Posts Tagged ‘The Other Place’

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa returned to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this past 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.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach

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.

Orange County Psycho Punk Fest #4
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 2
House of Blues, Downtown Disney, Anaheim

A bunch of Orange County punk bands will perform on TWO stages at the House of Blues this Tuesday night. Tickets to this show cost $10, but contact any of the bands directly to score free tickets. I also have extra tickets, so reach out to me if you want free tickets as well. No one under 18 may attend this show. Guests may park for free for up to five hours with the show’s wristband, so plan your arrival accordingly.

Stiff Little Fingers – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 2, The Observatory, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 3, El Rey Theatre, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles

Stiff Little Fingers will headline two shows in the greater Los Angeles area this week. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $25. The band will also have copies of their new album, No Going Back, available for sale, so have some extra cash available if you want to purchase a copy.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana

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

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 4-6
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Huntington Beach Food, Art, & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 5
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, September 6-7
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach

Get lost in a sea of people at this massive festival this weekend on the beach in Huntington Beach. Find BBQ, art, live music, beer, and plenty more to see & do all weekend. Tickets cost $20 for all-access, $15 for food & music only, or $35 for reserved seating. Admission does not include food – all attendees must pay for food separately.

3rd Annual Reader Feast
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 5
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale and $60 at the door, starts at 6pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $40 presale and $80 at the door, starts at 5pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

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

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

16th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles

Just a week after the Long Beach Greek Fest, the LA Greek Fest will basically have the same things: food, drinks, desserts, music, dancers, games, rides, and more. Admission to this all-ages festival costs $5 per person per day.

The 17th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Dubbed as the FIRST Lobster Festival, the organizers from the Long Beach Crawfish Fest and OC BBQ Bonanza will bring tons of lobsters to Rainbow Lagoon Park this weekend. In addition to all the lobster, the fest’s additional variety will include local music bands, dancers, artists, and more. Prices vary, but pre-purchasing tickets online will save you $2 each. Active U.S. military personnel can enter for free! As with any event in this area, attendees will have to pay for parking. You can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

OC Weekly’s 11th Annual Decadence
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 5
Hilton, Costa Mesa

Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, dancing, and more. This festival for the senses will feature over 30 local restaurants, live music & DJ’s, local dance performers, signature cocktails, wild animal exhibits, and more. All-inclusive admission costs $35 presale, or $40 at the door if any tickets remain. No one under 21 may attend.

Reunion Ale Fundraiser
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 5
The Surly Goat, West Hollywood

Come sip on some rare brews while raising money for charity this Friday night at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood. Buy any of the featured brews, and a portion of the sales will benefit bone cancer research. Visitors may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win bottles of the special brews to take home.

Skunk & Pedz Birthday Blast
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 5
The Airliner, Los Angeles

Catch some local punk bands in northeast LA this Friday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should look for street parking in the neighborhood across the street.

Decry in Santa Clarita
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
The Vu Bar, Santa Clarita

Local punk bands play a benefit show this Friday night in Santa Clarita. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Naked Aggression in Riverside
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside

Naked Aggression will headline this show in Riverside this Friday night with some local up & coming punk bands. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Good Riddance – Two Shows
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, September 6, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Good Riddance will headline two shows in Southern California this weekend, one in Thousand Oaks on Friday night, and one in Long Beach on Saturday night. Tickets to both of these shows cost $15. For the show in Thousand Oaks, any attendee under 21 must enter with an attendee over 21. For the Long Beach show, admission at the door costs $17 if the show has not sold out by then, and no one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

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

2014 Grape Day Festival + Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 6
Grape Day Park, Escondido

Bring out the family to this all-day celebration at the park. In the morning, a 5K race will take place around the park. At 9:30am, a local parade will run through Downtown Escondido. From then until the end of the celebration, a fair will take place at Grape Day Park, free to the public to attend. In addition, a wine & craft beer tasting pavilion will take place from 11am to 3pm. Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, September 6
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Go on a nice 5k run down on the beach this Sunday morning starting at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. All participants who register prior to race day will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, and a ticket to the aquarium with registration. Registration costs $44 for children, and $52 for adults. Aquarium members can save $12 on registration. Bring cash for parking in the aquarium parking structure.

Solana Beach Super Tasty 5k
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, September 6
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, San Diego

Participate in a 5k unlike any other! This 5k course contains numerous restaurant stops that all participants must stop by and eat the required amount of food before moving on to the next. Typically runners avoid racing with food in their stomachs, but this run encourages running on a full belly. Registration for this run costs $40 per individual, with various price options for groups.

The 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine

The OC Brew Ha Ha returns for its fifth annual iteration this Saturday at Oak Canyon Park in the hills of Irvine. Benefiting the Local 3631 Firefighters Union, this craft beer festival will feature over 70 different breweries, over 150 different beers, many food trucks, seminars from beer experts, live entertainment, and more. General admission costs $45 presale, $55 at the door, and begins at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $60 presale, $70 at the door, and begins at 12pm. All beers will cease pouring at 4pm, leaving the final hour to sober up and find food.

Speaking of transportation, ensure that you look up the location prior. Cell phone signals do not reach Oak Canyon Park, so once you arrive, expect to turn off your phone to conserve battery. Oak Canyon Park only has two ways to exit, both of which always have police stationed to catch drunk drivers. The toll-free method to arriving involves taking the 55 freeway, exiting Chapman Avenue, and driving east until you reach the park.

Remember: if you have any questions, send me a tweet @OnePunkArmy – I have attended the Brew Ha Ha before, and driven to Oak Canyon Park numerous times.

4th Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 6
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. The $40 admission gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

California Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, September 6
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas

If for some reason you decide to go to this beer fest instead of OC Brew Ha Ha, I will not stop you. Tickets to this beer fest cost $45. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East End, Downtown Santa Ana

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

Ranch Roundup – Whoop It Up For Kids
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach

Feast for a cause at this family-friendly fundraiser in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Enjoy live country music, line dancing lessons, open-pit barbecue, cowboy/cowgirl costume contests, silent auctions, vendors, arts & crafts, poker tournaments, and more. Admission to this event costs $125 per person and includes parking and food. All auctions, vendors, and card games come at their own cost.

6th Annual BuskerFest
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
East Village Arts District, Long Beach

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.

Guttermouth @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a small show at Tiki Bar this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The 25th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach

This car show will completely take over 2nd Street and its side streets this Sunday. Come see over 700 cars on display while walking the streets of glorious Belmont Shore. Completely free to attend, your best bet at parking will reside somewhere in Belmont Heights i.e. north of 2nd Street.

2014 Harvest Moon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 7
Arcadia County Park, Arcadia

Considered an Asian Thanksgiving, this all-ages Asian cultural festival will take place this Sunday afternoon at Arcadia County Park. Completely FREE to attend, guests will find food, drinks, desserts, live entertainment, games, rides, a kid’s area, and more. Guests can park for free at the Santa Anita Racetrack by entering Gate 5 and taking the shuttle once inside.

Four Sons Brewing – Grand Opening
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, September 7
Four Sons Brewing, Huntington Beach

A new brewery joins the prestigious list of Orange County breweries and opens their doors to the public this Sunday afternoon. Four Sons Brewing out of Huntington Beach will have five taps ready for their opening day, plus a special keg that they will tap halfway through the day.

Crust Punk Night @ The Other Place
7:30 pm – 12:00 am, September 7
The Other Place, Anaheim

Rock out this Sunday night at The Other Place in Anaheim. The cover for this all-ages show costs only $5.

Seal Beach Restaurant Week + Chili Cookoff
November 12-16
Various locations, Seal Beach

Seal Beach sees their first-ever restaurant week starting this Tuesday. Over ten of Main Street’s restaurants will offer food & drinks specials during this time. In addition, catch the Chili Cookoff this Saturday from 2pm to 5pm at Hennessey’s Grill. For $10, sample chili from all the participating restaurants, and vote for your favorite too.

Murder City Devils and T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 12
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Catch some original punk this Tuesday night at The Observatory in Orange County. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. Arrive early enough and you may park for free at the venue’s parking lot. Arrive too late, and end up parking down the street at a parking lot for $10.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 14
Downtown Los Angeles

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.

Los Gatos Locos @ The Other Place
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 14
The Other Place, Anaheim

For $8, check out this show with psychobilly and punk bands playing all night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Misfits, The Dickies, D.I., and The Attack
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 15, House of Blues, Los Angeles
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 16, The Observatory, Santa Ana

Some big names in punk rock come to Southern California this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25, but will likely sell out, so act quick!

OC Punk Night
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, November 15
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana

Local punk bands play at Malones this Friday night. Guests should park down Halladay St. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 16-17
Frank & Son’s, Rowland Heights

Check out Nuke the Fridge Con happening this weekend in Rowland Heights. This FREE event features many famous people in the comics industry, such as Sarah Underwood, Stan Lee, and more. The first 100 guests on Sunday receive a goodie bag! Cosplayers will want to stick around on Sunday for the costume contest at 2pm.

2013 Long Beach Folk Revival Festival
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, November 16
Pine Avenue & 7th Street, Long Beach

This all-ages event will showcase over 20 folk and roots music acts. Other highlights include the Port of Long Beach Kids Pumpkin Patch, Polly’s Pies pie-eating contest, and the LB Beard Advocates mustache/beard contest. Local craft breweries and a variety of food trucks will serve food & drinks to attendees. Early bird tickets cost $5, while seniors older than 75 and children 12 & younger can enter for free.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.

Helm’s Brewing 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 16
Helm’s Brewing, San Diego

Helm’s Brewing turns one this week, and to celebrate, they will throw a festival complete with beer, food, live music, and more. General admission costs $30, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited beer tasters plus the souvenir cup. VIP admission costs $40, and starts an hour sooner. Select from over 14 beers, both old and new, and enjoy your day at Helm’s Brewing.

Beverly Hills Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 16-17
Hyatt Century Plaza, Century City

At this premier gala, over 50 chefs will prepare culinary samples for guests, while they sip on drinks from the over one hundred available wines, beers, and spirits. A VIP pass costs $300 and starts at 1pm, while general admission costs $150 and starts at 2pm. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, November 17
Birch Theater Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 17
Marine Stadium, Long Beach

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at four different locations: Culver City, Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Those who have attended Renegade Craft Fair will view Patchwork as a hybrid of that and a traditional art fair. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.

L.A. Works Holiday Beer Garden
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, November 17
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles

Enjoy live local music and local craft beer at this beer garden this Sunday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and includes unlimited beer tasters plus a souvenir cup. VIP admission costs $90, and also includes free food plus no line-waiting. No one under 21 may enter.

Legendary hardcore punk band MDC currently tours throughout the US and Australia, and that tour came through Southern California this past weekend, and will return again next week. As one of the most influential hardcore punk bands from the early 1980’s, MDC helped pave the way for today’s hardcore punk, thrash, and metal bands. Not only has their lineup changed drastically since inception, but the MDC acronym has changed throughout time too. You can bet that their ability to rock has not changed, as they show no signs that age will get them down with this intense and barbaric show in a tiny venue.

Local punk band Vindictive opened the night to an already packed house. For most of their set, their vocalist sounded muffled through the mic, so I could not hear them at their clearest. This did not stop the pit from already starting. As an all-ages show, the kids came out in full force this early, starting the pit and dragging the crowd into it with them. Vindictive’s hardcore sound fueled the pit’s momentum quite nicely, setting a positive pace for the rest of the night.

LA thrash punk band SMD joined us on stage next. Now with the real heavy music starting to settle in, the crowd all gathered as tightly as possible around the stage. Does anyone know what SMD stands for? They never revealed it that night, but true fans may know its true meaning. They may even follow the MDC model by altering the acronym over time. With the night turning into more of a metal show with each band, the crowd would eventually shift towards the metal side, with all the punk kids gradually leaving and the metalhead adults coming forward.

For an out-of-town band, Worthless Eaters sure put up a good show. This grindcore band from Portland, Oregon truly delivered a typical death metal sound, with the altered screaming and incessant instrumentals. As the punk kids dispersed from the pit, Worthless Eaters tested the true wherewithal of the crowd to see if they can handle the physicality of a metal pit. Although I give props to the regular people in the pit, they did not stand a chance against bigger guys. This weeding out of the weak from the strong benefited everyone by forming a tougher pit wall of people.

Another out-of-town band, Wartorn, got more involved with the crowd by performing practically in the pit. This hardcore crust punk band from Wisconsin utilized two different vocals for layers of lyrics. Combining styles from Poison The Well and Curl Up And Die, the lead vocalist provided the audible lyrics, while a guitarist at the back provided the death metal voice. Wartorn does a stellar job at blending different styles of music to create their own sound, so check them out while they still tour. And yes, they do have a female bassist.

The death metal sound would start to calm down once Opposition Rising set up on stage. Comprised of former members of hardcore punk band Toxic Narcotic, Opposition Rising badly wanted the entire room to rise up and destroy everything. By sending the pit to the back of the room, they aimed to generate a venue-wide pit, rather than the small area in front of the stage. Whether or not the crowd jumped into the pit, Opposition Rising still delivered a killer set with their politically charged messages and furious bouts of anger. They set the room up perfectly for the headlining band coming up next.

Leaving nothing behind, MDC stomped onto the stage to a tense and eager crowd. Famously known as Millions of Dead Cops, MDC now runs under the acronym Multi-Death Corporation, as MDC changes the acronym’s meaning with every new album release. Instead of dealing with greetings and introductions, MDC preferred to jump straight into the music, as they brought a long set list to go through. MDC did not even follow the set list straight through – they jumped around the set list, leaving everyone guessing the next song. MDC also managed to finish what Opposition Rising started with a venue-wide mosh pit. As a punk show with lots of metalheads, this pit lies far from the average punk show pit, as this pit involved lots of fists and elbows. One guy left halfway through the set with a blood-covered face. He eventually returned to the pit, as he simply did not want to miss out on the legend known as MDC.

Miss this MDC show? You can catch them again next week at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Pay close attention to Alex’s Bar next week, as they have three consecutive days of punk rock there.

The Dead Ships, Death Hymn Number 9, and Death Valley Girls @ The Roxy
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 7
The Roxy, West Hollywood

Famous Deads come to The Roxy this Wednesday night for a wold night of rock & roll and partying, as The Dead Ships, Death Hymn No. 9, and Death Valley Girls play this show. In addition, adult film star April O’Neil will DJ between sets. As a motorcycle themed show, any guest riding a motorcycle will not only enjoy free parking, but will enter the show for just $3. All other guests can enter for $5.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
Downtown Los Angeles

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.

2013 D23 Expo
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 9-10
9:00 am – 6:30 pm, August 11
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

The world’s largest Disney expo returns this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. Situated just across the street from the Disneyland Resort, tens of thousands of Disney fans from around the world travel here to find all things Disney here, from merchandise vendors to autograph sessions to costume contests and more. Attendees may also catch a sneak preview at Disney’s new upcoming animated movie, Frozen. One-day admission for non-D23 members costs $57 for adults and $47 for children 12 and under. A weekend pass for non-D23 members costs $166 for adults and $136 for children 12 and under. I HIGHLY recommend early arrival – with so many people trying to get in, expect to wait in long lines if arriving mid-day. Parking will cost a pretty penny – consider getting dropped off, or park in the neighborhoods to the west.

26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm, August 9
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 10-11
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $55. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Brew at the Zoo
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 9
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. Admission costs $45 presale, and includes fourteen 4.5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals.

MDC, Opposition Rising, Wartorn, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 9
The Other Place, Anaheim

Legendary hardcore punk band Millions of Dead Cops (MDC) currently tour throughout the US and Australia, and that tour comes through Southern California this weekend and again in two weeks. Catch them and a handful of other great local punk bands this Friday night at The Other Place. This all-ages show cost $9 to get in, and comes with a full bar for guests 21 and over.

Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10
The Starting Gate, Los Alamitos

Come see lots of surf music bands perform this benefit show. This all-day all-ages show costs $30 to attend.

8th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff

Want a little exercise, socialization, and bonding with your dog? Come enjoy dog contests, custom pet products and animal adoptions. Vendors will display the latest dog products and much more. San Diego County’s largest dog-centric event draws thousands attendees from all over San Diego to see over 200 vendors, dog contests, live music, food, an agility course, a doggie photo booth, doggie crafts and a large silent auction. Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees should park at or near Encinitas City Hall and take the free shuttle.

81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 10-11
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach

This contest to build a unique and fascinating sand sculpture takes place over two days this weekend. Most of the building will take place on Saturday, with Sunday allocated mainly to spectators. All participants will get featured in local media, such as The Press Telegram. Interested individuals and/or teams may register for FREE, and all participants and spectators will find vendors, live music, food, and a kids’ area on both days.

2013 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
Fairplex, Pomona

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

Summer Sun & Art Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 10
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach

This weekend, guests of all ages can find juried fine arts, contemporary crafts, handcrafted items, entertainment, delectable edibles, unique offerings, and more all at The Pike in Downtown Long Beach, completely free to attend.

2013 South Bay Food Fest
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 10
StubHub Center, Carson

Check out over 25 of Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks all in one location, accompanied by live music and plenty of kids’ activities. This all-ages fest costs $10 presale and $12 at the door, and includes free parking. All food comes at cost, so bring plenty of cash to munch on food all day.

Mitsuwa Summer Festival
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 10-11
Mitsuwa Marketplace, Torrance

Come experience Japanese culture over the weekend! Completely FREE to attend for all ages, visitors will find games, arts, crafts, food, music, dance, karaoke, and more. Mitsuwa Marketplace will remain open for regular business during this time as well.

The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 10
38 Degrees Ale House & Grill, Alhambra

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 5pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price. Downtown Alhambra provides plenty of options for free parking, so avoid paying for parking around here.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 10
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

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 – Girls On Film
10:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 10
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Saturday night with their Girls On Film show. Catch them performing at 10:00 and 11:00 this night. No one under 21 may enter. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 11
Fairplex, Pomona

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

17th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 11
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista

This street fair in Chula Vista will have food, arts & crafts, live music, dance, entertainment, and lemons everywhere. Completely free to attend for all ages, visitors should park in the neighborhoods south of 3rd Avenue.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns five this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $45 presale and $50 at the door, and comes with ten 5oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts. Attendees may purchase additional beer pours if desired.

2013 Ecuadorian Festival & Parade
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 12
Olvera Street, Los Angeles

The parade starts at 11am on Broadway & 8th St, goes north on Broadway until Temple St, then turns on Main St, ending at Olvera Street. The parade will have cars, dancers, drill teams, beauty queens, and other businesses. Olvera Street will have Ecuadorian food, arts & crafts, music, vendors, free health screenings, lots of free gifts, games, and a variety of products, services and information provided by all type of exhibitors.

29th Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 11
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego

Have fun at this street fair in Hillcrest this Sunday with games, activities, vendors, live music, food, a beer garden, and more. Free to attend for all ages, visitors should park at the San Diego School District Building on the east side of Hillcrest.

Ballast Point 17th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 11
Maritime Museum, San Diego

Ballast Point Brewing turns 17 soon, and would like to invite you to come celebrate with them! At the San Diego Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon, guests can find all things Ballast Point, as they enjoy their drinks aboard historic ships and submarines. Ballast Point will provide over 40 different beers, which will include rare beers and some unreleased beers. Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the venue. Local food vendors will also set up for guests that get hungry, although food comes at its own price. Admission to this one of a kind beer fest costs $40, which includes full admission to the museum, fifteen 3oz beer tasters, and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 11
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach

Come on down to The Pike this Sunday afternoon and enjoy art and cars on the grassy knoll! Spectators of all ages can attend for free. Anyone interested in showcasing their classic car in this show must register their vehicle for $15 prior to the event or $20 on the day of.

Litmus Green, Rum Rebellion, Absinthe Rose, and more @ The Other Place
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 11
The Other Place, Anaheim

Bring back the holidays with this international punk rock show, featuring folk punk, celtic punk, pirate punk, hardcore punk, and other off-punk bands. This all-ages show costs only $3 to enter for those 21 and over, and $6 for everyone else 20 and under.