Posts Tagged ‘Surf’

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
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.

Monday Melt Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381759148568857/

A grilled cheese contest will take place in Downtown Fullerton tonight. They have not provided any information regarding admission fees or how much each thing will cost.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 2-6
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Opposition Rising: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3, Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 4, Bar 1650, Corona
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/oppositionrising

A series of hardcore punk shows will take place in Southern California this week. The cover charges for these shows vary by the venue, so check with the location for details. No one under 21 may enter any show.

2017 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 6
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the annual International Surf Festival that spans four days starting Thursday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

IPA Day 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1982772172007344/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two new IPA’s this week. Stop on by their tasting room starting this Thursday to enjoy a cold one or two.

64th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

2017 Bon Odori
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, August 4
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/jfg-events/obon-festival

San Diego gets an Obon Festival this Friday in Balboa Park. Admission costs $10, and gets you in to enjoy food, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, music, vendors, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
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).

69th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Kirby’s Dream Band, Super MadNES, Extra Lives
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/112490802715742/

Rock out to some video game inspired music this Friday night in North Hollywood. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

10th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-ages event costs $20 to attend on Friday or Sunday, or $40 to attend on Saturday.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
August 5-13
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dine Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

28th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

8th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2017 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5-6
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

6th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/846780582147307/

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.

5th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

5th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5-6
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-fest/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

5th Annual Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival/

A waterside beer festival comes to Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The So-Cal Hoedown
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.socalhoedown.com/

A concert will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday, featuring four stages and three indoor venues. This event will also have a car show and pinup contest. General admission to this all-ages concert costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes an event poster and t-shirt.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

High & Mighty Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5-6
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
http://highandmightyfest.com/

An all-ages concert with some big names in rock and rap will take place in Garden Grove this weekend. Tickets start at $39.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 5
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 5
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Golden Park Summer Music & Movie Event
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Golden Park, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=312&targetid=1

A free and all-ages music and movie night will take place in Downey this Saturday evening.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5
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.

5th Annual International Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 5
Planet Rehab, San Dimas
http://www.planetrehab.org/

Sample vegetarian and vegan food from 30 different cuisines this Saturday evening in San Dimas. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and provides unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

15th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Dickies – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/129121090975321/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

3rd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 6
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach.
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_aug_2017

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Redondo Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

41st Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 6
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zine 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.

21st Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

11th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

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

Game Day: Battle Royale
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 6
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://gamercon.com/

Play fighting video games for free this Sunday afternoon in Downtown San Diego.

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

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

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.

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When something has existed locally for a long time, you can bet that the locals will know a thing or two about it. From landmarks to businesses, everything has a story behind it, and the locals will tell you all about it. Some things may get talked about more often than others, but the legacy remains, and eventually other people discover it, leading to the growth and spread of knowing about such things. Speaking of which, even after the original person passes on, the legacy remains (RWBY, for example), and Hodad’s proves exactly that.

As one of San Diego’s longest standing institutions, Hodad’s represents an American Dream come true. Hodad’s allows guests to dine inside restored cars, or surrounded by walls covered with custom license plates. Clearly, the founder of Hodad’s had a passion for cars, but he also had a passion for surfing. Hodad means a non-surfer who spends time at the beach masquerading as a surfer. Whether they surf or not, guests of Hodad’s flock there to appreciate the interior design as well as the classic diner food. As a burger joint, Hodad’s delivers the classics here: burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes, and malts. While they have a few fancy burgers, nearly all of the visitors go for the classics, such as the Double Bacon Cheeseburger. With mine above, I opted for grilled onions, which made the burger even messier. Too big to hold in hand, this burger could not even fit in my mouth, so I had to bite corners off to get through the burger. Along with the burger came Onion Rings. Nothing stood out as unique with the onion rings – Hodad’s just makes them very well. To top off the meal, Hodad’s hand-blends up classic Malts using real malted barley.

Hodad’s boasts three locations in San Diego County: its original location in Ocean Beach, a second location in Downtown San Diego, and a branch in Petco Park. Check out what Hodad’s has going on by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 3-7
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Zaigermeister Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/event/zaigermeister-release/

This Wednesday evening, Eagle Rock Brewery will release their first ever sour ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or take bottles of it to go.

2016 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 4-5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the annual International Surf Festival that spans four days starting Thursday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Mermade Market
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Dana Point Community House, Dana Point
http://mermademarket.com/

Check out this free and all-ages vendor and arts & crafts fair taking place in Dana Point this week. Visitors will find apparel, accessories, food, entertainment, and more.

Great Society Cider & Mead – Soft Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/great-society-cider-mead-soft-opens-thursday-august-4/

One of the few places dedicated to ciders soft opens their doors to the public this Thursday evening before they officially open their doors on Saturday. Free to attend, stop on by either Thursday or Saturday to see how far craft cider has come.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/84-alpha-overdrive-bottle-release-quadruple-ipa/

Celebrate IPA Day this Thursday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange as they bring their Overdrive Quad IPA out on draft and in bottles.

63rd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 5
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

VRLA Summer Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this weekend. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5-7
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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
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).

5th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.afhusa.org/rpwbbq/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $9, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

23rd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6-7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $17 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Unsung Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim
http://www.unsungbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/321211908267340/

Another brewery opens their doors to the public this Friday evening, and even the mayor will make an appearance at the beginning. All visitors receive a dollar off pints during the first hour. Free to enter, stop on by this Friday night to see how much hype they have built up over the past year.

68th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 7
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1196577-aggrolites-long-beach/

Reggae/ska band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show will cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5-6
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

27th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

7th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2016 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Unique Studio Tours
8:30 am – 2:30 pm, August 6
The Unique Space, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/unique-studio-tours-tickets-26435462179

Take a guided tour through multiple maker spaces this Saturday morning in Downtown LA. Registration costs $55, which includes transportation throughout the tour, a gift bag, food & drinks at each stop, and more.

5th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Lou Costello Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

18th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Carddine Home Resort, San Marcos
http://www.sandiegoburgerbattle.com/

Dozens of professional and amateur cooks will enter their prized burgers into this competition for a chance to win big, which includes a new grill and a chance to go to the world competition. Although free to attend for all-ages, the general public will not get to taste any of the burgers, since only judges can taste. Attendees will get to see the cooks in action, as well as speak with professional cooks, chefs, and other industry folks.

5th Annual Latino Comics Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-comics-expo-day-1/

As the name suggests, this all-ages event features all things Latin with comics, from Latin-themed comics to comics created by Latin people. Admission costs $10 on Saturday, or free on Sunday.

4th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Culver Studios, Culver City
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/derbydays/

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

International Sailor Moon Day Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822245344670963/

A meetup of Sailor Moon fans will take place this Saturday afternoon in Highland Park, free to attend for all ages. This meetup will function like a potluck, so bring any food or drinks you may wish to share, as well as any media to share with the other fans.

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 7
Mid-City Arthouse, Los Angeles
http://www.midcityarthouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1042511919148845/

A special art exhibit comes to LA this weekend, free to attend. No one under 21 may attend after 7pm.

2016 Taste of San Pedro
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55, starts at 5:00pm, and comes with five food tasters and five drink tasters. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 4:30pm, and comes with unlimited food and drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

14th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

Karate In The Garage: Tour Kickoff Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1744647219148030/

Ska band Karate In The Garage will embark on a tour soon, but before they do, they will headline a FREE and all-ages show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

8th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 7
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 7
Just Ride LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_august_2016

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Downtown LA. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

40th Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 7
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

International Festival of Masks
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/497-internation-festival-of-masks

A special masks exhibit will take place at Bowers Museum this Sunday afternoon. For the cost of museum admission, gain access to all sorts of historical and cultural masks, and participate in arts & crafts activities including face painting and mask creation.

20th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2016-lemon-festival/

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

2016 OMShoes Summer Horseshoe Tournament
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Mariner’s Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/274808499552955/

A charity horseshoe tournament will take place in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20, while participation will cost an additional $5. All proceeds go to charity.

10th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 7
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

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

8th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 7
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/912260378832892/

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.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1648486905364885/

Celebrate IPA Day this Thursday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange as they bring their Overdrive Quad IPA out on draft and in bottles.

El Segundo/Monkish Collaboration Beer Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/824680040981172/

Come enjoy the release of Beer.Hops.Love. (Hoppy Belgian-style Tripel) collaboration between local brewing powerhouses El Segundo Brewing Company and Monkish Brewing Company. No admission required – simply show up and savor this brew.

45 Grave @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1095922713754639/

Release some mid-week aggression at this local punk show at the Doll Hut this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 7
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7-9
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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
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).

4th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 8
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

67th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 8
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 9
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 7
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $99, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/822535934492885/

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

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/919781-secret-affair-long-beach/

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.

8th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 8
Garden Grove Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

2015 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 8-9
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

3rd Annual Pawsapalooza: Dog Walk & Festival
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 8
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.pawsla.org/pawsapalooza-2015/

This free and all-ages event unites dogs and dog lovers for a day of furry friendly fun. Experience dog performance demos, free treats & pet goodies, arts & crafts, costume contests, and more.

10th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

2015 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
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 – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

7th Annual Unique LA Summer Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8-9
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

3rd Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 8-9
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 8
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/697272197074251/

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

9th Annual Los Angeles Skacore Invasion
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 8
Plaza De La Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.fla.vor.us/skacoreinvasion15

Check out this all-day all-ages ska/punk/reggae/hardcore outdoor concert going on this Saturday in Los Angeles, complete with two stages and over 30 bands. Tickets cost $22 presale or $28 at the door.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 8
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/burgersandbeer/2015/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 3pm and costs $75 with beer or $55 without beer. VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 8
The Reserve Lot @ Hollywood & Vine, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 4pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 3pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 8
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Estates
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org/

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 $250 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $350 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks.

Larrypalooza
5:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1594412624161805/

Check out this long punk show featuring many local bands this Saturday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $5 if entering before 7pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Full Pint 7th Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The Lost Knight, Echo Park
http://thefullpint.com/events/tfp8/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 6pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 8:30pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price.

Screeching Weasel: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/screeching-weasel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5838085

Famous punk band Screeching Weasel will headline all-ages shows in three consecutive days in California this weekend, with two of them taking place in Southern California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a link for details.

Punk Night @ Fitzgerald’s
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, August 8
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/832678750139864/

Enjoy a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 9
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.

7th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 9
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 9
Culver City to Venice
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Washington Blvd, Venice Blvd, and surrounding streets in Culver City and Venice will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

30th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, August 9
Paramount Studios, Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodartscouncil.org/

Bring out the family to this FREE art day in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Children will enjoy all the activities involving art, dance, music, face painting, characters, and more.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 9
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://www.shop.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/Blue-Palms-7th-Anniversary-Blue-Palms-7th.htm

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns seven this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $60, and comes with twenty 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts.

3rd Annual Avocado Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 9
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/community/did-somebody-say-avocado/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this Sunday, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

31st Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 9
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

7th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 8
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://lamesachamber.chambermaster.com/directory/jsp/events/EventPage.jsp?ccid=460&eventid=411

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $35 presale or $45 at the door, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the door, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

Left Hand Brewing @ Beachwood Brewing
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Left Hand Brewing will make their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, including Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by this Tuesday night to sample what this brewery has to offer.

Master Pairing Dinner: Stone Brewing Co. & Beachwood Brewing
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 9
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568556

Attend this 4-course beer pairing dinner for just $65, featuring all IPA’s for your palate-cleansing pleasure. No one under 21 may attend.

The Vandals Free Show on Melrose @ Fairfax High School
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, June 10
Fairfax High School, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1551901058368082/

The Vandals will perform at a FREE show in Los Angeles this Wednesday afternoon.

Left Hand Brewing Pint Nite @ Restauration
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 10
Restauration, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/115324342134649/

Left Hand Brewing makes their Southern Californian debut this week at dozens of places, which include Restauration in Long Beach. Stop on by this Wednesday night for a pint, and keep the glass too!

Lower Class Brats: California Tour 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 10, The Garage, Ventura http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5750785
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, June 11, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/202616
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, June 12, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/806573-zero-boys-lower-class-brats-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/zero-boys-tba/
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/lowerclassbrats

Punk band Lower Class Brats will perform shows daily this week throughout California. Every show has a different ticket price and age limit, so check with the venue for more details.

Avery 22nd Anniversary @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/929680337090292/

Avery Brewing celebrates 22 years in business this week, and Select Beer Store will have plenty of Avery beers to go around this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and pay for beer as you go.

Business & Beer @ King Harbor Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/890161777708574/

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

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 11
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.

39th Annual Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival
8:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 12-14
Cucamonga Guasti Regional Park, Ontario
http://huckfinn.com/

One of the west coast’s biggest all-ages bluegrass festivals returns this weekend in Ontario. The bluegrass music will go on all weekend so no one will miss a beat. In addition, attendees will find activities, contests, camping, raft-building, fishing, pedal boating, a playground, a zero-depth water play park, and a swim lagoon with water slides. Ticket prices vary depending on the attendee’s age, and how many days each attendee will visit the show. Single-day adult tickets cost $25 to $35, while a three-day pass costs $85. Children enter for $10 each, or $30 for all three days.

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 12
1:00 pm – 10:30 pm, June 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 14
The Forum, Inglewood
http://www.sanrio.com/hkfestival/

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this extravaganza of a Hello Kitty event going on all weekend at The Forum in Inglewood. Various sessions take place of this event that last three hours or four hours for general or VIP admission, respectively. General admission costs $43.50 while VIP admission costs between $130 to $255 depending on the VIP package.

2015 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival (FINAL show in Long Beach)
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 12
11:00 am – 1:00 am, June 13
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 14
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://longbeach.ink-n-iron.com/

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend for the show’s FINAL year in Long Beach until they move to Nashville. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $42.50 per day, or $80 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

Left Hand Brewing LA Launch Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 12
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/811496895623972/

Left Hand Brewing makes their debut in Southern California this week, and Select Beer Store will have some of their brews on tap to celebrate. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 13
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium 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.

Nuke The Fridge’s Cosplay Con 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1422347528079365/

Hundreds of cosplayers will gather at this FREE cosplay meet-up at Frank & Son’s in Rowland Heights this Saturday.

30th Anniversary Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 13
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach
http://www.torchrunonline.org/

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

Fastivus 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana
http://www.fastivus.com/

If you like fast cars, you will not want to miss Fastivus this Saturday. This all-ages event features all things cars, from the racing aspect to famous racers and more. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate.

Ultimate Dog Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 13
Columbia Park, Torrance
http://ultimatedog.net/

Enjoy a canine day where you can bring out your dog for fun in the at this all-ages event. For $10 admission, find all sorts of vendors and services for your dog, inquire about adopting a dog, and discover many more activities that you and your dog can participate in.

6th Annual San Diego Oysterfest
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, June 13
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://www.oysterfestsd.com/

More of a music fest than an oyster fest, this all-day festival in San Diego combines live music, oysters, and beer into one crazy festival. As you enjoy the live music, you can purchase fresh oysters from around the world to snack on, then buy some brews to wash it all down. General admission costs $32 but does NOT include food or drinks. No one under 21 may enter.

LA Cosplay Con 2015
11:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 13
Hyatt Century City Plaza, Century City
http://lacosplaycon.com/

Get your cosplay on at this all-ages cosplay event featuring contests, tracks, gaming tournaments, prizes, and more. Tickets to Cosplay Con cost $20 for general admission, $15 for cosplayers, or $10 for children and students.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, June 13
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Oceanside Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 13
Pier Plaza Amphitheater, Oceanside
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-colors-oceanside-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

Long Beach Cocktail Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 14
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beachs-craft-cocktail-festival-tickets-16680410557

Enjoy craft cocktails by mixologists from over 14 of Long Beach’s finest bars. General admission costs $20 but does not includes drinks. VIP admission costs $100, includes drinks, and also provides access to an indoor lounge, plus other giveaways. No one under 21 may attend.

Santa Monica Grand Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 13-14
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://santamonicagrandtasting.com/

Taste fine foods at this culinary adventure as you sample creations from some of LA’s top chefs. General admission costs $100 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Poison Idea @ Los Globos
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 13
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/817779-poison-idea-los-angeles/

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

3rd Annual Luau & Pig Roast
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 14
Wild Goose Tavern, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616411761927967/

Enjoy some tropical-themed cocktails and delicious pork at this fundraising event in Costa Mesa this Sunday afternoon.

H2O @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 14
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/H2O

East coast hardcore punk band H2O will headline a show in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Sunday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

UK Subs @ Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2359

See legendary punk band UK Subs live in San Diego this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $18. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1477882672453686/

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.

3rd Annual LUCKYRICE Feast
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
Create Nightclub, Hollywood
http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events

Join in on this night of Asian-style food tastings and cocktail sips this Thursday night in Hollywood. General admission costs $88 and starts at 8pm, while early admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and cocktail tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

“Pick It Up” Ska Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/872958562731712/

Skank with some local ska bands this Thursday night in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 9:30, or $5 afterwards. No one under 18 may attend.

Festival De eSKAndalo
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 8
Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/730867356975128/

Lots of local ska bands will play at this all-ages all-day show this Friday in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7 before 6pm, or $10 afterwards. The venue will have food and drinks for sale.

3rd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

Brew at the Zoo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 8
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission costs $45 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

Hardcore Punk Night @ The Screaming Chicken
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The Screaming Chicken Saloon, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/396165370521239/

Get crazy at this hardcore punk show this Friday night out in Devore. The cover for this show costs $5 before 8pm, or $8 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

The Last Gang @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/662029183889458/

Check out these great local bands at the Doll Hut this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Club Beat On The Brat
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
Los Angeles Brewing Company, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/684808591605567/

Enjoy some local rock bands this Friday night at Los Angeles Brewing Company in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $3 before 10pm, or $5 afterwards. No one under 21 may attend.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 9-17
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.niseiweek.org/

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

Wet N Wild 5K
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 9
La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center, La Mirada
http://wetnwild5k.com/

Put your running skills to the wet mettle at this soaked 5k run this Saturday morning in La Mirada. Unlike a normal 5k run, this fun run will subject runners to wading through a “river” that goes up to the runner’s waist. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, or $35 per individual on a team of five or more participants. Registration on race day will cost $5 per individual regardless.

7th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

9th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 9
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

2014 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 10
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 – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Summer Sun & Art Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=26

This weekend, guests of all ages can find fine arts, contemporary crafts, handcrafted items, entertainment, delectable edibles, unique offerings, and more all at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, completely free to attend.

30th Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9-10
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.samahanphilippinedance.com/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, enjoy cultural entertainment in the form of food, drinks, desserts, music, dance, art, live entertainment, demos, and more.

2nd Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 9-10
LA Mart, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $30 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 9-10
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/ai1ec_event/mitsuwa-summer-events/

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! Completely FREE to attend for all ages, visitors will find games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Mitsuwa Marketplace will remain open for regular business during this time as well.

27th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 9-10
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

5th Annual Los Angeles Craft Beer Crawl
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 9
Casey’s Irish Pub, Downtown Los Angeles
http://213nightlife.com/lacraftbeercrawl

All attendees of this pub crawl through Downtown Los Angeles will see over 100 different craft beers across seven different locations. General admission costs $59 and starts at 3pm, while early admission begins at 1pm, but has already sold out. The pub crawl has no set route – you may visit the locations in any order you like, and spend as much time at any particular venue as you like. All locations will open to the public at 7pm that day, but you can still stay at any of the locations as long as you like.

The Full Pint 7th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
Toronado, North Park, San Diego
http://thefullpint.com/events/the-full-pint-7th-anniversary-august-9-2014/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 1pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 4pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
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.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

Moon Crisis: Masquerade
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Rothick Art Haus, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/494238860706200/

As part of their ongoing celebration of the 2014 reboot of the Sailor Moon franchise, Moon Crisis will host another FREE all-ages art show this Saturday night in Anaheim. This time, the showing will have a masquerade theme, encouraging visitors to dress for the occasion.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ Comic Book Hideout
7:00 pm – 12:00 am August 9
Comic Book Hideout, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/690168837718172/

The Radioactive Chicken Heads will headline an all-ages show this Saturday night in Fullerton. The cover for this show costs only $2!

Suburban Legends @ M15 Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.m15concerts.com/events/suburban-legends-2/

SoCal ska bands invade Corona this Saturday night, as Suburban Legends embark on their tour through the Southwest. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Narcoleptic Youth @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451511035088519/

Enjoy true OC punk this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Free Punk Rock Show in La Crescenta
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 9
The Crest, La Crescenta
http://www.facebook.com/events/1494090130824553/

Enjoy a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night out in La Crescenta. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 10
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.

Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Ecuadorian eats along Olvera Street this Sunday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can simply pay for the food that they want without the worry of paying to enter.

29th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, August 10
Paramount Studios, Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodartscouncil.org/

Bring out the family to this FREE art day in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Children will enjoy all the activities involving art, dance, music, face painting, characters, and more.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 10
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/6.html

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns six this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $65, and comes with twenty 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts.

30th Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 10
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

CMRCC Craft Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 10
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, Carmel Mountain Ranch, San Diego
http://clubcmr.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/craft-beer-fest-tickets/

This quaint little country/golf club will hold a beer festival this Sunday that currently only features five breweries. Admission costs $40 and provides 15 4oz beer tasters, plus full access to five different food stations. For an additional $30, gain access to an all-inclusive round of golf. When purchasing tickets, use the promo code beerme to take $5 off the ticket price.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 10
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

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

The Dead Ships, Death Hymn Number 9, and Death Valley Girls @ The Roxy
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 7
The Roxy, West Hollywood
http://grimygoods.com/2013/07/24/grimy-goods-presents-the-dead-ships-death-hymn-number-9-death-valley-girls-at-the-roxy-aug-7/

Famous Deads come to The Roxy this Wednesday night for a wold night of rock & roll and partying, as The Dead Ships, Death Hymn No. 9, and Death Valley Girls play this show. In addition, adult film star April O’Neil will DJ between sets. As a motorcycle themed show, any guest riding a motorcycle will not only enjoy free parking, but will enter the show for just $3. All other guests can enter for $5.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
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.

2013 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9-10
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://d23.com/d23-expo/

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. Attendees may also catch a sneak preview at Disney’s new upcoming animated movie, Frozen. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $57 for adults and $47 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $166 for adults and $136 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 10-11
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $55. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission costs $45 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

MDC, Opposition Rising, Wartorn, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 9
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/417230

Legendary hardcore punk band Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) currently tour throughout the US and Australia, and that tour comes through Southern California this weekend and again in two weeks. Catch them and a handful of other great local punk bands this Friday night at The Other Place. This all-ages show cost $9 to get in, and comes with a full bar for guests 21 and over.

Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

8th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10-11
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

2013 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
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. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Summer Sun & Art Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=26

This weekend, guests of all ages can find juried fine arts, contemporary crafts, handcrafted items, entertainment, delectable edibles, unique offerings, and more all at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, completely free to attend.

2013 South Bay Food Fest
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 10
StubHub Center, Carson
http://supergourmetfoodtruckjam.weebly.com/

Check out over 25 of Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks all in one location, accompanied by live music and plenty of kids’ activities. This all-ages fest costs $10 presale and $12 at the door, and includes free parking. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash to munch on food all day.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10-11
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=36

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! Completely FREE to attend for all ages, visitors will find games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Mitsuwa Marketplace will remain open for regular business during this time as well.

The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 10
38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Alhambra
http://thefullpint.com/events/tfp6/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 5pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price. Downtown Alhambra provides plenty of options for free parking, so avoid paying for parking around here.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 10
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/218527238299591/

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Saturday night with their Girls On Film show. Catch them performing at 10:00 and 11:00 this night. No one under 21 may enter. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 11
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.

17th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://www.thirdavenuevillage.com/events/lemon-festival-0

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/5.html

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns five this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the door, and comes with ten 5oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts. Attendees may purchase additional beer pours if desired.

2013 Ecuadorian Festival & Parade
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 12
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.festivals.com/viewevent.aspx?eventid=QFxVv8b6HcA%3D

The parade starts at 11am on Broadway & 8th St, goes north on Broadway until Temple St, then turns on Main St, ending at Olvera Street. The parade will have cars, dancers, drill teams, beauty queens, and other businesses. Olvera Street will have Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, vendors, free health screenings, lots of free gifts, games, and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.

29th Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

Ballast Point 17th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/ballastpoint17anniversary/

Ballast Point Brewing turns 17 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

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

Litmus Green, Rum Rebellion, Absinthe Rose, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 11
The Other Place, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/519830964730933/

Bring back the holidays with this international punk rock show, featuring folk punk, celtic punk, pirate punk, hardcore punk, and other off-punk bands. This all-ages show costs only $3 to enter for those 21 and over, and $6 for everyone else 20 and under.

2013 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, July 31
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
6:45 am – 10:00 pm, August 3
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the 2013 International Surf Festival that spans five days starting Wednesday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

Hopscotch Inaugural Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Hopscotch Tavern, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/187137448117796/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with drink pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $85 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Girls On Film
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm, July 31
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/189536131208458/

Catch a sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to women on film. Have cash available for parking and a potential cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

X Games 2013 – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 1
12:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 2
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/los-angeles/schedule/

This year’s X Games marks the last Los Angeles games indefinitely, as X Games has gone global. Admission to X Games varies depending on the event, but all of the LA Convention Center, Staples Center, and LA Live will turn into a massive festival and expo for all things extreme sports. After the competitions end each day, stick around for live music from bands such as AWOLNATION and Pepper.

2013 International Quilt Festival – Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 1
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 2-3
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 4
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/home/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

See all things quilts this weekend in Long Beach at the International Quilt Festival. This expo showcases anything connected to the quilting industry, and showcases everything for the quilting hobbyist. A full weekend pass costs $25, while a one-day admission costs $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Children 10 and under get in free with paid adult or senior admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, so have cash available for parking. Otherwise, attendees can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Rx Bandits @ The Glass House
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, August 1
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/269865-rx-bandits-pomona/

Ska band Rx Bandits ends their tour by returning to Southern California this week, stopping by the Glass House this Thursday night. This all-ages show has already sold out, but you may still find some after-market tickets available.

60th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 2
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

Wilmore 9 Summer Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
Pine Avenue b/t 6th & 8th, Long Beach
http://www.wilmore9.com/

The Wilmore 9 Festival debuts in Long Beach this weekend. This festival of music, film, and art will celebrate the best of the arts, from the local community all the way to international headliners. In addition to the arts, Wilmore 9 will throw everything imaginable to attendees, such as skateboarding, comedy, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, hands-on activities, dodge ball, kick ball, and more. Tickets to this all-ages festival range from $10 all the way to $70, depending on the method of attendance.

SGMHS Summer Family Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel
http://www.facebook.com/events/609186219099417/

Catch a family-fun street fair this Friday night in the San Gabriel Valley. Costing just $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under, this street fair will bring vendors, arts, crafts, kids’ activities, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2
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).

65th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 2
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Agent Orange in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.poortownshows.com/event/141661

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a night of punk rock in Baldwin Park this Friday night along with eight other bands, including Whitekaps. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can park for free in the venue’s parking lot.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/141364

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.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ The Pike Bar
10:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 2
The Pike Bar & Grill, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/474048376023085/

The sexy ladies from the Dirty Little Secrets have a free treat for you this Friday night, and it involves a lot of debauchery and sensual music. Enjoy two free burlesque shows this Friday night at The Pike Bar in Long Beach. Guests can park for free in the surrounding neighborhoods. No one under 21 may enter.

Splash Dash 5K – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://splashdash5k.com/locations/ca-losangeles/

Most runners run outdoors on clear days. Few runners dare to run in the rain. Challenge yourself to run in invariably wet conditions this Saturday morning with the Splash Dash 5K, taking place at the Fairplex in Pomona. Unlike most other 5K runs of this nature, the Splash Dash does not fit into the category of a fun run, as this race actually grants awards to top finishers. Prepare to run a 5k course while getting pelted with water balloons, water guns, water slides, waterfalls, and more water-filled contraptions. Registration for the 5k costs $45 presale and $55 on the day of the race. Registration for the 1k costs $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race. All participants receive a t-shirt and access to the after-party, filled with music and treats. No one under the age of 5 may run in this race. As this race only features one start time, I suggest arriving at least an hour early to find parking and to prepare for the race. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $5 to $10. Wear whatever you feel comfortable running in, or wear a costume – you choose how to represent yourself. Bring a spare set of clothes and plenty of towels for the drive home.

24th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 3
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

2013 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 3-4
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 3
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $15 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3-4
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Complete with some of the more recognizable EDM artists, such as Flux Pavilion, Justice, and Bassnectar, Hard Summer will also feature some rappers, like 2 Chainz. Hard Summer runs from 12pm to 12am on August 3rd and 4th. Tickets start at $85 for one-day general admission, and go up as high as $270 for a two-day VIP pass. No one under 18 may attend.

Downtown Riverside Summer Street Jam
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 3
University Avenue b/t Orange & Lemon, Riverside
http://www.riversidedowntown.org/2013/07/23/summer-street-jam/

Check out this FREE all-ages outdoor music festival on the streets of Downtown Riverside this Saturday afternoon. The actual event does not serve food, but visitors can stop at any of the local businesses to dine at. The music lineup contains some punk, ska, and reggae bands, including The Aggrolites.

The All Stars Tour 2013 with Every Time I Die
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 2-3
August 2: House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=81169
August 3: The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/all-stars-tour

Rip your hair out to intense post-hardcore music this weekend with Every Time I Die and more. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $22.50; tickets to the House of Blues show cost $25 if purchased on the day of the show.

BrewFest Encinitas 2013
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 3
MiraCosta College, Encinitas
http://www.brewfestencinitas.com/

San Diego loves their beer, and they keep rolling out beer fests to celebrate their love for beer! BrewFest Encinitas 2013 will feature 15 breweries, a few food trucks, free parking, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $40 and comes with a souvenir glass and 10 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $75 and allows access to a VIP area, complete with exclusive beer and food. Always remember – when going to a beer fest, bring your ID! No one under 21 may attend.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

The Gears @ The Vex LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.voiceplaces.com/los-angeles/the-stains-the-gears-symbol-six-hollywood-hate-the-screws-why-things-burn-2117337-e

Catch punk bands The Gears, The Stains, Hollywood Hate, Symbol Six, The Screws, and Why Things Burn this Saturday night at The Vex in Los Angeles, just a few miles east of Downtown. Entry to this all-ages show costs $10. Guests can find parking behind the building, but avoid parking too deep, as you may get blocked in by other cars.

Naked Aggression @ The Social Bar Lounge
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 3
The Social Bar Lounge, Hacienda Heights
http://www.facebook.com/events/1390125667866083/

Catch punk bands Naked Aggression, The Voids, Urban Decay, Corrupted Youth, and Baldwin Park Disasters this Saturday in Hacienda Heights. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend this show.

OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

Summer Cement Craft Block
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 4
Birch Theater, North Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegonorthparkcraftmafia.com/SCS/SCS-summer.html

This free all-ages event will host over 50 local arts & crafts vendors for visitors to peruse through.

2012 Orange County Fair – Final Week
August 8-12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocfair.com/

The final day of the 2012 OC Fair is this Sunday, August 12. The fairgrounds are open from 12:00 pm – 12:00 am on weekdays, and 10:00 am – 12:00 am on weekends. Click this link for special promotions for tickets. Click this link for info on the Super Pass.

Every year, a new fried food gets introduced. Last year, it was deep-fried Kool Aid. The year prior, deep-fried butter. This year, they are mixing it up by allowing YOU to decide what gets friend next. All the info is on the OC Fair website, but I can tell you now that of whatever you bring, if it can be fried, it will get fried.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will be open late, and some parking lots will be filled with more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, there is no free parking in Downtown LA, although some meters only are active until 8pm. First-time visitors are encouraged to attend with someone who has gone here before.

Long Beach Jazz Festival
August 10-12
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachjazzfestival.com/2012/

Direct from their website:
“Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Long Beach Jazz Festival with one of the best concerts this season, featuring a great lineup from classic R & B to hot summer night jazz. The Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art, and much more.”

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/index.html

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. There will be comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission is $40 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 11
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 12
Huntington Beach Pier
http://www.facebook.com/SG101Convention

Come see lots of surf-music bands perform this benefit show, $30 admission. A post-party show will be at The Doll Hut in Anaheim. There will also be a free follow-up pier show at the Huntington Beach Pier the following day from 11am-5pm.

The 80th Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am, August 11-12
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://lbsandcastle.com/

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, while Sunday is mainly for spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Registration is FREE, and there will be vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am, August 11-12
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=36

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! There will be games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Parking and entry are free, and the festival is open to all ages.

Punk Rock Pillow Fight
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 11
Chinatown, Los Angeles
http://www.punkrockpillowfight.com/

This is essentially a glorified pillow fight. It is free to participate – simply arrive before 7:00 pm and sign up. You must provide your own pillow, which will be checked before entering.

3rd Annual Sea Feast-ival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier
http://www.lbkidsconnection.org/

Formerly called Taste of the Coast, this food fest on the pier will feature numerous restaurants and food vendors from Long Beach and Seal Beach. Admission is significantly lower this year, from $50 down to $20 per adult. Live music, dance shows, and a fire boat show will be present to entertain guests.

Ecuadorian Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 12
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.festivals.com/viewevent.aspx?eventid=QFxVv8b6HcA%3D

The parade starts at 11am on Broadway & 8th St, goes north on Broadway until Temple St, then turns on Main St, ending at Olvera Street. The parade will have cars, dancers, drill teams, beauty queens, and other businesses. Olvera Street will be filled with Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, vendors, free health screenings, lots of free gifts, games, and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.