Posts Tagged ‘The Factory’

Ritual Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration Week
November 16-21
Ritual Brewing, Redlands
http://ritualbrewing.com/

Ritual Brewing turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have festivities at their tasting room in Redlands all week long. The week will culminate with a beer festival this Saturday from 12pm to 4:30. General admission costs $30 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $40 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive an anniversary glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend this event.

12th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
November 16-22
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 $135 and starts at 12pm, while early admission costs $165 and starts at 11am.

Meet The Brewer: Artifex Brewing @ The Factory Gastrobar
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1060392040657796/

Artifex Brewing will travel up from San Clemente to Long Beach this Wednesday evening for a tap takeover, beer pairing, and meet & greet with the brewer. This night has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Meatloaf Wednesday
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Following the success of their ribs, mac & cheese, and poutine special events, Beachwood BBQ will now hold a Meatloaf night this Wednesday. Choose from multiple different meat types, and enjoy it as a meal or as a flight paired with craft beers.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day
November 19
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.

Belgium Beers Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/tap-takeover/

Alpine Village will tap a bunch of Belgian beers this Thursday night for your enjoyment. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, November 20-29
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.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 20
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/city/long-beach-ca

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

Pairing Is Caring 2
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm, November 20
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.insidethecellar.com/

Enjoy a night of food, beer, and wine in Koreatown this Friday night. General admission costs $50 and starts at 7:30, while VIP admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes access to a VIP lounge. All attendees receive unlimited food, beer, and wine while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Escape From The Time Travel Lab
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 20
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 21-22
Edm Hall, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/rerla_ttlab/

Put your brain to the test at this real-life escape game. Participants of this event have 90 minutes to solve multiple puzzles of varying difficulty, and combine the solutions to unlock additional puzzles, which will eventually lead to the final solution that will solve the entire game. Each session can only have up to 11 participants, and teamwork will get your group through the puzzle to the final answer. Registration costs $26 per person.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, November 20-21
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

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 Color Run 5k – Orange County
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, November 21
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://thecolorrun.com/orange-county/

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 – Lake Elsinore
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, November 21
Diamond Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/socal/

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.

2015 Designer Con
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 21
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
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 collectables 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. Presale tickets cost $5, tickets at the door cost $7, while arrivals after 3pm cost nothing.

30th Annual Elves’ Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 21
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 21
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://business.hbchamber.net/events/details/holiday-sidewalk-festival-3147

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

Taste of Autumn Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Shark Club, Costa Mesa
http://www.tasteofautumnbeerfestival.com/

An autumn beer tasting event will take place at the Shark Club in Costa Mesa this Saturday over two sessions. General admission costs $40 and runs 1pm to 4pm or 7pm to 10pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier than general admission. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Hops & Hounds: Packinghouse Brewing’s 5th Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.pbbeer.com/

Packinghouse Brewing turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have a free celebration at their tasting room in Riverside this Saturday. Throughout the day, Packinghouse will have live music, special beer releases, and mobile food vendors. A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the American Cancer Society.

Old Town Seal Beach Main Street Chili Cookoff Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 21
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachrestaurantweek.com/events.html

Around a dozen Seal Beach restaurants will participate in a chili cookoff this Saturday afternoon. Visitors of all ages can purchase a wristband for $10, which will allow them to sample as much chili as they like from participating restaurants up and down Main Street. The Hennessey’s Grill parking lot will function as the hub, where visitors can purchase wristbands, observe raffle prizes, and vote for their favorite chili.

Orange County’s 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Competition
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 21
The Rinks, Irvine
http://www.dubswashere.com/

Movember participants, listen up! Show off your wicked facial hair at this competition for all things hairy this Friday night in Huntington Beach, featuring a handful of categories to enter into to win cash prizes. In addition to the fabulous styles, visitors will find food, a full bar, live music, vendors, and more. Registration costs $15, while spectators may enter for $5.

The Crowd @ Alex’s Bar
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, November 21
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/989049-crowd-long-beach/

Rock out to some local old-school punk rock bands this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $8 presale or $10 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

25th Annual Encinitas Fall Street Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 22
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://www.encinitas101.com/events/fall-festival/

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.

23rd Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, November 22
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.

Artisanal LA: West Elm Holiday Pop-Up
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 22
West Elm, Beverly Grove
http://artisanalla.com/

Head over to West Elm in Beverly Grove this Sunday for a small popup of Artisanal LA. Free to attend for all ages, this popup gives visitors a sample of Artisanal LA’s semiannual event at The Reef. Visitors will find a handful of local artisanal food vendors plus some local arts & crafts vendors.

Beer & Pie with Firestone Walker
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 22
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1483421438653814/

Enjoy some handmade pies and Firestone Walker brews this Sunday afternoon at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and pay for food and drinks as you go.

Advertisements

Left Coast Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory Gastrobar
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/438397969677256/

San Clemente’s Left Coast Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach this Wednesday evening. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one.

Epik Vibes – Halloween Punk Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 28
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/909723659101894/

Rock out to some local punk bands for FREE this Wednesday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual Chef Showdown
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.ccssd.org/event/chefshowdown2015/

Admission to this glorious food event costs $250 and allows you to witness ten of San Diego’s finest chefs complete in five different food competitions.

Escape From Cursed Forest
October 29 – November 1
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://realescapegame.com/ecf/

Real Escape Game returns to Southern California this week with Escape From Cursed Forest. Use your brains and wits to solve the mystery of the forest and escape its clutches. Each game lasts about 90 minutes, with sessions taking place throughout the day Thursday through Sunday. Registration cost $27, and participants should form teams of six.

Metalocalypse NOW
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 29
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/846958952068440/

Creator and star of Metalocalypse Brendan Small will make a special guest appearance at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Thursday night for autographs, photos, and a meet & greet. Grill ‘Em All will also have a special Metalocalypse burger exclusively on this day.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 1
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://comikazeexpo.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. A cosplay contest will take place on Saturday at 6pm, but you have to register on the website to participate! Passes to Comikaze cost $30 for single days, or $70 for the entire weekend.

Good Beer Company’s 1st Year Anniversary
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30
Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://thegoodbeerco.com/

Good Beer Company turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a light celebration at their tasting room in Santa Ana this Friday night. Free to attend, Good Beer Company will have some new beers on tap, as well as some new bottles to take home.

25th Annual SOS Celebrity Chef Dinner & Auction
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 30
Hyatt Regency, Huntington Beach
http://www.shareourselves.org/events/

Enjoy a five-course dinner with wine pairings this Friday night in Huntington Beach. Attending this luxurious dinner costs $275 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

Howl-oween Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, October 30
El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/887034381374667/

Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween festival at the park in Long Beach this Friday night. Admission costs $5, and visitors will find live animals, music, food, arts & crafts, and more Halloween fun.

Octoberflame VII
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 30-31
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these two all-ages sold-out shows this weekend at The Observatory in Santa Ana. While tickets sold out months ago, you may still find some after-market tickets around.

Curse Of The Tiki 2
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, October 30
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/132467397107759/

Enjoy a variety show this Friday night at Don The Beachcomber in Sunset Beach. Visitors will find freak show acts, punk rock music, costume contests, magic acts, burlesque dancers, and more. Admission to this event costs $20. No one under 21 may attend.

Jello Biafra & the Guantanamo School of Medicine
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, October 30-31
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Friday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940489-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/
Saturday: http://www.alexsbar.com/event/940495-jello-biafra-guantanamo-long-beach/

The legendary Jello Biafra will headline two shows at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this weekend. Tickets to these shows cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Voodoo Glow Skulls 1st Annual “Halloween Monster Mash”
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 30
Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/954674441278144/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will headline a Halloween’s Eve show this Friday night in Riverside. Tickets for this show cost $12 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween
October 31

Happy Candy Day! Have fun, and stay safe on this night.

D.R.I. SoCal Takeover
October 31 – November 1
Los Angeles, Long Beach
http://www.dirtyrottenimbeciles.com/

Punk band D.R.I. completes their Southern California tour this week, with a show in Los Angeles and Long Beach. Check the website for a full list of shows.

X1039’s Blind Date Beerfest
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 31
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.x1039.com/

Contrary to the event name, the “Blind Date” refers to the mystery bands that will perform at this beer tasting event in Riverside this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this event costs $45 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 11am, and includes a front-of-line pass for beers plus an exclusive musical performance in the VIP hour. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Orange County Halal Food Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove
http://www.isocmasjid.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food festival in Garden Grove will have lots of Halal food around. Visitors will also find live entertainment, vendors, children’s entertainment, and more.

15th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 31
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

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

Timeless Pints Halloween Party
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 31
Timeless Pints Brewing, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/599206523550461/

Timeless Pints will join in on the Halloween festivities that many other businesses will throw on Halloween this year. Over at Timeless Pints in Lakewood, they will have a basket full of things to do, such as try their new pumpkin porter, show off costumes, listen to live music, snack from the food truck, toss candy around, and more.

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 31
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/trick-or-treat/

Trick or Treat with the family in Belmont Shore for free! Local businesses will participate by handing out samples and candy during the evening.

Doll Hut Halloween Bash
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 31
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1115925071755861/

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show with a costume contest this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

Dia De Los Muertos 2015
November 1

Honor the deceased on this traditional day of remembrance. Many businesses will have specials and special activities on this day, so check with your local businesses to learn more.

5th Annual Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
November 1-8
Lake Forest
http://www.lakeforestbusiness.com/148/Shop-Dine

Explore the local businesses of Lake Forest during this eight-day period. Various restaurants and shops will have specials this week, which will culminate with the Taste of Lake Forest on Sunday, November 8th.

1st Annual SoCal VegFest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, November 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

Free to attend for all ages, this food fair takes place this Sunday afternoon in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services.

Beachwood Blendery Bottle Release
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 1
Beachwood Blendery, Downtown Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Say hello to one of the first blenderies, the sister of microbreweries, to open in the greater Los Angeles area. Beachwood Blendery will release their first bottles to the public starting this Sunday from their location in Downtown Long Beach. Stop on by and check out the next big craze in the craft beer industry.

Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque: Dia De Los Muertos Extravaganza
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 1
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The lovely ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will put on a special Dia De Los Muertos tribute burlesque show this Sunday evening in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Meet the Brewer: Barley Forge
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612033139054495/

Meet the brewers from Barley Forge, enjoy some cold brews, and take home a sweet Barley Forge glass this Wednesday evening at The Factory Gastrobar in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach.

Millencolin: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=6006415
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/millencolin
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, September 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/864199-millencolin-west-hollywood/

Punk band Millencolin currently tours around North America, and that tour swings through Southern California this week with three shows. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for more details.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/968799996518427/

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.

10th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 4
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 5
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim
http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/

The Disneyland Half Marathon returns for its tenth year this weekend with a plethora of things to see and do. Participate in any of the races, check out the health & fitness expo, and stick around for after-parties throughout the weekend. The website has an extensive list of everything going on this weekend, so consult with the website for more details.

3rd Annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 3
Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-san-diego-citybeat-5-minute-film-festival-tickets-18042730292

Come watch over a hundred locally produced short films this Thursday night at Balboa Park in San Diego. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

4th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 3-6
Seaport Marina Hotel, Long Beach
http://www.lbpsyclone.com/

Lots of psychobilly bands will invade Long Beach this weekend for this annual rockabilly festival. Live music will go on all weekend, and other events will circulate around town to coincide with this festival too, such as BBQ/pool parties, brunches, bus rides, and more. Find tickets for sale at select retailers, or purchase them online. Friday night costs $15, the weekend costs $35 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

The Damned: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, Sycuan Casino, El Cajon http://www.sycuan.com/entertainment/the-damned/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004EC3A8192480
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, The Fonda Theater, Hollywood http://www.fondatheatre.com/events/detail/278592

Legendary punk band The Damned will play a string of all-ages California shows this week, with three of them taking place in Southern California. Each of these shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for details.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4, 6-7
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 5
B Street Pier, San Diego
http://www.ussandsculpting.com/

Check out various works of art involving sand sculpting and 3D printing this weekend in San Diego. Admission ranges from $5 to $17.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 4-6
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Tickets vary in price depending on the event attended, starting at $100.

2015 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 4
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 5-6
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

2015 Body Art Expo – San Diego
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 6
San Diego Concourse, Downtown San Diego
http://www.bodyartexpo.com/showsSanDiego.php

Check out this all-ages tattoo expo running all weekend at the San Diego Concourse in Downtown San Diego. Hundreds of tattoo artists from across the nation will fly in this weekend to deliver their works of art onto willing bodies. The expo will also feature live tribute bands, freak shows, a beer garden, hot body contests, tattoo contests, plenty of merchandise vendors, and more. Attendees interested in receiving ink should book an appointment with an artist – walking up to the artist may result in nothing if the artist fills up his or her schedule early. One-day admission costs $20, while a 3-day admission costs $45. Children under 10 enter for free with a paid adult admission, but note that no vendor will provide a tattoo or piercing to children. Please bring cash for parking, which may range from $5 to $10.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Hey Porter! Beer Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1492267914421729/

Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga will release a new beer this Friday evening, available for enjoying in the tasting room or to-go in growlers.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4-6
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.

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

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

Escape Craft Brewery Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/504303763061471/

Escape Craft Brewery will tap their beers at Wicks Brewing in Riverside this Friday night. No admission required – simply show up and enjoy a cold one.

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 4
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 5-6
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. This year, the organizers have shifted. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Iron Maiden Record Release Party
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 4
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/564287177060077/

Iron Maiden has a new album coming out, and Phantom Carriage will celebrate its release this Friday night with CD sales, “The Trooper” beer on draft, limited edition glasses, and a concert DVD on display. No admission required – simply show up, enjoy a cold one, and rock on.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/944973-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests. No one under 21 may enter.

13th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 5
Ventura Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturanationals.com/

Immerse yourself in a world of classic cars, local music, pinup models, and more at this rockabilly event in Ventura this Saturday. Admission costs $15 for adults or $10 for active military with ID. Children 12 & under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

New Blues Festival II
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 5-6
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://newbluesfestival.com/

Enjoy two full days of local blues music at this all-ages concert this weekend at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. General admission costs $25 for one day or $40 for both days. VIP admission costs $100 for one day or $180 for both days, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 5-7
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Leimert Park Village African Arts & Music Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 5-7
Leimert Park Village, Los Angeles
http://www.leimertparkvillagefestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages African cultural event going on all weekend in Leimert Park.

Pacific Media Expo 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 pm, September 5-6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://pacificmediaexpo.info/2015/

Immerse yourself in Eastern culture at this expo for all things Asian this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center. At this all-ages expo, attendees will encounter art, music, dance, entertainment, cosplay, fashion, anime, manga, comics, video games, merchandise, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and much more. Adult admission costs $40 for Saturday or Sunday, $30 for Monday, or $65 for the entire weekend. Children 6-12 enter for $30, while children 5 & under enter for free with paid adult admission.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 5
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.facebook.com/events/510129519151688/

Ride a motorcycle? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday early afternoon to get it washed by the HBHD Angels.

Four Sons Brewing 1st Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/foursonsbrewing

Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will tap a bunch of rare brews at their tasting room this Saturday. No admission required – simply show up, and enjoy some rare brews.

66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5-7
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 5
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Shoreline Jam – Reggae Festival
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5-6
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.queenmary.com/events/shoreline-jam/

The annual Shoreline Jam returns this Saturday to the Queen Mary with a plethora of reggae bands to highlight the stage all day. Admission starts at $45 and goes all the way up to $200 based on the package you select, while parking at the Queen Mary costs $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://www.summerandmusic.com/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.

Fight Like A Girl! A Sailor Moon Art Show
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Top Acid (The Frida Cinema), Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/858193250935384/

Check out this FREE and all-ages art show dedicated to all things Sailor Moon this Saturday night in Downtown Santa Ana.

Punk Rock ‘N’ The OC
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 5
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/551456211670108/

Rock out to local punk bands at this FREE show this Saturday night at the Slide Bar in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Funky Punky Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 5
The Church of Fun, East Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1489755874669365/

Discover the weird side of punk rock at this show this Saturday night in East Hollywood. The cover for this show costs only $5.

Coffee Floats with Black Ring Coffee
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 6
Long Beach Creamery, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/866311160121754/

Stop by Long Beach Creamery in Bixby Knolls this Sunday afternoon for delicious refreshing coffee floats for just $6 each.

Labor Day Weekend Punktanza
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1618746071738294/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE show this Sunday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Sunday night in Pomona. Admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door.

Long Beach has received the title of the most bike-friendly city in the United States, and they proudly displayed why at the 2015 Beach Streets Uptown event this past Saturday. Free to participate for all ages, this ciclovia event closed off a seven-mile stretch of roads in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach from 9am to 4pm, preventing vehicles from entering the area but allowing pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and the like to freely roam the streets. Throughout the day, visitors would find plenty of other things going on along this stretch of road, including live music, live entertainment, arts & crafts, vendors, services, and more. In addition, The Factory Gastrobar held a mini beer festival at their restaurant during Beach Streets, complete with over 16 beers to choose from, double the amount that their taps normally hold.

Beach Streets consists of a series of these ciclovia-like events throughout Long Beach, and they plan to hold more events like this in other areas of Long Beach later in the year. Stay updated with future events by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Factory Gastrobar’s Grilled Cheese Week
April 6-12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1407763742866137/

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

Abnormal Beer Co. Launch Party
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
The Cork and Craft, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/334690200054248/

Another brewery joins the illustrious San Diego craft beer family, and you can sample their brews this Tuesday evening in the Rancho Bernardo community of San Diego. No reservations required – simply show up, and choose from the cask or the three other core brews.

Matt and Kim – FREE Performance & Signing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3266/

Matt and Kim has a new album coming out this week, and to celebrate, they will have a FREE record-signing and performance session this Tuesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. Space will definitely run out, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Tastemade Bite Club: Country Fest
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 8
Tastemade Studios, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tastemade-biteclub-country-fest-tickets-16307333674

Enjoy some comfort food, local craft beer, and country music this Wednesday night for FREE. No one under 21 may attend.

Game of Thrones/Ommegang Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 8
Complex, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/783766921701038/

Basically, an Ommegang tap takeover. Come to Complex in Glendale this Wednesday night for some Ommegang beers and lots of Game of Thrones fun. $12 gets you a collectable Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven goblet plus a 10oz fill of any Ommegang beer.

Skacoustic Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/861667987210395/

Local ska bands will perform acoustic sets at this show this Wednesday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The event page does not specify a cover charge, so have cash prepared for it. No one under 21 may enter.

5th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/813691205413394/

This free and all-ages event celebrates the San Diego Padres’ annual opening game. This street party will have craft beer, live music, food, drinks, vendors, and more.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
Dudes’ Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1415026368802116/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Dudes’ Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Ragnar Relay So Cal 2015
5:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 10-11
Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/southerncalifornia

Take part in an epic overnight relay race that stretches from Orange County down to San Diego this weekend starting Friday morning. Grab a team, grab supplies, and make the trek from point A to point B, finally finishing at Crown Point in Pacific Beach.

Lucidity Festival 2015
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 10-13
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2015.lucidityfestival.com/

Basically, a music & art festival that spans an entire weekend, similar to Coachella going on this same weekend. This event runs nonstop from Friday morning through Monday morning. Lucidity requires many words to explain, which the website does a great job of. With dozens of stages, hundreds of vendors & artists, and endless activities, visitors will never run out of things to do here.

26th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 10-12
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

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.

2015 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 10
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 11
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

Taking place a week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Formula Drift competition utilizes the sharpest turns of the track to put on a show that everyone can enjoy. Feel the excitement as drivers throw on their best drifting performance while narrowly dodging massive wipeouts. Guests may also visit a vendor village, receive autographs from drivers, see the pits up close and personal, and more. Tickets vary in price, but general admission to the Saturday main event costs $40 plus fees up to $10. Parking at the convention center costs $10, so plan to carpool, take public transportation, or park in the neighborhood to the east to alleviate that parking fee.

Marina Del Rey’s 50th Birthday Bash & LA’s Marinafest Boat Show
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/mdr50/

Celebrate the 50th year of this historic landmark this weekend with some free and all-ages marine festivities. On Friday night, catch a free concert plus fireworks.

Ommegang/Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven Release Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 10
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/456686501153247/

Alpine Village gets the Ommegang Game of Thrones beers this Friday night, plus some exclusive glassware as well. No reservations required – simply show up, and enjoy some cold ones.

The Uprising @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/353350701518007/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $3 presale or $7 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual VinDiego – San Diego Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 10
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.vindiego.com/

VinDiego returns this year, bigger and better! On Friday, select small tastings and seminars will take place to allow guests to taste and learn about different wines. On Saturday afternoon at Liberty Station, enjoy tastings of over 75 different wines from California’s top wineries, and delicious eats from many of San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs. General admission presale costs $95 and allows entry at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $125 and allows entry at 3pm.

2015 Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 11
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $115 for the half-marathon, $55 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

FroYo 5k – Irvine
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.froyo5k.com/irvine/

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.

20th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Street Faire
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-20th-annual-uptown-whittier-arts-antique-spring-faire/

Check out over 90 vendors selling collectibles, jewelry, art, furniture, glassware, and more at this street fair this Saturday. Free to attend for all ages, guests will find many rare merchandise from local businesses and home vendors. Guests can dine at any of the local establishments, which will remain open under their normal business hours. Guests can park for free on the street in adjacent neighborhoods.

Downtown Burbank Arts Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11-12
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Olive, Downtown Burbank
http://dtnbur.com/

Check out hundreds of artists, street painters, sidewalk chalk artists, and more this weekend in Downtown Burbank. Completely free to attend for all ages, guests can exhibit the many art on display, create their own art with sidewalk chalk or other artists allowing guests to interact, or purchase art to take home.

7th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Fairgrounds, Perris
http://hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com/

At this all-ages kustom kulture festival, see all sorts of cars, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, vans, and more. Also catch some live music from bands like Agent Orange, Swingin’ Utters, and more. Admission to this event costs $10.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375483326082135/

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.

BUZZ•BEER•CURE
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 11
Local Tap House & Kitchen, Oceanside
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429226

For $25 admission, enjoy eight 8oz beer pours and food specials from Local Tap House at this beer tasting event this Saturday.

6th Annual San Diego Metal Swap Meet
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 11
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/323405207849478/

Metal fans will not want to miss this all-ages flea market for all things heavy metal. For just $5 admission, gain access to all sorts of vendors selling music, apparel, accessories, art, and more.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 11
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/810740632314114/

The IEBC celebrated their 6th anniversary this year, and they will tone down this year’s celebration unlike the previous years. This time, they will not have a festival nor sell tickets – they will simply have standard tasting room procedures with special brews on tap, as well as an extra food truck or two.

OC Brew & Bites Music Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 11
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://ocfoodbank.org/brewsandbites/

Craft beer and gourmet food collide at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon at the Anaheim Packing District. For $50 admission, gain access to beers from ten breweries, and food from six local restaurants.

King Harbor Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 11
King Harbor Brewing, Redondo Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/king-harbor-brewery-1-year-anniversary-celebration-tickets-16165401150

Redondo Beach’s King Harbor Brewing turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will hold a beer tasting event this Saturday at their tasting room. General admission costs $50 and comes with eight 12oz beer pours plus a bottle of their anniversary brew. “Option B” costs $25 but only comes with four 12oz beers and no bottle.

4th Annual Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet World Beer Festival
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.sfsswapmeet.com/

The Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet will hold an after-dark party this Saturday night featuring local cover bands and local craft beer. Tickets to this 21 & up fest cost $15 presale or $20 at the door, and include two beer pints and free parking.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1075129992515441/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 & The English Beat – Live in San Diego
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1608659166014616/

Get your skanking on at this ska show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $20 presale or $22 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Cafe NELA
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 11
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/726899774083617/

Catch some great local punk bands this Saturday night in northeast LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 12
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

Catch a free public parade this Sunday morning in Cambodia Town in Long Beach that celebrates the Cambodian New Year. Arrive early to find adequate parking.

Farm To Table Tennis
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 12
Stone World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1429284

Beer tasting, food pairing, and ping pong collide in this unique combination of events this Sunday afternoon in Liberty Station. For $40 general admission, gain access to this event with unlimited food samples and six beer pours. For $60 admission, attendees may enter the table tennis tournament; however, only individuals in the food & beverage industry may enter the tournament due to charity rules.

1st Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 12
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

Art lovers rejoice – Long Beach gets their own Zone Fest this Sunday afternoon. This free and all-ages event will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

3rd Annual Hwy 78 Festiv(ale)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 12
Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos
http://www.78festivale.com/

Taste great beers from breweries along the 78 Corridor at this mini festival this Sunday afternoon. Plenty of food trucks will come out too, making this a beer fest & food truck fest in one. General admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and starts at 1pm. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Miss California Icon Pageant
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 12
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.missiconpageant.com/

This Miss California pageant starts at 7pm this Sunday night. Contestants will actually need most of Saturday and Sunday free for rehearsals and qualifiers.

Hooligans United – A Tribute to Rancid
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 12
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/A-Tribute-to-Rancid-with-Voodoo-Glow-Skulls

A handful of bands, including Voodoo Glow Skulls, will pay homage to Rancid with this tribute show this Sunday night in the Constellation Room at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door.

San Diego Burger Week
March 27 – April 6
Participating locations, San Diego County
http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/burgerweek

Enjoy select specialty burgers from participating locations all over San Diego County during this 10-day period for just $5 each!

Citraholic IPA Release
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, March 31
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach/Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ will release another of their coveted IPAs this Tuesday night at both their Seal Beach and Long Beach locations.

Pundamonium: The Los Angeles Pun Slam
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 31
Ghengis Cohen, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1405251466452043/

Fancy yourself a comic? If you have the puns to make people laugh, you can win cash at this pun contest this Tuesday night in West Hollywood. No registration required – simply show up early and compete. First come, first served – they have a limit to the number of entrants.

April Fools Blind Beer & Wine Tasting
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 1
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/443159295849817/

Get into the holiday spirit with some booze at The Factory. Participants will blindly taste samples of beer or wine flights that will include one non-craft drink. Correctly identify the non-craft drink to receive the flight for free; otherwise, pay for it like normal.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 1
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/643431005761032/

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.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 2
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $25 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $10, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Luba Nude Yoga – Photo Exhibit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 2
Unknowngallery, Venice
http://www.unknownart.com/

Yes, nude yoga. I need not speak anymore. Free to attend, but no one under 18 may enter.

WonderCon 2015
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 3
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 5
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

Get your nerd on at WonderCon this weekend. Check out comic books, DVDs, action figures, artwork, signings/autographs, lots of cosplay, and more all weekend. Ticket prices for this all-ages expo vary depending on the preferred attendance method; for example, attending on Friday or Saturday for one day costs $20, while attending on Sunday only costs $10. If you want to avoid the parking fee, you can find free street parking in the neighborhood west of West Street.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1543014509319262/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a bunch of Hangar 24 beers on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and check out the selection.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 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).

5-Course Sustainable Seafood & Craft Beer Dinner
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 3
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/beer_dinner/

Eat some seafood and drink some beer at the aquarium this Friday night. Admission to this beer dinner costs $75. No one under 21 may participate.

Strung Out @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Strung-Out

Strung Out will begin touring this week, which includes a show in Orange County this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

West Coast Punk Invasion
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 3
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/342221325986257/

A bunch of awesome local punk bands will perform at this show in LA this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhood across the street.

The Movielife – Live in Southern California
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 3, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/746457-movielife-pomona/
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 4, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/770039-movielife-west-hollywood/

The Movielife will headline a triplet of shows in California this week, ending with these two Southern California shows. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25.

2015 Spring Forward 626Drift Event
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 4
Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosemond
http://626drift.com/

Get your drifting on this Saturday morning, or just come spectate. Participation costs $85 for drivers or $5 for passengers.

9th Annual Easter Festival & Food Truck Brunch
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, April 4
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-easter-festival-treasure-hunt-and-food-truck-brunch-tickets-15608278782

Enjoy family-fun Easter activities and various local food trucks this Saturday morning at the Orange County Market Place in Costa Mesa. Use the link above to receive admission for FREE; otherwise, admission will cost $2 at the door.

2nd Annual Filipino Sun Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://filipinosunfestival.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages festival taking place this Saturday in San Diego. At this Filipino-themed festival, find food, drinks, treats, music, dance, activities, games, vendors, demos, workshops, and more that all celebrate Filipino culture.

Hangar 24 Palmero Release Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, April 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/732303080147883/

Hangar 24 Brewery will release Palmero, the next of their yearly seasonal brews, this weekend. To celebrate, the tasting room will have Palmero available for pints, flights, and growler fills starting this Saturday. In addition, guests can enjoy live local music all day, and munch on some tacos later on.

5th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

After taking a year off, this gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to San Diego at its new home in Qualcomm Stadium. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $65, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-current-affair-pop-up-vintage-marketplace-spring-2015-tickets-15144623978

Check out over 40 vendors selling vintage apparel and accessories this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Regular admission costs $8 and starts at 1pm, while early entry for 12pm costs $16.

5th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Bourbon O.E. & Goldie Bottle Release
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 4
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/795753630514995/

Smog City Brewing in Torrance will release two barrel-aged beers in bottles this Saturday. For this momentous occasion, visitors can buy bottles to take to-go as well as enjoy the brews in the tasting room.

Deltopia 2015
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 4
Beaches of Isla Vista, Santa Barbara
http://www.facebook.com/events/403028739834618/

Bring out your floaters, because this Spring Break party will rock your boat. You will find everything stereotypical about Spring Break at this all-day beach party in Santa Barbara. Come mix & mingle with everyone here, meet new people, and enjoy the warm California sun.

Cosplay Spring Fashion Show 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/744727798933483/

Looking for a venue to show off your latest cosplay outfit? Want to see a bunch of other cosplayers without having to deal with the WonderCon crowds/registration? Check out this cosplay meetup this Saturday afternoon in Little Tokyo in Downtown LA, completely free to attend.

Taco Madness 2015
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 4
Villains Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://tacomadness.brownpapertickets.com/

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

2015 World Pillow Fight Day
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 4
Worldwide
http://pillowfightday.com/

Ever participate in a flash mob? No, not the kind of flash mob where everyone breaks out in dance. I speak of the infamous pillow fight flash mob. On April 6th, communities around the world will gather to unleash a fray feather-fueled frenzy on unsuspecting combatants. Due to the unorganized nature of a flash mob, no one can control what occurs, so anyone can join in, yet anything goes. Note that most locations take place in dense areas, so prepare to pay for parking. At the time, nobody has announced any Southern Californian events. Check the website for confirmed locations throughout the world.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Odd Market – Eagle Rock
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 9
All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock
http://theoddmarket.com/eaglerock/

A handful of gourmet food trucks and local vendors will swarm into Eagle Rock tonight for some bowling and local fun. Free to attend, simply drop on by and bring out your friends and family.

Bayside: On Tour w/ Senses Fail
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 11, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D73F3BD2E11&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Bayside-and-Senses-Fail
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 14, House of Blues, West Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D71C90A44EC&oid=0

Bayside currently tours across the world with Senses Fail, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week with three shows. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a show’s link above for ticket information.

Business & Beer @ Strand Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, March 12
Strand Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/329215447281477/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Strand Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Smog City Brewing – Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 13
Wicks Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/748982245209980/

Wicks Brewing out in Riverside will have a handful of Smog City’s brews on tap this Friday night.

Shattered Faith @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1604417626445950/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Bubble Run Irvine
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 14
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/los-angeles/

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.

2nd Annual Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 14-15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/street-machine-and-muscle-car-nationals-march-14-15-2015

Come see over a thousand muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods, and more at this weekend-long car show at the Fairplex in Pomona. Tickets cost $18 if purchased from participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, or $20 if purchased online or at the gate. Children can enter for $5. Bring cash for parking which may cost up to $10.

Select Beer Store’s 3rd Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 14
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/935979336421264/

Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach turns three this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare brews on tap for you to try. Stop on by any time this Saturday and try out what they have in store.

The Factory’s 6th Annual Eco-Green Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 14-17
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/375598209315502/

Starting this Saturday and lasting until Tuesday (St. Patrick’s Day), The Factory will bring back their annual green mugs for sale. The mug plus one beer fill costs $8, and any subsequent beer fills in that mug cost $5.50. Anyone with a mug from previous years can bring those back in and reap the $5.50 beers.

Long Beach Irish-For-A-Day Inaugural Parade
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, March 15
Pine Avenue, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.partyonpinelb.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday afternoon in Downtown Long Beach.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 14
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/3/14/anaheim-night-market-2

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

Title Fight – On Tour
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 14, The Regent Theater, Downtown Los Angeles http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/735107-title-fight-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 15, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/736177-title-fight-pomona/

Title Fight currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. The tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so click on a show’s link above for ticketing information.

Night of Punk @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 14
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537493046533202/

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

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque @ Cirivello’s Long Beach
9:30 pm – 12:30 am, March 14
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1409237889387726/

Enjoy a FREE burlesque show in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Leprechaun Leap 5K
7:00 am – 10:00 am, March 15
The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin
http://leprechaunleap.org/

Warm your body up for St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish-themed 5k run/walk this Sunday morning in Tustin. Registration costs $40 for adults or $18 for minors.

30th Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 15
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

The SOLD OUT LA Marathon takes place this Sunday morning. If you intend to commute anywhere near this, plan your route accordingly.

Graffiti Run – Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, March 15
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.thegraffitirun.com/locations/graffiti-run-los-angeles/

Love color runs? The Graffiti Run takes place this Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona. As a precursor to St. Patrick’s Day, runners may choose to wear green in addition to the standard white worn by color runners. These types of runs emphasize color and having fun as opposed to actually racing to compete, so a participant’s age or physical status does not matter. The first race starts at 9am, and heats of 500 runners take off every 20 minutes afterwards. Registration costs $50, and you must register online – no one can register the day of.

103rd Kit Collectors Expo
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 15
UFCW Local 324, Buena Park
http://www.kitcollectorshow.com/

Hundreds of vendors will gather here to showcase their model kits of cars, ships, planes, miniatures, armor, sci-fi/fantasy, space, and more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs just $5.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 15
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious seafood 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.

Punk Rock Show in Corona
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 15
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/757501200984344/

Enjoy some great local punk bands in Corona this Sunday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Chinese Cuisine Festival (SGV Chinese Restaurant Week)
February 6-15
Participating businesses in the San Gabriel Valley
http://www.iconunion.com/chinesecuisinefestival/

Explore the best of Chinese cuisine in the San Gabriel Valley during this week-long period of meal specials. Participating businesses will have various specials ranging from discounts to prix-fixe meals, so check the website for a list of participating businesses and see what each has to offer.

The Toasters: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 9, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach http://www.facebook.com/events/977034142323919/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 10, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/1521039158177710/

Famous ska band The Toasters will headline two shows tonight and tomorrow in Southern California. The cover for the Long Beach show tonight costs $8, while the Fullerton show tomorrow night costs nothing. No one under 21 may enter either show.

Savor Santa Ana
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 12
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

Cismontane Brewing – Tap Takeover @ The Factory
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/413270438850500/

The fine folks from Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing will take over the taps at The Factory in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach. Come on down this Thursday night to enjoy some crafty brews.

Business & Beer @ El Segundo Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, February 12
El Segundo Brewing, El Segundo
http://www.facebook.com/events/1582352505330949/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up El Segundo Brewing in El Segundo. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 12
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Cro-Mags – West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 12, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2297
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 13, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/195824
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 14, Los Globos, Silverlake http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/759981-cro-mags-los-angeles/

New York hardcore punk band Cro-Mags embark on a west coast tour starting this week in Southern California. The three Southern California shows all have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link above for more information.

San Diego Lunar New Year Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 14
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.lunarnewyearfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This all-ages festival will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks. Admission costs $5 for adults or $4 for children, with family packages available as well.

Single Hop – Downtown Santa Ana Beer Hop
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 13
The Good Beer Company, Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/beer/

Ring in Valentine’s Day with some craft beer in your life. This Friday night in Downtown Santa Ana, mix and mingle with many others at this unique beer tasting event. This event takes place across five locations in Downtown Santa Ana – guests start at The Good Beer Company, and from there can move on to C4 Deli, The Copper Door, 4th St. Market, and Native Son Alehouse in any order. Admission costs $20, and grants you a flight of craft beer at each location. Bring some cash for parking in Downtown Santa Ana, or park in neighborhoods a few blocks away for free. No one under 21 may participate.

Joyce Manor @ The Glass House
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 13-14
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/736299-joyce-manor-pomona/

Joyce Manor will headline not one, but TWO shows at the Glass House in Downtown Pomona this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $16. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in certain lots.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/396902153820546/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Insane Inflatable 5K Huntington Beach
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 14
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/huntington-beach-ca/

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $64 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 14-15
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/sandiego

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $17 for both days.

Cupid’s Undie Run
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
The Abbey, West Hollywood
http://www.cupidsundierun.com/city/los-angeles/

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by running about a mile in your skivvies at this fun run in West Hollywood. Registration for this run costs $55 per participant, and anyone interested can also register as a team. For full rules and regulations, please see the official website linked above. No one under 21 may participate.

6th Annual Brewbies Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 14
Bagby Beer Company, Oceanside
http://www.brewbies.org/

If you could not tell from the event name, this craft beer festival supports breast cancer research. Enjoy craft beer tastings from a multitude of breweries from across the nation during this four-hour tasting gala. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a glass, a bracelet, and one raffle ticket. VIP admission costs $75, and throws in four additional raffle tickets plus access to a VIP lounge with exclusive beers. Absolutely no one under the age of 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 14
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

Downtown Anahiem will see a variety of activities and exhibits this Saturday night. Visitors can expect to find tons of art exhibits, live music, food, food trucks, drinks, yoga, dance, and more. Visitors may park for free in the parking structure located at S Clementine Street and W Oak Street.

The Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque Valentines Day Special
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 14
Villain’s Tavern, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/992052554157360/

Enjoy a Valentine’s themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. No one under 21 may attend.

1st Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 15
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, San Gabriel
http://sglunarnewyear.org/

Celebrate the upcoming lunar new year with this FREE and all-ages festival in San Gabriel this Sunday afternoon. Visitors will find music, dance, art, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, tea garden, live calligraphy, fortune telling, and more.

4th Annual LA Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 15
Homenetmen, Glassell Park
http://lazinefest.com/

This free and all-ages expo will feature hundreds of local and/or independent authors and publishers sharing their magazines, comics, and other DIY material. Workshops and speakers will engage attendees with more material.

Ska Night @ Loaded Hollywood
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 15
Loaded Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1552480678325604/

Get your skanking on at this ska show this Sunday night in Hollywood, featuring the return of South Bay’s Just Like Before. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

11th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 18-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 19 – February 1
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 19 – February 1
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.

Cheese Week @ The Factory
January 19-25
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/648232371966407/

Two years ago, Downtown Long Beach had a Cheese Week. Last year, they had a Pepper Week. This year, we have not heard anything from the Downtown Long Beach camp. Until then, The Factory will host their own Cheese Week this week with different cheese specials each day.

Saosin with Anthony Green
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 19
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Saosin

Post-hardcore band Saosin will headline a show at The Observatory tonight. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30. Arrive early to get free parking at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Cosplay Photoshoot @ CSULB Zen Garden
10:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
CSULB Zen Garden, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559612120924673/

Got a cosplay costume that you want to show off? Come to this photo shoot this Wednesday in the Zen Garden located at the northwest end of Cal State Long Beach. As this takes place on a college campus, visitors may not freely park here. Visitors can find street parking on Atherton or the neighborhood north of it.

Dory Deli – Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 21
Dory Deli, Newport Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/583687015096996/

Dory Deli in Newport Beach will have their official grand opening next Monday. Until then, they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the chamber of commerce this Wednesday evening at 5:30.

Madball – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2276
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, Chain Reaction, Anaheim http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738277
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23, White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/738869
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 24, Jerry’s Pizza & Pub, Bakersfield http://www.ticketfly.com/event/738875-madball-bakersfield/

Legendary New York hardcore band Madball will play a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click on the show’s link for more information.

Mobile Deathcamp – Live in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 1:00 am,  January 21
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/705405139556615/

Release some aggression at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies & The Aggrolites @ The Troubadour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 21
The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.troubadour.com/event/727085-mad-caddies-los-angeles/

The Mad Caddies and The Aggrolites will embark on a west coast tour this week, starting with a show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood this Wednesday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17 presale or $20 at the door.

Keg For A Cause – Pink Boots Society
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
Bottlecraft, North Park, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/330008397204713/

On Thursday evening, stop by Bottlecraft in North Park to buy Pizza Port’s Tres Tuercas Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the proceeds will go to Pink Boots Society – San Diego.

Dogfish Head Flight Night
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 22
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1537796286502035/

Sip on some Dogfish Head beers this Thursday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra.

San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, January 23
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Nuke the Fridge Con (Special Edition)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 24-25
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights
http://nukethefridge.com/

While it normally occurs in November each year, Nuke the Fridge Con returns to Rowland Heights this weekend for a special event featuring Stan Lee of Marvel fame. This FREE event features dozens of pop culture vendors all selling various goods of video games, sports memorabilia, comics, and other collectibles. Anyone will surely find something here to satisfy their inner collector.

4th Annual Kites Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Claremont Sands Beach (Horny Corner), Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/605903379532016/

Bring out the kids to this kite-flying event this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach. Admission to this event costs $10.

Beer Geek Speedway Release Party
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, January 24
AleSmith Brewing, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1380631615576435/

AleSmith and Mikkeller have collaborated to brew up an imperial oatmeal stout with Kopi Luwak coffee, which goes on sale TODAY. This Saturday, the AleSmith tasting room in San Diego will have multiple variations of Speedway Stout available for the public to try.

Phat Con 2015
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 24
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/713657188681347/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

The Rookery 2nd Anniversary Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1075775

The Rookery in Downtown Pomona turns two this weekend, and to celebrate, they will hold an in-house beer fest for you to come get sloshed. Admission costs $40, and comes with unlimited beer pours plus a souvenir glass to take home. Expect mostly heavy and strong beers at this one – The Rookery does not slouch when it comes to beer selection. The Rookery has a full-service kitchen with their full menu available all day. No one under 21 may attend. Guests can find free parking around Downtown Pomona, and can avoid paying to park in metered lots.

2015 North County Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 24
Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
http://www.northcountybeerfestival.com/

North San Diego County has a beer festival this Saturday afternoon featuring over 25 breweries. Admission to this beer festival costs $42.50 for unlimited tastings while supplies last.

8Kalacas – Live in Van Nuys
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
White Oak Music & Arts, Van Nuys
http://www.facebook.com/events/489235587886250/

Go crazy at this skacore show this Saturday night in Van Nuys. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Eagle Rock Brewery 5th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 25
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/eagle-rock-brewery-5-year-anniversary

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 25
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lacookiecon.com/

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this one-day event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $21, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

2015 Bock Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 25
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.bockfest.net/

A unique beer fest of its kind, this winter fest celebrates the tasty brews of wintertime in a premiere setting. Primarily brewed in cold seasons, bocks originate in Germany, where the Germans love to brew beer full of flavor and alcohol while minimizing the alcoholic taste. These strong lagers appear darker than most beers, ranging from pale yellow like a pilsner to dark brown like a brown ale. Although this fest focuses on bocks and other German beers, many other microbrews will serve their amazing craft beers as well, such as Lagunitas, Fireman’s Brew, Weihenstephan, Affligem, and more. Local food businesses, such as Pink’s Hot Dogs, will serve food to those wanting to eat between or during beers. For $45 admission, attendees receive three hours of UNLIMITED beer pours starting at 2pm, plus a souvenir glass to take home. Upgrading to the $85 VIP admission allows entry an hour earlier for more entertainment and drinks.