Posts Tagged ‘The Briggs’

Ska Parade Lounge
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 1
Slide Bar, Fullerton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 26 – May 1
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 26 and May 1, 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.

Los Angeles Happy Hour Week
April 27 – May 1
Participating locations, Los Angeles County

From the organizers behind LA Restaurant Week comes LA Happy Hour Week, a five-day celebration for you to get your booze on. Over a hundred restaurants all over Los Angeles County will have various Happy Hour specials during this period, so check out the list in the link above and start getting happy.

Artopia Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 30
The Container Yard, Downtown Los Angeles

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Los Angeles talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. Admission costs $35 or $30 if purchasing multiples. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 3
El Centro Park, La Habra

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 1
Various locations
Long Beach:

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).

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1-2
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 1
Alex’s Bar, 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.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 1
The Firehouse, Lomita

Enjoy a FREE local punk show in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Free Comic Book Day
May 2
Participating locations, Worldwide

Get a comic book for FREE this Saturday at participating comic book stores. Many stores will also host some sort of celebration, such as complimentary snacks, live entertainment, contests, and more, so check in with your favorite shop for details.

Bubble Run Pomona
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Fairplex, Pomona

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $40, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

Exploring the History of Chinese Pioneers: A Hike to Elysian Park
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 2
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles

Join in on a half-day, 7-mile easy, half-street, half-trail hike to Elysian Park, concluding with a dim sum lunch in Chinatown. Registration for this event costs $15.

CicLAvia – Old Pasadena Walking Tour
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 2
Old Pasadena, Pasadena

As a preview to their CicLAvia Pasadena event coming up later this month, the organization will host this guided walking tour of Old Pasadena this Saturday morning. Participation for this event costs $12, and comes with Choctal ice cream at the conclusion of the event.

2015 Southern California Friendship 5K Walk
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 2
Shoreline Village, Long Beach

Donate money to charity to walk a 5k in Long Beach this Saturday morning.

FroYo 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
San Diego Convention Center, 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.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 2
El Dorado East Regional Park, Long Beach

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 $45 presale or $55 on the day of the event.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 2-3
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego

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.

2015 Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 3
The Reef, Los Angeles

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 $13.

Wanderlust 108
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $60, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

Strawberry Jam 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Suzie’s Farm, Chula Vista

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Suzie’s Farm this Saturday will get to pick their own strawberries to take home. In addition, watch some demos, attend some workshops, and sample various farm goodies during your visit.

2015 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2-3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena

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.

Steampunk Spring Picnic 2015
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, May 2
Old Poway Park, Poway

Show off your steampunk fashion at this steampunk meetup this Saturday in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, come mix and mingle with other steampunk fans, and check out a few of the vendors that will sell their steampunk merchandise.

4th Street Retro Ramble & Sidewalk Sale
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2
4th Street’s Retro Row, Long Beach

Check out some fun and fashion this Saturday along 4th Street’s Retro Row in Long Beach. Visitors will find dozens of sidewalk sales hosted by the various shops in this area, in addition to retro Volkswagen vehicles also selling merchandise along the sidewalks. Visitors will also find live street music, retro sodas, free ice cream, and event t-shirts.

Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 2
Soka University, Aliso Viejo

At this free festival, guests of all ages can enjoy music, dance, arts & crafts, artists, and more. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling if attending.

2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 2
Oak Canyon Park, Silverado

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.

2nd Annual Hamburgers & Hops Music Festival
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 2
Collection Park, Oxnard

Burgers, craft beer, and music collide in this mixed festival this Saturday afternoon in Oxnard. Entry to the festival costs $10, and then visitors can simply pay for things as they go. For $25, guests will receive a souvenir glass and one 12oz beer pour. The complete package costs $45, which includes one burger, the souvenir glass, five 4oz beer samples, and access to an exclusive VIP area.

2015 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia

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.

KROQ Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, May 2
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Basically, a bro fest with food trucks, beer, loud music, horse racing, and dudes. Parking and entry into the park costs nothing, or for $30, gain access to the KROQ backstage area, plus two drinks and a souvenir cup.

Mission Viejo Food, Wine & Art Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 2
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo

Food, wine, art, and corporations collide in this two-day event in South Orange County. Free to enter, guests will find plenty of food, beer, wine, art, music, and other things to do to bide the time. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

15th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla

Taste food from many of San Diego’s finest restaurants, and sip on California’s great wines and craft beers at this festival. Guests can participate in a silent auction, while live music and painting will keep guests occupied. General admission costs $85, or $140 for VIP, which includes preferred parking, access to exclusive drinks, and a VIP lounge. No one under 21 may attend.

Tacos & Tequila Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 2
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego

Unlimited tacos, craft beer, and margaritas await you this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm.

7th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 2
Mission District, South Pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, see dozens of musicians and artists across five stages in South Pasadena this Saturday, plus a self-guided art walk, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, and more.

21st Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach

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.

Street Food Cinema 2015 Opening Night
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, May 2
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Street Food Cinema kicks off their 2015 season with more food trucks, live music, and more movies than before. Check out the movie schedule on their website linked above, which may also feature the food truck lineup for you to plan your meals around.

Artopia Orange County
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 2
Business Expo Center, Anaheim

Join the party and celebrate the best of local Orange County talent with live music, drinks, food trucks, art, and more. General admission costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes three drinks plus a VIP area to lounge in. No one under 21 may attend.

The Copper Door 2 Year Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 2
The Copper Door, Santa Ana

This Saturday, The Copper Door will celebrate their second year in business with live music, live DJ’s, burlesque shows from the Dirty Little Secrets, art exhibits, and more. No one under 21 may attend.

Manic Hispanic @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 2
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Manic Hispanic returns to The Observatory this Saturday night for their annual Cinco de Mayo show. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. The venue has limited parking and runs two shows on this night, so arrive early to park for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

The Briggs @ Slidebar
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 2
Slidebar, Fullerton

The Briggs will perform a FREE show this Saturday night at the Slidebar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 3
Newport Center, Newport Beach

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

4th Annual Los Angeles River 5K Fun Run
7:30 am – 11:30 am, May 3
Bond Park, Atwater Village

Take part in an easygoing 5k fun run this Sunday morning starting in Atwater Village. Registration to this run costs $45 and ends on Tuesday, so act fast!

College Area Food Experience (CAFE)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 3
College Area Business District, San Diego

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.

5th Annual Chef Celebration San Diego
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 3
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, San Diego

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.

3rd Annual Heritage, Music & Arts Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 3
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown LA Arts District at this festival, taking place at Angel City Brewery this Saturday. Local bands will play music all day, food trucks will serve food, brewers will lead brewery tours, and more activities will keep guests occupied. Guests pay no fee to enter, just the cost to purchase anything or participate in some activities. Parking for this event costs $4.

2nd Annual South Bay Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 3
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Enjoy food, beer, and wine at this tasting event this Sunday afternoon in the South Bay. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited tastings while supplies last. Admission for children costs $20.

Doll Hut Punk ‘N BBQ
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Rock out to local punk rock bands, and chow down on grilled meats at this FREE all-day show this Sunday. No one under 21 may enter.

10th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 3
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange

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.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Storytime
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 3
Harvelle’s, Long Beach

Enjoy a burlesque and comedy show in one this Sunday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission to this event starts at $15.

The Briggs performing This Is LA at The Vex in Los Angeles, CA. Filmed on April 18, 2013.

The Briggs performing Until Someone Gets Hurt at The Vex in Los Angeles, CA. Filmed on April 18, 2013.

On a night filled with many other larger concerts, such as Green Day, Bad Religion, or 2 Chainz, the smaller shows quickly get weeded out. Regardless of scheduling problems, true fans always know where to find the bands they love. Punk rock listeners would not have wanted to miss last Thursday night’s show at The Vex, headlined by One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., and more. Featuring three major names in punk rock, this small venue also boasted three additional opening bands, free charcoal caricatures, plenty of band merchandise, and a cash bar. A few food vendors set up outside in the patio area as well, though nothing spectacular. The layout of the patio lends well for a food truck or two to serve, but the venue sells its own hot food, which explains why food trucks never come here. For a multi-purpose venue, event organizers have free range to make the room appear how they want, but for a punk rock show, the crowd only wanted to rock out all night.

As no strangers to the stage, Destruction Made Simple opened the night. I had not seen these guys since Warped Tour 2002, so I made it a priority to arrive to this show early enough to catch every band. For a band that has stuck it out for over a decade, they deserve a higher spot on the night’s bill than opener. This LA band plays typical fast west coast punk rock, the type of music that cranks a circle pit up to max speed. Although they had recently released a new album, DMS preferred to play much of their older material. They closed their set out with 21 Year Plan, one of their more well-known songs. If you would like to see DMS live this week, check out the link to the show here.

Bad Samaritans took a long time to set up for their next set, leaving much of the crowd confused. They started 20 minutes later than their set time range, yet played the full duration of their set. These guys sound true to a garage punk band than anyone else in the night. They did not bring any CDs or other merchandise to sell because as the vocalist puts it, “That requires effort, and we’re lazy.” A lazy band does not stir up the crowd, and the crowd remained silent for most of the set. Their late start time would spill over to the next band.

LA hardcore punk band Mass Terror set up for their set following Bad Samaritans. Their drummer could not make the show, so One Way System’s drummer filled in. This would not make a huge difference, because thanks to Bad Samaritans starting late, Mass Terror’s set got cut significantly shorter. But from what the crowd did hear of them, Mass Terror played some mean music, resembling a mix of Hatebreed and Agnostic Front. Fans of hardcore punk will want to see Mass Terror again soon. They have a show in Tijuana next month, but aside from that, they have not announced any future US shows.

The first headliner of the night set up on stage next. D.I. vocalist Casey Royer had arrived at the venue during Mass Terror’s set, so everyone could already spot him. Once Royer approached the stage, the crowd saw his trademark gesture of speaking about completely off-topic statements. For the most part, no one could understand what he spoke of, but he kept going despite confused looks from the crowd. Their set list had not changed much since the last time I saw them – D.I. played hits like Amoeba and Johnny’s Got A Problem, and ended their set with Weapons. Royer never missed an opportunity to say something to the crowd, even when he did not understand what he had just talked about. Royer’s antics combined with the band’s relentless punk rock music made for an entertaining set necessary to break the mood from slower openers.

Considered the main headliner, The Briggs left their set list out while they set up, so I grabbed a picture of it while I still could. As one of LA’s fastest rising bands, The Briggs drew a large crowd to The Vex, despite Bad Religion and Green Day holding concerts elsewhere in LA that same time. The Briggs did not put on any bells or whistles – they played all their songs consecutively without any breaks longer than half a minute. They kept up the energy the entire time, even when obsessed punks jumped on stage to sing along. Because of the venue’s small size, the venue did not carry security, so any punk jumping on the stage could remain there as long as they wanted, and this sure did happen, especially during The Briggs’ closing song This Is LA. These distractions did not take away too much from the main performance, as the rest of the band continued the songs minus vocals.

Finally, One Way System took to the stage following some hiccups with cables and microphones. This street punk band holds true to their UK roots and plays music exactly like you would hear it in the 80’s (the band formed in 1979), complete with the British accent. Following the clamor of The Briggs, the lack of venue security allowed punks to jump onto the stage unimpeded and attempt to sing along with the band. However, One Way System wised up and would not allow it, so when given the chance, the vocalist or another band member would push an out-of-place punk back down into the pit. One Way System played mainly their old hits, but also included a few new tracks.

Good punk shows like this rarely come around. Luckily, I usually discover them within a week, so if you want to attend a show, check my blog every Monday for a list of upcoming events in Southern California.

Free Cake Tasting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 16
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa

Have your cake and eat it too! On Tuesday evening, the crew at Blackmarket Bakery at The Camp in Costa Mesa will sample various cake flavors, so head down there to check it out, eat cake, and provide feedback.

2013 Taste of Point Loma
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 16
The Brigantine, Point Loma, San Diego

Sample specialties from local Point Loma restaurants this Tuesday night. For $20, guests gain access to free shuttles that will take them from various places around Point Loma so that guests can reach all the restaurants in time.

Roar in The Shore
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 17
Legends, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

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

Bottle Share @ The Factory
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach

Share your favorite beer, and taste some other great beers at this monthly bottle share at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. No purchase necessary – simply bring in a bottle of craft beer of your choice, and share it with other craft beer enthusiasts. The restaurant will still serve the full menu for anyone hungry, and all burgers costs only $8 each after 8pm.

Jello Biafra And The Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Spindrift, Death Hymn Number 9, White Murder @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Catch Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame with his latest band, as they headline this punk rock show this Wednesday night. Tickets cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

2013 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 18
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 19
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 20
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 21
La Habra Chamber of Commerce, La Habra

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Thursday 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.

LA Chinatown Dim Sum Crawl
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, April 18
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles

For those who have never tried dim sum or want to experience dim sum in a new light, check out this fascinating experience this Thursday night in Chinatown. Attendees will sample various dim sum eats from around Chinatown, while enjoying beer pairings courtesy of Eagle Rock Brewery. Attendees will also enjoy other foods provided by local vendors and businesses. Each attendee also receives a souvenir beer glass to take home after the night. Tickets to this event cost $60. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find free street parking on Spring Street, or the streets east of it.

Tecate Light Thunder Thursday
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, April 18
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach

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

One Way System, The Briggs, D.I., Mass Terror, Bad Samaritans @ The Vex Arts Center
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 18
The Vex Arts Center, Los Angeles

Many great punk rock bands will play at The Vex this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
7:00 am – 9:00 pm, April 19-20
7:00 am – 5:30 pm, April 21
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

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

America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 19-21
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $13, but guests may NOT bring pets.

2013 Green Prix of Long Beach
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 20
Anderson’s Lot, Long Beach

This FREE family-friendly event takes place across multiple city blocks this Saturday in Long Beach. Guests can enjoy local retail vendors, children’s workshops, food trucks, live music, art shows, and more. Guests may also participate in a farm-to-table dinner for $90 per person.

2013 Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 20
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego

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

Echo Park Art Walk
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 20
Echo Park Ave & Sunset Blvd, Echo Park

Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can view & create sidewalk art, chain link fence galleries, an art scavenger hunt, and lots more. The neighborhood features many businesses and shops to check out, plus a slew of great places to eat & drink at.

Taco Madness
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

At this free event for all ages, guests can check out some of LA’s best tacos from both trucks and booths, live DJ’s all day, real-time artists creating murals, a cerveza garden for those 21 and up, and more. No admission required – simply walk up to your favorite vendor and buy some tacos.

6th Annual CityBeat Festival of Beers
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, April 20
Lafayette Hotel, San Diego

Looking to get your beer on this weekend? Head to the San Diego CityBeat Festival of Beers, where guests receive UNLIMITED pours from over 50 breweries plus the souvenir taster cup. Guests may purchase food at an additional cost. General admission costs $40. No one under 21 may enter.

Kress Market Green Beer Tasting
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 20
Kress Market, Downtown Long Beach

Enjoy $2 tastings of eco-friendly craft beers this Saturday evening at Kress Market in Downtown Long Beach. Guests may also purchase bottles for $3 each.

Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER Wine Tasting Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 20
Tiato Kitchen Bar Garden, Santa Monica

For $130 (partially tax-deductible), guests can sip on wines from Californian wineries and enjoy small bites from House of An. If any guest purchases bottles of wine to-go, a portion of the sales gets donated towards the fundraiser. Guests may also enjoy a silent auction, a live DJ, dancing, and merchandise sales.

Pasadena Restaurant Week
Business hours, April 21-26
Various restaurants, Pasadena

Between April 21 and April 26, 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.

CicLAvia – To The Sea
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 21
Downtown Los Angeles to Venice Beach

Venice Blvd and some streets of Downtown Los Angeles through to Venice Beach will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

Chef Karl’s Country Boil
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 21
Handlery Hotel, San Diego

Enjoy a southern feast complete with crawfish, shrimp, baby potatoes, andouille sausage, corn on the cob, and more this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Societe Brewing will provide beer pairings for all guests at this feast. Tickets cost $25 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Wine & Chocolate Tasting & Auction
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 21
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, San Diego

At this 21 & over event, attendees will receive unlimited tastings of wine, beer, and chocolate. Tickets cost $60 per person.