Posts Tagged ‘Tea’

The Los Angeles International Tea Festival returned for its sixth year running this past weekend at the Japanese American National Museum in the Little Tokyo area of Downtown Los Angeles. At this all-ages event, attendees can sample teas from all over the world, and they can also sample Japanese cuisine and small bites. Outside of the museum, the tea vendors set up, where a handful of them carried a variety of tea and tea accessories for sale to not only the attendees of the festival, but to the general public as well. Inside the museum, attendees could participate in Japanese tea ceremonies, tea sommelier classes, book signings, tea origins tours, educational seminars with guest speakers, tea pairings, presentations, exhibitors, and lots more. Many of these programs did not allow photography, so I could not easily get any photos. However, anyone with passion for tea would surely find an afternoon full of interests to remain occupied. Check out the Los Angeles International Tea Festival online on Facebook and Twitter, and also keep up with the Japanese American National Museum online on their Facebook and Twitter pages for information regarding future events.

The Public House by Evans Brewing Co. – Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 30
The Public House by Evans Brewing Co., Fullerton
http://www.evansbrewco.com/pub
http://www.facebook.com/events/322004384852317/

Although they have already opened under a soft opening, Evans Brewing will officially open their doors to the public starting this Wednesday in Downtown Fullerton. They will have complimentary appetizers, beers, and wines for the first two hours.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

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

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

32nd Annual Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-4
Fairplex, Pomona
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.

Bibigo Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 2
Bibigo, Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://www.bibigousa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BibigoUSA/photos/a.114259088633083.17412.105791026146556/1371132796279033/

A new Bibigo opens their doors to the public this Friday afternoon in Torrance. Visit from noon to 3pm to receive a FREE bowl while supplies last.

4th Annual Good Food Showcase
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 2
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://www.sdchip.org/

Check out local farms, chefs, and products this Friday afternoon in Encinitas. Admission costs $10 and gets you access to all the exhibitors on site.

20th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2-3
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-ports-20th-annual-strong-ale-fest-tickets-28933299277

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

38th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 3
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

53rd Annual Ski Dazzle Ski Show & Snowboard Expo
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.skidazzle.com/

Check out all things ski, snowboard, and other winter/snow sports this weekend in Downtown LA. Daily admission costs $20 for adults or $5 for children, and grants access to the full show floor filled with over a hundred different vendors. Bring cash for parking as well.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays parade this Friday night in Old Town Seal Beach. Make sure you arrive early to secure parking and a good spot along the parade route.

LA Weekly Sips & Sweets 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
Petersen Automotive Museum, Mid-Wilshire
http://microapp.laweekly.com/sips-and-sweets/

Indulge on desserts and alcohol this Friday night in Los Angeles. General admission costs $45 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Skacore Night in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 2
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612566002381050/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Kat’s Birthday Bash!
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1080466678718433/

Get your weekly dose of local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. They have not specified a cover charge, so have cash available on hand for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 2, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.facebook.com/events/1809772199294487/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 3, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1321759-agent-orange-san-diego/
http://www.agentorange.net/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline shows in Southern California this weekend. The ticket price varies with each show, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter these shows.

Guttermouth: Live in San Diego
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 2
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/

Legendary punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a show in San Diego this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pulley: Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.x-members.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1321037-pulley-long-beach/

Punk rock band Pulley will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Run For A Claus
6:30 am – 11:00 am, December 3
University of California Irvine (turnaround at center of campus), Irvine
http://www.runforaclaus.com/

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning in Irvine. Kids may opt to participate in a 1-mile fun run instead. Registration for either run costs $40 for adults, with the price going down for younger participants.

3rd Annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/817/third-annual-holiday-marketplace

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

Foodie Con 2016
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
The Reef, South Central, Los Angeles
http://www.foodiecon.org/

If you have gone to Artisanal LA, this will feel very familiar. Check out this event in Los Angeles this weekend filled with dozens of vendors selling and/or sampling various food & beverage products. The event will also have speakers, demos, activities, and miscellaneous vendors. Admission costs $30 for one day, $45 for both days, $55 for VIP admission (early entry plus other goodies), or $7 for children. Attendees can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Holiday Vintage Pop Up at Ms. Vintage
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Ms. Vintage Clothing, Grant Hill, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187235731369529/

A special vintage pop-up will take place in San Diego this Saturday morning. Free to attend for all ages, check out dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel, accessories, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1624508447842415/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

46th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Saturday in Buena Park. Attendees can expect plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Bring cash for food and vendors.

San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sansmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Saturday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

2016 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for pop culture and the holidays.

22nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

PlayStation Experience 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2016/playstation-experience/

Check out all things Sony and PlayStation, including the new PS VR and PS4 Pro, this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $75 for both days.

2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3-4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/holidays/

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA this weekend will find lots of holiday festivities, activities, sales, specials, and more.

53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
North Park, San Diego
http://www.toylandparade.com/

A free and all-ages festive parade takes place in North Park this Saturday morning. Following the parade, lots of holiday activities will take place in North Park on both 30th Street and University Avenue.

6th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3-4
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.

9th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la/

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $15 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
1st & Huntington, Arcadia
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA brings you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 3
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2016-holiday-celebration-12-5pm/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Frosty’s Snow Hill
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://www.starlightparade.com/

Family-friendly festivities will take place in Chula Vista this Saturday. Starting at noon, visitors will find snow at Memorial Park, plus other activities. A Christmas parade will start at 6pm on 3rd Avenue.

Carols & Barrels – A Holiday Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, December 3
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://carolsandbarrels.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego at the same place that the popular San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited drinks while supplies last. Bring extra cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/24th-annual-holiday-sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

2017 Miss California USA Pageant
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3-4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.com/

On Saturday, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal and the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

2016 Encinitas Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, December 3
Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
http://cityofencinitas.org/index.aspx?recordid=16661&page=21

Enjoy a free and all-ages Christmas tree lighting ceremony followed by a holiday parade this Saturday evening in Encinitas.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

1st Annual Riverside Wine & Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.riversidelive.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=0B00514F0CC45E94&offerid=38236

A wine and beer festival will take place in Downtown Riverside this Saturday night. The website does not show ticket prices currently, but they will have general admission that starts at 6pm and VIP admission that starts at 5pm. No one under 21 may attend.

34th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/christmas-parade/

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

54th Annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Ports O’ Call, San Pedro
http://laharborholidayafloat.org/

Enjoy a free and all-ages holiday boat parade with thousands of sparkling lights this Saturday night in San Pedro. Visitors have plenty of spots along the river to view the parade from – check the website for the parade route and viewing spots.

OC Roller Derby – Winter Wonderslam
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
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.

South Park Winter Walkabout
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 3
30th Street, South Park, San Diego
http://www.southparksd.com/walkabout.html

During this free and all-ages quarterly stroll through South Park, visitors can check out all the of the local businesses as they have specials and activities available.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s One-Year Anniversary
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 4
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.irontrianglebrewing.com/
http://bit.ly/ITBoneyear

Downtown LA’s Iron Triangle Brewing celebrates a year in the SoCal craft beer industry this weekend with beer and live music. Tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door, and gets you in to Sunday night at the tasting room. No one under 21 may attend.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Autism Speaks Walk – Orange County
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, December 4
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1156297

Walk for charity this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Raise certain amounts of money to qualify for rewards, which you can find out about on their website.

10th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/home-holidays

A pet adoption fair will take place in Irvine this Sunday, which will have hundreds of pets available for adoption, plus mobile food vendors, other pet accessory vendors, demos, a silent auction, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest a $2 donation per person to attend.

3rd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra
http://www.mosaiccraftfair.org/

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

4th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2016/

See all things cars at this car show presented by AutoCon this Sunday in the City of Industry. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest donating an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more upon entering.

38th Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Corona Del Mar’s Business District, Corona Del Mar
http://www.cdmchamber.com/events/christmas_walk.asp

Free to attend for all ages, many businesses in Corona Del Mar will have specials and activities this Sunday afternoon.

7th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 4
Bank of America Center, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/mac-and-cheese-smackdown-2016

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you two hours of all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last. Three two-hour sessions will take place: 12pm-2pm, 2:30-4:30, and 5pm-7pm.

65th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 4
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/christmas-parade/

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland-0

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 4
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

This past Sunday, the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena hosted Authors on Asia – Tea Lovers Festival: 10 Years. More of a presentation than an actual festival, this small all-ages event exhibited a cultural tea ceremony about matcha green tea and the historical process surrounding the significance of tea to the Japanese culture. During the ceremony, the presenters played traditional Japanese music, displayed how the Japanese make matcha green tea the old-fashioned way, and described the process of manners and courtesy during a tea ceremony. All attendees received a small sweet pastry to consume prior to the tea in order to balance out the bold taste of the tea. At the end of the ceremony, every attendee received a small sample of the matcha green tea. Following the ceremony, the presenters had an open discussion to talk about the release of their tea book, as well as autograph any books that any of the attendees would have had.

I actually confused this with LA International Tea Festival that takes place in Downtown LA. As such, I expected to encounter multiple different types of teas to sample. Instead, I paid $20 for a ceremony, a small pastry, and a small tea sample. While I do enjoy a nice cup of tea every now and then, I wish I had known what to expect from this event, which did not allow photography during the ceremony. Regardless, all attendees received admission to the rest of the museum as part of admission to this small tea ceremony, so I naturally took advantage of that to peruse through the exhibits. The presenters did get a chance to announce that visitors receive free admission to the museum every second Sunday of the month. While I may question future events at this museum, I believe that anyone would enjoy spending a bit of time here on a second Sunday, especially considering that they provide free parking, a premium with the museum’s close proximity to Downtown Pasadena.

Upcoming Events: April 25 – May 1, 2016

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Newport Beach Film Festival
April 21-28
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
April 23 – May 1
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week
April 24-29
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between April 24 and 29, 45 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
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.

Munch&Learn
11:30 am – 1:00 pm, April 28
San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/calendar-details.asp?id=5844

Enjoy an interactive luncheon featuring a keynote speaker talking about traveling. Reservations cost $20 per person.

7th Annual Kingdom-Con
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 29 – May 1
Crowne Plaza, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://kingdom-con.com/

This all-ages Table Top gaming convention contains all things board games, mini games, role-playing games, vendors, and more. Admission costs $20 for one day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Modern Times Cask Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1699603640311520/

Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will have some exclusive cask ales from San Diego’s Modern Times available for you to taste this Thursday evening. As usual, order one of the special beers to receive a souvenir glass to take home. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

Valiant Brewing Tasting Evening
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 28
Pacific Park Market, Aliso Viejo
http://www.facebook.com/events/219858365051469/

Sample a beer flight from Valiant Brewing this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo for $5.

Modern Times Tap Takeover
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
The Social List, Long Beach
http://thesociallistlb.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/594631117371393/

A tap takeover meets an art show this Thursday night in Long Beach. Stop on by The Social List to check out some Modern Times beer as well as art by Jason Samarin.

Boogaloo Mountain Jam 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 am, April 29
7:00 am – 2:00 am, April 30
7:00 am – 3:00 am, May 1
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado
http://2016.boogaloomtnjam.com/

An entire weekend of electronic music, yoga, art, workshops, cars, food, vendors, and more awaits you at this all-ages music festival. Tickets start at $145.

25th Southern California Homebrewers Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Vail Lake Resort, Temecula
http://www.calhomebrewers.org/events/homebrew-festival/

This weekend, meet homebrewers and homebrew clubs from across California, and share beers, experiences, knowledge, contacts, and more. Attendees will find speakers, beer tastings, live entertainment, games, and more. It costs $10 to join the association, then another registration fee to attend.

20th Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 1
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods around the street closures.

2016 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 29
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 1
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 29
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/February-2016/Best-of-North-County-Party-2016/

Samples food from North 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 $80 per person.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 30
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.froyo5k.com/san-diego/

Pay lots of money to run a 5k for some frozen yogurt. You also get a bunch of random swag for participating too. Make sure that you load up on as much frozen yogurt as you can eat once you finish the run, at least until they kick you out.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 30
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $54, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in Long Beach, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2016 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Browse dozens of vintage fashion vendors at this vintage fashion expo this weekend at The Reef in Los Angeles. Admission varies based on when you want to attend, starting at $15.

Earth Day 2016, Uptown Whittier
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 30
Greenleaf Grassy Area, Uptown Whitter
http://whittieruptown.org/earthday

Bring out the family for some activities, arts & crafts, and more at this free and all-ages event this Saturday late morning in Whittier.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1991162161108351/

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

29th Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Science in the Park
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Irvine Regional Park, Irvine
http://ocparks.com/civicax/inc/blobfetch.aspx?BlobID=52016

Bring out the family to this educational event featuring paleontology, archaeology, geology, biology, native plants, animals, and more. Admission costs $2 per person, while parking costs $5 per vehicle.

2016 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/get-involved/gluten-free-expo/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

Spring 2016 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

13th Annual Summer Meltdown
10:30 am – 10:00 pm, April 30
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.summermeltdownscv.com/

This huge all-ages event features three stages of live music all day, and live painters throughout the event area. Presale tickets cost $30 general admission or $60 VIP admission.

3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 30
Lake View Park, Silverado
http://sabrosotacofest.com/

From the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha comes a Spring version of Orange County’s biggest beer festival – a beer & taco festival on this lovely Cinco de Mayo weekend. Here at this festival, attendees will find over 30 microbreweries serving their refreshing brews, dozens of chefs and restaurants serving up gourmet tacos, live Latin music all day, and much more. The $55 admission includes unlimited beer tasters, a souvenir glass, free parking, free water, live entertainment, games, a cigar lounge, and more. All tacos will cost $3, so prepare to carry cash, preferably singles. No one under 21 may attend.

A Street Af(Fair)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 30
North Almont Drive, West Hollywood
http://astreetaffair.com/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair featuring various design merchants this Saturday afternoon in West Hollywood.

7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la

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

32nd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 30 – May 1
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Green Prize Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 30
Cesar E Chavez Park, Long Beach
http://www.greenprizefestival.com/

Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in Long Beach. At this free all-ages community festival down by the beach, visitors will find demos by local farms & chefs, live entertainment, local artists, green & eco-friendly services, speakers, arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, delis, food trucks, and more.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 30
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

Akiba Day #2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 30
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akihabaraday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1575502949429848/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

Spring 2016 Dapper Day
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 1
Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim
http://dapperday.com/spring-2016-disneyland-ca

Dress to impress at this FREE and all-ages style expo this weekend at the Disneyland Resort. A plethora of activities will take place between the hotel and the amusement park throughout the weekend, so check the website to see what will occur. Some activities may require a fee. Visitors may park for free for up to two hours at the Downtown Disney parking lot.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2016
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

2nd Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 30
Tustin Market Place’s Edwards Courtyard, Tustin
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday afternoon in Tustin featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

22nd Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 30
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $100.

21st Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

9th Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, April 30
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Long Beach Poetry Slam
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, April 30
MADE in Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1734078036827462/

This Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach, dozens of poets from all over will gather to share their poetry works and network with others. Admission costs $10, or $8 for students with valid ID.

La Bulla: A Lucha Libre Experience
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
Plaza de la Raza, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/201655506850706/

Art, wrestling, and music collide at this cultural event in East LA this Saturday night. General admission costs $25, while VIP admission costs $50 and comes with two drink tickets and separate speed lines. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1695081867417259/

Some great local punk rock bands will perform at The Viper Room in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets oto this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Life In Color San Diego 2016
9:00 pm – 3:00 am, April 30
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego
http://lifeincolor.com/

Some genius decided to take a nighttime color glow run and do away with the running. Now we have this nighttime color glow music fest. General admission to this concert costs $70. No one under 18 may attend.

12th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 1
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

The OC Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. Please plan your commute accordingly.

43rd Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 1
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/view/carlsbad-street-faire

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

2nd Annual Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 1
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/truck.html

Over 50 large vehicles will park along the beach at this free all-ages exhibit this Saturday morning. Food, drinks, vendors, live music, arts & crafts, and more will accompany this interactive event that allows guests to explore and take photos with large vehicles that people rarely get to see on a daily basis.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 1
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://mudfactor.com/mfevent/event-san-bernardino-2016/

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

VegFest Los Angeles 2016
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, May 1
Woodley Park, Van Nuys
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 1
College Area Business District, San Diego
http://www.collegeareabid.com/

Over 25 local restaurants will participate in this afternoon food fest in the College Area Business District near San Diego State. Presale tickets cost $25, while tickets at the gate will cost $30, and will cover all the samples that guests will receive.

Cinco De Mayo Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://boletosvip.com/en/home/377-cinco-de-mayo-que-buena.html

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo early this Sunday afternoon at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with live entertainment, food, and more. Parking costs $20 per vehicle.

6th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 1
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://chefcelebration.org/events/6th-annual-chef-celebration/

14 chefs will pair their best dishes with 14 craft beers from San Diego this Sunday afternoon, and you get to come and immerse your taste buds in ecstasy. Participation in this tasting event only costs $49! No one under 21 may attend.

2016 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, May 1
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://www.childfamilycenter.org/foundation/taste_of_town_buy_tickets.cfm

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

4th Annual Los Angeles Bacon Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.labaconfest.com/

As the name suggests, if you love bacon, this fest has nothing but bacon. Come indulge in all things bacon, as you explore every possible way to consume bacon. This year, they will run two 3-hour sessions: 12pm-3pm and 4pm-7pm. Tickets cost $65 per session, and sell out every year, so act fast if you want to go.

Authors on Asia – Tea Lovers Festival: 10 Years
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 1
USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/index.aspx

In celebration of their upcoming book, this Tea Lovers Festival will have many things for tea enthusiasts. Visitors will find lots of tea, live music, speakers, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, and includes access to the rest of the museum.

11th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 1
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

6th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 1
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $50 and rising up to $100 – check the website for pricing details.

Ska Parade Lounge
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 1
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1663305563915816/

Enjoy a free local ska-punk show in Fullerton this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Magic In The Garden
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 2
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/magic-in-the-garden/

Enjoy a four-course dinner with magic show this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Reservations for this dinner cost $50.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/504207579759605/

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

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

The Briggs @ Slide Bar
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.thebriggs.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/935775456471738/

Punk rock band The Briggs will headline a free show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4-6
Fairplex, Pomona
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.

19th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4-5
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461013

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

37th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

Beyond The Lines – Pop-Up Group Art Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Solar Studios, Glendale
http://www.beyondthelinesartshow.com/

Find paintings, sculptures, photography, furniture, jewelry, and other handmade crafts from emerging local artists as well as live music, comedy show, face painting, photo booth, games, cold pressed juice, coffee, tea, and more at this pop-up art show. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door.

4th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, December 5
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/bierfest/

More than 40 microbreweries will serve over 100 different beers this weekend at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $45. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1009917-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/604/holiday-pop-up-village-at-grand-central-market-december-5-and-6

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

2015 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for pop culture and the holidays.

21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 5
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, music by Richard Blade, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2015 with some rare and unreleased beers, including this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.

5th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
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.

Big Bite Sugar Rush
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://bigbiteevents.com/

Big Bite Events returns with a sweeter spin on their food fest events. This dessert showcase brings dessert competitions, demos, dessert decorating activities, and dozens of sweets to sample. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and allows unlimited dessert samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 11am, and also includes a goodie bag, alcohol pairing, and access to a VIP lounge.

8th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, December 5
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-avenue-pasadena-2015-holiday-celebration/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

Stateside Crafts 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 5
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1000424083313517/

Long Beach’s Stateside Crafts turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will a variety of vendors on hand to serve visitors this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, Stateside Crafts will offer discounted beer flights, product samples from the vendors, and raffle prizes for visitors.

4th Annual Pugafest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24pugafest.brownpapertickets.com/

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

23rd Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-uptown-holiday-sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

36th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 5
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/adolescents

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

Ska-Punk Night @ Soda Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 5
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2676

Enjoy some local ska-punk music this Saturday night in Normal Heights in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

6th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 6
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, December 6
LA River Studios, Glassell Park
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/your-cheesy-dreams-are-about-to-come-true-at-the-first-ever-mac-and-cheese-smackdown-111715

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you access to all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last.

64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 6
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/64th-annual-downey-christmas-parade/

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

The Generators: Live in Ventura
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 6
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/985651164828415/

Enjoy a local punk rock show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Winter’s Tiki Wonderland X
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/790959074364004/

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

21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 6
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

Twisted Christmas with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1627586227529016/

Witness a sultry holiday-themed burlesque show at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday evening. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 6
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

Viernes 13 Presents: Skanukkah
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/viernes-13-alianza-cosmica-major-league-skankers/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

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.

LA Beer Week
September 19-29
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 11-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, culminating in a beer fest on the last day in Downtown Los Angeles. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 23
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://arcadiacachamber.org/events/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $60 presale tickets now, or pay $70 at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

AleSmith Brewing Tap Takeover @ 38 Degrees
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 23
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/360692790731041/

Join AleSmith Brewing’s brewmaster Bill Batten as he stocks the taps at 38 Degrees Ale House with plenty of refreshing AleSmith brews, and share a drink or two with him. Guests can park for free in the restaurant’s small parking lot, or in the parking structure to the east.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – End of Summer Strip Down
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 25
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/242544082560514/

Enjoy a fun FREE burlesque show courtesy of the Dirty Little Secrets this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

Title Fight @ The Glass House
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/339317-title-fight-pomona/

Punk rock band Title Fight headlines this show this Thursday night at The Glass House in Downtown Pomona. This all-ages show costs $15. Tickets have officially SOLD OUT, but you may still find after-market tickets available on sites like Craigslist or StubHub.

Middle Class Rejects CD Release Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 26
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83544

Old school punk band Middle Class Rejects will celebrate their latest album release with an all-ages show this Wednesday night at House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. In addition to them playing, guests will also get to see Duane Peters Gun Fight, Slime Kings, Tyranis, and False Prophet. Tickets to this show cost $15. Guests can park in the Downtown Disney parking lot for free for up to five hours, so plan your trip accordingly.

Stair Climb for Los Angeles
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 27
YMCA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ymcastairclimb.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1070058

On this day, the city will shut down Hope Street as thousands attempt to race up the stairs of the US Bank tower in Downtown Los Angeles. This all-day fest also includes food trucks, live music, a beer garden, rock-climbing walls, and more. Even if you cannot participate in the climb, the actual festival requires no fee to enter.

Feast of San Gennaro
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 27-29
Hollywood & Highland, West Hollywood
http://feastofla.org/

Hosted by Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel, the Feast of San Gennaro makes its annual return this weekend just south of Hollywood & Highland. This street festival celebrates Italian culture in America, and will feature Italian food, desserts, drinks, music, entertainment, and more. Admission costs $5, while parking will vary.

5th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Weekend
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 27
9:00 am – 12:30 pm, September 28
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, September 29
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://surfcitysurfdog.com/

Catch a weekend of surfing and dogs this weekend in Huntington Beach. On Friday, visit the Shorebreak Hotel for an opening reception and a dog fashion show. On Saturday, participate in a dog yoga class in the morning, spectate various dog contests, and visit the Canine Expo at The Strand on 5th. The expo lasts until Sunday, when the Surfing Dog contest also takes place. Events vary in price, so check the website for a price for each individual event.

The Vex Fine Arts Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 27-28
The Vex, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/414246662018496/

Check out this art exhibit and local music showcase dedicated to Hispanic Heritage starting this Friday night at The Vex in East LA. On Friday, experience local musicians playing their smooth songs. On Saturday, exhibit local art and a fashion show. The site does not mention an age limit or entrance fee, so bring cash just in case. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too deep into the alley, or risk getting blocked by cars arriving afterwards.

14th Annual Cruisin’ For A Cure Car Show
7:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 28
OC Fair & Events Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.cruisinforacure.com/

This all-ages charity car show returns to the OC Fair this Saturday morning. Admission costs $15, and includes free prostate testing for men. Parking costs $7 for general and $10 for preferred parking.

12th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Bill Barber Park, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/globalvillage/default.asp

This international cultural festival occurs this Saturday in Irvine at Bill Barber Park. Free to park and enter for all ages, this multicultural fest features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts & activities, cultural & religious exhibits, and an international marketplace.

32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 28-29
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

3rd Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 28-29
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 $15. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest & Beer Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 28
Sylvan Park, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/oktoberfest.html

Celebrate Oktoberfest like how a brewery should celebrate a beer festival! This seasonal beer fest brings out over 30 breweries, over 10 food vendors, and a handful of cultural music acts representative of the Oktoberfest background. General admission costs just $5 and simply provides entry to this all-ages fest. From there, attendees will have to pay for everything on their own. Admission with ten 4oz beer tasters cost $35 presale and $45 at the door, and includes a souvenir tasting cup. VIP admission costs $60, allows early entry, and comes with five additional beer tastes. Guests can park for free on the surrounding streets.

Bottle Share #8
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 28
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/709560702394090/

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

Septemberfest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 28
LA Center Studios, West LA
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest/

America’s answer to Oktoberfest, this American spin on Oktoberfest will feature over 150 craft beers, food trucks, live bands, and more. Where Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, Septemberfest celebrates America and everything great about it. Presale tickets cost $40, while tickets at the door cost $50, if any remain.

Glow Santa Monica
7:00 pm – 3:00 am, September 28
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://glowsantamonica.org/

This free all-ages nighttime art gala brings artists from around the world to illuminate the sky with brilliant & bright works of art. This all-night outdoors art exhibit covers multiple blocks in Santa Monica, the pier, and the beaches. Similar to Autumn Lights, guests can walk around and interact with some of the exhibits. Guests should take public transportation to the beach, as traffic will remain heavy in this area all night.

Whitekaps, Sick Sense, The Penetrators @ Sports Zone
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 28
Sports Zone, Fontana
http://www.facebook.com/events/307979512677418/

Catch old school punk band Whitekaps as they headline this show out in Fontana with Sick Sense and The Penetrators. Admission to this all-ages show costs just $8.

Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 29
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

29th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 29
Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
http://abbotkinney.org/

This free all-ages street fair showcases the best of local businesses in food, drinks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, art, crafts, local music, and more. Abbot Kinney will close to traffic to allow the thousands of visitors to freely roam the streets and explore all the vendors.

Sederra, Assuming We Survive, Versus The World, Rick Thorne @ Loaded Hollywood
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 29
Loaded Hollywood, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/245544815595519/

Local rock bands play a matinee show this Sunday afternoon. The event page does not mention an age limit, entry fee, or parking information.

GFP @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/698143343544735/

General Fucking Principles headlines a hardcore punk show this Sunday at Gaslamp in Long Beach with Luicidal, Hemlock, Long Beach All Day, and more local bands. This all-ages show costs $12 to enter.

2013 Thai Food Festival
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm, September 29
Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles
http://thaifoodfest.eventbrite.com/

Sample food from some of Los Angeles’ top Thai food chefs at the Thai Food Festival this Sunday. General admission to this all-ages tasting event costs $50.

Voodoo Glow Skulls, Union 13, The Pegs, Sick Sense, Soto St @ The Juke Joint
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The Juke Joint, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/471847286178902/

$10 cover, ages 21 and up only – amazing show for all punk rock fans. Trust me.

Punk Rock Picnic Battle of the Bands
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 26-27
Subcult Productions, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/114180422068346/ – October 26
http://www.facebook.com/events/394079630659575/ – October 27

$7 cover charge for all ages – see many punk rock bands play for a spot for next year’s Punk Rock Picnic.

Blackmarket Bakery’s Fall Open House
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 27
Blackmarket Bakery, Irvine
http://www.blackmarketbakery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151232801703955

This Saturday, Blackmarket Bakery in Irvine will sample numerous new concoctions from their kitchen for food lovers to try. The first 30 guests receive a free gift, so go check it out!

2nd Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 27-28
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://teafestivalla.com/

For $20, guests get treated to an educational and entertaining festival showcasing the many worldly wonders of tea. Sample various teas, speak with retailers, listen to seminars, and take home some goodies from this Tea Festival.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 27
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This all-day zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this Saturday. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Unlike last year, the zombie walk now requires a $15 entry fee, but now includes so much more to see and do. The many activities this year include a Shaun of the Dead 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.

15th Annual Trick or Treat Festival & Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 28
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx#10/28/2012

This festival combines Halloween with Dia De Los Muertos for an all-inclusive celebration at OC Fair. As a part of the weekly OC Fair Marketplace, admission costs $2, and allows guests access to the entire marketplace plus the festival. Activities include dancers, live music, costume contests, an ice cream eating contest, face painting, and more.

12th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 28
Livingston Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show last year! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.