Posts Tagged ‘The Federal Bar’

When the seasons change, many more things change than just the weather. Looking at the weather alone, Southern California currently experiences a massive heat wave that may make you believe that the seasons had not turned yet. The pharmaceutical industry has come under heavy scrutiny. Scientists have discovered flowing water on Mars. A drought threatens the inhabitation of California. As a society, we cannot accurately predict what radical event will change the world next, but we can brace ourselves for anything, as we always have in the past as an enduring society. We can also fall back on what we typically associate with this time of the year. Fall, as we know it, indicates pumpkins, red wine, NFL, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall harvest, especially the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, giving us a reason to gorge on Mooncakes. Looking at all these opportunities to feast on favorable foods, we should not overlook outdoor grilling, nor the foods prepared that way. Though the winds will chill the air more so than in the summer, many folks will still utilize the grill up through Thanksgiving. In homage of the veritable fall feast, take a look at these five burgers in the Greater Los Angeles Area that I highly recommend seeking out this season.

5. The Federal‘s Smokehouse Burger

When it comes to barbecue, nothing can beat the meats. Southern barbecue boasts all types of meats, from the smoked chicken to the pulled pork to the spicy sausages to the various beef types and much more. Barbecue restaurants typically limit you to a two-meat or three-meat platter. However, The Federal would like to break that barrier by delivering four different types of meat to your face. As a gastropub, The Federal focuses on quality and taste above all else. Between the craft food, craft beer, and craft cocktails, The Federal carefully creates everything from scratch, such as their Smokehouse Burger. A grilled Angus beef patty gets topped with smoked turkey, pepper bacon, BBQ pulled pork, and smoked cheddar all on a milk bun. For $16, you can experience this mountain of meat that can hardly fit in your mouth.

4. Burger Boss‘ Double Grassfed Beef Burger

As a basic human truth, humans want to have control. When one has control, they feel more comfortable. You may ask,”Control over what?” This can apply to just about anything: control over life, control over work, control over a business, control over simple choices, and more. This paves the way for customization, as it gives customers complete control over what they can order. We have plenty of build-it type restaurants, especially when it comes to sandwiches or pizza. We have not seen many customizable burger places up until now, where we have Burger Boss. Burger Boss may feel like a corporate business what with their multiple locations. However, they only have locations in Orange County and Riverside for now, so you can enjoy this local flavor with their Grassfed Beef Burger. At $8.99 for a double, you get to choose the bun, cheese, sauce, and regular toppings. Go premium for $1.19 per topping by adding things like turkey bacon or avocado.

3. Mighty Kitchen‘s Sliders

Would you consider sliders as burgers? Sliders tend to have a greater bun-to-meat ratio than burgers, which explains why I tend to avoid sliders, not to mention that sliders cost as much or more than fast-food burgers. Few places get sliders right, but luckily I discovered that Mighty Kitchen in Los Alamitos actually does a decent job at delivering fun and tasty sliders. You cannot order sliders a la carte at Might Kitchen – you have to order two or three, and they come with fries. I go with three sliders for $15.50 for the better value, and Mighty Kitchen carries many varieties of sliders, such as (pictured from left to right):

  • HHG (Hella Hot Guac): Chorizo patty, pico de gallo, pepper jack cheese, cholula, spicy mayo, housemade jalapeño pepper jelly, guacamole
  • Western Slider: Cheddar cheeseburger, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onion ring, pickle, BBQ sauce, special sauce
  • PBM Bacon Cheeseburger: Maple peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion, special sauce

2. Humble Potato‘s Karê-bága

Many foods have a region that they typically derive from. For example, schnitzel derives from German cuisine, gyros derive from Greek cuisine, and sushi derives from Japanese cuisine. Some foods have regional differences, such as curry. You can have British curry, Indian curry, Thai curry, Japanese curry, and more, and each type tastes different than others. Speaking of curry, sure you can find curry bowls at just about any Japanese restaurant, but what if you want to enjoy curry as something else? Enter Humble Potato, a humble eatery bringing cuisine from the land of the rising sun to the wild west. Despite the name of the business, Humble Potato carries more than just potatoes – they sling out awesome Japanese-inspired burgers as well, such as the Karê-bága (curry burger, get it?). At $12, this messy burger contains an Angus beef patty, slow-cooked Japanese curry, tomato, yuzu-jalapeño slaw, and a fried egg. For the true burger experience, dig both your hands in and smother your face with this burger.

1. Abricott‘s Abricott Burger w/ Korean Pork Belly

Traditional hamburgers contain a ground beef patty accompanied by an assortment of toppings, usually vegetables as a means of including something somewhat healthy in the burger. The changing times have led to many others ingredients getting thrown into burgers, including other meats, something that Abricott does very well. Locals recognize the small yet humble Abricott in Pasadena for the fusion menu that combines French, Vietnamese, and Thai cuisines. With so many options on the menu, one may overlook the simply titled Abricott Burger. At first, this burger sounds simple with seasoned ground beef, tomato, onions, lettuce, and mayonnaise on a brioche bun, all for just $11.95. However, Abricott turns things up a notch by allowing you to add Korean Pork Belly to the burger for just $1. Suddenly you have a phenomenal taste of the east in your hands. Surprisingly, each mouthful allows you to savor both the beef patty and the pork belly. Abricott does food well, and you ought to taste how well they do food by seeking out this burger the next time you find yourself in or near Pasadena.

2016 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 28-30
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.westernfoodexpo.com/

The food and hospitality industry will have its own expo this weekend, featuring many aspects from food, ingredients, equipment, accessories, services, and more. This time, they have opened the expo to the public, so you no longer need to work in the industry to attend this. Attendees should expect lots of food and drink samples, plus lots of information about businesses and the industry. Registration for an attendee starts at $65. No one under 18 may attend.

Haven Gastropub 7th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, August 29 – September 1
Haven Gastropub, Orange
http://www.havengastropub.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/668535763310192/

The long-standing Haven Gastropub turns seven years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have four days of food and drink specials at their restaurant in Old Towne Orange, where they will tap a bunch of rare brews for your enjoyment. They will also have a handful of food specials served during these days.

Great Society Cider & Mead’s Grand Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/160375111035292/

After weeks of launching as a soft opening, Long Beach’s Great Society Cider & Mead will finally officially open their doors to the public this Tuesday evening. They will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30, and will have a special cider available just for this day. Stop on by and enjoy some mid-week drinks.

11th Annual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend
10:00 am – 12:00 am, September 1
5:30 am – 8:00 pm, September 2
5:30 am – 4:00 pm, September 3
5:30 am – 11:30 am, September 4
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.

Flights 2nd Annual South Bay Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 1
Flights Beer Bar, Hawthorne
http://flightsbeerbar.com/

This Thursday, Flights Beer Bar in Hawthorne will stock all of their taps with only South Bay brewery beer. Come taste local flavor in one spot. This event has no admission fee or cover charge – simply show up and pay for drinks as you go.

To Live & Dine in OC 2016
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-1

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Aliso Viejo. Tickets cost $40 presale or $50 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Long Beach Psyclone Weekender
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 1-4
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. Thursday night costs $10, the weekend costs $30 per day, and the full weekend pass costs $80.

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-5
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 2-4
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.

Anime California 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 am, September 2
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-4
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.animecalifornia.com/

Anime, manga, and cosplay fans rejoice! Anime California returns this weekend to its new home at the Long Beach Convention Center. This 3-day expo contains hundreds of artist & vendor booths, various special events such as a masquerade ball, music videos, concerts, battle of the bands, fashion shows, dancing, video games, karaoke, cosplay gatherings & contests, and much more. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $60 for the entire weekend.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
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.

2016 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
8:00 am – 12:00 am, September 3-4
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.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2-4
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 2
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 2
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 3-4
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.

2016 Vegan Street Fair: Nights
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2-3
The Federal Bar, North Hollywood
http://www.veganstreetfair.com/

The vegans have their nights in North Hollywood this weekend. General admission costs $20 while VIP admission costs $40 that includes a “fast pass” for food lines. This event will operate similarly to a night market, where guests will still have to pay for any food or drinks they wish to consume.

La Fiesta de San Gabriel 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 2
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3-4
San Gabriel Mission, San Gabriel
http://www.sangabrielmissionfiesta.org/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to San Gabriel this weekend. Visitors will find food, entertainment, arts & crafts, activities, and more.

14th Annual Ventura Nationals Hot Rod & Motorcycle Show
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 3
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 III
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 3-4
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 $30 for one day or $50 for both days. VIP admission costs $125 for one day, and includes access to a VIP tent. Parking costs $8 per vehicle.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 3-5
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.

Four Sons Brewing 2nd Year Anniversary
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-4
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach
http://foursonsbrewing.com/event/four-sons-2nd-anniversary-celebration/

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

67th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 3-5
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 3
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.

6th Annual D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BrickToYaFace

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

8th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
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.

For What Ales Ya 2016
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 3
Maniac Mike’s Cafe, Upland
http://www.facebook.com/events/223705457992880/

$35 gets you admittance to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.

The Virus @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/thevirus

Punk rock band The Virus will make a rare appearance headlining an all-ages show in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost only $5. Arrive early to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, September 3
Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1222029-punk-rock-karaoke-san-diego/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in San Diego, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Ballast Point 20th Anniversary Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 4
Del Mar Racetrack, Del Mar
http://www.ballastpoint.com/og20/

San Diego’s Ballast Point reaches a milestone this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer and live music this Sunday evening in Del Mar. General admission costs $55 and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive ten 4oz beer pours, a souvenir glass, and access to the full venue grounds and music concerts. No one under 21 may attend.

American Craft Beer Week
May 11-17
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Hangar 24 Tap Takeover
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/1224167437724290/

Tonight, Hangar 24 takes over 12 taps at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Stop on by tonight and sample what Redlands can deliver.

Häagen-Dazs Free Cone Day
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 12
Häagen-Dazs, Nationwide
http://www.haagendazs.us/FreeConeDay/

Get one FREE ice cream cone this Tuesday evening at any participating Häagen-Dazs store.

Underground Comedy & Burlesque
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://longbeach.harvelles.com/event.cfm?id=200943

Enjoy a night complete with stand-up comedy and burlesque this Tuesday night in Downtown Long Beach. Admission costs $10, but use promo code DEE to gain admission for free!

Naja’s Place 7th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 13-19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/366165203591325/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Ballast Point Tap Takeover & Food Pairing
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 14
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/976917892332624/

Ballast Point will take over the taps at Far Bar this Thursday night. In addition, the folks at Far Bar will curate some exclusive dishes to pair with some of the Ballast Point brews. No admission or reservations required – simply show up, grab a seat, and order away.

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 14
Abigaile, Hermosa Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1569923869924450/

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 Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

4th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 14
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-taste-of-boyle-heights-tickets-15528038782

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $120 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

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

MDC – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 14, Los Globos, Silverlake, http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/812705-mdc-los-angeles/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 16, The Music Hall, Anaheim http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1388070

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC will headline a few all-ages shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices vary, so click on a link for more information.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16-17
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 15
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $25 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

Barley Forge Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/751825371598531/

Alpine Village in Torrance will have a lot of beers from Barley Forge on tap this Friday night. Stop on by and taste the beers from this powerhouse of a brewery.

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 15
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1108679739148742/

This Friday night, Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach will fill all of their taps with Ballast Point beers. No reservations required – simply show up, and have a taste of BP.

Punk & Oi Show in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401018453554711/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this FREE local punk show this Friday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

All Punx, All Ages, All Night
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 15
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/641920689285473/

Rock out at this local punk show this Friday night in Baldwin Park. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

Punk Rock Show in Laguna Niguel
9:00 pm – 12:30 am, May 15
Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1431426897153436/

Catch a FREE local punk rock show in Laguna Niguel this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

21st Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 16
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://www.muckcarshow.org/

See tons of cars, new and old, this weekend at The Muck in Fullerton. In addition, catch food trucks, local breweries, and local musicians as they accent this car festival. Admission to this event costs $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday.

Long Beach Touch-A-Truck
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, May 16
Granada Beach, Long Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-long-beach-touch-a-truck-sat-may-16-registration-16885486946

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

3rd Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

This two-day expo in Los Angeles celebrates women’s culture with shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning, and more. Other activities include spa treatments, massages, martini & wine tastings, retail therapy, celebrity keynote speakers, endless shopping, samples, and more. Admission to the expo costs only $10.

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

Doctor Who and Sherlock Crafts Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16-17
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1114443551915557/

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

17th Annual Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://www.tahwla.org/

At this free festival for all ages, guests will celebrate Taiwanese culture with live music, dance performances, food, games, raffles, merchandise vendors, art exhibits, and more.

19th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

6th Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 16
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://irvinekoreanfestival.com/

This free and all-ages event showcases Korean culture with food, drinks, music, entertainment, arts & crafts, and more.

1st Annual Inland Empire Salsa Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 16
White Park, Riverside
http://www.iesalsafestival.com/

This all-ages festival in Riverside will have salsa tasting, live entertainment, a kids zone, a talent competition, a wine & beer garden, and more. Admission to this festival costs $10, but does not include anything else, so have cash available to buy things once inside.

1st Annual Reader Tacotopia
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 16
Golden Hill Park, San Diego
http://www.readertacotopia.com/

Sample tacos from over 30 of San Diego County’s top restaurants, vote for your favorite taco, and enjoy live music and a cash bar at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in San Diego. General admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and includes two drink tickets. All guests have access to unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Civil War Drums & Gatling Guns
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16-17
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1655372114682653/

At this free and all-ages event, guests can spectate civil war reenactments and other old-time activities.

6th Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 16
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.veganbeerfest.com/

Taste the best of Southern California’s vegan foods and craft beers at the 6th annual LA Vegan Beer & Food Fest this Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. General admission costs $50 presale or $65 at the door and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $95 at the door, and starts at 12pm. All attendees will receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. All food comes at additional costs, so bring cash. No one under 21 may attend. Arrive early, and plan to pay for parking. The fest takes place outdoors, so prepare accordingly with sunscreen and clothes for hot weather.

Hangar 24 AirFest & 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Redlands Municipal Airport, Redlands
http://www.hangar24airfest.com/

Celebrate Hangar 24 Brewery’s 7th Anniversary with an all-day air show at the Redlands Municipal Airport, located just across the street from the tasting room. Guests gain entry into the airport, where they will witness aerial acrobatics, vintage planes on displays in the hangars, and fireworks shows at night. Live bands will play music all day, and food trucks will keep guests fed and full. Last but not least, Hangar 24 will unleash over 30 beers for consumption, including many rare and limited brews. General admission costs $15 but does not include any beer – guests must purchase drink tickets after entering.

The Bruery’s Copperversary
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 16
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1654471094781132/

The Bruery has grown so popular that they had to make their anniversary PRIVATE! Only The Bruery’s Society members may attend their anniversary event now, which features an astounding 160 different beers to try in a 4-hour span. Society members only need to pay $60 to attend this unbelievable beer tasting event.

2nd Annual Bite at the Beach
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 16
MBS Media Campus, Manhattan Beach
http://www.manhattanbeachchamber.com/bite-at-the-beach/

20 restaurants and 20 breweries come together to create an afternoon of beer pairings with food. General admission costs $75, starts at 3pm, and includes unlimited tastes of food and beer. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 2pm, and includes exclusive hors d’oeuvres and Samuel Adams barrel beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend. If you must take away one thing from this event, a major beer company sponsors it.

Anaheim Brewery’s Founder’s Day
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/746189972145788/

Enjoy specials beers, guests food vendors, and live music this and next Saturday at Anaheim Brewery.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 16
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $75 for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

20th Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, May 16
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

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

WineArtLA 2015
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 16
V Wine Room, West Hollywood
http://www.wineartla.com/

Sip on some wines and munch on some cheeses and charcuterie while admiring art at this wine & art gala this Saturday night. General admission costs $50, while VIP admission costs $150 and comes with a pre-event champagne reception, exclusive wines, tray-passed appetizers, and more.

Body Fine Art Competition
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 16
The Springs, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.bodyfineart.com/

Check out this one-of-a-king art gallery feature works of art on the human body. Using naked models as a living canvas, dozens of artists showcase their skills in devising living art to wow the audience. Guests will spend most of their time admiring all of the art and models while also enjoying live music, live entertainment, and more. Admission to this event costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, but this event will definitely sell out, so act fast on those tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

21st Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 17
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Escondido Downtown Street Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 17
Grand Ave, Downtown Escondido
http://www.escondido.org/escondido-street-faire.aspx

Here at this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find over 500 vendors, arts & crafts, food, drinks, games, live entertainment, and more.

5th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 17
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/sessionfest5

On the opposite side of strong ales lie session beers – beers lower in alcohol content while maximizing flavor. Brewers created session ales so that craft beer lovers can drink more in a session without going overboard, especially with strong ales or hoppy beers. Eagle Rock Brewery started Session Fest three years ago to encourage new craft beer drinkers to enjoy what breweries can offer, and they will repeat the fest again this Saturday. For just $15, guests will receive three pints of any session beer featured at the tasting room, in addition to keeping the glass they receive to drink out of. Guests may purchase additional drink tickets if desired. No one under 21 may participate.

3rd Annual Brew Rendezvous
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 17
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.sdchip.org/support-chip/brew-rendezvous.aspx

Support local businesses at this fundraiser/beer fest, where guests will receive beer and food from San Diego’s top breweries, restaurants, and farms. Admission costs $55, and comes with unlimited beer and food while it lasts. Non-drinkers may attend for $25. The venue typically covers parking; however, have cash available in case they decide to charge for parking that day. No one under 21 may attend.

Poolside Pig Roast @ Saltbox
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 17
Saltbox, San Diego
http://pigroastsd.bpt.me/

Enjoy a pig roast as a BBQ plate, sliders, or tacos – all you can eat! Admission costs $20 presale or $30 at the door, and includes one house Henebery Whiskey cocktail.

Taste of the Nation – Laguna Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 17
Montage Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach
http://ce.nokidhungry.org/events/taste-nation-laguna-beach

Sample culinary creations from some of Orange County’s greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $200 and runs from 3pm to 6pm, while VIP costs $275 and goes until 8pm. The price goes up $25 at the door.

Duane Peters Gunfight – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 17
The Federal Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/374965969353124/

Enjoy a local punk show in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter.

4th Street Market – Grand Opening
7:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 16
4th Street Market, Downtown Santa Ana
http://4thstreetmarket.com/

The next foodie paradise has arrived in Downtown Santa Ana, and they open their doors to the public TODAY. If you have visited the Anaheim Packing House, this place will feel very familiar. The 4th Street Market contains a plethora of food-oriented businesses that will surely provide for anyone’s eating needs. Stop on by anytime and check out what foods you have waited to try all this time.

The Adolescents: FREE Show @ Amoeba Music
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18
Amoeba Music, Hollywood
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-3216/index.html

Legendary punk band The Adolescents have released a new album, and to celebrate, they will perform a FREE all-ages show this Wednesday night at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. The band will also sign copies of the album, so bring cash to buy an autographed album for yourself.

Less Than Jake & Reel Big Fish – 2015 Winter USA Tour
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 18, The Grove, Anaheim http://www.citynationalgroveofanaheim.com/events/detail/reel-big-fish-less-than-jake
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D63A74F1E34&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, House of Blues, Hollywood http://www.houseofblues.com/losangeles/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D5F089A531D&oid=0

Ska bands Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish wrap up their winter tour in Southern California this week with these three all-ages shows. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on the link to see how much each show costs.

2015 U.S. Coffee Championships
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://uscoffeechampionships.org/2015-u-s-coffee-championships-coming-long-beach-ca/

Coffee lovers rejoice! Check out this all-ages coffee competition taking place at the Long Beach Arena all this weekend. Passes cost $10 for one day, or $15 for all four days, and grants access to sample all the amazing coffee available.

Craft Beer 101
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 19
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/930983893579889/

Join in on an introductory course for learning the joys of craft beer at this seminar this Thursday night at Alpine Village in Torrance. This session costs just $5 per person, and includes beer tastings. No one under 21 may attend.

Dogfish Head Pint Nite @ Naja’s Place
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 19
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/536974193072238/

Naja’s Place will have a handful of Dogfish Head beers on tap this Thursday night. Order a pint, and you get to take the Dogfish Head pint glass home!

Agent Orange @ The Federal Bar Long Beach
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 19
The Federal Bar, Downtown Long Beach
http://lb.thefederalbar.com/calendar/?event_id=5599125

A handful of local punk bands will perform at The Federal Bar in Downtown Long Beach this Thursday night. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 18 may enter. Bring cash for parking in the area, as the nearest free street parking lies about a mile away.

2015 Big Spring Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This free and all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more. Bring cash for parking, which costs between $5 to $10.

Tet Festival 2015
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.tetfestival.org/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this family-fun festival this weekend at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Costing just $6 per person to enter, this festival will feature hundreds of booths selling merchandise, crafts, food, and more. Children will love all the rides available, while everyone will enjoy the music, dance, and parade. Parking at the venue costs $7 – see the website for additional info on where to park for free and take a shuttle.

New Belgium Tap Takeover @ Alpine Village
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 20
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/404540636390164/

Alpine Village will switch their taps to a bunch of New Belgium beers this Friday night. Come on over and see what New Belgium has brewing up besides Fat Tire.

10th Annual San Diego Tet Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 22
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://www.sdtet.com/

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this festival all weekend at Mira Mesa Park in San Diego. Free to attend for all ages, this fest will feature many traditional music and dance performances, fashion shows, merchandise vendors, and plenty of food & drinks.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 20-21
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegobrewfest.com/

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend for TWO beer tasting events. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale and $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1545090555738497/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Cursive – 2015 Tour
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 20, The Echoplex, Echo Park http://www.theecho.com/event/704133-cursive-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 21, Glass House, Pomona http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/702909-cursive-pomona/
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 22, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5072/

Cursive’s 2015 tour swings through Southern California this week with these three shows. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on a link above for more information.

Angry Samoans: Live in Ventura
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 20
The Garage, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1526367120972150/

The Angry Samoans will headline a local punk show this Friday night in Ventura. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The 3rd Scott Pilgrim Picture Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 20
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/scott-pilgrim-picture-show-3/

Come together for a movie screening, lights show, sing along, food & drinks, and more. Tickets for this event cost $15.

Insane Inflatable 5K Los Angeles
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 21
Fairplex, Pomona
http://insaneinflatable5k.com/los-angeles-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.

African-American Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/african_american_festival/

Celebrate Black History Month at the Aquarium of the Pacific this weekend. For the cost of general admission into the aquarium, guests will get to partake in live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, dancers, music, storytellers, and more.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 21
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 22
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.socalpetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at its new location at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

24th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21
Valley Blvd & Garfield Ave, Alhambra
http://www.alhambranewyearfestival.com/

“Corporate America utilizes this venue to reach out to the Asian communities.” Meh. If you feel like checking out more Lunar New Year festivals, this free one will occur this Saturday afternoon on the street in Alhambra, blocking off traffic.

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://travelshows.com/losangeles

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 $16 for one day, or $25 for both days.

33rd Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food & Cultural Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 21-22
San Diego Chinese Center, Downtown San Diego
http://www.sdchinesecenter.org/

Free and open to all ages, this family-friendly event will include lion dance performances, acrobatics, martial arts demos, live music, drumming, dancing, and more. Over 50 booths will sell merchandise and food, while some will feature crafts for families.

Noble Ale Works 4th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 21
Noble Ale Works, Anaheim
http://nobleparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Noble Ale Works celebrates their fourth anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate, they will throw a beer fest at their brewery just like last year. General admission costs $40 and provides three hours (starting at 1pm) of over 30 different brews, unlimited pours, live music, food trucks, a souvenir glass, and more. For $10 more, enter an hour early to get a head-start on the day. No one under 21 may attend this event.

Guttermouth @ The Observatory
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 21
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Guttermouth-and-Counterpunch

Famous punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a matinée show at The Observatory this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages show cost only $5.

116th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
12:00 pm – 8:30 pm, February 21
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=203

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

Color Fun Fest 5K San Diego
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 21
Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista
http://colorfunfest5k.com/locations/san-diego/

Subject yourself to another color run at this color 5k this Saturday in Chula Vista. This event features two running events: one during the day, and one at night. Registration for this run costs $60 presale or $75 on the day of the event, if any tickets remain.

Punk Rock Sausage Fest
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 21
The Vu Bar & Lounge, Santa Clarita
http://goodcleanfund.com/punk-rock-foodies-sausage-fest-tickets/

Enjoy an entire day of local punk rock bands and sausages to eat at this all-day gig in Santa Clarita this Saturday. General admission for the show only cost $7 presale or $10 at the door. Admission with food costs $12 presale or $15 at the door. The event page does not specify an age limit, but I would not bring anyone under 21.

Angry Samoans @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/370406739798533/

Catch an all-star lineup of great punk rock bands at this show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ The Roxy Theatre
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://www.theroxy.com/event/705601-dickies-west-hollywood/

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show at The Roxy in West Hollywood this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $17.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 21
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1783611831863174/

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

Stone Belgian Fest
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 22
Stone Brewing World Bistro, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/956576

Enjoy an afternoon full of Belgian beers at this beer tasting event this Sunday afternoon in San Diego. Admission costs $50 and comes with 15 3oz beer tasters and a souvenir glass. The venue will have a limited menu specifically curated for this event to serve to hungry guests.

Iron Reagan & Exhumed – Meat n’ Greet @ Grill ‘Em All
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, February 22
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1559051587695139/

Two metal bands will arrive at Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this Sunday afternoon for a fan-meeting event. Come get autographs and photos with the bands, and enjoy an exclusive burger that the venue will serve only on that day.

Newport Beach Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary Brewfest 7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 22
Newport Beach Brewing Company, Newport Beach
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brewfest-brewco-20th-anniversary-tickets-14424029661

Newport Beach Brewing Co. will host their annual Brewfest this Sunday at their brewery. $35 gets you unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event, a change from previous years’ 12 tasters. The brewery’s restaurant will remain open for anyone wanting to eat.

Angry Samoans, Naked Aggression & Downtown Brown – Live at Gaslamp Long Beach
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 22
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/325064751032229/

A bunch of big names in punk rock will perform an all-ages show in Long Beach this Sunday. The event page does not specify the cover charge, so bring up to $20 cash to get into this show. Parking at the venue costs $5 if arriving after 5pm.

Summer has arrived, which means grilling season has landed upon us. As an American tradition, citizens officially start the grilling season on Memorial Day weekend, as that signifies many things. First off, on that weekend, Americans celebrate an important federal holiday to celebrate and honor the lives of those lost while serving for the United States Armed Forces. The weather starts to significantly heat up by this weekend, following the inconsistent weather of April and most of May. As a result of the warmer weather, Americans take advantage of a holiday weekend off of work until the next federal holiday, Independence Day, to gather some friends & family for a party involving grilling. When thinking about grilling for a group of people, what food exactly comes to mind? I guarantee that hot dogs and hamburgers top the list. The notion to purchase these items in bulk contributes to the misconception that these foods do not taste good. The phrase “You get what you pay for” has never applied as much as it does now, as most who purchase in bulk tend to pay low per individual unit. If you seek quality, you will have to drop extra money for it. Hot dogs tend to bear questionable ingredients, but true hamburgers still exist in this world. If you happen to find yourself in Southern California this summer, check out these five places to grab some of the best burgers you will ever have. One bite into these will change the way you look at hamburgers forever.

5. The Federal Bar‘s The Federal Burger

When a brand grows large in popularity and demand, one should expect that brand to expand the reach to a larger scope or audience. For example, Southern California’s own Slater’s 50/50 has recently opened their sixth overall location in the Inland Empire, while Eureka Burger has FINALLY concocted plans to expand into Los Angeles and Orange County. Not too long ago, when The Federal Bar in North Hollywood grew beyond their walls, they first opened up another restaurant right around the corner under the name Bow & Truss. Eventually the demand for Fed Bar grew so much that they had to expand past their little bubble in North Hollywood. As a result, they opened their second location in Downtown Long Beach this past April. Boasting nearly the same menu, The Federal Bar maintains the theme of a prohibition-era federal reserve bank while operating as a full-fledged gastropub. Along with a menu stocked with terrific craft beers, fine wines, and artisanal spirits, The Federal Bar serves up classic gastropub faire with a gourmet spin, which you can fully grasp in their namesake, The Federal Burger. Cooked to order, this burger comes with garlic chips, smoked cheddar, bibb lettuce, black peppercorn aioli, and balsamic onions on a brioche bun. For a manly meal, add some Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Tots, and order a Pale Ale. The combination of the garlic chips plus the balsamic onions creates a potent yet pleasing taste that unites tart with savory for a contrasting yet balanced finish. Remember that you can order this at both the North Hollywood and Downtown Long Beach locations, so you have no worries about distance, since one of them lies within your reach always!

4. The Bottle Room‘s Uptown Bacon Cheese Burger

More often than not, a hole-in-the-wall joint carries some of the best of the best. These places may not advertise much, but they focus on product quality and great service so that they get more business via repeat customers, but especially word of mouth. Other times, some great places lie way out away from urban sprawl in cities and/or neighborhoods no one would expect. Given today’s stereotype of the common hipster, one would expect trendy places to dine and shop at in cities like Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and a lot of other beaches. How often would someone tell you about a trendy place more inland, but not quite to the hills yet? Out in Uptown Whittier, many small-town business owners call Greenleaf Avenue their “Home Away From Home” because of how much the community strives to make it pedestrian-friendly to both locals and travelers. Regardless of the questionable level of safety of the outlying neighborhoods, one cannot deny the small-town charm of Uptown Whittier, especially in a little restaurant & pub known as The Bottle Room. This small and dark restaurant caters to a wide audience with their televisions behind the bar, their drink selection, and their food that they cook out of the smallest kitchen proportional to the dining area. In fact, the bartenders here have more space to move around in than the kitchen staff, which has to share their tiny space with the stewards. Do not allow the small stature of the kitchen fool you, as they can craft some unexpectedly delicious eats with their limited resources. Of particular note, they grill up an Uptown Bacon Cheese Burger with bacon marmalade, cheddar cheese, one big fried onion ring, and barbeque sauce. For best meal results, upgrade your side to their Sweet Potato Fries, which comes with a fried ginger seasoning and garlic aioli dipping sauce. Craft beer enthusiasts will want to pair this meal with an IPA. Skeptical about this place? They have all-day Happy Hour on Sundays, so head on in on Sundays, and bring friends and/or family and treat them to great eats with small-town charm.

3. Grill ‘Em All‘s The Berzerker

What happens when you unleash the fury of heavy metal guitarist & icon Zakk Wylde on the smash & grab heavy metal burgers of Grill ‘Em All? You get a face-smashing off-the-menu special that nobody can consume like any old burger, and this burger has nothing “any old” about it. As this year’s April 20th (4/20) special, the legendary guitarist teamed up with the boys from Grill ‘Em All to create the monsterpiece known as The Berzerker. This mammoth meal contains a half-pound burger over chipotlé ketchup and white truffle pomme frites, which gets topped with thick-cut bacon, cheddar cheese, a giant fried onion ring battered with Eagle Rock Brewery‘s Solidarity, and Hellfire Chili. If Grill ‘Em All carries it, pair this brute with a red ale. On April 20th, 2013, any bloke brave enough to order The Berzerker received their burger with TWO beef patties. Grill ‘Em All still carries The Berzerker as a secret menu item, but only for a limited time, so act fast on it! If you feel bold enough to attempt to conquer The Berzerker in its original form, request it that way when you order. Do not forget to take pictures or video tape it to cement your heavy metal legacy.

2. The Morrison‘s Filet Burger

I curse Panera Bread for a cashier once asking me if I wanted more bread with my bread. How often do you get asked if you want to add more of almost the same thing? For example, what if you ordered a baked potato, then your server asked if you wanted to add some fries to that? Well everyone should limit their bread and carb intake, but that kind of talk belongs to fitness instructors. Needless to say, depending on the situation, sometimes adding more comes with greater benefits. In these cases, they call it an ‘upgrade’ of sorts. To make things different enough so that it does not feel like simply an upgrade, use two different lines of thoughts or products.  North of Los Angeles up near Atwater Village, The Morrison has taken traditional Scottish cuisine and added a dash of American insight to create a menu more appealing than just upgrades to the standard American gastropub faire. In addition to Happy Hour seven days a week, The Morrison employs a featured Burger Of The Month. However, they retain the more popular burgers on their standard menu, including their famous Filet Burger. Sitting between a sliced English muffin, port salut cheese gets sandwiched between filet mignon and a thick burger patty seared with marrow butter, which then sits on a bed of coleslaw and remoulade sauce. The menu says the burger comes with fries; however, I did not ever receive fries with my burger. Regardless, I did not come here just for some fries, and neither should you. You should come here for this epic burger with an explosion of meatiness and meat flavor. Words cannot accurately describe how the marrow butter affects the burger patty, but expect a sort of crisp texture from the outside of the patty full of meaty fatty flavor that holds the juice all inside the patty. To cut through all that savoriness, order an Imperial IPA to pair with this burger – if the Morrison does not carry an Imperial IPA, a standard IPA will suffice. The Morrison’s assertive servers will ensure you receive the best food & drinks they can offer. If you can get past the male servers’ Scottish gruffness, you will grow to love this place.

1. The Back Abbey‘s Back Abbey Burger

Any new business owner can dump a lot of money on marketing and public relations. Entrepreneurs need to discover all possible means of getting the brand out to the public, whether free or paid. Using the internet for social networking comes with no monetary cost other than time and research. Using other media may require a cost, such as a local publication, or through the use of a coupon, such as with Groupon or Living Social. However, the marketing and public relations will never matter if the brand does not deliver a product or service that the public crave. The public has to want what the brand has to offer – the marketing simply drives new customers to the brand. In the long run, a great product and/or service will get customers coming back for more, and eventually more customers will come in thanks to word of mouth. Despite a location off on the side of the beaten path, The Back Abbey has long established their legacy as the go-to gastropub for worldly drinks and worldly cuisine that employs international cooking techniques to deliver an unexpected spin on expected dishes. With an old English themed interior, The Back Abbey appeals to all ages with its quaint design, the dimly-lit dining area, the close interpersonal tables, and the unbelievable menu that everyone will want to share. Of course, you want to have your plate to yourself, especially after you take one bite into the Back Abbey Burger. Before I explain what sits on this burger, I have three words: double caramelized onions. Look at that bed of onions beneath the burger. Imagine how juicy, how soft, how sweet and how meaty those onions must feel and taste to hold that burger up. Aged gouda cheese, Niman Ranch bacon, mustard aioli, and micro greens top off this burger, all sandwiched between a sliced brioche bun. I have no idea who came up with this combination of ingredients, but I praise an upper deity for gifting a chef with the knowledge to produce one of the best burgers of all time. No set of words can describe how this all tastes other than the right balance. Each ingredient works harmoniously to contribute towards the big picture of constructing this gold standard of burgers. All burgers come with a side salad, which I suggest eating first since the burger may overwhelm your palate if you have not prepared your palate. As The Back Abbey serves mainly Belgian or European beers, you may not always find an IPA to pair with this burger. Instead, inquire from your server if they carry a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, or anything close to that. You may go as light as a Belgian Golden Ale, but I advise against any beer lighter than that. If you find yourself in the Claremont area, you may feel tempted to visit Eureka Burger or even Beer Belly Deli. Opt to try out The Back Abbey if you have not already gone there. Your friends will feel jealous that you ate from there first.