing weight and quitting smoking top that list year after year. Other common resolutions include money management (clearing debt and increasing savings), vacations/breaks, and less/stop drinking. Statistically, losing weight tops the list of resolutions that people actually complete, while reducing or quitting drinking fails the most. For those that did not resolve to reduce drinking or did not resolve to do anything about drinking, check out this list of five craft brews to seek out this winter in Southern California.

5. Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider‘s Winter Abbey Spice

While the craft beer phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, the rise of craft beer has paved the way for other craft beverages to surface. In particular, craft ciders and sour ales have risen in popularity. Blenderies have surfaced to deliver sour ales, while many cideries have popped up all over the place, especially the Pacific Northwest, which also has the Washington Cider Week and Oregon Cider Week. Plenty of cideries have distributed their goods to Southern California by now, but not that many make seasonal ciders. If you seek a good winter cider, check out Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Reverend Nat’s has a substantial lineup of ciders, which includes their seasonal Winter Abbey Spice. With a staggering 7.4% abv, this traditional New England style cider contains hints of raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You get the refreshment of an apple cider along with the subtle taste of winter.

4. Bootlegger’s Brewery‘s Mint Chocolate Porter

When you think about winter, you imagine visions of snow and cold weather. When eating or drinking, what foods come to mind regarding the cold? Well, to warm up, you have hot beverages like hot chocolate. For a cold feel, you have mints. Why not combine both for mint chocolate? Bootlegger’s Brewery has done that with their Mint Chocolate Porter. Measuring 6.2% abv, this brew truly tastes like mint chocolate candy with its spearmint and herbal hops supported by chocolate malts. Put together, you have a brew with a solid mint feel along with herbal hops, dark malts, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. You cannot find a better way at drinking a mint chocolate candy than with Bootlegger’s Brewery’s Mint Chocolate Porter.

3. Ninkasi Brewing‘s Noir Milk Stout

Dark beers tend to remind us of other ingredients of that color. Seeing a dark beer usually means that one can expect to taste flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, and/or coffee. Between stouts and porters, the beer market has limitless different beers to choose from to get your dark beers on. If you want to narrow down the list of beers to choose from, perhaps consider keeping Ninkasi Brewing on your list. Ninkasi has a huge lineup of unique brews, and they do not appear to stop creating new beers any time soon. This winter, keep an eye out for their Noir Milk Stout. This dark treat has 7.6% abv with just enough IBUs to tickle your taste buds. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with cold-brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The subtle sweetness from the milk sugar makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of coffee, distinctive and delectable.

2. The Bruery‘s 8 Maids-A-Milking

When the weather gets cold, we tend to want to consume things rich and hearty. Leave the light refreshing things for the summer when our bodies do not need the extra weight dragging us down in the heat, we want the thick rich stuff now in the cold. When thinking about this sort of beer, The Bruery hardly comes to mind with their strong ales and sour ales. However, The Bruery has ventured away from their normal repertoire this season with 8 Maids-A-Milking. This yummy imperial milk stout measures a staggering 11.3% abv what with all the milk sugar brewed into it. Since yeast cannot ferment milk sugar, this adds creaminess and sweetness to the final product, which also contains milk chocolate, subtle spices, and roasty elements. Enjoy it immediately, or cellar it for up to four years.

1. Grand Teton Brewing‘s Coming Home 2014 Holiday Ale

Nothing celebrates the holidays and new year better than a nice strong aged beer. Most people prefer champagne as the celebration beverage of choice, but wine, beer, and even cider can function just as well for celebrating an occasion. For a beer worth celebrating with, take a look at Grand Teton Brewing‘s lineup of brews. Grand Teton does craft beer right with their focus on quality over quantity, and it shows in every beer that they produce. Take a look at their seasonal beer, Coming Home Holiday Ale. A 7.5% abv quadrupel, this enticingly bold brew has a dark sugar flavor with notes of raisins and spices. The sweet aromas contain hints of nutmeg and clove, which complement the spicy and dry finish. Since they brewed this in 2014, it has already cellared a year, so you can enjoy it now with its current age, or age it some more by stashing it in your cellar.

The changing of the seasons often dictates what people consume. Besides the change in climate, people have to deal with both economical and environmental change. When these changes occur, certain items or ingredients crop up while others slip into hibernation. For example, autumn normally marks the time of pumpkins, sweet potatoes, yams, and eggplants. Throughout the rest of the year, different items rise up in supply while others drop. This may have an effect on what people crave during different times of the year. During the summer, people want refreshing things not so heavy. During the winter, people want richer things that can keep them warmer to avoid the frigid weather. While cold weather makes people incline towards hot beverages, cold beverages can hit the spot just as well. When it comes to beer, this generally means thicker richer beers like stouts and porters. Plenty of breweries create both of those types, and like snowflakes, each batch has something different than the last. For a great stout to try, look no further than Mad River Brewing Company.

Located off the coast in Northern California, Mad River Brewing Company has a history of brewing quality craft beer for over two decades. What started off as a small brewpub has expanded into a brewery and retail operation where they now distribute their bottles across the nation. While they may not have the same powerhouse effect as some of the larger breweries in the nation, Mad River sticks to their guns by focusing on quality, not mass production. Through rising success, Mad River has come up with the Steelhead series of brews, their signature line of beers. The Steelhead series contains a handful of standard beer types, of which it includes the Steelhead Extra Stout. Sitting at 6.5% abv, this black opaque stout tastes of rich creamy roasted chocolate with a very mild hop characteristic. Up front, it has a resemblance to coffee. Once finished, it tastes like smooth velvety chocolate. This makes Steelhead Extra Stout a great choice for a beer float – with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you have a great dessert for any time of the year. Some daring souls even consider adding Steelhead Extra Stout to their breakfast – talk about a roaring way to start the day!

To see what else Mad River Brewing has brewing up in Northern California, check out their website linked above, and check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

Moscow, land of strange and mysterious towers of pure gold cold as ice. Who could guess that a fire burns inside of Moscow so hot? Although that sounds like complete nonsense, they derive from the lyrics of a famous song dedicated to the glory of Moscow, or Moskau as the song refers to it. Despite the rough history behind the motherland, Russia has certainly influenced a great portion of the world. While the recent 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Russia, perhaps the world best regards Russia for vodka. Adults around the world love to soak themselves with this liquor, especially now with its universal availability. Does anyone ever pay attention to the beer from Russia? Perhaps not, since Russia has not come to the spotlight for their work in brewing. However, the Russian style certainly has influenced the creation of consumables, evident in not only Russian cuisine, but Russian beverages as well, such as the famed Russian Imperial Stout. If you seek a Russian Imperial Stout worth shouting Moskau over, look no further than the craft beer scene in Orange County.

The folks from Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to collaborate on a succulent winter’s brew known as Chernyy Medved (SHARE-nee MID-vid). In honor of the acclaimed winter beer fest, the OC Brew Ho Ho, these two breweries butted heads to devise this incredible creation that words simply cannot accurately describe. Clocking in at 13.0% abv, this Russian Imperial Stout gets its characteristics with smoked oak, pine, vanilla, and cherries. With a flavor like chocolate-covered cherries, this hearty brew fits right in with the cold winter season with its warming finish. Beer enthusiasts may want to consider attempting to cellar this bottle, as it lends itself to aging quite nicely.

Looking to savor this Russian beauty? Start looking at specialty craft beer retailers in Orange County, such as Total Wine & More or Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Act fast, as Chernyy Medved only exists in limited quantities, and once they run out, you probably will not find it on store shelves again!

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. A deadly virus threatens human civilization that broke out. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. Belcampo Meat Company‘s Belcampo Cheeseburger

Have you ever visited collective gatherings of food businesses? I do not refer to strip malls or a food court or food truck spots. I refer to a full public market dedicated to providing real estate to local entrepreneurs seeking to enter the food & beverage industry. For example, the historic Pike Place Market in Seattle hosts countless independently-owned businesses, many of which serve unique foods found nowhere else. The Anaheim Packinghouse, which just opened earlier this year, houses a plethora of local food & beverage businesses all serving something unique such that no business competes with each other. Another highly-populated public market exists in Downtown Los Angeles known as Grand Central Market. This dense and compact market holds so many businesses and attracts so many people daily that you literally have to elbow your way through the crowd to get anywhere. If you do that, you may discover great hidden gems, such as the Belcampo Meat Company. This counter, along with its other four California locations, fully functions as both a butcher shop and a restaurant. Their offerings change based on the seasons and the market, but some menu items remain a constant, such as their Belcampo Cheeseburger. They grill a 5.5oz dry-aged & grass-fed beef patty to medium rare, then top it with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, butter lettuce, and what appears to taste like thousand island dressing that they call house sauce. This burger makes it to number five on this list because, although the beef tastes amazingly juicy, the rest of the burger looks rather dull. The lettuce especially gives it a “cheap” look, reducing the overall experience. Honestly, with beef this juicy and full of savory goodness, they can do away with the lettuce, and the burger would look so much better. The price of this burger varies based on the location, but the burger in Downtown LA costs $12.50.

4. Slater’s 50/50‘s Cubano

The empire continues to grow! Now sporting seven locations, the Slater’s 50/50 collective has since expanded outward from its original location in Orange County, with spots now in Rancho Cucamonga and San Marcos. Any Southern Californian local will have heard of Slater’s 50/50, while out-of-towners will want to visit any Slater’s 50/50 location for their namesake, the 50/50 burger – a burger patty consisting of 50% beef and 50% ground bacon. While they sell their trademark 50/50 patty the most, they still sport a large menu of other great items. Their menu claims that they have the “World’s Greater Turkey Burger,” a bold proclamation since typically turkey burgers never quite match up to that of beef or even pork burger patties. I advise you to keep an open mind for their October burger-of-the-month, The Cubano. Slater’s 50/50 builds this massive burger-sandwich hybrid starting with their 2/3 lbs turkey patty, which they top with Swiss cheese, carnitas-style pork, pickled red onions, banana rum mustard, and mint leaves, all on toasted sourdough bread with a side of sliced pickles. Basically, you will receive a panini-style Cuban sandwich with some twists. The mint leaves especially stand out, providing a distinct tease with each bite. For a craft beer pairing, stick with the middle ground, nothing strong or light, such as a pale ale, amber ale, or brown ale. The Cubano makes it to number four on this list because of a few issues. Glaringly, I cannot say that I approve of the bread choice. Sourdough itself bears a flavor that one must savor on its own, so in this sandwich, it would sometimes lose its sourdough flavor with center bites, or overpower the sandwich with edge bites. The choice to toast the bread also brings out two problems: the crunchiness may harm those with sensitive gums, and the bread gets soggy if the cooks do not layer the ingredients correctly, which will happen more often than not. For a burger list, I rarely feature a non-beef patty, as I simply prefer a beef patty unless the patty truly glorifies the burger, such as a chorizo patty. If you seek a Cuban sandwich on an actual burger…

3. Grill ‘Em All‘s Midnight A.K.A. The Konnan

Music truly does hold the title of the most universal language. Lyrics aside, once you have the instrumentals, you can capture an audience from any corner of the globe. From Kawaii metal to fart metal, music resonates well with any individual, even if the music physically assaults anyone listening to it. Much like with music, certain foods gain positive reception around the world. While we can find common foods like burgers and pizza in nearly every country, certain styles also carry over quite well. For example, the typical Cuban sandwich consists of ham, carnitas-style pork, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles. Modifications heavily exist to this, as proved by Grill ‘Em All. Consistently shattering culinary perceptions, Grill ‘Em All knows that keeping with traditions will only keep them in the past. For that reason, they think progressively by reinventing stereotypical foods into amalgams of frenzied burgers that look like they took a spin in a mosh pit or two. For the month of October, Grill ‘Em All reimagines the classic Cuban sandwich into their burger-of-the-month, The Midnight A.K.A. The Konnan. Named after a Cuban professional wrestler, The Midnight takes its name from Medianoche, Spanish for midnight, which also refers to the type of sandwich. Unlike standard Cuban sandwiches, The Midnight follows in the footsteps of the Medianoche by utilizing a Hawaiian bun as the sweet bread. Following that, we have a half-pound burger with black forest ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, dijon mustard, pickles, and whole-grain aioli. The resulting burger tastes like a traditional Medianoche sandwich, but with the added surge of the beef patty. This burger pairs very well with the Iron Maiden Trooper ale that they have on tap here! Do keep in mind that you can only obtain this burger this month only, which explains why this burger only makes it to number three on this list.

2. Dolce Bistro & Bakery‘s Not So Classic Burger

Who can resist a cute little sweet treat? Nobody can deny that dessert tends to come across the minds of everybody at least once a day, especially around mealtime. In recent years, bakeries have soared in popularity, whether they make baked goods, cupcakes, pastries, or whatever. When locally famous Porto’s Bakery announced plans to open in Orange County, the entire county clamored in excitement as a testament to the people’s love of sweets. Plenty other bakeries have had to up their game to make them stand out in the crowd, aside from harsh marketing. Up in Montclair, Dolce Bistro & Bakery upped their game by expanding their bakery into a café and restaurant. Tucked away past the Montclair Plaza shopping center, Dolce Bistro & Bakery essentially combines two of my favorite things into one place: a gastropub and a bakery. On one side, you have the bakery where they dole out cronuts, macarons, cupcakes, cookies, and more. On the other side, you have a full-service restaurant representative of today’s typical gastropubs. Aside from their rotating list of craft beers, Dolce Bistro & Bakery deploys a menu that both sounds and tastes delicious. A handful of the menu items gives off an Asian-fusion vibe, but when you look at their burgers, none stand out quite as much as the Not So Classic Burger. While you may expect a meal, the combination of roasted tomatoes, red onion marmalade, Fontina cheese, aioli, and bacon jam will trick your mind into treating this like dessert, what with this sweet lineup of ingredients. A bakery that also serves a sweet burger? Who could have seen that coming? For those bold enough to attempt to pair a craft beer with this, very few beers can stand up to the intensity of this burger. If they have it, go with a stout, Belgian (tripel), or barleywine, as you need that extra strength to stand toe-to-toe with this burger.

1. Stout Burgers & Beer‘s Stout Burger

When determining the desirability of a business, consumers will often research the longevity of a business. If a business has remained open for at least a handful of years, then you can tell that they have endured the hardships of the first couple of years in business, the period where the entrepreneurs hope to break even with their investment. For many years, I have searched for the best of foods that I can find, asking numerous colleagues and strangers everywhere I travel. During those years, a sole burger restaurant has remained at the top of my to-do list that I have never thought to visit. One day, I told myself: I would finally muster up the courage to make the trek up to Stout Burgers & Beers. Located smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, this gastropub does not beat around the bush, and they follow exactly what their name indicates: burgers and beers. They picked one thing to do, and they do it right – I cannot ask for anything more. Here at Stout, they ground the beef in-house daily, so you can expect a fresh burger every single time you visit. Though their menu contains a handful of choices, I encourage everyone to immediately look at their namesake, the Stout Burger. This burger features such a diverse cast of ingredients that all contribute to the greater picture, a picture of a thousand colors. With blue cheese crumbles, Gruyère cheese, rosemary bacon, caramelized onions, horseradish cream, and roasted tomatoes, each ingredient delivers something different to the palate. From the ingredients alone, you get a sour, nutty, salty, sweet, bitter, and tart, respectively. Oh, and this burger patty? It rivals that of Umami Burger. Yes, I said it. People know how much I swear by Umami Burger, but wow do the folks at Stout know how to prepare a burger. At least I can drive to Umami Burger in less than ten minutes from my place, as opposed to Stout where I have to drive about 45 minutes to get there, then pay for parking. I struggle to find free parking anywhere near Stout, which prevents me from visiting them more often whenever I find myself near Hollywood. Perhaps this represents a sign that I must not overindulge in Stout, and that I should consider it an occasional treat. But please, do not put off visiting Stout like I did for many years – you ought to go very soon to devour one of the best burgers you will ever lay your hands on!

System of a Stout & Still Life Stout Re-release Event
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/426032534206558/

Beachwood Brewing will bring back two of their popular limited release stouts from the past to serve to guests starting this Tuesday night. Take home bottles of these beers, or enjoy them at Beachwood Brewing along with dinner from a special menu curated just for this night. Guests of all ages can enjoy the special dinner menu, but no one under 21 can drink any beer. Guests can park for free for up to three hours in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing with validation from the restaurant.

California Brewmasters Book Release Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 3
Noble Ale Works, Anahiem
http://www.facebook.com/events/611761892252585/

Join brewers from local breweries at Noble Ale this Tuesday evening as they celebrate the release of the book California Brewmasters. Perhaps you may even receive autographs from the brewers themselves! Guests may park and attend for free. Books and beer come at cost. Guests of all ages may purchase a book as well as receive autographs, but minors cannot have any beer.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4-5
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
https://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue?id=66951

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.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/581880085258517/

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

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 5-7
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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

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

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

Rikk Agnew Band @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1436676179921806/

Get your weekly Friday night fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut with the Rikk Agnew Band, The Decline, Carpit, and SxRx. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172289

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. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Dog Walk – A Paws for Health
7:30 am – 12:00 pm, June 7
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://ivhs.convio.net/site/TR/SampleTR/General?fr_id=1050&pg=entry

Go on a 1.5 mile walk with your canine friend for charity this Saturday morning in San Dimas. Before or after the walk, check out all the games, vendors, arts & crafts, pancake breakfast, services, and more.

2nd Annual 5k-ish Sugartown Challenge
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 7
The Shops at Rossmoor, Seal Beach
http://www.sugarbeetfestival.com/

Run an obstacle course through old-town Los Alamitos this Saturday morning for charity! Starting at The Shops at Rossmoor, participants will run through a course spanning approximately five kilometers, and face challenges along the way such as archery, gymnastics, soccer kicks, crossfit, and more. Registration for this all-ages obstacle course costs $42.75.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7-8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

2014 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7-8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20.

27th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 7-8
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

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

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 7
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

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

TAFF Expo
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 7
Public Auditorium, Long Beach
http://taffexpo.com/

Standing for Tech-Art-Fashion-Food, this one-day event exhibits current & future trends in emerging technologies, contemporary art, wearable fashion,  and sustainable agriculture. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10.

Hangar 24 Local Fields: Essence Release
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1452469354998053/

Hangar 24 releases the next brew of their seasonal series this Saturday. Come to the tasting room in Redlands to enjoy Essence, a double IPA brewed with navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit, and also catch some local music as well as local food.

Spark Run 5k – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.thesparkrun.com/locations/los-angeles

The original color run has started a strong 5k fad that stretches to include nearly every variant of turning a grueling task into a somewhat fun one. This Saturday night at the Fairplex in Pomona, join in on the Spark Run, a nighttime 5k fun run filled with glow sticks, LED lights, black light, costumes, and more. Registration currently costs $60 per individual or $55 per individual in a team of four or more, and comes with a t-shirt, race bib, LED bracelet, and glow necklace. Children eight and under can participate for free, but will only receive the glow necklace. The doors open at 6pm and the race starts at 7:45pm, but I highly suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid traffic delays. Bring extra cash for parking, food, and drinks.

D.I. @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/715466715143509/

Catch Orange County punk pioneers D.I. as they headline a small show in La Habra this Saturday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Prima Donna @ Loaded Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 7
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/644505822310696/

Enjoy a night of rock in Hollywood this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Anacon 2014
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 8
Embassy Suites, Garden Grove
http://www.warehousefiftyone.com/

Welcome to the Anaheim Collectible Convention. At this one-day convention, visitors of all ages will find comics, toys, cards, video game competitions, prizes, and more. Admission to this convention costs only $5 and comes with free parking.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 8
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 4pm to 7pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 9pm.