Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its eighth iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

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The 9th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

The 2017 Los Angeles Reptile Super Show returns this weekend to the Fairplex in Pomona. As one of the nation’s largest expo for reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, feed, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more, this show attracts reptile fans from across the nation to gaze at new potential pets and to stock up on supplies, feed, and other goods for their beloved pets. Open to all ages, visitors can browse through the countless booths and vendors around the expo hall, and potentially pick up some of the animals. None of the animals pose any serious threats to any of the visitors here – any animal that has venom do not have enough of it to injure a human. From the smallest of lizards to heavy snakes to the largest of tortoises and dragons, this expo has an animal to fit anyone’s lifestyle.

The show runs 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday, and costs $14 for adults or $9 for children. Get $1 off with a printed coupon available from their website, linked above. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy. Check it out, and discover the joy of the company of these alternative pets.

The 8th Annual Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair returned for its semi-annual Summer Market this past weekend at its original home of the LA State Historic Park outside of Downtown Los Angeles. This free and all-ages event sees thousands of visitors all coming to see over 250 select independent artists, crafters, and vendors all exhibiting and selling their wares. Among all the possible merchandise, visitors could purchase anything from clothing, accessories, home goods (candles, soap, wind chimes, etc), kitchen supplies, artisanal eats (candy, preserves, etc), music records, pet supplies, and so much more. What makes Renegade Craft appealing revolves around every single vendor, all independently crafting their own handmade goods as opposed to manufacturing them in a factory. In addition to the multitude of aisles filled with vendors, Renegade Craft also offers various hands-on workshops, art installations, live DJ’s, a photo booth, gourmet food trucks, and more.

With the change in location came a change in the lineup of vendors. This past weekend’s event appeared to have fewer amount of vendors compared to the past couple of years at Grand Park. This does not denote a bad thing, as the organizers had to deal with a smaller area this time, despite returning to its original location. Renegade Craft exists to introduce the locals to new vendors that they would have never heard of, and this past weekend’s event certainly did that for me.

If you attended Renegade LA this past weekend, I would love to know what you purchased. Please share your items by commenting on this post, or by posting on my Facebook page. Keep in mind that Renegade runs twice a year in Los Angeles – the holiday show will occur on the weekend of December 9-10 later this year. As a free event open to the public that lasts two days, Renegade Craft Fair can easily fit into anyone’s schedule. Shop local, and support local business – doing so drives the local economy and greatly benefits your local community. Support Renegade Craft Fair by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center brought back their Summer Solstice Festival for its eighth year running this past Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, this event featured a handful of local vendors, artisans, and musicians, as well as arts & crafts for children. The event also contained a few local food vendors. The event did not feature too much else from their previous years, but they did add a beer garden that they called OC Beer Alley. Essentially a beer garden, four local breweries set up to pour their beers on this hot summer day. Visitors had to buy tickets at the entrance to the beer garden to redeem for beers. For such a hot day, drinking outside proved inauspicious – it certainly would have felt more safe and comfortable to drink indoors or at least in a cooler place. Still, this made for a nice afternoon for families, as the children can go play with the arts & crafts while the parents can enjoy themselves in the beer garden.

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center holds events very often at their facility in Fullerton, many of which have no cost to attend. Check out the Muckenthaler Cultural Center on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

8th Annual VidCon
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21-24
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://vidcon.com/

See all things in the realm of online video and the next generation of technology at the annual VidCon this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration costs $150 per individual.

Make Music Los Angeles 2017
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

3rd Annual Day Of Music Fullerton
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Fullerton
http://thedayofmusic.com/

All day this Wednesday, local artists will perform across Fullerton with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

9th Annual Taste of Vista
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Vista Village, Vista
http://vvba.org/event/taste-of-vista/

Sample food and drinks from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, and wineries this Wednesday night in Vista. Regular admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. Non-alcoholic admission costs $25 presale or $40 at the door. All attendees receive unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21-22
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/stroll-savor/

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

1st Annual Eagle Walk: Sip & Savor
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://sip.eaglerockbrewery.com/

Enjoy food & beer pairings at five different locations in Eagle Rock this Wednesday night. The $47 ticket includes one food & beer pairing at each of the five locations. Participants will walk from location to location. Check with the website to see where each tasting takes place, and plan to park somewhere between the locations. No one under 21 may attend.

The Mad Caddies – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.madcaddies.com/

Ska/punk band The Mad Caddies will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Del Mar Summer Solstice 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Powerhouse Park, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/summersolstice2017/

Sample food and drinks from Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening. The $85 admission gets you all access to unlimited samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual Fountain Valley Summerfest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 22
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 23
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Fountain Valley Recreation & Sports Park, Fountain Valley
http://www.fvsummerfest.com/

This free and all-ages 4-day celebration will include rides, food, drinks, games, entertainment, vendors, live music, beer/wine garden, sports, a car show on Saturday, and a dog show on Sunday.

Brutal Hearts of Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 22
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1888437541442061/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands for free this Thursday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

18th Annual Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 23
Worldwide
http://www.takeyourdog.com/

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

39th Annual Taste of Greece
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 23
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine
http://irvinegreekfest.com/

This weekend-long all-ages festival celebrates Greek culture with food, drinks, desserts, live music, dancing, games, rides, and more. Admission to the fair costs $3, but print the flyer below to enter for free!

2017 OC Pride Festival & Parade
June 23-25
Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.prideoc.com/

A series of events will take place in & around Downtown Santa Ana this weekend. Check with the website for a full schedule of events, as well as their prices and age limits.

Chron Gen w/ JFA in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 23, Club Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.facebook.com/events/1924708007748184/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/3074

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this all-ages show in Silverlake this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13.

Sal’s Photos 1 Millionth Photo Celebration
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 23
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1499122873483031/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

13th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24
Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas
http://broam.org/

This free and all-ages event in Encinitas involves surfing, loud rock music, booze, and a whole lot of bros.

2nd Annual The Liquid Run
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.theliquidrun.com/

This floating obstacle course returns to Newport Beach this weekend. Traverse a quarter mile of inflatable objects and obstacles to reach the finish line. Registration filled up long ago, so bookmark this event for next year if this event looks fun to you.

CCOA Western Nationals 50th Anniversary Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 24
Courtyard Marriott, Cypress
http://www.socalcougarclub.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show this Saturday in Cypress.

44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Brengle Terrace Park, Vista
http://www.sdhighlandgames.org/

A Scottish festival arrives in San Diego County this weekend, complete with bagpipes, Highland games, kilts, haggis, acting, music, and more. Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, or $5 for children.

Regal Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
Irvine Marriott, Irvine
http://www.regalcon2015.com/

A fandom & pop culture expo comes to Irvine this weekend. Attendees can expect to find celebrities, art, vendors, cosplay, panels, entertainment, and more. General admission costs $60 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, or $95 for both days.

Riviera Village Summer Fest 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 24-25
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rvsummerfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages annual street fair occurs in the Riviera Village neighborhood of Redondo Beach. Numerous vendors, arts & crafts, food & drinks, carnival rides, entertainment, and more will take over the streets, as visitors stroll through all the roads gazing at all the wonderful booths. Do not attempt to park nearby – instead, park at South High, right off of Calle Mayor and Pacific Coast Highway, and take the free shuttle. The festival takes place entirely outdoors, so keep sunscreen handy.

Orange County Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition 2017
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Valencia High School, Placentia
http://orangecountyelite.com/

A weightlifting competition and expo comes to Orange County this Saturday. $20 admission gets you access to see the various lifting competitions, plus access to the various vendors in the expo.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-off
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 24
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.oceanbeachsandiego.com/special-event/street-fair-chili-cookoff-festival

Have some fun in the sun in Ocean Beach this Saturday at their annual street fair and chili cookoff. At this free and all-ages street fair, tens of thousands of people will stroll through Ocean Beach to check out all the art, live entertainment, vendors, and of course, the chili. Attendees may purchase chili tastings on the day of the event. This area gets extremely crowded with traffic, so plan alternate routes on arriving, and prepare to walk long distances to reach the street fair.

Official Studio Ghibli Pop-Up & Opening Party at JapanLA
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 24-25
JapanLA, Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.japanla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/769244469910420/

A Japanese studio will have a popup market this weekend in Fairfax. In order to enter, you must line up at 9:30am on Saturday morning to receive a free ticket to attend. They will only hand out tickets to the first 800 people in line. If you do get a ticket, you can then return any time this weekend to enter the popup.

6th Annual Uptown Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 24
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1884473848478072/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages music festival this Saturday in Long Beach, and enjoy live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

31st Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 24-25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachbayou.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

4th Annual Gold Line Pub Crawl
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 24
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.facebook.com/goldlinepubcrawl

An all-day pub crawl will take place in LA County this Saturday. They have no official website, and the event page does not specify a cost or designated starting point, so go poke around the event page to ask for details.

2017 Beer Camp Across America: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, Long Beach
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/long-beach/

Sierra Nevada brings their coveted national beer festival to Southern California this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $75 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Bring cash for the gourmet food trucks on site. This festival takes place entirely outdoors, so dress for the warm weather and bring sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Orange County Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 24
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point
http://www.foodwineandmusicfestival.com/

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. $10 to attend, visitors can roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

7th Annual San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

37th Annual Padres Tailgate Party & Firefighter Chili Cook-off
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, June 24
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www2.mda.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=109602

Tailgate prior to this Saturday’s Padres game and sample some chili too. Admission ranges from $20 to $50 based on age and if an attendee will go to the Padres game.

Societe Five
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
Societe Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://societebrewing.com/societefour/

San Diego’s Societe Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their annual brewers games at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday afternoon. The $30 general admission gets you in to the festivities, a souvenir glass, and unlimited beer pours for the duration of the session. No one under 21 may attend.

2017 Hillcrest Craft Beer Crawl
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 24
Hillcrest Brewing Company, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://hillcrestcraftbeercrawl.com/

Take a walk and explore the beer, wine, and liquor scene in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, and includes a tasting cup and tasters at each participating location. No one under 21 may participate.

1st Annual PotterParty Anaheim
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://potterconusa.com/

Basically, adult Harry Potter fans get together and do raunchy adult things while getting into character of the Harry Potter universe. Dress up as a character from the Harry Potter universe, and bring your strong alcohol tolerances to this event. Admission costs $13.50 for each single ticket, but each ticket allows two people in.

8th Annual Claremont Village Blues & Brews Craft Beer Walk
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 24
Streets of Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontbluesandbrews.com/

Exhibit the local businesses of Claremont while sipping on craft beers and local food at this annual music and beer fest on the streets of Claremont Village. Over 30 of the local businesses will serve as sites where attendees to this fest can pick up some food or beer as they continue to stroll through Claremont Village to enjoy the live music and the goods & services offered by the local businesses. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes free parking and 12 beer tasting tickets. The site does not mention if admission includes food, so if you plan to eat, have some cash available. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual San Diego Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 24
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
Kearny Office Park, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.sdnightmarket.com/

The San Diego Night Market returns to Kearny Mesa this weekend. Deriving from Asian cultures, this night market brings a taste of Asian nightlife to the streets of San Diego with Asian food, culture, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission only costs $3 for adults, while children can enter for free! Please refer to the website for details regarding free parking and shuttles.

San Fernando Obon Festival 2017
4:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 24-25
San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, Pacoima
http://www.sfvhbt.org/obon

A free and all-ages Japanese cultural festival will take place in the San Fernando Valley this weekend at night.

FKA 720°
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 24
The Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/720pine

Enjoy some extreme sports and nightlife music for free at this all-ages outdoor concert this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach.

Celebrate Yorba Linda
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Main Street, Yorba Linda
http://www.ylmainstreet.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/768275453352649/

A free and all-ages street fair will take place in Downtown Yorba Linda this Saturday night.

Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 24
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.tlcfairplex.org/tlc/events/home/2017/06/25/default-calendar/cheers

A food & alcohol tasting event comes to the Fairplex in Pomona this Saturday night. Admission costs $75 presale or $85 at the gate, and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Bring cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

SMD Record Release Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 24
The BLVD, Boyle Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/240777349660734/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show this Saturday night in East LA. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Highway Earth Car Show 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Franklin Canyon Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.highwayearth.com/

Check out a free and all-ages car show in the hills of Beverly Hills this Sunday morning.

3rd Annual Classics in the Groves
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Camarillo Grove Park, Camarillo
http://venturavintagerods.org/
http://hulalounge.com/events/classics-in-the-groves/

A free and all-ages car show will take place in Camarillo this Sunday afternoon.

Bombs Super Show – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 25
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.bombsmagazine.com/2017-events/los-angeles-classic-carshow/

A classic car show comes to the Long Beach Convention Center this Sunday. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $20 per person.

17th Annual Taste of Adams Avenue
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 25
Adams Avenue, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Taste-of-Adams.html

30 restaurants, 30 tastes. Taste the local flavor of Adams Avenue this Sunday afternoon, as you stroll up and down Adams Avenue checking out all the local restaurants in the area. A ticket bundle costs $35 presale and $40 on the day of the event, and provides guests with 30 taster tickets. Park in the neighborhood, and pick up your tickets from Smitty’s Auto on the day of the event if you purchased presale.

17th Annual SOULstice
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 25
Main Street, Santa Monica
http://www.mainstreetsm.com/summer-soulstice/

A music festival will take over the streets of Santa Monica this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. This will close some of the streets in the heart of Santa Monica, so plan your commute accordingly.

8th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & OC Beer Alley
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 25
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/6/25/summer-solstice-festival

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

8th Annual Wags-N-Wine Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 25
Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
http://www.wagsnwine.com/

Sample food, wine, and beer at this fundraising event this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. General admission costs $75 presale or $85 and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $95 presale or $105 at the door, starts at 12pm, and includes an upgraded tasting glass, VIP food & drinks, and a swag bag. All attendees receive unlimited samples while supplies last. Attendees may also bring their dogs for free. No one under 21 may attend.

Wild Beers Workshop
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, June 25
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Workshops/

Learn how to make beer this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton. Registration for this workshop costs $50 per person.

Punk Rock Swap And Show 3
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 25
The OffBeat, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/113150949234798/

Punk rock bands and vendors will convene this Sunday evening in Highland Park. This event has no cover charge. No one under 21 may enter.

The first of this year’s summer series of Belmont Shore’s Stroll & Savor of Long Beach wrapped up last week. This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs every year from May through August on the third Wednesday, and the Thursday immediately following. Free to attend for all ages, guests participate by paying $10 for a booklet containing 12 tickets that get redeemed at participating businesses along 2nd Street in Belmont Shore. The products offered by participating businesses range from appetizers to drinks to desserts to even full plates of food. Ticket costs vary based on the location, with some offering more than the value of the tickets, and many offering less than the value of the tickets. Although most of the participating businesses served the same things that they serve yearly, sometimes things will stand out from the crowd. I took one booklet last week, and went on a nice stroll through Belmont Shore.

Not much has changed in the way of offerings from the participating businesses. Between each year, most of the restaurants stick to their guns and offer what the people like, opting not to experiment or offer anything different. For that reason, I do not always attend every Stroll & Savor event in a given year. This year, I felt hesitant to go, knowing that not much will have changed. However, I bit the bullet and went last week to see if anything new had popped up. I got a chance to try the following:

  • Rance’s Chicago Pizza had replaced the former Shore Public House, a restaurant that did not fare too well in Belmont Shore.
  • The former Powell’s Sweet Shoppe had closed for good, and Rocket Fizz swooped in to replace it. They served craft sodas for the event.
  • Pho-Nomenon did not last very long in Belmont Shore, as they had closed. Lasher’s Kitchen has since moved into that spot from their old location on Broadway & Redondo.
  • Frosted Cupcakery featured a new item this time, Sugar Cookies, in addition to their standard mini cupcakes and hi-tops.
  • Saint & Second finally participated for the first time in Stroll & Savor. Matching their pricey menu, they served meatballs that cost $2 per meatball.

All in all, a few things may have changed, but most restaurants have kept their offerings the same for Stroll & Savor. If you like what you see, check out what other events Belmont Shore has coming up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

When one claims the best of anything, people quickly speculate that claim as hogwash. For example, if a product claims to work ten times better than the leading brand, then why does that product not lead the market? Do the testimonials prove anything else, or do the testimonials get bought? The 7th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha returned to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado this past Saturday, living up to its proclamation as “Southern California’s BEST Beer Festival!” Featuring over 90 breweries, a dozen food vendors, FREE sodas, live music, games, and more, I assure you that no other beer fest in the history of Orange County lives up to the proportions of the crew behind the Brew Ha Ha series of events.

The massive venue area contributes the most to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha. Despite the incredulously long VIP line, guests began entering five minutes prior to the fest’s start time. Fortunately, all volunteers and brewery staff knew not to pour until the time began. Upon entering, one can quickly feel overwhelmed trying to figure out where to find what. Oak Canyon Park has much to explore, and OC Brew Ha Ha did not even use the entire park area! (due to grass renovations, one entire side of the park did not get used)

With a vast venue, plenty of vendors, a variety of beer & food, entertainment, and more, time flies by for any guest at OC Brew Ha Ha. The average consumer cannot possibly experience everything within the allotted four hours. Like a typical weekend vacation, guests would require more than a few days to experience it all. Luckily, the Brew Ha Ha team organizes multiple events throughout the year, including some events that do not fall under the same naming convention, such as Ye Scallywag, Cali Uncorked, and the newly announced Driftwood Festival (tickets NOW available – use promo code BEER). In addition, the team will bring back their signature beer fest in December under the moniker OC Brew Ho Ho, so if you need your beer fix, keep this in mind when December rolls around. No other beer fest in Orange County can top OC Brew Ha Ha, because it triumphs over all.

The Orange County Brew Ha Ha returns for its seventh iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this craft beer festival will feature over 90 different breweries, over 200 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you reach the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left into the park.
  • Bring cash for parking in case they charge for parking. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Check out these pictures from last year’s OC Brew Ha Ha:

The 8th Annual BuskerFest returned to the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach this past Saturday night. Traditional busks consisted of various bands from all over performing on “stages” set up on flatbed trucks with minimal electrical equipment, busking for wooden nickels.  This primarily serves as a launching pad for musicians, gaining what usually represents their first major gig with a substantial crowd in the thousands. This gave a more traditional, old-time feel to the music, and provided guests a glimpse of how these types of bands used to “busk” many decades ago. Free to attend, fans of music enjoyed what they heard and supported in the form of wooden nickels that guests could purchase to “tip” the bands as they busk. The band with the most wooden nickels at the end of the night won a grand prize from the organizers. In addition to all the live music, guests found a beer garden and various food vendors, while volunteers staffed a bike valet at the eastern entrance. New this year, the organizers behind BuskerFest extended the area of BuskerFest to include a stretch of Linden Avenue. In previous years, the area had ended just prior to Linden Avenue to allow vehicles to pass. This year, they closed Linden Avenue from 1st Street to Broadway to make room for more stages and booths.

As the annual final act of the Summer And Music events series, they went out with a bang and have the thousands of fans that supported their events for thanks. For more music in Long Beach, see what else will go on by liking Summer And Music on Facebook and following them on Twitter. For even more music in Long Beach, make sure you check out the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival coming up in a few weeks.