Posts Tagged ‘Taco’

When it comes to adding flavor to foods, nothing can boss the sauce. At its base, sauce contains sugar, salt, pepper, or any combination of those plus additional ingredients. Some foods contain flavor within itself, such as meats that have seasonings and herbs that help bring out the meat’s natural flavor. Most of the time, people add sauces or condiments to their foods to add flavor. For the most part, sauces bring a sweet component to the table, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, or teriyaki sauce. Many other sauces can add flavor components from sour to salty to spicy and more. However, when it comes to enhancing the flavors of the original dish, nothing can beat hot sauce. The capsaicin in hot sauces helps to open up our taste buds, allowing us to detect and absorb more flavors. For those that cannot take the heat, just a little bit helps to greatly enhance the flavor of the dish, something you can do at Slide Bar as of this week.

Downtown Fullerton has its fair share of restaurants, and businesses come and go every year. However, Slide Bar has endured the test of time. While some smaller restaurants may not make it past the first year, the Slide Bar has never relented. During the early years of the Slide Bar, most locals viewed the Slide Bar as a bar and concert lounge, a place to spend weekend nights at. Around 2014, the folks at the Slide Bar conducted an overhaul of their kitchen and started serving up better food. Sure they maintained themselves as a bar and concert lounge, but at least now one can consider the Slide Bar as a destination for lunch and/or dinner, where they can snag something such as the Cali Bandito Tacos. Essentially a California Burrito in taco form, this order of tacos comes with three made-to-order corn tortillas, each filled with carne asada marinated in Gringo Bandito hot sauce, French fries, cheddar cheese, an avocado slice, and sour cream. These three tacos come with a side of tortilla chips and a bean dip. These tacos have just the right amount of spiciness to not overwhelm your palate, but still give enough kick to allow you to fully enjoy the natural flavor of the carne asada.

The Slide Bar does more than just host bands and sling drinks – they have a full kitchen with a menu worth checking out. Check out what they have cooking up in their kitchen by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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Piñata Protest: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1239929-brujeria-west-hollywood/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1239563-brujeria-special-guests-san-diego/
http://www.pinataprotestband.com/

Piñata Protest will perform shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

4th Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos
http://www.pizzaport.com/padres-party-bus-padres-vs-reds/

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120 for one person, but costs less per person as you register for teams of more.

Tiger!Tiger! 5th Anniversary Week
October 18-23
Tiger!Tiger!, North Park, San Diego
http://tigertigertavern.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/717455978430893/

North Park’s legendary Tiger!Tiger! celebrates five years in the business this week with specials all week long. See the linked event page above for a schedule of events and specials.

Craft Beer & Ice Cream Pairing
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://mohawk.la/event/craft-beer-ice-cream-pairing/

Stop on by Mohawk Bend this Tuesday night to enjoy some ice cream and beer pairings. Buying ice cream will get you $2 off beer, and vice versa.

Monster Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/155929298196216/

Enjoy beers and horror movies this Wednesday night in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 19
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

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

Face To Face: Live in Santa Ana
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.facetofacemusic.com/

Some high-profile punk rock bands will perform this Wednesday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

2nd Annual EVA Awards at the UN-Gala
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, October 20
Fault Line Park, San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/2016-eva-awards-at-the-un-gala-partnership-opportunities/

Mix and mingle with the movers and shakers of this community this Thursday evening in San Diego. Tickets cost $25 presale or $35 at the door, and includes appetizers and drinks.

Release Party: La Morena Mexican Style Dark Lager
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 20
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1686399421677896/

This Thursday evening, Anaheim Brewery will release a new brew. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

OoToro Omakase Experience
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, October 20
OoToro Sushi, Irvine
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/ootoro-omakase-experience/

This Thursday night, enjoy a 16-course omakase-style dinner for $185 in Irvine.

Narcoleptic Youth: Live in Downtown LA
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 20
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.narcolepticyouth.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/334517166913390/

Narcoleptic Youth will headline a FREE show in Downtown LA this Thursday night. No one under 18 may enter.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 21
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22-23
RVCA, Irvine
http://www.rvca.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/324809454550124/

RVCA will host their annual warehouse sale this weekend in Irvine. Stop on by and stock up on apparel and accessories.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 21-23
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2016
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 21-22
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 23
Multiple venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this three-day span, multiple venues will host numerous music acts, as well as a block party on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
DoubleTree by Hilton, Claremont
http://www.ivhsspca.org/

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $75. No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Art Night Pasadena
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Old Town Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.artnightpasadena.org/

This free festival celebrates local art with art exhibits, live music, entertainment, and more as Pasadena’s local artists open up their studios to the public. For free street parking, check Corson Street.

green2Go’s Fire & Earth Beer Pairing with Mother Earth Brewing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
green2Go, Brea
http://www.livegreen2go.com/fun-events/fire-earth-beer-pairing-with-mother-earth-brewery

Enjoy a fresh & healthy beer pairing dinner this Friday night in Brea. Tickets cost $60 per person, but the individual cost goes down the more tickets you purchase (e.g. two tickets cost $115).

35th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

3rd Annual Asian Pacific Festival
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 22-23
Newport Dunes Waterfront & Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.apfestival.org/

Surround yourself with Asian culture at this event in Newport Beach. All weekend, a fair will take place complete with food, drinks, treats, rides, games, live music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, and more. Admission varies depending on when you attend, so check the website for pricing details.

11th Annual Pasadena Artwalk
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 22
Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/artwalk/

This free all-ages event highlights Southern California’s aspiring artists looking to make an impact with their creations. Artwork will include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, printmaking, and more.

2nd Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22
White Park, Riverside
http://ietacofestival.com/

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

7th Annual Fall Artisanal LA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://artisanalla.com/

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

Fall 2016 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 22-23
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

1st Annual Ye Scallywag Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 22
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.scallywagsd.com/

Alcohol, punk rock, and pirates collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock and ska. General admission costs $55 and starts at 12pm. Early entry costs $65 and starts at 11am. Admission at the door will cost $10 more, if any tickets remain. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 3pm. After 3pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day until 7pm. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 3pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 22
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/194231931007370/

Redlands’ Hangar 24 Brewery will have Oktoberfest festivities at their tasting room this Saturday. Free to attend for all-ages, they will have the usual Oktoberfest activities, live music, mobile food vendors, and lots of beer.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2016
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 22-23
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Lagunitas Beer Circus 2016 – Azusa
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Lagunitas Brewery, Azusa
http://lagunitas.com/beercircus

A beer fest meets a freak show this Saturday in Azusa. $40 gets you in to this entertaining event with acts not suitable for children, plus your first pint of beer. After your first beer, you will have to buy the rest, so bring plenty of cash for more beer and food. No one under 21 may atttend.

4th Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
Vista Hermosa Sports Park, San Clemente
http://www.scoktoberfest.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/296276330752601/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and pay for beers as you go.

2nd Annual Viva La Vida Santa Ana Dia De Los Muertos Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Santa Ana Train Station, Santa Ana
http://vivalavidasantaana.com/

A free and all-ages cultural event will take place in Santa Ana this Saturday. Come check out the various altars, live entertainment, outfits, food, and more.

Ventura Coast Brewing’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Ventura Coast Brewing, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/vcbcbeer

A new brewery in Ventura will open their doors to the public this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Beach Goth 2016
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22-23
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://beachgothfest.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in Silverado this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

2016 Los Angeles Oktoberfest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.laoktoberfest.com/

The Los Angeles Oktoberfest returns this weekend to Manhattan Beach. Whereas other Oktoberfests charge you to enter then charge you for every beer you consume, LA Oktoberfest functions more like a beer fest. Guests pay $49 for admission to enter at 3pm, which includes a souvenir 1-liter stein and one complimentary beer fill. Each food item and additional beers cost $5 each. For $100, guests receive the VIP treatment – early entry at 1pm and unlimited beer pours. The fest ends at 5pm for all guests. For entertainment, LA Oktoberfest not only features the finest beer maidens serving beer, wine, cocktails, and more, but also live DJ’s, Bavarian dancers, accordionists, a silent auction, stein-holding contests, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual Bankers Hill Fall Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
5th Avenue, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://new.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/events/

A free and all-ages stroll will take place in Bankers Hill this Saturday afternoon. Visit one of the stops at the north or south end, grab a map, then visit participating locations for free food or drink samples.

5th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 22
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its fifth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

San Fernando Fall Harvest Brew Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
City of San Fernando Public Parking Lot 3, San Fernando
http://www.facebook.com/SANFERNANDOBREWFEST

The San Fernando Valley gets their own fall festival this Saturday evening. The festival area costs nothing to enter, and anyone of any age can enter the festival area, which will have vendors, food, live music, and more. The beer garden costs $36 to enter at 5pm or $46 to enter at 4pm, and includes unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may enter the beer garden.

A Halloween with Agent Orange
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.agentorange.net/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1591060607860616/

Celebrate Halloween early with local punk rock bands this Saturday evening in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

OC Roller Derby – The Blocking Dead
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-2016-2/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

13th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event cost $125 per person.

The Brass Lamp’s One Year Anniversary Party
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Brass Lamp, Downtown Long Beach
http://thebrasslampbar.com/event/one-year-anniversary-celebration/

Long Beach’s own book & wine bar turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have various specials throughout the day, plus live entertainment at night.

Guttermouth: Live in Corona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 22
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1031323766987198/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a show in Corona this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Spooky Spectacular
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 22
The Smell, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1776100162662483/

Nerd bands take on their favorite punk rock band in this cover band show this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5.

Kirby’s Dream Band @ Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 22
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/kirbys-dream-band-vector-hold/

Check out some odd and eccentric bands this Saturday night in San Diego. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pinup Parade in the Park
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, October 23
Disneyland Park, Anaheim
http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/904458486348587/

Pinup Girl Clothing will host a pinup model meetup this Sunday at Disneyland. In addition to plenty of photo opportunities, expect to find goodie bags, trivia, contests, and more.

26th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 23
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mb.pumpkinrace.com/

Get crafty and race pumpkins this Sunday in Manhattan Beach. Take a pumpkin, attach wheels and anything else aerodynamic, and put it to the test against others. Interested participants may register as an individual or as part of a team.

D.R.I. – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 23
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3038

Legendary punk band D.R.I. currently tours across the country, and that tour will briefly stop by Southern California this weekend. Tickets cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 16-25
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new.

Beachwood BBQ: Bottles Releases
11:30 am – 10:00 pm, October 20 & 24
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood Brewing has TWO beers to release in bottles this week at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations. On Tuesday, get some Melrose IPA. On Saturday, get your hands on Sadie Barrel-Aged Dark Ale. You can enjoy either beer directly fresh from tap or take it home in bottles.

3rd Annual Pizza Port Golf Tournament
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 20
Twin Oaks Golf Course, San Marcos
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2221652

Play some golf and enjoy food and beer this Tuesday in San Marcos. Registration costs $120, and goes down for joining teams of three or four.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 20-25
Ventura, Santa Ana, San Diego, Corona, Baldwin Park, San Bernardino
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/

Punk band D.R.I. embarks on a Southern California tour this week, complete with SIX shows back to back, with more shows next week. Check the website for a full list of shows.

Back to the Future Day @ Smog City Brewing
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/

Smog City will celebrate “the future” with a special brew release this Wednesday night. They will also show the movie trilogy in the tasting room all night. Anyone wearing a Back to the Future shirt will receive $1 off beers.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Ballast Point Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://farbarla.com/

Far Bar will stock their taps with Ballast Point brews this Wednesday night. They will also have Ballast Point spirits on hand to make cocktails with, plus some food specials. No cover charge required – simply show up, and enjoy the evening.

Acoustic Ales @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1205195876162142/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will stock their taps with beers from Acoustic Ales this Thursday evening. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Del Mar Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 23-25
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

Red Wine Barrel Aged Tart Saison
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/

Valiant Brewing will release a special barrel-aged saison this Friday evening in their tasting room. No reservations required – simply show up, and sip away.

AnARTchy – The Art of Punk: Opening Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Rainwater Gallery, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1686430771602033/

A special punk-themed art gallery will open for a month starting this Friday with an opening night reception, free to attend for all ages.

7th Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 23
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Howl-o-Wine Festival
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 23
Doubletree by Hilton, Claremont
http://www.ivhsspca.org/howl-o-wine

Enjoy wine samples from San Antonio Winery paired with hors d’oeuvres in Claremont this Friday night. Attendees may also bring their pets to enter into the pet costume contest. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 23
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-3/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

34th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 24
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Riverside Rockabilly: Rhythm And Rods #2
10:00 am – 2:00 am, October 24
Boondocks Pub & Grill, Corona
http://www.riversiderockabilly.com/

An all-day car show and music festival comes to Corona this Saturday. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the gate. No one under 21 may attend after 9pm.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 24
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

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

1st Annual Inland Empire Taco Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 24
White Park, Riverside
http://ietacofestival.com/

Party it up in Riverside this Saturday with tacos, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $12 for adults or $5 for children, but does not include food or drinks, so bring plenty of cash to this event.

91st Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 24
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Afternoon of Sours
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
The BrewHouse, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/188994211434811/

Enjoy and explore sour beers this Saturday afternoon at The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano. The organizers have not divulged any information yet, but if they add anything, I will update this entry.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/736723206471815/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

7th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655775491366410/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $30 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

16th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

Belching Beaver’s 3rd Anniversary Great Lei Luau
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 24
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/1671877889698938/

Belching Beaver Brewery turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold a luau at their facility in Vista this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the door, and grants attendees four 10oz beer pours, a raffle ticket, and a 13oz anniversary glass. Expect a Hawaiian-themed celebration with live music, food, chocolate pairings, Hawaiian clothing, and more.

Three Weav3rs Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 24
Three Weav3rs Brewing, Inglewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/425336874343539/

Three Weav3rs Brewing in Inglewood turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have plenty of festivities at their tasting room this Saturday afternoon. Attendees will find over a dozen different brews, plus food vendors, games, music, and more. General admission costs $25, starts at 2pm, and includes five 5oz beer tasters. VIP admission costs $40, starts at 1pm, and includes access to exclusive brews.

The Pie Bar Mash Up
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 24
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/635770533232689/

The Pie Bar will brings some of their delicious pies to Long Beach Creamery this Saturday evening to serve up some pies a la mode. Each serving will cost $6.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 24
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 24
StubHub Center, Carson
http://www.nightnationrun.com/losangeles-2015/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Robot Chicken 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1041802402530901/

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Robot Chicken, iam8bit will have a Robot Chicken art exhibit this Saturday night at their exhibit hall in Echo Park, free to attend for all ages.

Green Jellÿ @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/184225741911600/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Saturday night with Green Jellÿ. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 25
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 25
Hospitality Point Park, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

18th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 16th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

Nisei Week – Japanese Festival
August 15-23
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.

World Series of Beach Volleyball
August 18-23
Alamitos Beach, Long Beach
http://www.wsobv.com/

This unprecedented event brings the world’s greatest beach volleyball players and their fans together for a week-long celebration of the summer. Festivities will include including sports, music, local culture, food, drinks, activities, and more. Visitors may attend any of the events for free, while premium seating for the broadcast events comes with a price.

Mocha Machine Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Dark-beer fans rejoice – Beachwood Brewing will release Mocha Machine this Tuesday. Enjoy this coffee porter on draft at Beachwood Brewing, or buy bottles to take elsewhere to enjoy.

26th Annual Taste of MainStreet – Encinitas
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, August 18
Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/annual-taste-of-mainstreet/

Sample food from 34 restaurants in Encinitas this Tuesday night. Douse your thirst at the 16 sip stops along the street as well. You can gain all-access to this for $35 presale, or just $25 for food-only. This taste tends to sell out each year, so purchase your tickets soon if you wish to attend.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 19-20
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

Rising Tohoku Food Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 20-23
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/the-second-rising-tohoku-food-fair-part-i-torrance-store/

Immerse yourself in the Tohoku region of northeast Japan this weekend at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. Free to attend for all ages, find lots of food, drinks, treats, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

Kratos: The Original Returns
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1464818517155270/

Valiant Brewing brings back their original Kratos beer as well as three variations of it this Friday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for the beers you wish to enjoy.

Orange Wine Walk
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 21
Old Towne Orange, Orange
http://www.orangewinewalk.com/

Stroll up and down Old Towne Orange, enjoy live music, and savor some wine and amazing local eats. The website has no other real information, such as how much this will cost, so bring some extra cash with you if you intend to attend.

The Return of La Banda Skalavera
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/la-banda-skalavera

Get your skanking on at this all-ages skacore show this Friday night at the Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to the show cost $13 presale or $16 at the door. Arrive early to park at the venue for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

San Diego Magazine’s 2015 Best of San Diego Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 21
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2015/2015-Best-of-San-Diego-Party/

Samples food from San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $75 per person, or $85 with a 12-month subscription to the magazine.

Brea Fest
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 21
Brea Civic & Cultural Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=623

Essentially a “Taste of Brea,” this free and all-ages event will see over 30 restaurants from the area providing samples of their food to visitors. Visitors may freely walk into the event area for free, but must purchase tickets to redeem for food or drinks. In addition to all the food, visitors will find live music, a kids zone, arts & crafts, and more.

Rob’s Birthday Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/866765380026838/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

15th Annual Tiki Beach Festival
6:30 am – 9:30 pm, August 22
6:30 am – 5:30 pm, August 23
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html

This Hawaiian & Islander festival takes place at Granada Beach this weekend from sunrise to sunset. Completely FREE to attend, you will find food, arts & crafts, vendors, games, music, dancers, hula hoop lessons, and more here.

7th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 22
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

The Fit Expo Anaheim
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 22-23
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://thefitexpo.com/ana.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $25, while the weekend combo only costs $40. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Nerd Con 2015
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 22
California Center For The Arts, Escondido
http://www.nerd-con.com/

All things pop culture will meet up at this annual convention in Escondido this Saturday. Expect to find cosplay, games, comics, art, anime, technology, and more for the inner hobbyist in you. General admission costs $20 for adults or $12 for children. VIP admission costs $50, but the website does not mention what VIP admission gets different. Use promo code KILLERSNCO to save 15% off admission.

6th Annual Sausage & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 22-23
Highland Springs Resort, Cherry Valley
http://www.hsresort.com/beer/

Halfway between the Inland Empire and Palm Desert lies the High Springs Resort, where they will host their annual Sausage & Beer Festival this weekend. Unlike a standard beer festival, this event will run continuously during the allotted times with no set schedule or strict event time. Free to enter and with free parking, visitors will end up paying for food and drinks as they go, so nobody has to rush to drink beer in a certain period of time. Bring plenty of cash if you intend to endure a long session here.

5th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

4th Annual Latin Jazz & Blues Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 22
Houghton Park, Long Beach
http://www.insidedistrict9.com/4th_annual_uptown_latin_jazz_blues_festival

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

2nd Annual Horton’s Hayride
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 22
Berth 49, San Pedro
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6008095

Enjoy live music at this all-day all-ages rockabilly festival from the great sets of the Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, and more, and check out the great food, classic cars, and pinup models. Tickets to this event cost only $15.

7th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 22
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 23
The Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/

Immerse yourself into the wonderful world of spirits this weekend in San Diego. This year’s fest features three sections: cocktails, culinary, and culture., thus providing something to entice everyone. Attendees will also find live entertainment, bartender battles, chef demos, a fashion show, a burlesque show, and more. The all-inclusive admission costs $90 for one day or $150 for both days, so attendees should arrive early to maximize their eating & drinking time. No one under 21 may attend.

Tahoe Mountain Brewing – Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Public Beer & Wine Shop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616751838581579/

Enjoy any of six different brews from Tahoe Mountain Brewing this Saturday at Public Beer & Wine Shop in Downtown Long Beach.

Uncasked: A Neighborhood Craft Beer Fest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 22
Westfield UTC, San Diego
http://www.ticketsauce.com/e/uncasked15

Sample local brews and taste delightful bites from local restaurants at this small beer fest this Saturday evening at the Westfield shopping center. For $20 presale or $25 at the door, guests will receive a souvenir glass, gift bag, beer guide, Westfield coupon book, and ten beer tickets. Attendees also may receive unlimited food samples from the resident restaurants within the festival.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 22
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=424

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatownin 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.

4th Annual Brews, Blues, N’ BBQ Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 22
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.org/brews_and_blues.php

The Fullerton Arboretum hosts a festival for blues music, craft beers, and BBQ this Saturday night. The $45 admission includes a souvenir glass, ten 4-oz beer tasters, free parking, live blues music, and complimentary sodas and water. All BBQ and food comes at a separate cost. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Gardena Jazz Festival
11:30 am – 7:30 pm, August 23
Rowley Memorial Park, Gardena
http://www.facebook.com/events/1024827330880917/

Enjoy local jazz in the park at this all-ages outdoor concert for $20 per person.

Tustin Brewing 19th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Tustin Brewing, Tustin
http://www.orangecal.com/calendars/tustin-brewing-company/events/19th-anniversary-party

Tustin Brewing turns 19 this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a beer festival at their brewpub this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and comes with unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Attendees can purchase food and merchandise separately, so have cash available for that.

Trump National Golf Club’s 7th Annual Wine & Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes
http://www.trumpnationallosangeles.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=372108&ssid=286115&vnf=1

Have some wine and beer at one of Donald Trump’s golf clubs here in Southern California. The $50 admission comes with unlimited wine & beer and valet parking. Food trucks will keep patrons fed, and volunteers will sell raffle tickets.

Go Topless Day Pride Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, August 23
Venice Beach, Venice
http://gotopless.org/

Because we want equality for all, this Sunday represents Topless Pride Day, a day where both men AND women can expose their upper bodies to the sun. Join in the pride parade this Sunday afternoon in Venice Beach, or anywhere else in the world where this may take place (check the website for more locations), and express your support of topless equality for all.

Local Live Music Industry Mixer
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 23
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/939584916063393/

Meet local musicians, promoters, venue owners, sound/studio engineers, producers, media, photographers, vendors, and more at this free mixer this Sunday afternoon.

2015 Plum Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/blog/event/old-worlds-annual-plum-festival/

Bring your family out to this FREE and all-ages event taking place at Old World Village in Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find games, arts & crafts, plum-based treats, live entertainment, and more.

Free Kite Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa
http://www.scfta.org/Events/Detail.aspx?id=13346

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon, check out all things kites with kite-building stations, flying demos, arts & crafts, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and more.

Date A Derby Dame
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 23
The Wayfarer, Costa Mesa
http://tinyurl.com/dateaderbydame

Meet the women who participate in roller derby in this calm and encouraging environment. You may even find romance if you get lucky! General admission costs $35, or $10 for active roller derby athletes.

The Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 13-19
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1570393353209281/

The Factory crafts some amazing artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, and for the next seven days, they will sling a different variation of grilled cheese each day. If you love grilled cheeses as much as I do, you ought to visit The Factory everyday this week.

Free Sprinkles Day: 10 Year Anniversary
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 13
Sprinkles Cupcakes, Nationwide
http://www.facebook.com/events/1588763341371569/

Visit any participating Sprinkles Cupcakes today to receive one FREE cupcake!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 14
Ben & Jerry’s, Worldwide
http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday at any participating Ben & Jerry’s store.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 15
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Completely free to attend, guests can view race cars on displays, and receive racer autographs.

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 16
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 17-18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.starwarscelebration.com/

Star Wars fans rejoice! This weekend, a massive Star Wars expo comes to Southern California at the Anaheim Convention Center. Find all things Star Wars here, such as collectibles, merchandise, apparel, art, literature, special guests, screenings, seminars, and more. Admission varies in price, with single-day admission ranging from $60 to $75, children costing $35, and a weekend pass for $140.

Lagunitas Tap Takeover
4:20 pm – 10:00 pm, April 16
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/806278599455499/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will have a Lagunitas tap takeover this Thursday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

22nd Annual Wild & Crazy Taco Night
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, April 16
Share Our Selves, Costa Mesa
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

25 of Orange County’s finest chefs will gather to prepare their most unusual and unique taco. Come witness history in the making, as chefs strive to reinvent the wheel by crafting the new generation of tacos. VIP hour starts at 4:30pm and costs $150, while general admission starts at 5:30pm and costs $80.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 16
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Tecate-Thunder-Thursday?id=64693

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can catch motorcycle shows, race cars on display, racer autographs, a rock wall, live music, and more. Guests can find free parking for up to two hours in the structures east of Pine and north of 3rd.

Richie Ramone – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 16
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822015921356349/

Come enjoy all your favorite Ramones hits this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 17-18
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.gplb.com/

Catch all the excitement of the races all weekend in beautiful Downtown Long Beach, as the streets transform into a speed zone. Open to all ages, racing events take place throughout the day, so attendees can catch a race at most times of the day. Consult the website to further read about the race schedule, but know that the celebrity race takes place in the early afternoon on Saturday, and the grand prix takes place Sunday afternoon. Ticket prices vary by type, but a general admission weekend pass costs $70. The massive area that the grand prix covers features multiple entrances, so visitors do not need to seek out any particular entrance – just the entrance most convenient to them. All visitors must mind the increased traffic in & around Long Beach during this weekend, plus the multiple street closures. Preferably, public transportation remains the same price, so visitors should look into that option. As the races take place entirely outdoors, attendees should prepare for the excess heat with sunblock and plenty of hydration. Most if not all of the vendors accept cash only, but attendees can still access businesses in Shoreline Village, which will accept cards.

RVCA Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 17-19
RVCA Warehouse, Irvine
http://rvca.eventbrite.com/
http://www.rvca.com/b/post/warehouse-sale

If you like RVCA, check out their warehouse sale this weekend. Not only do you get to visit their warehouse, but you can score some great deals on apparel, accessories, and more. Guests can enter for free after waiting in an absurdly long line. No one under 13 may enter.

SoCal Etsy Guild Handmade Pop-Up Shop at Arts District Co-Op 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17/19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 18
Arts District Co-op, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-district-co-op-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16406755046

Free to attend for all ages, the SoCal Etsy Guild will celebrate their first year anniversary this weekend with food trucks, art, vendors, live music, a full bar, and more.

Mission Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 17
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/913327552018940/

Enjoy some brews from Mission Brewery as they take over the taps at Alpine Village this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and order as you go.

Punk Show in Baldwin Park
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/341360836059291/

Get your punk rock on this Friday night in Baldwin Park at this local all-ages show. The cover for this show costs $5, or enter for free if arriving before 7:30pm.

Raskahuele @ The Constellation Room
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/-raskahuele

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Friday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12.

Chicks That Rock
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Jimmy’s Place, Burbank
http://www.facebook.com/events/624590280974487/

Rock out at this local rock show this Friday night in Burbank. The cover for this show costs only $5. No one under 21 may enter.

1st Annual Guns ‘N Hoses Competition
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 18
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimpa.com/about/guns-n-hoses

Come watch firefighters, police, and civilians compete in a charity fitness competition this Saturday at the Farmers Park in Anaheim, free to attend. In addition to the competition, visitors can take photos with SWAT and vintage firefighting vehicles, watch a K9 demo, enjoy a performance by the OC Law Girls, watch a police vs. firefighter tug-o-war, browse vendors, enter a 50/50 raffle, and more. Guests over 21 can also enjoy a beer garden starting at 11am. Have lunch at the nearby Umami Burger any time on Saturday, and they will donate 10% of the proceeds to the competition’s charity.

24th Annual Poppy Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
Lancaster City Park, Lancaster
http://www.poppyfestival.com/

Bring out the family to this all-ages family-fun festival this weekend in Lancaster. This festival will have plenty of activities for everyone to get involved with, along with food, drinks, multiple vendors, music, dance, art, games, rides, and more. Admission for regular adults costs $8, while children, seniors, and military can enter for $5.

20th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 18-19
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more.

3rd Annual Riverside Tamale Festival
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 18
White Park, Riverside
http://riversidetamalefestival.weebly.com/

Enjoy Hispanic food and culture this Saturday afternoon in Riverside. Admission costs only $1, but all guests must pay for tamales at cost, so bring cash for that.

L.A. Local Craft Beer & Artisan Food Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/los-angeles-craft-beer-food-fest/

Check out the best of local food and beer at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. Admission costs $40 and provides access to unlimited food and beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

15th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/taste-of-hillcrest-2013/

Savor the flavors of all the amazing eateries in Hillcrest this Saturday afternoon. Over 40 restaurants will offer delicious samples to guests, while a handful of local breweries will provide beer tasters for guests. Admission costs $30 presale and $35 on the day of the event. Admission includes 50 taster tickets, and each location accepts different amounts of tickets. Guests can move at their own pace, and select which locations to spend their tickets at.

2015 California Wine Festival – Dana Point
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 18
Lantern Bay Park, Dana Point
http://www.californiawinefestival.com/

Enjoy food and wine at this wine tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. General admission costs $59 and starts at 1pm, early admission costs $79 and starts at 12pm, and VIP admission costs $99, starts at 12pm, and includes a few extra VIP perks.

Santa Monica Ukulele Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 18
Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicaukulelefestival.com/

Enjoy ukulele music, check out ukulele products, and/or bring your own ukulele to share music at this music gathering in Santa Monica this Saturday. Admission costs $5, and parking costs $5.

5th Annual Brokechella
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://brokechella.com/

Cannot afford to dump money on Coachella? Check out Brokechella, a miniature version of the money-guzzling concert, this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Expose yourself to the variety of local art and music at this intimate experience, and keep your wallet happy too. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Cosmo 7K – All Ladies Run/Walk
3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Fairplex, Pomona
http://energyevents.com/cosmo7k-la

Only women can participate in this 7k fun run this Saturday! All participants receive complimentary snacks, a t-shirt, a souvenir martini glass, a goodie bag, and more.

OC Roller Girls – Roller Derby Rodeo
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

1st Annual A Taste of Downtown
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/gala/

Enjoy food, drinks, music, art, and more in Downtown LA this Saturday evening. General admission costs $45 presale or $65 at the door, while VIP admission costs $75 presale or $95 at the door – VIP admission gains priority entry and seating.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 18
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://www.nightnationrun.com/san-diego-2015/

People always seem to want to find any way possible to make running less boring. Introducing Night Nation Run, a glow run that now involves EDM. Run a course complete with lights, glow sticks, lasers, EDM, and more. Registration costs $30 presale or $60 once presale registration runs out, and includes a t-shirt, a glow necklace, a goodie bag, and access to the after-party with more EDM.

Buck-O-Nine – Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, April 18, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5232
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/387635884729937/

Buck-O-Nine will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Los Angeles Cocktail Classic
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
Park Plaza, Los Angeles
http://drinkeatplay.com/cocktailclassic/

Basically, rich people drinking with hundreds of other rich people. Admission costs $75 and includes all drinks while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter. Dress code strictly enforced.

Grand Pacific Steam’s Steampunk Swapmeet
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 19
San Diego Lapidary Society, Linda Vista, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415773082058104/

Steampunk fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things steampunk. Free to attend, visitors will find all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

26th Annual San Diego Earth Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 19
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://earthdayweb.org/

This FREE and all-ages Earth Day celebration takes place this Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. Bring the family out to enjoy this fair with art galleries, “green” food, arts & crafts, vendors, a parade, and more.

2015 Los Angeles Avocado Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious avocado 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.

25th Annual Multi-Cultural Earth Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
WorldBeat Center, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1592835090952858/

At this free and all-ages event, find live music, dance, arts & crafts, vegetarian food, and more.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 19
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

A bunch of taco businesses from across LA County will gather here this Saturday for an afternoon of slinging tacos. Admission costs $10 but does not include anything but entry – guests should bring plenty of cash to purchase tacos once inside.

Jonah Raydio, Brendon Small, and The Manx @ Grill ‘Em All
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 19
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/860972927279783/

Brendon Small of Metalocalypse fame will visit Grill ‘Em All this Sunday night, which will accompany a performance by The Manx. No admission required, but the restaurant has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot!

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.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 13-14
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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

2014 Idea World Fitness Convention
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 16
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/idea-world-fitness-convention

Check out this FREE* all-ages fitness expo going this this week at the Anaheim Convention Center. Numerous workshops, sessions, demos, and activities will go on all week outside of the expo hours (see the website for the full schedule), while over 300 exhibitors will occupy the expo hall to display their goods and/or services. Learn about the latest fitness trends, diet plans, health statuses, and more from the various speakers and coaches throughout the expo. Although visitors can receive free admission, visitors will still have to pay for parking, so have cash available for that. Circumvent the parking fee by parking in the neighborhood west of the convention center down S Casa Vista St and walking to the convention center from there.

* = Register yourself online to receive free admission to this expo. At the door, entry will cost $15.

2014 Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 14
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=100222

Relax in Downtown Disney as servers bring the food and drinks to you at this Taste of Downtown Disney. Also enjoy the best in local entertainment that only Downtown Disney can provide a venue for. Admission varies depending on the package, with general admission costing $75.

Business & Beer @ Dudes’ Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 14
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/290157877836409/

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 Dudes’ Brewing in Torrance. 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, August 14
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.

7 Seconds @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/566187-7-seconds-pomona/

Legendary punk band 7 Seconds ends their tour in California this week, and that tour swings through Pomona this Thursday night. Check out them, JFA, and more at this all-ages show for just $15 for a ticket.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 15-22
Various locations, Costa Mesa
http://www.travelcostamesa.com/costa-mesa-restaurant-week/

The annual Costa Mesa Restaurant Week returns! Numerous restaurants in Costa Mesa will feature special prix fixe meals or other discounted items during this time. Many of these restaurants have amazing food, so I encourage you to check out at least one of the restaurants during this week.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15-16
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
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.

Angry Samoans @ Blacklight District Lounge
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/270778399780260/

Enjoy some good ol’ punk this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Berserktown Fest
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15-17
Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/612303-berserktown-festival-3-day-los-angeles/

Tons of hardcore and metal bands will take over Los Globos in Silverlake this weekend for an all-ages music festival, including well-known band A Global Threat. A weekend pass costs $45, while individual days range from $18 to $20.

A Global Threat @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/176588

Hardcore band A Global Threat will headline a small show this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $13. No one under 21 may enter.

14th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/events-in-uptown/2014-uptown-car-show/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

2014 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16
4:00 am – 10:00 am, August 17
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $140. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

82nd Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 16-17
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.

9th Annual ArtWalk San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 16-17
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.artwalksandiego.org/ntc/

Check out the best in local art at this FREE all-ages art walk in Liberty Station this weekend. In addition to seeing art on display, visitors will likely see many artists creating artwork on the spot.

4th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 16-17
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Stone Brewing’s 18th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 16
Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos
http://www.stonebrewing.com/anniv/

Nobody throws a beer festival quite like one of the nation’s largest breweries! Featuring two sessions of beer drinking for the thousands of fans out there, Stone Brewing will once again return to the beautiful campus of Cal State San Marcos for this mega gala of epic proportions. With multiple levels containing many different beers and food, a three-hour session may not provide enough time to check out everything! Admission costs $45 per session, which run from 11am-2pm or 3pm-6pm. All attendees receive a souvenir glass, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, free sodas, free beer cheese, and access to other great Stone goodies, such as beer desserts.

Timeless Pints 1-Year Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.timelesspints.com/events.html

Lakewood’s premier microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a bash this Saturday where they plan to release several new brews to the public. In addition, they will have three food trucks visiting to serve food, plus live music all day. This party requires no admission – simply show up, and pay for beer as you go.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 16
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/clitoral-mass-2/

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

4th Annual Los Angeles Taco Festival
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Mariachi Plaza Station, Boyle Heights
http://www.latacofestival.com/

Check out the best in local tacos and local mariachi music this Saturday in Boyle Heights. This festival bears no admission fee – visitors simply pay for tacos as they order them.

Skate For Losi Fundraiser Bowl Jam
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 16
Fontana Park, Fontana
http://www.facebook.com/events/821926791153778/

Skate, eat tacos, and listen to music all at Fontana’s north skate park this Saturday afternoon. Admission to this all-ages event costs nothing, but as a fundraiser, the organizers ask for donations to go towards the cause.

2nd Annual Nard Fest
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 16
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/654532001282828/

If you missed last year’s Nard Fest because it took place in Northern California, you may now redeem yourself this weekend, as Nard Fest comes closer to home by taking over the Majestic Ventura Theater this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $22.50 presale or $27 at the door.

2014 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 16
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
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.

Gourmet Food Truck Gathering in West Covina
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
West Covina City Hall, West Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/342585829165177/

Various gourmet food trucks will gather in West Covina this Saturday night to serve dinner. If you find yourself in or near the San Gabriel Valley this Saturday night, swing on by and grab some dinner.

Stinger’s Bacon Fest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Stinger’s Bar & Night Club, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/284622945050888/

Bacon, beer, and music all collide in San Bernardino this Saturday night. Admission to this night only costs $10. However, I would advise bringing more cash, as they will likely charge for food and drinks. I envision this as simply a music show, with food & drinks sold during the show.

Slow Children @ Maya’s Cafe
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451525595112418/

Local punk bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Corona for just $5.

Confederate @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/487902781340548/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Killroy @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 16
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1467961793456824/

Support your local bands this Saturday night at Cafe NELA in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fried Chicken Fest
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.foodgps.com/friedchicken/

The LA Fried Chicken Fest returns with the best fried chicken you will ever have, plus craft beers and cocktails to keep your thirst quenched. General admission costs $65 presale or $75 at the door, starts at 4pm, and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the door, starts at 3pm, and includes reserved seating.

Angry Samoans @ Redwood Bar
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
Redwood Bar & Grill, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/314689232033016/

Dance like you have never danced in a circle pit before at this show in Downtown Los Angeles this Sunday evening. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Meat eaters around the world have this unexplainable fascination with bacon. This little strip of pork drives millions around the world crazy for that one special piece. If you ask random people why they like bacon, I assure you that the answers follow no sort of consistency. From portion size to the crisp texture to the salty goodness, everyone has a different reason for loving this thin strip of pork. Some producers and manufacturers have capitalized on this by selling bulk bacon with added ingredients. This results in cheap bacon circulating the markets, where the common package of bacon no longer only contains meat, but now contains other ingredients that 99% of bacon consumers cannot even pronounce. To alleviate this problem, consumers should purchase bacon not in bulk, since that comes pre-sliced and contains additives, but as a full slab of bacon. Many chefs and restaurant owners love slab bacon for the ability to control portion size, but many do not realize that pork belly also comes in this form. In America, nearly every form of bacon derives from pork belly, while in the rest of the world, people prepare pork belly as they would forms of pork, such as shredded, diced, or as one entire piece. Anyone who loves bacon should learn to also love pork belly, as you obtain more bacon goodness than just strips of it. Want to get into pork belly? Check out these five places in the Greater Los Angeles Area that serves pork belly in simple yet delicious forms.

5. Vizzi Truck‘s Pork Belly Taco

Since its inauguration in 2009, the gourmet food truck community has risen from one man’s ambition to the global empire as it stands now around the world. Thanks to numerous media outlets, especially Food Network, citizens worldwide now seek out these food trucks not only for novelty, but for the street food depicted in the media. As the hometown of gourmet food trucks, Los Angeles has provided a home to some of today’s top food trucks, and has proved a battleground for newer ones or others that simply could not keep up with the strenuous work of operating a food truck. Luckily, the bad ones fall out quick, while the good ones remain to serve. One can determine the quality of a food truck by its age – the longer a food truck has remained open, the more they know about the industry. Trust in Vizzi Truck, a gourmet food truck that opened back in 2009 as the first generation of gourmet food trucks. Their penchant for Coastal Cuisine appeals to a wide diversity of consumers by utilizing French cooking techniques and mixing different styles of cuisine. For example, take a look at their Pork Belly Taco. This taco takes a Vietnamese approach to pork belly and applies it to Mexican street food logic by grilling pork belly, inserting it in small street taco-size flour tortillas, then topping it off with cucumbers, pickled carrots & daikon, cilantro, and Gochujang sauce, a Korean sauce that tastes salty with a kick of spice. The veggies give the taco a tart taste to balance the savoriness of the pork belly, while the sauce helps to open up your palate to better absorb the pork belly’s flavor. Although it appears small, this taco can fill you up, not to mention that Vizzi Truck serves this taco on a bed of truck-made popcorn. If you track down Vizzi Truck, you can snag this taco for $4. Vizzi Truck employs a seasonal menu, so track them down quick before they remove the Pork Belly Taco!

4. Flying Pig Café‘s Pork Belly Buns

As a food truck owner, you would not want to stay in that realm for too long. For the most part, entrepreneurs and/or chefs enter the food truck industry as a means to get their feet wet, learn the ropes of the industry, invest some capital, and then apply the acquired knowledge towards opening a brick & mortar business. In some cases, the entrepreneur can continue to operate the food truck, but due to the uncertainty of profit on a food truck, at least it will operate under the safety bubble of the brick & mortar business. While a few of today’s food trucks derived from a brick & mortar business, a great number of food truck owners have made the step up into establishing a brick & mortar business. Flying Pig Café, one such business that started from a food truck and still operates that food truck, now calls Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles their home. Flying Pig Café still serves many of the items from the truck that many fans will recognize, but they now also serve plated entrées, such as fried rice or Loco Moco, and alcoholic drinks such as wine and craft beer. Luckily, the fan favorite Pork Belly Buns still remains on this menu. They braise pork belly and place it on a steamed bao bun with red onion escabeche (similar to pickled red onions), pickled sesamé cucumbers, and death sauce, their signature spicy sauce. These ingredients work well to bring out the flavor of the pork belly, as the death sauce opens up your palate, while the tart veggies provide balance to the meat to support the savoriness. If, for some reason, you still have doubts about this, check out their Happy Hour that runs from 5pm to closing Monday through Thursday, where all customers can not only receive $4 beers (including Allagash Curieux!), but also order 2-for-1 buns, meaning TWO Pork Belly Buns for just $4! Come here much? Park in the Arts District a few blocks away, where the street meters only run until either 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street.

3. Hopscotch Tavern‘s Pork Belly Rillettes

As time marches on, things cannot remain the same forever. Over time, everything has to change as part of human nature. Our way to living has provided us with the necessary means to adapt to change and fit in to new lifestyles quickly, while those who take longer to adapt tend to suffer setbacks or misfortunes in some areas. Many people may swear by old standards and traditions, but eventually these traditions will meld with the present. This explains the need for some restaurants to change their menu every so often. While some simply employ a seasonal menu based on product availability, few others may completely overhaul their menu. Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton recently completely redesigned their menu after roughly 7-8 months in business. With a half year’s worth of experience under the table, the crew at Hopscotch decided to carefully examine the menu and revamp everything. They did away with the previous Low & Slow moniker, and now serve up gastropub faire, such as fried duck, chilaquiles, blue crab tots, pig ears, and their new Pork Belly Rillettes. The Hopscotch crew concocts the rillettes with pulled pork belly, fills a mason jar with it, and tops it off with an apple & lemon salad. On the side, you receive toasted baguette slices and a scoop of Bacon Onion Jam. If you have never had rillettes before, you eat this like a spread – spread some of the jam on a baguette slice, then lather the pork belly on the slice. Pro Tip: spread everything on every slice prior to eating – this allows you to control how much each slice receives as well as attempt to balance the jam and the rillettes. If sharing this plate, inform your party of allocating the spread if you intend to do so, so they know that each slice will have similar amounts of the jam and rillettes. Looking for a craft beer pairing? Go for an IPA to cut through the saltiness of the rillettes. Personally, I usually order whatever they have on nitro. Truthfully, you cannot go wrong with whatever you order here. Despite a completely brand new menu, Hopscotch remains a true gem nestled in a town of club-goers.

2. Red Table Restaurant‘s Grilled Pork Belly

Thinking about marketing and public relations, who honestly uses it the most? What levels of business utilize strong marketing versus free marketing? Everybody can benefit from free marketing media, such as Facebook and Twitter – those only require time for research and generating content. Who would you say utilizes paid marketing? I can tell you right now that those at the top do not pay for marketing. Entities at the top already possess the best position, and thus do not need to market. Those at the bottom do not pay for marketing, as they cannot yet afford it. Those in the middle, or the second-best, will pay for marketing, as they already have a decent position in the industry, but need that extra boost to usurp the leading individual, group, or company. When you have a product or service so great that consumers constantly crave it, your consumers turn into your free marketing material, as they will market for you via word of mouth. Red Table Restaurant has come a long way with their worldly gastropub cuisine. Since their inception in 2011, Red Table has traveled a long way to get to the status that they sit at right now. Masked by a Trader Joe’s and tucked away behind the respective shopping center, Red Table needed something to get the word out about their strange location out to the general public. Needless to say, Chef Louie Jocson’s international epicurean experience has received international media attention, using just his unbelievable food to garner a solid following with the associated word of mouth that slips around from ear to ear. Although Red Table displays daily/weekly specials, their regular menu contains plenty of unforgettable dishes, such as their Grilled Pork Belly appetizer. This $9 plate comes with four thick slices of grilled pork belly with crispy skin, drenched in soy vinegar, and topped with pickled onions & herbs. A perfect portion for parties of two to four, each bite seems to get better than the last with the soy vinegar sauce building in intensity, not to mention the tartness from the pickled onions resetting the salty flavor from the combination of the pork belly and the sauce. For a craft beer pairing, you definitely want to go with an Imperial IPA if Red Table carries it; otherwise, go for a regular IPA. Feel daring about the pork belly? Red Table offers an entrée with pork belly – the Pork & Beans, which I will cover in a future post. Until then, get over to Red Table in West Huntington Beach, located behind Trader Joe’s once you find it. With its proximity to the beach, how can you not want to go to Red Table this summer?

1. Fickle Restaurant‘s Molasses Pork Belly

Three cheers for fresh faces, who we always welcome into the industry for bringing on new challenges and new ideas. Whenever faced with a new person, such as a new kid in school or a new co-worker, we welcome them for bringing on a new face to break monotony, plus any of their ideas and intellect that they can bring to the table. Although far from the hivemind concept, pooling together knowledge generally leads to improved outcomes for the setting, from the classroom to the workplace and further than that. New people will also face challenges adapting to the new setting, and will require time to acclimate with everything going on around. Sometimes, the new people will have to pair up and work together to solve problems and make progress. Other times, a sole new person will come up with multiple ideas, and will need to somehow combine them to work out for the greater good. So when building space opened up in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, the genius behind Fickle Restaurant swooped in to claim the space. However, Fickle only came out as one of the many concepts for this space. In the end, travelers can now find two different businesses in the same space. By day, this place operates as The Sandwich Smith, of which I will review one of their sandwiches in a future post. At night, this space transforms into Fickle, a restaurant with a menu that can unpredictably change at any given time based on the chef’s whim. Whereas many other restaurants change their menu based on season and availability of ingredients, the folks at Fickle simply change the menu whenever they want, in addition to the available supply of ingredients. As such, customers can only truly find an accurate menu by visiting the restaurant to read a menu in person, as opposed to looking up their website, which they have not updated since late June. Luckily, Fickle does keep some of the fan favorites on the menu for a longer duration, such as their Molasses Pork Belly. They sear a giant slab of pork belly, and place it on top of charred savoy cabbage and pumpkin purée. They then sprinkle lime pepitas around the plate before drizzling a balsamic sauce around the plate. Pork belly lovers rejoice – you now can have your pork fat and eat it too! Very few places will serve a slab of pork belly this large, let alone for the reasonable price of $18. Good luck getting through this dish, as most ordinary people cannot get through half of this pork belly due to the overwhelming pork fat presence. If you can stomach it, you will taste this pork in your mouth for days, on a similar degree to foie gras. Got a hankering for craft beer? If you feel the need to tone down the intensity of this dish, order an IPA, which they usually carry on tap. If you want to intensify the pork flavor, order any Belgian beer, which Fickle currently carries in bottles. If you find yourself visiting often, note that you can likely park in the Arts District, located just a few blocks southeast from here, on the street for free, as the street parking meters stop running after 4pm or 6pm, depending on the street. Parking meters also do not go into effect on Sundays all day. Who knows when Fickle will decide to take this off their menu? Just like the definition of the word, this menu changes on a whim, so if you go in one time, do not expect to observe the same menu on your next visit.

Over the years, many food trucks come and go, proving that only the strong survive. Granted, a handful of terrible food trucks still exist today, but for every few bad food trucks that open, a star rises from the depths. Opening a winning food truck usually involves launching a concept so unique that a restaurant would not feasibly imitate the idea. With the arrival of Spring, businesses in many different industries start to open up and plan for greater business. Restaurants dole out new menus, bars kick up drink specials, bands book new shows & tours, and food trucks awake from hibernation. Winter brings slow business to many food trucks, so many owners opt to remain dark throughout winter. But when the weather warms up, customers eagerly seek out the food trucks, so they start rolling out more frequently. Check out these five food trucks in the Greater Los Angeles Area that have braved the harsh winter to remain open selling their delicious eats. If these food trucks can stand the test of time, who knows what direction the owners plan to head in next.

5. Vchos Truck


Taquito & Mixed Pupusas

People colloquially know food trucks as luxe loncheras, loosely translated as taco truck. The typical luxe lonchera serves standard Mexican food: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and more similar foods. A luxe lonchera may not always serve just Mexican food – just to mix it up, they usually serve American standards, like burgers and sandwiches. If you seek authentic food, a luxe lonchera may not earn a high spot on a list of places to search. However, Vchos Truck aims to stick close to their Salvadorean roots with their hand-made pupusas. This Salvadorean food consists of thick tortillas filled with any of various fillings that may contain any combination of meat, cheese, or beans. The folks at Vchos hand-make fresh gluten-free corn tortillas to order, and fill them with your choice of fillings, such as chicken or pork. Vegetarians may also enjoy meatless options, while vegans can enjoy a bean pupusa or other specials upon request. Although pupuserías exist everywhere throughout Los Angeles, no one else serves pupusas on a food truck but Vchos. Get your pupusa fix by tracking down Vchos Truck this season.

4. Ta Bom Truck


Coxinhas (3) + Brigadero (1)

Thanks to the gourmet food truck movement, the definition of a luxe lonchera has expanded to encompass more than just a taco truck, or some other food truck that serves Mexican food. Specifically, we can thank chefs like Roy Choi, founder of Kogi BBQ, for bearing the vision to start something so different yet so terrific. A food truck serving Salvadorean food only seems logical as the next step in the evolution of the luxe lonchera, but the expansion does not stop there! Head down further south to find entirely new cultures in South America… or track down Ta Bom Truck for their wonderful Brazilian street food. Los Angeles’ first and currently only Brazilian food truck serves street food Brazilian style, such as their pastels (filled fried pastries) or the Hamburgao. However, if you can visit Ta Bom only once, you must order their signature item – the Coxinha. These teardrop-shaped treats start with a filling of shredded chicken and cream cheese, which get wrapped in potatoes, then battered and fried. Coxinhas come in two varieties – original and spicy. Each Coxinha costs $3, but you can order three of them plus a soda for $10, or six of them for $15. I highly recommend ordering the six, as you can easily reheat them at home. Experience why I call these Coxinhas “little drops of heaven” by locating Ta Bom, which usually only opens for lunch, and seldom for dinner.

3. The Viking Truck

Yes, a repeat entry! When a food truck makes it onto a list twice within a 12-month span, believe me when I say this food truck deserves your patronage. Already open for just over a year, The Viking Truck means business this year with their BRAND NEW TRUCK. This new truck comes equipped with FOUR fryers, meaning they can crank out up to four times as many corn dogs or tots. You will not find a better corn dog anywhere else. I used to swear by the corn dogs at Disneyland, such as the Little Red Wagon or Corn Dog Castle. However, one can only acquire those by gaining admission into the theme park, then shelling out another $5-6 for the corn dog. With the Viking Truck, you do not have to pay to stand in line at the truck – you simply walk up to the line! And you also get choices on your corn dog instead of just the beef hot dog! For a psychedelic taste journey, order the Terrorbird (Chicken Apple Sausage Corn Dog) with their Curry Ketchup. This will remind you of a pancake & sausage on a stick, just like those found in junior high/middle school. As an aside, look on their Facebook page to learn the fate of the old truck.

2. Meet ‘N Potatoes


White Truffle Aioli Burger

Surviving in the food truck industry today relies heavily on making friends with all the other players in the industry. Prior to opening a food truck, owners must meet other owners and workers, and learn about the industry’s movers & shakers. Back in January 2011, after months of meeting the right people, Meet ‘N Potatoes finally opened their doors to a highly competitive field. Nobody ever claimed an easy opening of a food truck, so even with the right resources, expect a rocky start. The folks at Meet ‘N Potatoes appear to strategically plan their next moves though, as they remain ahead of trends and curves, and remain a solid food truck today. Meet ‘N Potatoes bears a simple menu – their sandwiches contain the same ingredients across the board, and the customer only has to choose the size of the sandwich and the meat. They carry daily specials, but their White Truffle Aioli Burger has remained a special for over a year. Regardless of its status as a special, you should immediately go for this item over their standard menu, since you cannot find a sauce like this anywhere else. Because of the layering, the sauce almost gets absorbed into the burger, which further amplifies the sauce and the patty. Unlike the standard menu, this burger only comes in one size. Although that means the burger could feed two, after one bite, you may not want to share this burger after all. Discover the consumption of fries in your sandwich by order a sandwich from Meet ‘N Potatoes this season.

1. Dos Chinos


Hollywood Chicken Burrito

The evolution of the luxe lonchera comes full circle, bringing tastes from the east to the kitchens of the west. With such a melting pot culture, California sees more than just social intermingling – Californians love to combine aspects of all fields. We see that already in music, where some artists combine classical instruments with today’s contemporary music. We see that already in fashion, where vintage receives a modern update to create a faux-retro style. Now we see that in food, where chefs mix cuisine from two different cultures. Latin American cuisine seems to mix well with other cuisines, so when Dos Chinos acted on this concept, they bore a style that would catch on for years. Orange County’s premiere modern luxe lonchera rolls through the streets serving Asian food Latin-style. Thanks to the open canvases that Latin cuisine provides, Dos Chinos has thrown their Asian entrées onto a tortilla, and called it Genius. As such, customers receive multiple choices when ordering: pick a meat, then pick a preparation. Meats include coconut curry chicken, pork belly, BBQ beef, rib eye asada, garlic butter shrimp, and “breakfast style” which includes an egg. Per the customer’s choice, Dos Chinos will prepare the choice of meat as a taco, burrito, bowl, quesadilla, or papas fritas. Patrons love the choices, and they love the simplicity of the menu for carrying something familiar yet different but tasty all at the same time. Dos Chinos reigns as one of Orange County’s top food trucks, and their food clearly proves how they earned that position.

Many people do not realize the full potential of pork. As a grey area between white and red meat, chefs and cooks can apply pork to various applications of meat traditionally associated with a particular type. Without pork, man would not have discovered bacon pork belly. Sadly, many swear by bacon as the end-all of all food on this planet, and to them I accuse them of insanity because they miss the finer foods of the world. Speaking of insanity, one particular bar & restaurant caters to the insane people out there… insane about modern twists to classic foods, and insane about the clash of flavors present in the food. The insane gather at The Camp in Costa Mesa to eat at Taco Asylum.

Taco Asylum, a punk rock taco bar located deep in The Camp in Costa Mesa, showcases non-traditional gourmet tacos in a very hipster environment. The writings on the wall tell the story of how hooked the insane get attached to these tacos. An original menu of nine tacos has since expanded to carry ten tacos, with a few that rotate seasonally. However, Taco Asylum maintains their standard lineup of gourmet tacos, which includes the delicious Pork Belly Taco. This large taco comes with shredded pork belly, onions, julienned carrots & daikon, and garnished with cilantro. With each order, the server graciously presents you with three house-made sauces: mild, medium, and hot. However, once you bite into the taco, you realize how unnecessary those sauces feel right in front of you. Do you want to distract your taste buds from the savory pork juices seeping through the taco? Hot sauce will do just that, and while I lack sufficient evidence that hot sauce opens up your palate to allow better absorption of all the flavors, I speak from experience when I say that the taco tastes amazing without hot sauce. At $5 per taco, this large taco can act as a full meal by itself. After your first bite, question yourself if you should order another. All the tacos here taste fantastic, but another Pork Belly Taco would hit just the right spot. Get on down to Taco Asylum soon and order the Pork Belly Taco. Order two or more if you feel up for it, and satisfy your hunger with Taco Asylum’s juicy pork belly.