Posts Tagged ‘The Dwarves’

Down By Law: 2017 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 2, The Garage, Ventura, http://www.facebook.com/events/366345440367007/
February 3, The Viper Room, West Hollywood http://www.facebook.com/events/1438774869484985/
February 4, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.facebook.com/events/654220584752849/
February 5, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=3196
http://www.downbylaw.com/

Legendary punk rock band Down By Law will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

Pliny The Younger Day
February 3
Select beer locations in California
http://russianriverbrewing.com/pliny-the-younger-release/

The most overhyped beer in brewing history makes its way to Southern California this weekend to many locations. Check with your local craft beer establishment to see if they have Pliny The Younger available.

The Halal Guys Cerritos Grand Opening
11:00 am – 2:00 am, February 3
The Halal Guys, Cerritos
http://thehalalguys.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/183625602114360/

A new The Halal Guys will open their doors to the public this Friday in Cerritos. The first 1,000 people in line will have a chance to win free stuff. As for the food, they did not mention any giveaways, so make sure you can pay for your food if you order any!

2017 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 3
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 4
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 5
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

Running fever hits Huntington Beach this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place all weekend, while the actual running events will take place Sunday morning. Registration starts at $149 and goes up depending on which course you intend to run. Many streets around this area will close to vehicular traffic, so plan your Sunday commute accordingly.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
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).

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2017
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 3
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 4-5
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Gamer Bowl, a GamerCon event
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 3
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.gamercon.com/

This weekend, check out an all-ages event featuring video games, board games, prizes, and other activities. Admission costs $17 for adults or $13.50 for children, and provides entry to the event for all three days.

SoCal Retro Gaming Expo 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4-5
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in Ontario. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, or $40 for both days. Bring cash for parking, which will range from $10 to $20.

3rd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 4
Waterfront Park, Downtown San Diego
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

This annual all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers returns this weekend to a new, bigger location. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more. Regular admission costs $25 and provides access to food and non-alcoholic beverages, while a $39 admission will include ten tasters of craft beers and wines.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $45 presale or $55 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

13th Annual Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 4
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/chocolate-festival/

The Belmont Shore Chocolate Festival features a Homemade Chocolate Dessert Contest, the return of the Cake Walk, and various Pie-Eating Contests, in addition to the restaurants up and down 2nd Street sampling their chocolate goodies.m Completely free to attend, guests may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 on the day of the fest in front of Chase Bank. Guests may use these tickets to exchange for various eats & drinks from participating businesses in Belmont Shore.

118th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 4
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownla.com/wp1/event/118th-annual-golden-dragon-parade/
http://lagoldendragonparade.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year this Saturday in Downtown LA’s historic Chinatown at this free all-ages festival. All weekend, visitors will find arts & crafts, cultural merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, a beer garden, and more. On Saturday early afternoon, a parade will roll through the area, closing off most streets around Chinatown to through-traffic. Guests can find plenty of free street parking up Spring Street or anywhere eastward.

Boomtown Brewery’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
Boomtown Brewery, Arts District, Los Angeles
http://www.boomtownbrew.com/

One of Downtown LA’s breweries will officially open their doors to the public this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, this grand opening party will have live music throughout the day, mobile food vendors, and lots of new beers for you to try.

T.S.O.L. and The Dwarves – Live in Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 4
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2934

Some big names in punk rock will perform in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 4, The Garage, Ventura http://www.facebook.com/events/1848830522063506/
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 5, Aurea Vista, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/227636921019842/
http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites have a bunch of shows in Southern California coming up in the next few months, including these two this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a show’s link for details.

9th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 5
Union Nightclub, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187571184653266/

Ska fans get their day this Sunday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by the Mad Caddies. Tickets to this concert cost $20 presale or $30 at the door.

13th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 14-20
Various locations, San Diego
http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

All week, check out all things food & wine all over San Diego County. From wine tastings to cooking classes to seminars to food sampling, if it has to do with food or drinks, it will happen during this time. On Saturday, experience the grand finale with a massive food & wine tasting festival at Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego. General admission to this festival costs $145 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $185 and starts at 11am. No one under 21 may attend.

Women’s Beer Forum
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 16
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/womens-beer-forum/

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

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 17
Worldwide
http://www.beaujolaisnouveauday.com/

Every year on the third Thursday of November, wine enthusiasts worldwide celebrate the arrival of this passionate wine with fireworks, music, festivals, and more. Check in with your favorite local restaurant, bar, or winery to see if they will participate in the celebration of this glorious wine.

Creamistry Koreatown Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Creamistry, Koreatown
http://creamistry.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/153460365121294/

A new Creamistry opens their doors the public this Thursday in Koreatown. The first 200 customers receive a free t-shirt with the purchase of any item. From 3pm to 5pm, all customers receive one free single scoop of ice cream.

AleSmith Cask Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 17
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/221444861609772/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Pennywise: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, House of Blues, Downtown San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/EventDetail?tmeventid=0A0050FD9C4F2A0F
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/1272249-pennywise-playing-about-ventura/
http://www.pennywisdom.com/

Famous punk rock band Pennywise currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude on the west coast this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary, so click on a show’s link to view prices.

Nekromantix: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 17, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/1376864-nekromantix-special-guests-san-diego/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 18, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/node/2802
http://www.nekromantix.net/

Popular psychobilly band Nekromantix currently tours across the country, and that tour will conclude in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices and age limits vary by show, so click on a show’s link for details.

2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 18-27
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

The Mom Made Market Orange County
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 19
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://the-mom-made-market.ticketleap.com/the-mom-made-market-orange-county/

Visit over a hundred arts & crafts vendors this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. Admission to this all-ages event ranges from $2 to $8.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 18
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://motorcycleshows.com/longbeach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $16.

La Quinta Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 18
La Quinta Brewing, Palm Desert
http://www.laquintabrewing.com/

La Quinta Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have their special anniversary beer on tap plus a few other special beers. In addition, they will have a food vendor on site, plus live music throughout the night. This event has no ticket or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy good times.

Santa Ana Art Mixer
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/event/santa-ana-arts-mixer/

Mix and mingle with local artists and makers this Friday night in Santa Ana. Free to attend, this event requires registration via their website.

The Aquabats: Live in Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 18
City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim
http://www.theaquabats.com/
http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/the-aquabats

Legendary ska-punk band The Aquabats will headline a show in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

1st Annual Punk Rock for Preemies
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 18
Paladino’s, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1112696532155702/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Friday night in Tarzana. Tickets to this show cost $15, and a portion of ticket sales goes to charity. No one under 21 may enter.

41st Annual Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Vincent Lugo Park, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielcity.com/530/Turkey-Trot

A Thanksgiving fun run takes place in San Gabriel this Saturday morning. Registration costs $35 per person. As with any fun run, participants do not receive prizes for winning.

The Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/locations/huntington-beach-ca/

The color run that started it all returns to Huntington State Beach this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 19
Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/san-diego-ca/

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 around the Sleep Train Amphitheater. 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.

Barbells for Beers
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 19
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbells-for-beers-tickets-26486089607

Get a good morning workout with a partner, then cap it off with some food and beer this Saturday in Riverside. Registration costs $60 per team.

7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 19
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this Saturday in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and more.

2016 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.designercon.com/

This design event takes place this weekend in Pasadena. What started as an expo for designer toys and collectibles has evolved into including apparel and accessories. Designer Con now features toys, apparel, art, crafts, and more, ranging from fine, traditional, modern, urban, and contemporary. Single-day admission costs $10, while weekend admission costs $15.

31st Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 19
Pasadena Waldorf School, Altadena
http://www.elves-faire.com/

This FREE and all-ages fair will allow visitors to enjoy medieval activities, games, live music, food, entertainment, and more.

Hermosa Beach Holiday Sidewalk Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 19-20
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3399

Check out this free and all-ages event this weekend in Downtown Hermosa Beach. Visitors will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, music, dancing, games, sidewalk sales, food & drink specials, and more.

Gunwhale Ales Grand Opening
11:00 am – 8:30 pm, November 19-20
Gunwhale Ales, Costa Mesa
http://www.gunwhaleales.com/

Another Orange County brewery opens their doors to the public this weekend in Costa Mesa. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Cranksgiving Los Angeles XVI
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, November 19
Echo Park Lake, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/318338861837453/

A bicycle ride, scavenger hunt, and food drive collide in one event this Saturday. Bring out your bike, some fitness gear, and some cash, and race to see who can collect or buy the most food for the food drive charity. The event itself costs nothing to attend, but participants will need some money to pay for food to donate.

5th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/kraft-bierfest/

More than 30 microbreweries will serve over 50 different beers this Saturday afternoon at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $25 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Stereo Brewing’s IPA Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
Stereo Brewing, Placenta
http://www.stereobrewing.com/

Recently-opened Stereo Brewing will release their first batch of IPA’s this Saturday, and you can taste them all and score a t-shirt to commemorate the release. A flight of five beers plus the t-shirt costs $25 presale or $35 at the counter.

The Rare Experience Beer Fest
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 19
Stout, Studio City
http://www.stoutburgersandbeers.com/beerfest/

Sample some really rare beers from across the nation this Saturday afternoon in Studio City. General admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and comes with ten 4oz beers. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 1pm, and comes with 12 4oz beers. Attendees should bring extra cash to pay for food at the venue. No one under 21 may attend.

Helm’s Brewing 4-Year Anniversary
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Helm’s Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.helmsbrewingco.com/
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2708719

Helm’s Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a plethora of special brews on tap at their tasting room in Kearny Mesa this Saturday. $25 gets you a souvenir glass plus ten beer tasters, or pay $5 more for unlimited beers tasters for the duration of your visit. No one under 21 may attend.

A Drinking Game: So I Married an Axe Murderer
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 19
ACME Studios, North Hollywood
http://www.adrinkinggame.com/

Enjoy some drinks and solve a mystery this Saturday night in North Hollywood. Admission costs $20 but does not include alcohol – attendees should bring their own drinks.

Suicidal Tendencies: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 19
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.suicidaltendencies.com/

Legendary hardcore band Suicidal Tendencies currently tours across the nation, and that nation concludes in Ventura this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25 presale or $28 at the door.

The Dwarves: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 19
LA Space Camp, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Punk rock band The Dwarves will headline a show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Youth Gone Mad: Live in Downtown Los Angeles
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 19
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/989922907784862/

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.

26th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 20
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/holidaystreetfair/

This FREE street fair takes place this Sunday in Encinitas. Featuring 450 unique food, arts & crafts vendors, five music stages, rides & games, and a beer garden hosted by Stone Brewing and Port Brewing, people of all ages will enjoy this street fair. Due to the compact nature of this area, parking can get extremely difficult to locate. Arrive early, or take public transportation to arrive safely.

24th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 20
Southwest Museum, Mount Washington
http://www.arroyoartscollective.org/

This Sunday, check out homes and studios of artists and craftspeople around Highland Park, Eagle Rock, and surrounding areas. This self-guided tour costs $10 presale or $15 on the day of the event, and allows access to art purchasing, building tours, and more. While strolling, check out some of the great places to grab a bite or sip, such as Fusion Burgers, Donut Friend, The Oinkster, and more.

39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 20
Colorado Blvd, East Pasadena
http://pasadenadoodahparade.info/

The weird and wacky get their own parade this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. Register on the website to secure a spot along the parade route to watch, free for all ages.

2016 Miracle on Main Street – Tree Lighting
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 20
Main Street, Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1674782902771762/

Free to attend for all ages, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony will take place in Downtown Huntington Beach this Sunday afternoon, as well as a plethora of other festive events.

1st Annual San Diego Ramen Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
Sushi On A Roll, Downtown San Diego
http://sdramenfest.com/

Pig out on ramen, sake, and more this Sunday evening in Downtown San Diego. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and comes with four ramen samples plus a ticket good for a fifth ramen sample or a beverage. VIP admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the door, includes two additional tickets, a goodie bag, and access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

Three Weav3rs Night @ Far Bar
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/956426151100814/

Far Bar will feature beers from Inglewood’s Three Weav3rs Brewing this Tuesday night, and they will also have some of the Three Weav3rs crew present as well. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

The Dwarves and The Queers: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/1021837-dwarves-queers-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1024199-dwarves-queers-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am March 20, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2763
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Two heavy-hitting punk rock bands will headline a string of shows on the west coast this week. These shows have different age limits and ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 16-17
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 18
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, March 19
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 20
Columbia Square, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

The latest in fashion goes public this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

Too many places to name will do something special on this day, so check with your favorite local establishment to see what they have going on. Have a good time, and stay safe!

Hanadoki Con 2015
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 17
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 18
10:00 am – 2:00 am, March 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 20
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this four-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – St. Patrick’s Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Get your fill of burlesque in Downtown Long Beach this St. Patrick’s Day night. No one under 21 may enter.

2016 Los Angeles Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 19
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 20
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

Kilowatt Brewing’s 1 Year Anniversary Black Light Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
Kilowatt Brewing, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://kilowatt.beer/

One of the hundreds of breweries in San Diego celebrates their first anniversary this week, and to stand out from the crowd, they will celebrate with black lights instead. They will have special anniversary beer releases, glasses, and t-shirts available. This has no admission or cover charge – simply show up and enjoy a cold one or two.

Noche de Estrellas
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, March 18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/noche_de_estrellas/

This all-ages Latin-themed party celebrates the sea stars of the aquarium. Live bands, DJ’s, dancers, and more will keep the Latin music going all throughout the night. Entry into this party comes with the cost of admission into the aquarium.

18th Annual Reaching For The Cure: Run & Ride
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 19-20
Irvine Valley College, Irvine
http://cure.pcrf-kids.org/site/TR?fr_id=1060&pg=entry

Run or ride at this fundraising event this weekend in Irvine. Registration starts at $40 and goes up based on duration and mode.

FroYo 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 11:00 am, March 19
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
http://thefroyorun.com/los-angeles/

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.

24th Annual Walk With The Animals
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 19
Fairmount Park, Riverside
http://www.petsadoption.com/index.php/events/224-walk-with-the-animals-2016

Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a pet walk, and K-9 demonstrations this Saturday morning in Riverside. Registration costs $25 for adults or $15 for children. All participants receive a t-shirt and the pancake breakfast.

Color In Motion 5k – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 19
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://colorinmotion5k.com/San_Diego

After many weekends of other off-center 5k races, we now return to the style that started it all – the color 5k. Start your weekend off with an all-ages 5k run while getting color dusted in your face. Registration costs $50 per person, or $45 if registering with a team. All participants should wear white during the run to absorb and show off the most color. Participants should bring extra towels and spare clothes for the ride home.

Beach Streets: Downtown
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 19
Broadway, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur down Broadway from Downtown Long Beach through Belmont Heights. The path will also include 4th Street’s Retro Row and additional streets in the downtown area. Plan your commute accordingly.

2016 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 19-20
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Outlandish Time Travel Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 19-20
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/960841003998822/

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 the Doctor Who series.

2016 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19-20
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://latinfoodfest.com/

The title explains it all – sample all sorts of Latin foods and drinks at this tasting event in Downtown LA. General admission costs $65 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $150, starts at 11am, and provides access to a VIP area.

9th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 19-20
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

FirkFest – A Cask Ale Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 19
Anaheim Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://www.firkfest.com/

Craft beer fans will want to travel to Anaheim this Saturday, as Anaheim hosts FirkFest, a beer fest with only cask ales. FirkFest will feature over 30 breweries, and costs $55 to get in. Use promo code boozeblog to save $5 off admission. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Native American Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 19-20
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/native-american-festival-3/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, visitors will find various forms of cultural entertainment, such as storytelling, dancing, singing, exhibits, and more.

2016 Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
South Hills Plaza, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/174-2015-cherry-blossom-festival-2

At this free and all-ages event, visitors will find live entertainment, food, music, arts & crafts, and more.

Select Beer Store’s 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/991070667636058/

Select Beer Store turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap this Saturday. This event has no admission or cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

BeerFit Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://runbeerfit.com/event/los-angeles/

Run a 5k while drinking beer. If you think you can handle this, registration starts at $50.

Self Help Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 19
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $44.50.

San Pedro Craft Beer Festival 2016
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 19
S.S. Lane Victory Battle Ship, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrobeerfestival.com/

Sample local craft beers and check out a tourist attraction this Saturday afternoon in San Pedro. General admission costs $42, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited beer while supplies last and access to the museum. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 2pm, and also includes a pretzel necklace, beer float, mimosa/sangria bar, and a souvenir glass. Parking costs $6 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Blacklight Run – Lake Elsinore
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 19
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://www.blacklightrun.com/lake-elsinore/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Orange County Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.orangecounty-beerfestival.com/

Drink your night away at this corporate beer festival taking place this Saturday night in lovely Downtown Santa Ana. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On Tour
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 19, The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills http://www.canyonclub.net/html/schedule.html
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1063099-reverend-horton-heat-long-beach/
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The legendary Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the country, and that tour will enter Southern California this week, continuing with more shows into next week. Each show has a different ticket price and parking situation, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

CH3 @ 5 Star Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 19
5 Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/856082867843621/

Rock out to a local punk rock show in Downtown LA this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 20-26
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

In anticipation of a massive turnout, Bottle Logic will celebrate their anniversary with a full week of beer festivities. Starting on Sunday, Bottle Logic will release a new barrel-aged beer daily, culminating with the release of their anniversary ale on Saturday, March 26th. Throughout the week, Bottle Logic will also bring back some old favorites, as well as opportunities to win merchandise. None of the days require a cover or admission fee – simply show up, and drink away.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 20
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

Run through Downtown San Diego this Sunday morning, and get lots of chocolate out of it, not just the hot drinkable kind. Registration costs $54 for the 5k or $74 for the 15k race.

Stone Oakquinox 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 20
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-oakquinox-2016

Drink yourself a merry good time at this beer tasting event featuring only barrel-aged beers. The $49 admission includes a souvenir glass and 15 3oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food from Stone’s Bistro. No one under 21 may attend.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 4:30 pm, March 20
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbjapanesefestival.com/

This free and all-ages festival takes place this Sunday afternoon in Huntington Beach. Visitors will find real cherry blossoms, live entertainment, food, drinks, arts & crafts, and more.

2016 Vegan Street Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, March 20
NoHo Commons, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their day in North Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. This event takes place on the streets of North Hollywood, closing Chandler Blvd between Lankershim and Vineland to traffic. Dozens of vendors will set up booths in this event, serving up vegan food samples to all visitors. Entry to the fair costs nothing, while most vendors will sell food for under $3.

Chino Brew & Chew 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 20
Brinderson Hall, Chino Fairgrounds
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chino-brew-and-chew-tickets-20434628524

A beer tasting event comes to Chino this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive 15 4oz beer tasters. Bring cash for food if you intend to eat there. No one under 21 may attend.

Treat Yo’ Self
12:00 pm – 5:30 pm, March 20
L.A. River Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.timeout.com/los-angeles
http://timeouttreatyoself.splashthat.com/tolafb

Indulge in a world of sweet treats and sips this Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles. $25 gets you entry into a 90-minute session where you can stuff yourself full of sugary goodness. Three 90-minute sessions will take place, starting at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Laughs By Volume 2: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 20
HNYPT, Downtown Los Angeles
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Sunday afternoon in Downtown LA, featuring over 20 different beers and six comedians. Admission costs $25 presale or $35 at the door, and includes a souvenir glass and unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Skanking Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 20
Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall, Los Angeles
http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/304078

Ska and reggae fans will not want to miss this all-day music festival taking place this Sunday in Los Angeles. Tickets to this all-ages concert cost $50 presale or $60 at the door.

18th Annual Huntington Beach Crabfest
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 20
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://tinyurl.com/crabfesttickets

An all-you-can-eat crab feast comes to Huntington Beach this Sunday evening. The $70 admission allows you to stuff yourself full of crab and other sides and appetizers.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Mustard Plug: Live in Southern California
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, January 26, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/431978123674922/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, January 27, Casbah, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5774
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Each of these shows have a different ticket price, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

13th Annual STARS of Santa Barbara
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 27
The Peninsula, Beverly Hills
http://www.winela.com/starsofsantabarbara

Enjoy some wines and a silent auction in Beverly Hills this Wednesday night. General admission costs $125, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited wine and appetizer tastings while supplies last. VIP admission costs $200, starts at 6pm, and also includes a private dinner and wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Art Show 2016
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 28-31
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Animé Los Angeles 12
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 29-30
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 31
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.animelosangeles.org/

Anime & manga fans will not want to miss Animé LA this weekend, an expo with almost everything imaginable related to anime. From workshops to panels to demos to contests to live music to dances to adult content and more, Animé LA will surely contain something to sate your anime needs. A full weekend pass costs $60, while single-day passes cost $35.

2016 Dark Scotch Ale Release
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 28
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimbrew.com/

Anaheim Brewery releases this year’s version of their Dark Scotch Ale this Thursday evening. Stop on by and give it a taste.

Stout Thing!
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1682747101974697/

Phantom Carriage will have a lot of different stouts available this Thursday evening, along with horror movies, metal music, and some desserts. This event has no admission fee.

Meat Up BBQ’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1685775588344206/

Meat Up BBQ turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have sour beers on tap, food specials, as well as an anniversary glass available to patrons this Thursday night. This event has no admission fee.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/994443380628190/

Hangar 24 Brewery will take over the taps at Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse this Friday evening. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Golden State Tattoo Expo
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 31
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.goldenstatetattooexpo.com/

Check out hundreds of tattoo artists from around the globe at this tattoo convention this weekend in Pasadena. Admission costs $25 per day or $60 for the entire weekend.

Lunar New Year Tết Festival 2016
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 29
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, January 30-31
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://littlesaigonsandiego.org/

Celebrate Lunar New Year at this festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this weekend. Visitors of all ages will find cultural food, vendors, rides, games, arts & crafts, music, entertainment, merchandise, and more. Admission costs $5 for adults and $4 for children.

The Dwarves: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29, The Yost Theater, Santa Ana http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1020861-guttermouth-pulley-dwarves-santa-ana/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, The Garage, Ventura http://www.badsampresents.com/event/230072
http://www.thedwarves.com/

Famous punk band The Dwarves will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Each show has its own age limit and ticket price, so click on a show’s link for additional details.

Riot LA: Alternative Comedy Festival
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, January 29
1:00 pm – 12:30 am, January 30
3:00 pm – 10:30 pm, January 31
Various locations, Los Angeles
http://riotla.com/

A series of comedy shows will take place across Los Angeles this weekend. Each individual show has its own ticket prices, while a superfan pass costs $110 good for all Saturday and Sunday shows.

Viernes 13 @ The Vibe Riverside
7:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 29
The Vibe Bar & Grill, Riverside
http://viernes13.net/

Get your skanking on in Riverside this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Death By Stereo @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://deathbystereo.com/

Death By Stereo will headline a small show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Agression: Live in Tarzana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Petie’s Place, Tarzana
http://www.facebook.com/events/984867244926853/

Legendary nardcore band Agression will headline a show in Tarzana this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Tartar Control: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1678117142406622/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Alex’s Bar Sweet 16 Anniversary Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 29-30
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047479-off-long-beach/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1047487-off-long-beach/

Long Beach’s Alex’s Bar turns sixteen years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have two nights of punk rock this weekend. Tickets to each of these show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Museums Free-For-All
January 30
Participating Museums, Southern California
http://www.socalmuseums.org/

This Saturday, participating Southern Californian museums will allows visitors in free of charge. Check the website linked above for a full list of participating locations.

CoffeeCon LA 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 30
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This Saturday at CoffeeCon LA 2016 in Los Angeles, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. Sessions last three and a half hours, starting at 9am or 12:30pm. General admission costs $23 for one session, or $30 for the entire day.

APCA Asian Pacific Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 30
Mission Inn Courtyard, Downtown Riverside
http://lunarfestriverside.com/event-101/

At this free and all-ages festival this Saturday in Downtown Riverside, celebrate Lunar Yew Year with food, entertainment, vendors, merchanidse, entertainment, arts & crafts, games, music, exhibits, fireworks, and more.

Laughs By Volume: A Craft Beer & Comedy Show
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 30
LA Mother, Hollywood
http://laughsbyvolume.com/

A beer fest and comedy show merge into one this Saturday afternoon in Hollywood, featuring over 20 different beers and six comedians. Three three-hour sessions will take place: 1pm, 5pm, and 9pm. Admission per session costs $27.50 presale or $30 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Punktanza
1:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/728234213947677/

Over a dozen local punk rock bands will perform at this all-day show this Saturday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim, free of charge. No one under 21 may enter.

New Beer Release: Cerveza Hermosa
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 30
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://kingharborbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1512123185755659/

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing will release a new Mexican amber lager this Saturday. Stop on by and give it a try. They will also have free carne asada tacos for customers starting at 2pm while supplies last.

Night On Broadway
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 30
Globe Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
http://nightonbroadway.la/

An evening of arts, culture and, entertainment arrives in Downtown LA this Saturday night, featuring a wealth of activities including the Southern California return of Rebel Bingo. Check the website linked above for a full list of events, which details any admission fees or age limits.

Naked Aggression: Live in Bell Gardens
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
American Legion, Bell Gardens
http://www.facebook.com/events/1731631133732368/

Release some inner aggression at this hardcore punk show in Bell Gardens this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 18 may enter.

JFA @ The Viper Room
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6332945&pl=alaviper2

Legendary punk rock band JFA will headline a show in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Slaughter & The Dogs: Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.slaughterandthedogs.info/
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1010537-slaughter-dogs-laguna-niguel/

Enjoy a local punk rock show this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

2nd Annual San Diego Fermentation Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 31
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://sandiegofermentationfestival.com/

For $20 admission, gain access to this all-ages festival showcasing Southern California’s bounty of artisanal foodmakers and brewers. This event will feature seminars, workshops, arts & crafts, activities, vendors, food & beverages, live music, and more.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 31
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/924438757645547/

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.

LA Restaurant Week
July 14-27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

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

Meet the Brewer: King Harbor Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261392207395514/

New to the South Bay brewery scene, meet the head brewer of King Harbor Brewing, and try some of their brews. The first 24 customers to order a pint of a King Harbor beer receives a free King Harbor glass!

Sausage Fest 2014
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 16
LOUNGEsix, San Diego
http://www.sdsausagefest.com/

Ten chefs from all over San Diego will dole out their famous meaty sausages at this sausage tasting this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. $10 gets you in to taste as much sausage as you can handle. An additional $20 will allow you to take a souvenir stein glass home, as well as a special brew to fill and drink that night.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16-17
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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1493020040915587/

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.

Pennywise – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/pennywise-2014

To celebrate the release of their latest album release, Pennywise will headline this all-ages show this Wednesday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $20.

The Dwarves & The Queers @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172136

Big names in punk rock bring their tour through Southern California this Wednesday night, stopping by Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Beachwood On A Stick
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/641492242613864/

Beachwood BBQ takes on fair food this Thursday night, as they prepare a special menu comprised of foods on sticks and/or fried foods. This tasting requires no reservations – simply show up, and order away.

12th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Bad Religion & X @ Pacific Amphitheatre
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 17
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/Bad_Religion.asp

Legendary Los Angeles punk bands Bad Religion and X will perform this Thursday night at the OC Fair. Tickets to this show cost $30.

2014 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 18
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 18
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this and next weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $16 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18-19
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.

Nardcore Legends in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 18
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/863372653690415/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

9-Man Sprint Relay Race
6:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 19
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://kahakaioutrigger.com/calendar-events/2013-events/9-man-sprints/

Come out and watch canoe racing in Marine Stadium this Saturday morning. Those interested in participating can find all the necessary information on their website.

66th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

1st Annual Love Long Beach Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://www.lovelongbeachfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos
http://whsale.com/usa/2014/06/hello-kitty-warehouse-sale-ca-july-2014

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this blowout sale this weekend, with some products marked up to 70% off.

36th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

3rd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

53rd Annual Watermelon Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the Rose Bowl to Santa Anita Park. Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Arcadia. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

6th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $50 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. See below for a map of where to park for free.

Ultimate Armwrestling League
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/575913195851117/

Think you have arms strong enough to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes? Enter in this arm wrestling competition this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing in Riverside! Even if you lose a match, you can still enjoy the beer here.

SoCal Punk Reunion #2
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/329848030498408/

Great local punk bands get together for a show this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 which INCLUDES complimentary food. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/663699190382988/

Local punk bands gather to play a benefit show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Punk Rock Night @ Morgan’s Tavern
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/561375327305022/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may attend.

Mad Parade – 30-Year Anniversary
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 19
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/175181

Old school punk band Mad Parade return for an anniversary show this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
Billy O’s Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1441165052817146/

Luicidal, which contains two former members of Suicidal Tendencies, will headline a show in Ventura this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Circle Scotty’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
The Britisher, Lancaster
http://www.facebook.com/events/707051339356352/

Local punk bands head up to Lancaster to play this FREE birthday show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Taste of Latin-America Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

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

3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 20
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

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

Beer Camp Across America – Southwest Edition
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 20
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/southwest_edition

This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing will host a seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it makes its second stop in San Diego this Sunday. Sierra Nevada claims that this San Diego edition has over 95 breweries in attendance, tons more than any other beer festival in Southern California has ever had. Tickets to this beer festival cost $65. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk N’ Tacos 6
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/265470850307588/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Root Beer Taste-Off
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 20
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://galcos.dreamhosters.com/?p=934

Taste over 75 different varieties of root beer this Sunday in Highland Park. Tickets to this sipping cost $12 presale or $15 at the door.

T.S.O.L. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/175513

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show this Sunday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Although not as large as other prevalent areas, a punk rock scene does exist in Las Vegas. Last Saturday night, The Dwarves headlined a small local show at the Las Vegas Country Saloon in Downtown Las Vegas. On a cold, dry night, not many people showed up to this show, but for those that did, they got to enjoy a fresh set from The Dwarves a night before they would come to play in Long Beach. Although originally scheduled for six bands, Lambs To Lions had to unexpectedly drop out of the show, resulting in a five-band show that cost $17 to enter – quite pricey, but many things cost more in Las Vegas.

Local band The CG’s opened the show with their 30-minute punk set. At this early point in the night, the venue contained no more than ten people, but The CG’s paid no mind to the emptiness. This group of kids has yet to reach their own unique sound, as they still sound like your typical garage band, albeit with a hint of ska thanks to the way their guitar sounds, and that all three band members equally do vocals. If they want to grow, they will need to grow beyond Las Vegas to find a larger punk crowd.

The People’s Whiskey started off next after a quick setup. For another local band, this one impressed me quite a bit. Their sound resembles that of Time Again, but with a slight folk/country sound to it. They had their fast songs, but also toned things down in the middle of their set. The People’s Whiskey split the vocals between the main vocalist and their bearded bassist. They have something going for them, and could possibly get a big break at a high-profile event such as Punk Rock Bowling.

After a delayed intermission, Since We Were Kids finally started their set. Once I saw them, I immediately recognized them as the opening band from a Narcoleptic Youth show back in September, finally pinning a name to them. Since then, their sound has not deviated much from the hardcore punk sound of that show. Without a unique sound of their own, Since We Were Kids resembled a combination of a garage punk band with an east coast punk vocalist. Now I can at least place a name to the faces, and with the knowledge that they come from Southern California, I can expect to see them at more shows soon.

The sub-headliner came on next, as local band IDFI (pronounced I Defy) played an extended 45-minute set. Similar to The Misfits, IDFI plays a variation of horror punk that incorporates heavy metal into their music. By now, a handful of audience members had arrived, and could properly get a pit going. The music of IDFI fit perfectly for the pit, as the speed and intensity of the music drove the bodies around and around. Nobody exhibited signs of fatigue all throughout the 45-minute set, despite the headlining band coming next.

Playing much earlier than anticipated, The Dwarves started their set that would end up lasting only an hour. Glancing at their set list, you will see that their songs mainly talk about sex and drugs – the true rock & roll life. The Dwarves even boast the attitude to back it up, as they proudly proclaimed their significance in the history of music and rock & roll. Their set included fan favorites like I Will Deny, Dominator, and There Better Be Women. I personally wanted to hear Johnny On The Spot, but alas they did not play it, nor did they at Ink-N-Iron. After their last song, they abruptly left the venue, leaving signs that they would return for an encore; however, they never did, and simply left everyone wanting more at such an early point in the night. After all, the fun in Las Vegas should start right after midnight!

Did you get a chance to see The Dwarves in Long Beach this past Sunday? Less than a day after this Las Vegas show, The Dwarves came down to Southern California to play another show. If you missed that one as well, make sure you Like their Facebook page to receive updates about where they will play next.

Irvine Restaurant Week
January 10-16
Participating restaurants in Irvine
http://www.destinationirvine.com/restaurantweek/

Numerous restaurants in Irvine will serve special prix-fixe menu offerings during Irvine Restaurant Week. Prices vary between restaurants, but some lunches start as low as $6.95 per person. No reservations required – simply show up and request the specials.

3rd Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 12-17
40 Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Night 2
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 14
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/477902498991372/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Each night features five different local artists performing and competing for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. This series of free shows occurs every Tuesday night all the way through the finals on February 25.

Almanac Beer Company – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
The Factory, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399464233522014/

Meet the founders of Alamanac Beer Company from San Francisco this Wednesday night as they take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls Neighborhood of Long Beach. Buy a sampler of four of their beers for $12, or buy a pint and take home their pint glass!

Saint Archer Brewing – Meet The Brewer
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 15
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1440458622833713/

The brewing team from Saint Archer Brewing from San Diego will visit Beachwood Brewing in Downtown Long Beach this Wednesday night for a meet & greet. In addition, the team will bring at least six of their brews to serve on draft at Beachwood Brewing.

The Murder Junkies & Mentors @ Characters
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 15
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/158177

See a mid-week punk rock show in Pomona this Wednesday night at Characters Sports Bar. Entry to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/516492098466503/

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.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 17-26
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachdining.com/newport-beach-restaurant-week/default.aspx

This 10-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Blank Expressions @ The Hub in Colton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The Hub, Colton
http://www.facebook.com/events/415688721896667/

Check out some fun local punk rock bands at this show for just $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 17
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/553778688039914/

If you have not heard, The Doll Hut has returned to hosting punk rock shows, such as this one this Friday night. Entry to this shows costs only $3. No one under 21 may enter.

33rd Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $9 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 18
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/196822827148503/

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

4th Annual Lunar New Year Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 18
Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena
http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/_calendar/families.aspx

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this family-friendly festival this Saturday in Pasadena. Visitors can expect to find arts & crafts, live entertainment, demos, galleries, food, and more. Admission to the museum costs $10, while children 11 and under can enter for free with a paid adult’s admission.

Hangar 24 Brewery’s Vinaceous Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, January 18
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/1500922856799904/

Celebrate the release of Hangar 24’s first Local Fields release of 2014, Vinaceous, at their tasting room this Saturday. Pouring begins at 11am, while guests can enjoy food (sold separately) and live music throughout the day.

Agent Orange @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 18
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/466192426823921/

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline a local show at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $17 each. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Night @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 18
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/258668990924259/

See some great local punk rock bands at Cafe NELA northeast of Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday night. Entry to this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

The American Wake @ Silky Sullivan’s
9:30 pm – 1:30 am, January 18
Silky Sullivan’s, Fountain Valley
http://www.facebook.com/events/646147072112552/

Come see local Irish rock band The American Wake perform for free this Saturday night, ages 21 and up only.

Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383727261761684/

Come to this all-ages punk rock show in Long Beach this Sunday to see Green Jellÿ, The Dwarves, and more. Tickets cost $12 presale and $17 at the door. Parking costs $5 if arriving after 4pm.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, August 14-15
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.

Taste of Downtown Disney
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 15
Downtown Disney, Anaheim
http://choc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=100061&view=Detail

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.

Costa Mesa Restaurant Week
August 16-23
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.

2nd Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 18
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

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

52nd Annual Watermelon Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 17-18
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the streets to the world famous Rose Bowl! Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Pasadena. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

2013 Long Beach BBQ Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 18
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachbbqfestival.com/

The Orange County BBQ Bonanza has relocated to Long Beach for the first annual Long Beach BBQ Festival. This all-ages weekend festival brings together the best of the nation’s grill masters to serve the masses and compete for the best BBQ of the west. Entry costs $15, which does not include food, which attendees must pay for separately. Admission with a pork ribs meal costs $28. This festival also boasts an all-you-can-eat package for $225 – check the website for more details about that package. You can also find a coupon on their website good for $2 off entry. This festival takes place entirely outdoors with limited shade, so apply sunscreen, and stay hydrated during the day. Nearby parking lots charge up to $10 for parking – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue and walking from there.

The Angry Samoans in Malibu
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 16
The Malibu Inn, Malibu
http://www.indieonthewestside.com/

Catch old school punk band Angry Samoans in Malibu this Friday night, along with five other bands including Bad Samaritans. Tickets to this 18+ show cost $10.

5k Foam Fest – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, August 17
Fairplex, Pomona
http://5kfoamfest.com/Location/Index/18

In this installment of non-traditional 5k races, the Foam Fest now pits runners in a 5k obstacle course complete with lots of dirt and mud, followed by foam, water, suds, and soap. Actual obstacles may include wall climbs, army crawls, slides, balance platforms, and more. Registration for this wacky race costs $70 online and $80 on the day of the event, if any spots remain. Children ages 9 and under may not participate in the race. Wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, yet comfortable enough to run in. Bring towels and spare clothes for the ride home following the race. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so consider carpooling.

13th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 17
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2555

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.

Stone Brewing’s 17th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 17
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 $40 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.

2013 Los Angeles Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 17
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.

5th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 17
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://summerandmusic.com/event/buskerfest/

BuskerFest returns to Long Beach this Saturday. Like the Long Beach Funk Fest, various bands will perform on buskers in the East Village Arts Districts, with the headliners playing on the main stage. Free to attend for all ages, fans of music will surely want to come here. For long-term parking, search for street parking in neighborhoods to the east or north.

Chinatown Summer Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 17
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://chinatownsummernights.com/

Have a fun time this summer at Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. Free to attend for all ages, this nighttime festival brings together food, music, art, and beer in a multicultural setting. Expect to see food trucks, merchandise, arts & crafts, live music, live DJ’s, a dance floor, a beer garden hosted by Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Guests can find free street parking on Spring St and the side streets connected to Spring, including College St.

Screeching Weasel, The Dwarves, Angry Samoans, & The Bugs @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/screeching-weasel

Punk rock returns to The Observatory this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early for free parking in their lot. Arrive late, and potentially pay a neighboring lot to park in.

Atomic Bombs in La Habra
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 17
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/568404229869918/

Check out some local punk rock bands playing for FREE at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Rock ‘N Roll Reunion
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, August 18
TRiP, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/1410065182538193/

See some of the former member of the Dirty Little Secrets perform with the current lineup this Sunday night in Santa Monica. Bring cash for parking and a possible cover charge. No one under 21 may attend.

The 2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival wrapped up at the Queen Mary this past weekend. This weekend-long festival celebrates alternative and pin-up culture with tattoos, custom cars, models, and endless loud rock music. As the weekend’s most anticipated day of the music lineup, numerous attendees decided to don their best band shirt or other band paraphernalia. Many of them had not heard of the unwritten rule of not wearing the band’s shirt to their show. Anyways, I digress – back to Ink-N-Iron.

In addition to the main attractions of the music, tattoos, and cars, Ink-N-Iron featured many other activities to keep guests occupied all day. The entrance placed guests immediately in Vendor Village, filled with lots of music memorabilia, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more. Continuing forward from here placed guests between the Tiki Drive-In Stage and the Motorama dome, filled with more cars to gaze at. The wide area in front of the dome held more cars as well.

More cars parked on the grass in front of the Tiki Drive-In stage.

Attendees could walk into the dome for the grand Motorama central. In here, attendees could stroll down aisles with custom cars on both sides.

All the tattooing took place inside the Queen Mary’s promenade area. Vendor booths filled the entire room among all three floors, including some of the side areas. This area appeared more organized than previous years largely in part to most of the vendors that only operated on appointments that attendees booked weeks to months in advance. While some of the artists allowed walk-ups, attendees already knew that getting inked would require a previous appointment.

One of the side rooms featured a model that artists could sketch:

Of course, all the attendees would not pay the hefty ticket fee for simply cars and tattoos – they paid to see the live music. With a fully stocked weekend lineup, music fans would appreciate all of the three nights with lots of major bands like Sublime, NOFX, Offspring, and more. I attended only on Saturday and arrived in the late afternoon, so I first got to see The Dwarves. Best recognized for their sexually explicit album covers, The Dwarves has carved out a show presence that one could call Rated R, in a similar manner to how Guttermouth shows gained notoriety with the crowd spitting endlessly. If any true fans of The Dwarves showed up to Ink-N-Iron, they toned down their behavior a lot, as the crowd remained fairly tame – even the circle pit appeared controlled. The Dwarves played a continuous set, with no real breaks between songs, which included the single I Will Deny. They abruptly ended their set once 30 minutes had elapsed, continuing the notion of no breaks nor speaking to the audience between songs.

Rumors of Jello Biafra returning for this performance by the Dead Kennedys had circulated around ever since his cameo at Coachella this year. Alas, no sign of Jello ever appeared during the Dead Kennedys set. Entering the stage to a wild and packed audience, the Dead Kennedys played all of their hits, from Holiday in Cambodia to California Über Alles to Chemical Warfare to Police Truck and more. Without Jello, this felt more like listening to a Dead Kennedys cover band, much like how Pennywise sounded at last year’s Ink-N-Iron with Zoli Téglás on vocals. Regardless, the Dead Kennedys still delivered a killer show, with plenty of moshing and crowd surfing about.

Reuniting after an 8-year hiatus, Rocket From The Crypt made their way onto the stage in brilliant stage lights. Lead vocalist Speedo made an introduction prior to starting the set, reminding us all about the band members’ characters and personalities. Those not familiar with Speedo may think he dabbled with some marijuana prior to the set, but I assure you that he purposely acts the way he does. As they had a one-hour set, Rocket From The Crypt played all of their hit songs throughout their history, from their first album all the way through Live From Camp X-Ray. They intended to keep playing after an hour, but the sound crew unexpectedly cut them off mid-song. Technically, Rocket From the Crypt just played an extremely stretched out instrumental section, leaving the crowd to wonder what would have occurred if the sound crew allowed Rocket From The Crypt to continue playing.

At last, the band everyone paid to see – Iggy & The Stooges – burst onto the stage to a see of screaming fans. They opened their set with Raw Power, a fitting first song to get the crowd ripping and roaring. In typically Iggy Pop fashion, all throughout the set, Iggy sang and danced in a spastic yet sexually-suggestive manner, provoking all the women to scream in desire. The band played all of their popular songs, such as Search & Destroy and I Wanna Be Your Dog. They eventually got to Fun House, where similarly to Pennywise’s Bro Hymn, a handful of audience members climbed up onto the stage to dance with the band. The set lasted a good hour and a half, which started 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. No one minded the late start, not even the mosh pit that formed during the set and lasted the entire time.

Did you miss Ink-N-Iron? With the price to attend increasing annually, Ink-N-Iron may turn into somewhat of an alternative version of Coachella. In fact, sooner or later, Ink-N-Iron may even occur on two consecutive weekends! Some of this year’s attendees have voiced their opinion, stating that they will not return if prices continue to rise as they have risen the past few years. At this point, admission mainly covers the cost to see the bands performing. Next year’s lineup will greatly determine if the bands selected to play merit the price increase. Keep your eyes open for some more music festivals coming up later this year, such as FYF Fest and Riot Fest. Orange County sees three local punk rock shows this Saturday night, including one with Agent Orange – check my weekly Upcoming Events post for more details!