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The 2013 Swiss Fair took place this past Sunday at its home, the Swiss Park, in Whittier off the 605 and 60 freeways. This all-ages fair exposes visitors to the wonders of Swiss culture, from the food to the desserts to the music to the merchandise and more. Entry only cost a meager $5, while children 12 and under could enter for free with a paid adult. Once inside the facility area, guests get thrown into Swiss culture not only with the sights and sounds, but the scents of all the Swiss food around. With so much going on in such a small space, we shall venture on a small tour around the facility.

Upon entering the Swiss Park area, all visitors receive a small bag containing three or four individual pieces of Ricola, a Swiss staple. Once past the welcome booth, a plethora of booths await, containing services, souvenirs, merchandise, antiques, various foods, and fresh Swiss pastries made fresh in the building.

Although many people think of Swiss cheese when they think of something Swiss, just like a lot of products in America that claim to derive from another country, the local populace in Switzerland do not actually consume as much Swiss cheese as Americans think they do. In fact, the Swiss prefer their Raclette cheese over what Americans call Swiss cheese. Most people would recognize Raclette as a common cheese found in fondue, but in its freshest state, Raclette produces an incredibly strong and pungent aroma that anyone could smell a mile away. Visitors to the Swiss Fair could procure a bowl of fresh Raclette with a small potato for $8 here.

The big top on the right side of the fair housed the main stage and all of the picnic tables available. All of the day’s entertainment took place on that stage, which included accordion players, an alphorn blower, choir singing, and more.

Towards the back of the fair, all of the activities took place, mainly a location where kids can roam and have fun. The kids’ section included various games, such as soccer kicking, ring toss, dart gun shooting, and more. Beyond this area, visitors would find a crossbow shooting range, a bounce house, and a soccer penalty kick shootout.

Hungry visitors would want to visit the food tent on the left side of the fair. At the Swiss Fair, staff and volunteers served the food cafeteria style, which included dishes like bratwurst, schüblig, spätzli, sauerkraut, potato salad, and more. They did not deviate too far from familiar American food, opting for a medium between American food and Swiss food, since visitors may avoid real Swiss food, which resembles nothing like American food.

A handful of additional activities took place Inside the banquet facility. In the back room, visitors could find more tables, plus a projector screen playing a documentary on Switzerland. Across from the projector screen, the staff set out various desserts to sell to visitors, which ranged from baked goods to cold treats, and an odd-looking plate that contained just a swirl of cream.

At the front of the banquet facility, visitors would find tables full of raffle prizes. Off to the side, a silent auction took place, providing visitors two different methods to win an item to take home.

The Swiss Fair takes place every year at the Swiss Park in Whittier at around the last weekend of July. For a family-friendly fair that costs little to enter and comes with free parking, the Swiss Fair may help in breaking the routine by adding some cultural diversity to not only your life, but the lives of your friends and family, and anyone else you may invite or bring here. Save the last weekend of July next year for the Swiss Fair, and bring your friends and family too!

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LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 26
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

US Open of Surfing
Now through July 28
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.

Downtown Anaheim Art & Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artandpubcrawl

At this FREE and all-ages event, the weekly farmer’s market will remain open for an extra hour for special art exhibits, live music, food, a beer & wine garden, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street. Note that the website says the event starts at 5pm, while the flyer says 4pm.

11th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 25
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $25 presale and $30 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Glassjaw Live
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, July 25 @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles http://www.theecho.com/event/296271-glassjaw-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 26 @ The Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/293703-glassjaw-pomona/

Glassjaw has returned from their long hiatus for a small yet highly anticipated tour that stops by Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows have sold out long ago, but you may find after-market tickets available.

Drenched 5k – Los Angeles
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, July 27
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://rundrenched.com/events/los-angeles/

Experience the wettest 5k ever this Saturday morning! This all-ages fun run’s course comes equipped with mist tunnels, sprinklers, hoses, foam, water slides, and other wet contraptions. At random points throughout the course, expect “hot zones” that attempt to partially dry you off as you venture into the next wet area. Following the fun run, stick around for the Drenched after party that will last a few hours following the run. Registration costs $55 online and $65 on the day of the run, while individuals on a team of four or more pay $50 each. Registration comes with sunglasses, a t-shirt, and 25 water balloons (that you must fill yourself). Spectators may attend for free, but do not receive any goodies that the participants will. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in that you do not mind getting wet, and bring spare clothes and towels for when the run ends. Bring cash for parking, as well as for food should anyone want to buy something to eat.

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 27-28
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium, with the finals on Sunday. Expect to see Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Spectators may attend and watch for free – for a recap, please see my post from last year’s races.

5th Annual Venice Beach Summer Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-28
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

See arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more at Venice Beach this weekend, free admission. Keep in mind the heavy traffic near this area this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Bottle Share #6
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/603425439692314/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Neon Splash Dash 5k – Pomona
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.neonsplashdash.com/locations/pomona-ca-2013/

Run, jog, or walk your way through a brightly lit course at night with the Neon Splash Dash 5k. This all-ages fun run combines the spectrum of a color run, the brilliance of a glow run, and the wetness of running through the rain with specially formulated glow-in-the-dark glow water. Throughout the 5k course, live music will pump up the runners while course staff and volunteers will spray participants with the glow water to give them that special something that lights them up in the night. Following the run, all participants can stay for the after party that goes on all night. Registration costs $60 online and $65 on the day of the event, while teams of four or more can pay $50 or $55 per individual, respectively. As a color run, all participants should wear white during the race to absorb the most color possible, and have spare clothes to change into when going home. Parking will range from $5 to $10, but since spectators can enter for free, feel free to bring friends & family to watch the run. Note that the race will start at 8pm, and with thousands of participants, I highly suggest arriving at least an hour early to circumvent traffic.

“Save Ferris” @ OC Fair
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 27
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ns.ocfair.com/ocf2/calendar/ViewEvent.asp?EventId=2725

Originally announced as a reunion show, the facts quickly surfaced that the original band members would NOT reunite, but instead vocalist Monique Powell would perform Save Ferris songs with lesser-known musicians providing instrumentals. Regardless of the controversy, fans of old school ska will not want to miss this rare opportunity to witness Monique Powell perform classic Save Ferris songs. This all-ages concert starts at 7pm on Saturday, July 27th at the Orange County Fair & Event Center’s Pacific Amphitheater with two other bands opening the show prior to Monique’s performance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $33 depending on the seat location, and tickets include admission to the fair, so arrive early to enjoy the fair! Parking costs $10, so I highly advise carpooling.

GOGO13, CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 27
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/gogo13

Get your ska on this Saturday, as ska band GOGO13 hosts a CD release party at The Observatory with CodeName: Rocky, Not A Chance, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. Guests of all ages will find Swiss food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. Entry costs $5, which includes parking.

Brew Rendezvous
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, July 28
Handlery Hotel, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 12pm, where VIP guests receive exclusive beer and food tastings, as well as a meet & greet with Stone Brewing Company’s Dr. Bill. General admission costs $45 at starts at 1pm, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $20. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

30th Anniversary Chaya Summer Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 28
Chaya Brasserie, West LA/Beverly Hills
http://www.thechaya.com/

This all-ages festival will provide unlimited (while it lasts) food, drinks, live entertainment, and games for all attendees. Tickets cost $55 presale and $65 at the door. Bring some cash for parking.

Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, and The Maxies @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/suburban-legends

Ska lives on at The Observatory this Sunday night, with Suburban Legends, Save The Swim Team, The Maxies, and more. Tickets to this all-ages show cost just $12.

LA Restaurant Week
Now through July 27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaurantweekv2/index.jsp

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area are participating in this feast. All participating restaurants will be offering either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

The Aquabats To Play Christian Dasilva Benefit Concert
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, July 23
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/heardmentality/2012/07/aquabats_to_play_christian_das.php

The Aquabats and Starpool will be playing this benefit show at The Chain Reaction. Tickets are already sold out, though you may luck out and find scalpers at the venue.

Authority Zero, Versus The World, Raptors, and DC Fallout at Slide Bar
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 25
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.slidebarfullerton.com/calendar

This FREE show featuring Authority Zero and more is at The Slide Bar. In order to get in, you must pick up a wristband, which will be distributed starting at 7:30. You must be 21 or over to enter.

My Birthday!
July 25

Just thought I would throw that out there. I will try to get into the Authority Zero show. Come hang out!

International Quilt Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 27-29
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.quilts.com/newHome/shows/viewer.php?page=SummerFestival

This expo will feature workshops, vendors, exhibits, and more at the Long Beach Convention Center. As I did not attend last year, I do not have much more info.

Adult Con
July 27-29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.adultcon.com/

This is an adult entertainment expo, thus you must be over 18 to enter. Having been to one prior, you will see everything you never expected to see. Despite the age limit, there is no actually nudity or other acts seen – the only way to see it is in the print and merchandise, which is all over the convention. But you never know who you will meet there!

Long Beach Dragonboat Fest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 28-29
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.lbdragonboat.com/

Come watch numerous teams race Dragonboats in Marine Stadium – The Finals are on Sunday. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Completely free to attend and spectate, though registration to participate is already closed.

2012 American Filipino Festival
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 28-29
Cerritos College Falcon Stadium, Cerritos
http://filamfest.splendidstudiobooth.com/

Check out this Filipino Festival, where there will be a car show, food trucks, live music, models, vendors, and more. Tickets are $20 per person. I am unsure about parking, though if they do charge to park, there are plenty of surrounding neighborhoods that allow free parking, though those streets will surely become congested.

Venice Beach Summer Fest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
Venice Beach
http://www.fx3events.com/

This weekend at Venice Beach, there will be arts, crafts, music, food, drinks, and more. The event is free to attend – keep in mind that traffic will be very heavy this weekend. Expect to park somewhere near Abbot Kinney and walk to the beach from there.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 28-29
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

This fair at LA State Historic Park will have crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend. Think Patchwork Fest, but catering more to people who think beyond the darker side of the box.

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
12:00 pm, July 28-29
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Make sure you buy presale, as tickets are $15 less that way. Various crawfish will be served here along with drinks. Live music will be on all weekend too.

Swiss Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 29
Swiss Park, Whittier
http://www.swisspark.la/

The Annual Swiss Fair returns to Swiss Park in Whittier this Sunday. There will be food, drinks, desserts, vendors, dance, music, cheese tastings, games, and more. The cost is $5 to enter, parking is free.