Posts Tagged ‘Torrance’

AVP Huntington Beach Open
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 2-6
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
http://avp.com/fivb-huntington-beach-open/

Some of the world’s top beach volleyball talent will come to Huntington Beach this weekend as part of this touring competition. General admission costs nothing, while premium seats will cost a bit.

The Taste of Downtown Glendale 2018
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, May 2
Brand Blvd, Downtown Glendale
http://www.tasteofdowntownglendale.com/

Sample food from dozens of restaurants from Glendale this Wednesday night along the streets of Downtown Glendale. Admission costs $35 for food-only or $45 for food+wine, and includes unlimited samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $75 and comes with access to a VIP area with exclusive tastings.

9th Annual Taste of Cardiff
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 3
Cardiff Seaside Market, Cardiff
http://www.cardiff101.com/events-list/2018/5/3/taste-of-cardiff

Sample the local flavors of Cardiff this Thursday evening all throughout Downtown Cardiff. Tasting tickets cost $30 presale or $35 on the day of the event, and provide guests with unlimited food samples from participating locations until they run out of food. For $10 more, upgrade the ticket to include “sip stops” which add special cocktail, wine, or beer tastings at select locations.

Cinco de Mayo Weekend Shows @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 3
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/

Alex’s Bar in Long Beach will host some Spanish punk rock shows this week. Thursday’s show features Los Kung Fu Monkeys and costs $10. Saturday and Sunday’s shows feature Manic Hispanic. Saturday’s show costs $25, while Sunday’s show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Star Wars Day
May 4
Worldwide
http://www.starwars.com/may-the-4th

Star Wars Day officially falls on May 4th. Various businesses around the world will have Star Wars activities going on. Check with your local favorite hangout spot to see if they will celebrate this occasion.

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

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 5
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.

2018 Spring Citrus Fair
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://www.citrusfair.com/

This little city fair takes place all weekend starting Friday evening. Open to all ages, guests can experience rides, games, food, merchandise, stage shows, and more. The fair requires no admission, though any sort of participation will require a cost.

Punk Rock Night in Lakewood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 4
The Regal Inn, Lakewood
http://www.facebook.com/events/162600941030893/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Lakewood. The cover for this punk rock show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Cinco De Mayo
May 5
Worldwide
http://cincodemayo.org/

Cinco De Mayo falls on a Saturday this year. Please celebrate responsibly!

Free Comic Book Day
May 5
Participating locations, Worldwide
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

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

1st Annual City of Brea Pet Expo
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 5
Brea Community Center, Brea
http://www.ci.brea.ca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1282

This Pet Expo features pet products, pet adoptions, demos, animal interactions, and more. Admission costs $2 per person.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 5-6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

San Diego Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 5-6
De Anza Cove, Mission Bay, San Diego
http://www.sdhoolaulea.com/

Enjoy an all-ages Hawaiian festival for FREE this weekend in San Diego. At this two-day festival, find islander cuisine, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, and more.

2018 National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 5-6
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://celiac.org/cdf-conference/

This weekend in Pasadena, find hundreds of gluten-free samples, vendors, bloggers, authors, chefs, discounted products and more. Admission to the expo costs $20 for adults or $10 for children. The conference costs $45 for adults or $19 for children, and also provides a full conference experience with features such as complimentary breakfast, speakers, free goodies, and more.

9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5
Mira Mesa Community Park, San Diego
http://asianculturalfestivalsd.com/

This FREE all-ages fair celebrates Asian culture with martial arts demos, dancing, music, cooking demos, games, food, and more. Guests receive free parking as well as free entry into the festival, so bring the entire family over and have a ball.

AniFest 2018 Anime Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 5
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://anifest.org/

A new all-ages anime & manga festival comes to Torrance this Saturday. The $15 admission includes parking and gets you in to check out vendors, live entertainment, demos, seminars, panels, and more.

VRLA Expo 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 5
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40, or $30 for students. Use promo code READYPLAYERTWO to save 15% off admission.

Soka University’s 17th Annual International Festival
10:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 5
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

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

5th Annual Wild West Steam Fest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 5
Heritage Museum of Orange County, Santa Ana
http://www.wildweststeamfest.com/

Steampunk meets the wild west at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Santa Ana. Dress to impress, and enjoy activities such as live music, costume contests, reenactments, arts & crafts, seminars, museum tours, and more. The festival runs until 6pm, and a concert starts at 7pm. Admission costs $30 for the festival, $10 for the concert, $35 for both, or $10 less for children/youth.

7th Annual Buellton Brew Fest
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, May 5
River View Park, Buellton
http://www.buelltonbrewfest.com/

Enjoy brews in beautiful Buellton this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $45 and starts at 12:30, while VIP admission costs $55, starts at 11:30, includes access to exclusive VIP brews. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last until 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 5
Historic Downtown Vista Village, Vista
http://www.sdrhythmandbrews.com/

The San Diego Brewers Guild presents the Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon in the historic Vista Village district. Now in its fifth year, this festival now contains over 50 breweries, nine music acts across three stages, and plenty of food for sale from local businesses. General admission costs $45 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastes while supplies last, plus a souvenir cup to take home. No one under 21 may attend.

18th Annual Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 5
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla
http://www.jlsdfoodandwine.com/

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

Tacos N’ Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 5
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://www.tacosnbeerfest.com/

A bunch of tacos and beer vendors will cover Downtown LA’s Pershing Square this weekend. Admission costs $25. All guests will still have to pay for food and drinks once inside. No one under 21 may attend.

Tacos & Tequila Festival San Diego
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 5
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.tacostequilafestival.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 2pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. Food comes sold separately. No one under 21 may attend.

The Californian Vintage Motorcycle Show
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, May 5
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.thecalifornian.us/

Check out lots of modern and classic motorcycles at this free and all-ages event in Arcadia.

4th Annual Roar & Pour Wine Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 5
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour/

Sample various wines while strolling through a zoo this Saturday evening in Santa Barbara. General admission costs $60 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $115, starts at 4pm, and has access to rare wines and appetizers. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last plus a souvenir wine glass to take home. No one under 21 may participate.

9th Annual Taco Madness
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lataco.com/taco-madness-2018/

Free to attend, check out food, drinks, music, art, and more this Saturday night in Downtown LA. No one under 21 may attend.

Night Nation Run – Orange County
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 5
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://nightnationrun.com/orange-county-anaheim/

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

Pasadena Restaurant Week
May 6-11
Various restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

Between May 6-11, over 40 different restaurants in Pasadena will offer prix-fixe lunches and/or dinners. In addition, some locations will offer other discounts, prizes, and more. See the full list of participating restaurants by clicking the link to the website above.

14th Annual Orange County Marathon
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 6
Fashion Island, Newport Beach
http://ocmarathon.com/

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

EPIC Series Los Angeles
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Los Angeles Police Academy, Elysian Park
http://www.epicseriesocr.com/upcoming-events/epic-series-los-angeles/

Test your might at this all-ages obstacle course this Sunday morning in Los Angeles. Registration costs $65 for the open course or $70 for the competitive course. The kids course costs $10 to participate in.

45th Annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Grand Avenue, Downtown Carlsbad
http://visitcarlsbad.com/events/carlsbad-village-faire/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair taking place in Downtown Carlsbad this Sunday, featuring dozens of vendors, arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and more.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

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.

Tacos & Beer 5K Run & Festival
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 6
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.tacosnbeer5k.com/

Take a fun run, hold it during Cinco de Mayo weekend, add tacos and beer, throw costumes on, and you have a white boy’s fantasy party all on one day. Basically, if you have seen an MTV party, this does not stray too far from it. This event starts with a 5K fun run in the morning, and then when that ends, all participants can stay for tacos and beer for the rest of the festival. The organizers encourage everyone to wear silly costumes in an attempt to see who can stereotype the Latin culture the most. Food will come from local vendors, and since this takes place in San Diego, except very normal Mexican food. Also, Bud Light will sponsor the beer, so keep that in mind if you care about the quality of your beer. If you still feel like going to this, registration costs $54 presale or $59 on the day of the event.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 6
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://robotoyfest.com/
http://www.brickboutique.com/

Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $10 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am.

2nd Annual Geek-On
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 6
UCR’s Highlander Union Building, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/ucrgeekon

A free and all-ages fandom event takes place in Riverside this Sunday. Attendees will find vendors, toys, games, art, cosplay, seminars, and more.

Mud Factor: Seriously Fun, 5K Obstacle Run – San Bernardino
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 6
Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino
http://www.mudfactor.com/socal-2018

Get down and dirty at this fun run in San Bernardino this Sunday afternoon. Registration costs $65 online or $85 on the day of the event, and provides participants with a bandana, medal, temporary tattoo, and bib.

6th Annual Art in Bixby Park
10:00 am – 5:30 pm, May 6
Bixby Park, Long Beach
http://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Free to attend for all ages, check out this mini fair in Long Beach featuring art for sale, as well as other vendors selling arts & crafts, apparel, accessories, food, drinks, treats, and more.

VegFest Los Angeles 2018
10:30 am – 6:30 pm, May 6
Woodley Park, Encino
http://vegfestla.org/

Bring your vegan appetite to this vegan food tasting event this Sunday in the San Fernando Valley. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find lots of vegan food, live entertainment, speakers, arts & crafts, demos, vendors, and more activities.

2018 Taste of the Town
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Mann Biomedical Park, Valencia
http://tasteofthetown.com/

Enjoy unlimited food and drinks (while supplies last) from over 40 restaurants from the Santa Clarita and Valencia area this Saturday at this tasting event in Valencia. General admission costs $75 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $125, starts at 12pm, and includes reserved seating, two bottles of wine, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and cooking demos.

2018 Taste Of The World
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 6
Paramour Mansion Estate, Silverlake
http://latravelmagazine.com/tow/

Sample food and wines at this tasting event in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Admission starts at $59. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Masters Of Taste
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 6
Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena
http://mastersoftastela.com/

Sample food and drinks from some of Los Angeles County’s top chefs and experts this Sunday afternoon in Pasadena. General admission costs $105, starts at 4pm, and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $185, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP area.

13th Annual Taste of Orange
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 6
Orange Circle, Old Town Orange
http://www.thetasteoforange.org/

Sample the local flavors of Old Town Orange this Sunday at their annual Taste of Orange event. For $40, guests receive unlimited food samples, beer & wine tastings (additional cost), access to silent auctions, opportunity drawings, photo booth, and more.

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3rd Annual Orange County Beer Week
April 21-29
Orange County
http://ocbrewers.org/oc-beer-week/

This 10-day beer celebration covers all of Orange County, starting with a beer fest at the Fullerton Arboretum. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place in Orange County, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to OC Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 25-26
East Village Arts District, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/event-post/taste-of-downtown/

Sample food & drinks from various restaurants from Downtown Long Beach at this tasting fest held in the East Village Arts District. Free to attend for all-ages, guests simply pay to eat, purchasing booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each. Each restaurant accepts varying amounts of tickets depending on their offerings. Live music and artists will keep guests entertained as well.

Newport Beach Film Festival
April 26 – May 3
Multiple venues, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/

Dozens of independent films will air this week in Newport Beach. Check out the website for a schedule of all the films that you may watch, as well as the prices for each.

OC Beer Week Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/194206708038612/

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

Wine Wars
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 26
Eat Drink Americano, Los Angeles
http://www.winela.com/wine-war-apri-26

Wine trivia meets wine tasting this Thursday night in Downtown LA. The event page claims that they will open one bottle per person that shows up. Admission costs $49, and includes all wine tastings from all opened bottles. Admission does not include food – attendees must pay extra for food. No one under 21 may attend.

29th Annual America’s Family Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 27-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://petexpooc.org/

Pet lovers will want to check out this pet expo at the OC Fair & Event Center this weekend. Open to all ages, attendees will find lots of pet resources, including food, merchandise, demos, exhibits, shows, pet adoptions, and more. General admission costs $15, but guests may NOT bring pets.

22nd Annual Upland Lemon Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 28
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 29
9th St & Euclid Ave, Upland
http://www.uplandlemonfestival.com/

This street fair in Upland 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 around the street closures.

Cerritos Spring Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 27
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 29
Cerritos Sports Complex, Cerritos
http://www.cerritos.us/RESIDENTS/recreation/events/program_highlights.php

Enjoy a local spring carnival this weekend, free to attend for all ages. Visitors will find rides, games, live entertainment, food, drinks, treats, and more.

The 2018 Hollywood Show
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 27
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
The Westin LA Airport Hotel, Los Angeles
http://hollywoodshow.com/main.php

Check out the ultimate autograph and pop culture expo taking place this weekend near LAX. Meet a handful of celebrities from the old days, get autographs, take photos, and see more.

Los Angeles Spartan Race Stadium Sprint 2018
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28
Dodger Stadium, Elysian Park
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/3590/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Elysian Park. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 28-29
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this weekend on the Santa Monica Pier. Admission costs $55, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

5th Annual San Diego Shaka Fest
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Crown Point Park Mission Bay, San Diego
http://sandiegoshakafest.com/

Bring your friends and family out to this all-ages athletics & Hawaiian cultural festival this Saturday in San Diego. This event combines a traditional cultural festival with some athletic activities and competitions, featuring rowing, obstacle courses, yoga, and more activities along with the festival’s food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, vendors, and more.

35th Annual Encinitas Street Fair
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
South Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
http://encinitas101.com/

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

STEAM Expo 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, April 28
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://magnoliapublicschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=325600&type=d

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event this Saturday morning in Long Beach featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

31st Annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 28
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://sealbeachchamber.org/seal-beach-car-show-gallery/

Free to attend for all ages, check out this classic car show that will take over the streets of Old Town Seal Beach this Saturday.

Spring 2018 Jackalope Art & Craft Fair – Pasadena
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
Central Park, Pasadena
http://www.jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena

Free to attend for all ages, this two-day arts & crafts fair will feature local artisans, curators, food trucks, live music, and more.

Holi Festival of Colors – San Fernando Valley
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 28
Woodley Avenue Park, Van Nuys
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration with color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

34th Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 28-29
Little Italy, San Diego
http://www.missionfederalartwalk.org/

Free to the public, this art walk takes up 17 blocks of Little Italy filled with over 350 artists. All throughout the fest, guests can discover music and dance performances, and plenty of kids’ activities.

Smog City Brewing’s 7th Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 20
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://smogcity2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Smog City Brewing reaches another birthday this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple rare beers available for you to try this Saturday. A VIP session will take place from 11am to 1pm featuring exclusive tastings. After 1pm, the doors open to the public, so anyone can come in and drink away.

1st Santa Monica Wine Fest
11:30 am – 8:30 pm, April 28
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, April 29
Barker Hangar, Santa Monica
http://santamonicawinefest.com/

A wine tasting event comes to Santa Monica this weekend. Three three-hour event sessions will take place this weekend: 12pm or 5:30pm on Saturday, or 12pm on Sunday. General admission costs $75 and starts at the aforementioned times, while VIP admission costs $125, starts half an hour earlier, and includes a goodie bag. Admission does not include food – all attendees will need to pay for food separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Mission Viejo Arts Alive & Street Painting Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 28-29
Oso Viejo Community Park, Mission Viejo
http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

Free to enter for all ages, guests will find plenty of arts & crafts, vendors, food, live entertainment, and other things to do. All things come at cost, so make sure you bring cash to take part in this event.

Back To The Beach Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28-29
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://backtothebeachfest.com/

A ska & rock concert comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Tickets to this all-ages concert start at $60.

Adams Avenue Unplugged 2018
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Adams Avenue, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Unplugged.html

Completely free to the public, guests will spectate 180 live music acts throughout the day all in the various local businesses and multiple stages. The city will also offer free trolley service to transport guests from one end to the other.

Watermelon Blonde Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/300612070467699/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release a spring seasonal beer this Saturday, and they will also have a watermelon eating contest and other fun watermelon inspired games and activities throughout the day. This event has no admission fee – simpy show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Wicks Brewing Co. 5th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 28
Wicks Brewing Co., Riverside
http://www.wicksbrewing.com/

Wicks Brewing Co. opened their doors to the public five years ago, and to celebrate their anniversary this weekend, they will have an all-day party at their tasting room in Riverside. This event has no cover charge – simply show up and enjoy their anniversary ale, other special brews, and live music throughout the day.

4th Annual STEAM Carnival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Great Park, Irvine
http://ipsf.net/steam-carnival.html

Bring out the family to this all-ages event this Saturday afternoon in Irvine featuring activities, games, and other arts & crafts surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Admission costs $10.

Brew Lagoon Craft Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://www.brewlagoonfest.com/

A beer and music festival comes to Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and provides unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food, and prepare for hot sunny weather. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

3rd Annual OC Brewers Guild Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://ocbrewers.org/

The first festival dedicated to Orange County’s microbreweries and restaurants moves to Newport Beach this Saturday evening. The $60 admission grants you unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. Bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 28
Mission District, South Pasadena
http://www.theeclectic.rocks/

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

Playhouse District Wine Walk
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 28
Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena
http://www.playhousedistrict.org/calendar-of-events/wine-walk

For $25, you get six wine tastings at this small wine tasting event in Pasadena this Saturday evening.

24th Annual Jewels of the Night Food & Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 28
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachstate.com/jewelsofthenight/

This Saturday evening, Cal State Long Beach hosts its annual food & wine festival for the 20th year in a row at the Walter Pyramid on the north side of the campus. Over 20 of the area’s top restaurants will serve their delicious food at this tasting gala, and a handful of California wineries will pour their signature wines. General admission to this event costs $125.

11st Annual Taste of Aliso Niguel
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 28
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Niguel
http://www.anhspfan.org/

Taste the flavors of South Orange County at this tasting event this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. Admission to this food fest costs $35. No one under 21 may attend.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, April 28
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $10 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. No one under 21 may enter.

7th Annual Chocolate Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/chocolate-festival/

This Sunday, guests of all ages can enjoy plenty of chocolate to eat, demos, arts & crafts, and more. Museum admission includes access to the chocolate area, which costs $20 presale or $33 at the door for adults, with discounts applicable to seniors, military, and children.

2018 Taste of Huntington Beach
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 29
Huntington Beach Sports Complex, Huntington Beach
http://www.tastehb.com/

Sample the flavors of Huntington Beach’s local restaurants this Sunday at their food fest. Admission includes unlimited food samples and wine & beer tasters. General admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, while VIP costs $90 and starts at 11am. VIP comes with complimentary champagne, extra hors d-oeuvres, free raffle entries, and free goodies. For both admissions, designated drivers will save $5, which only means they cannot receive any wine or beer.

23rd Annual San Diego County Vintners Association Wine & Food Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 29
Bernardo Winery, Rancho Bernardo
http://sandiegowineries.org/

Sample local wine and food this Sunday afternoon in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County. Admission costs $55 and comes with unlimited food and wine samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

9th Annual AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.autoconevents.com/

See all things cars at AutoCon this Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown LA. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. General admission to this all-ages convention cost $20 presale or $25 at the door. Bring cash for parking as well, which will cost $20 per vehicle.

8th Annual Taste of the Eastside
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 29
Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Los Angeles
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

Sample the best of East LA’s restaurants this Sunday evening. At this all-ages tasting, guests can receive unlimited food samples from all of the 20+ participating vendors. Admission comes in three levels and varies depending on when you purchase it, starting at $45 and rising up to $85 – check the website for pricing details.

San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, April 29
Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Best-of-North-County-Party-2018/

Samples food from North San Diego County’s top restaurants and chefs, and sip on wines and beers from the area’s breweries and wineries at this tasting gala this Friday night. Admission to this event costs $85 per person.

2018 Kickoff Mixer by Project by Project – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 14
Mama Lion, Los Angeles
http://projectbyproject.org/

Network with people and enjoy light appetizers and drinks this Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Admission costs $12 presale or $20 at the door.

Los Angeles Magazine’s 3rd Annual Whiskey Festival
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, March 15
Museum of Flying, Santa Monica
http://www.lamag.com/whiskeyfestival/

Sip on whisky samples and enjoy appetizers this Thursday night in Santa Monica. Admission costs $95 and gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
March 16-18
The W, Hollywood
http://lafw.net/

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

35th Annual San Diego Cake Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegocakeshow.com/

An all-ages expo for all things cakes and baked goods returns to San Diego this weekend. Classes, seminars, and contests/competitions will take place from Friday through Sunday. The vendor expo itself only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on what day you want to attend, your age, and what additional programming you wish to partake in.

Arcade Expo 4.0
2:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 16
11:00 am – 2:00 am, March 17
11:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 18
Arcade Expo, Banning
http://www.arcadeexpo.com/

Come see all things arcades at this weekend-long expo out in Banning. At this all-ages expo, see hundreds of different arcade machines, games, pinball machines, movies, seminars, vendors, food trucks, and much more. Admission varies depending on the date attending and age, ranging from $20 to $110, but all visitors get unlimited free play for all arcade games for the duration of the visit.

11th Annual Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 16
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 17
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://musinkfest.com/

Welcome to Musink, an all-ages music, tattoo, skateboarding, and pin-up festival that takes place at the OC Fairgrounds this weekend. Some of the largest names in punk rock will perform this weekend, such as Rancid and Bad Religion. Over 300 tattoo artists from around the world will fly in for the weekend. Tickets will remain on sale until the end of the fest on Sunday, so do not worry about not obtaining a ticket. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards. Parking costs $10 per vehicle, so I highly recommend carpooling or getting dropped off.

Starpool’s 15th Anniversary Shows
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 16-17
The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://starpoolmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/106257280185805/

Get your skanking on this weekend in Santa Ana. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $12 each.

St. Patrick’s Day
March 17
Worldwide

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

Veggiepalooza 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 17-18
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://fullertonarboretum.org/ps_veggiePalooza.php

Free to attend for all ages, a massive plant and vegetable sale will take place in Fullerton this weekend.

16th Annual California’s Strongest Man Contest
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, March 17
Parking lot east of Jack’s Beach Concession, Huntington Beach
http://eastweststrength.com/contest/

Free to attend for spectators, come watch a strongman competition down by the beach this Saturday morning.

L.A. Nature Fest
9:30 am – 5:00 pm, March 17-18
Natural History Museum, Exposition Park
http://www.nhm.org/naturefest

Learn about animals, plants, and more this weekend in Los Angeles. Admission ranges from $5 to $12, and provides full access to all of the exhibits and demos.

Claremont Pie Festival
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, March 17
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.claremontpiefestival.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this street fair in Claremont this Saturday afternoon will have contests, demos, vendors, classic cars, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and more.

24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 17
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://www.hbchamber.net/pages/st-patricks-day-parade1

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-themed parade this Saturday in Downtown Hermosa Beach. The parade will run down Pier Avenue during this time, and local businesses will have plenty of specials for the thousands of visitors.

Akiba Day #11
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Weller Court, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://akibaday.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1754939588149348/

Check out this free and all-ages meetup for fans of anime and manga. Expect to see a handful of cosplay here as well.

2018 West Covina Cherry Blossom Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 17
Tokyo Central, West Covina
http://esgvjcc.org/site/10-latest-announcements/225-2018-cherry-blossom-festival-2

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

Absolution Brewing Company’s 4th Anniversary Party
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.absolutionbrewingcompany.com/

Absolution Brewing turns four years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of beer on tap for you to drink this Saturday. Free to attend, visitors will simply pay for beers as they go, or opt to purchase one of the beer packages. A $40 pass gets you unlimited firkin beer tasters from 1pm to 3pm, or four 20oz beer pours instead. Otherwise, the tasting room opens to the general public, where anyone can simply pay for individual beers just like normal business hours.

Phantom Carriage Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Party
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 17
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.phantomcarriage.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/286765935185874/

Phantom Carriage turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of rare beers at their tasting room in Carson this Saturday. Unlike last year, they will not have a festival nor an admission fee – simply show up, buy the $15 anniversary glass, and then pay for beers as you go.

Gettin’ Lucky Burlesque
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 17
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this themed burlesque show this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. General admission starts at $10. No one under 21 may attend.

JFA – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 17
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.jfamusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1661047057284966/

Rock out to some local punk rock music this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Logic Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration Week – The Week of Logic
March 18-24
Bottle Logic Brewing, Anaheim
http://bottlelogic.com/

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

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k San Diego
6:00 am – 9:00 am, March 18
Petco Park, Downtown San Diego
http://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego/

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

33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://www.lamarathon.com/

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

8th Annual Adler Paddler
8:30 am – 1:00 pm, March 18
Naples Kayak Load & Launch, Long Beach
http://paddlewithpurpose.org/

A free and all-ages stand-up paddle race will take place in Long Beach this Sunday morning. They will have races as well as leisure paddling available.

Glitterfest Spring 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 18
Spring Field Banquet Center, Fullerton
http://www.glitterfest.com/

For $7, gain access to this all-ages vendor fair with mixed media art, jewelry, papier-mâché, sculptures, vintage home decor, and more.

2018 San Fernando Valley Comic Book Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 18
Granada Pavilion, Granada Hills
http://www.facebook.com/SanFernandoValleyComicBookConvention

This annual local comics event returns to the San Fernando Valley this Sunday. General admission costs $5 while children under 12 enter for free with paid adult admission, and admission grants full access to the show floor, which contains dozens of artists, vendors, professional actors, and more.

Comic Book & Collectibles Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 18
Claremont Packing House, Claremont
http://www.claremontpackinghouse.com/events

Free to attend for all ages, this event will feature dozens of vendors selling comic books, art, toys, games, and other memorabilia.

Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival
10:30 am – 5:30 pm, March 18
Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbcbfest.com/

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

San Diego Magazine’s Brunch Bash 2018
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, March 18
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, La Jolla
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2018/Brunch-Bash-2018/

Splurge on breakfast foods, beer, cocktails, coffee, and more this Sunday early afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $50 per person and includes unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, March 18
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, Buellton
http://www.buelltonwineandchilifestival.com/

Sample food, wines, beers, and more this Sunday afternoon in Buellton. The $45 admission gets you unlimited food and drink samples for the duration of the event while supplies last. Teenagers enter for $20, while children enter for $10. Minors receive unlimited food samples and non-alcoholic drinks.

Anti-Flag – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 27, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 28, The Troubadour, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Soma, San Diego
http://anti-flag.com/

Famous punk rock band Anti-Flag currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop by Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 30, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

2018 Surf City USA Marathon
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, February 2
9:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 3
6:00 am – 1:00 pm, February 4
Jack’s Beach Concessions, Huntington Beach
http://www.runsurfcity.com/

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

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

CoffeeCon LA 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 3-4
The Reef, South Central Los Angeles
http://www.coffee-con.com/

This weekend at CoffeeCon LA, indulge in all things coffee, from the classic beverage to coffee candy to coffee desserts to coffee foods and more. General admission costs $20 per day or $25 for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Torrance Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 3
Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1943820199212948/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Lunar New Year Festival 2018 in Monterey Park
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, February 3-4
Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
http://www.lunarnewyears.com/

Celebrate Chinese New Year on the streets of Monterey Park this weekend. At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors can expect to find food, treats, vendors, arts & crafts, live entertainment, games, and more. Consult with the website to see where to park.

10th Annual Los Angeles Ska Wars
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 3
Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/187666678477486/

Ska fans get their day this Saturday in Los Angeles. This all-ages ska/punk/reggae festival features over 25 bands and takes place outdoors, rain or shine, across two stages, headlined by The Slackers. Tickets to this concert cost $25 presale or $35 at the door.

U.S. Bombs – Live at the World Famous Doll Hut
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/121448028547142/

Famous punk rock band U.S. Bombs will headline a show in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $20 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

80s Prom Party
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 3
The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood
http://80spromparty.com/

Dress up in 80’s attire and party like they did in the 80’s this Saturday night in Hollywood. Admission costs $30. No one under 21 may attend.

Four Sons Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/488306804886726/

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

To Live & Dine in OC 2017
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, September 1
Laguna Design Center, Laguna Beach
http://www.modernluxury.com/orange-county/events/live-dine-oc-2017

Sample food and drinks from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday evening in Laguna Beach. Tickets cost $40 presale or $45 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Octoberflame IX
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://tigerarmy.com/

Tiger Army will headline these all-ages shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to each show cost $30.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 27
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.runrocknroll.com/los-angeles/

A full weekend of running festivities will take place in Los Angeles this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, a health & fitness expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. On Saturday morning, a 5K run will take place. Finally, on Sunday morning, the main marathon and half marathon will take place. Participation in each event varies in price depending on the event and age of participant, so check the website for pricing information.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 27
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

One of the west coast’s largest multimedia pop culture expos returns to Downtown LA this weekend. Whether you like comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or anything else in the pop culture realm, anyone will surely find something to enjoy at the expo this weekend. Passes cost $30 to $45 for single days, or $80 for the entire weekend.

SoCal Spartan Race Beast & Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28-29
Snow Summit, Big Bear
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2645/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Big Bear. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

36th Annual Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
Claremont Village, Claremont
http://www.thevillageclaremont.com/venture.html

At this free and all-ages event, thousands of visitors will get to check out arts & crafts from dozens of local artists, makers, and craftsmen. Visitors will also find merchandise, vendors, food, drinks, live music, arts & crafts, and more.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 29
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $18. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/cactus.htm

Buy some plants to adorn your home this weekend in Encinitas. With the price of admission into the garden, you can browse countless plants from small to big that you can purchase.

Family Fall Festival 2017
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://www.sdbgarden.org/family-fall.htm

Celebrate the season with fall-themed activities, pumpkin painting, Halloween crafts, a petting zoo, and more with just the cost of admission to the garden.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, October 28
Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.socalcorgination.com/

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

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA West L.A. & Valley
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
Various locations, Los Angeles County
http://www.pacificstandardtime.org/

This Saturday, enjoy FREE access to eight museums and 13 exhibits throughout LA County. See the website for the list of participating locations.

Taste Talks Los Angeles
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 28
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 29
Various locations, Downtown Los Angeles
http://losangeles.tastetalks.com/

A food industry conference comes to Los Angeles this weekend, complete with mixers, parties, sit-down meals, seminars, speakers, demos, samples, and more. Admission starts at $49.

3rd Annual San Diego Mac n’ Cheese Fest
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 28
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomacncheese.com/

Sample as much gourmet mac & cheese as you can handle this Saturday afternoon in San Diego, while supplies last. Admission costs $35 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters from participating local breweries. No one under 21 may attend.

Golden Years Vintage Market
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 28
2nd Street Promenade, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.cameoappearancevintage.com/golden-years/

A vintage clothing and vinyl records market will take place in Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will encounter dozens of vendors selling lots of local goods and gifts.

3rd Annual SoCal VegFest
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 28-29
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://socalvegfest.org/

This food fair takes place this weekend in Costa Mesa. Visitors will find food samples, live music, cooking demos, children’s entertainment, live yoga demos, vendors, and other services. Daily admission cost $5 presale or $10 at the door.

Halloween ComicFest 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Comics Factory, Pasadena
http://www.comicsfactory.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1745555489080662/

Free to attend for all ages, Comics Factory in Pasadena will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

Super Dimension Convention 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance
http://superdimensioncon.com/

A convention for all things Macross and mecha comes to Torrance this Saturday. Admission starts at $15 and gets you access to the event plus a tote bag and magnet. Higher tiers of admission will grant additional souvenirs and special access to certain areas.

93rd Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 28
Center Street Promenade, Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Halloween Comic Fest 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Phat Collectibles, La Habra
http://www.phatcollectibles.com/

Free to attend for all ages, Phat Collectibles in La Habra will have free comic books for visitors this Saturday afternoon. They will also have a costume contest and other giveaways.

9th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 28
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://pizzaport.com/locations/san-clemente/

Drink beers and feel merry at Pizza Port in San Clemente this Saturday. Admission costs $35 and comes with eight 4oz beer tasters, and attendees can purchase additional beer tasters for $1 each. Attendees can purchase food from the restaurant throughout the day.

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
SeaLegs at the Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://punkindrublicfest.com/huntington-beach/

Alcohol and punk rock collide in this epic festival taking place this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Co-organized by the founder of OC Brew Ha Ha, this festival will bring together some of the region’s top breweries and wineries, as well as some top names in punk rock. Admission starts at $69 and gets you in to the festival at certain times depending on which admission you purchased. All attendees receive unlimited beer or wine tastings while supplies last until 4pm. After 4pm, attendees will have to pay for drinks. The music will last all day. Attendees should bring cash for food and drinks after 4pm. No one under 21 may attend.

The Growlers Six Festival
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 28-29
Port of Los Angeles Outer Harbor, San Pedro
http://thegrowlerssix.com/

A huge all-ages concert takes place in San Pedro this weekend with a variety of music genres. Tickets start at $99.

18th Annual Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 28
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
http://www.ladayofthedead.com/

Celebrate this cultural holiday at this all-ages festival this Saturday in Hollywood. Attendees will find arts & crafts, art exhibits, costume contests, music, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 per person.

6th Annual Rancho BEERnardo Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 28
Webb Park, Rancho Bernardo
http://ranchobeernardofestival.com/

Rancho Bernardo’s beer festival returns for its sixth year this week. Each day this week leading up to the festival, a nearby restaurant will offer special beer pairing dinners. On Saturday, the tasting event will take place where attendees can sip on beers and wines, enjoy food, live music, and more. Admission costs $40 for one person or $70 for two tickets, and comes with 15 tasting tickets and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://shorelinevillage.com/long-beach-zombie-walk-presented-by-shoreline-village-2017/

This zombie festival takes place throughout Shoreline Village in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Free to attend, this event will have many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Pacific Plate Brewing’s Oktoberfest 2017
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
Pacific Plate Brewing, Monrovia
http://pacificplatebrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1941642949493432/

Monrovia’s Pacific Plate Brewing will have Oktoberfest activities at their tasting room this Saturday. The $15 admission gets you one beer, one sausage food item, and one pretzel.

Halloween Capers
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 28
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/capers/

A free and all-ages Halloween festival comes to Uptown Whittier this Saturday afternoon.

16th Annual Skalloween
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
Club Los Globos, Silverlake
http://www.facebook.com/events/109498303059169/

An all-day all-ages ska show will take place in Silverlake this Sunday. Tickets cost $7 presale, $12 at the door, or $10 at the door with a costume on.

5th Annual Santa Monica Zombie Crawl
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 28
Rusty’s Surf Ranch, Santa Monica
http://www.facebook.com/events/211551212699899/

A zombie-themed pub crawl will take place in Santa Monica this Saturday night. Participation costs $12 presale or $15 on the day of the event, but does not include any drinks – attendees must pay for their own drinks.

4th Annual San Diego Beer & Music Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 28
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

This beer & music festival will take this Saturday at NTC Liberty Station. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

The Darlings – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 27
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/161049397805658/

Rock out to some local music this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Beach Streets: Uptown
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 29
Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://beachstreets.com/

Long Beach has its own version of a ciclovia where the city officials closes a portion of the city to vehicular traffic to allow pedestrians and bicyclists to freely roam the streets. This Saturday, that will occur in Bixby Knolls and surrounding streets. Plan your commute accordingly.

15th Annual Celebrate The Craft
11:30 am – 3:00 pm, October 29
The Lodge at Torrey Pines, La Jolla
http://www.lodgetorreypines.com/celebrate-the-craft

Enjoy food, beer, wine, and other local goodies this Sunday afternoon in La Jolla. Tickets cost $135 and provides unlimited tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 29
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

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

SWMRS, The Interrupters, and more
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 29
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1901229280131216/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Sunday night in San Diego. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

Cuisine all around the world has its variances depending on the location and region. While each culture has its own flavors and uniquer ingredients, many places utilize the same base dish to deliver the flavor. For example, you can find fried chicken just about anywhere in the world. However, the flavor of the fried chicken will greatly depend on your location and where you get it from. Sure fried chicken in itself tastes great, but many places like to add their own personal twist to fried chicken. Check out these five places in the greater Los Angeles area that you can get some tasty and unique fried chicken.

5. Howlin’ Rays‘s Nashville Hot Chicken

When a place takes upwards of two hours from getting in line to receiving food for customers, that either means they work slowly or they have sky-high demand. Luckily for Howlin’ Ray’s, they fall under the latter case. In fact, they even boast when their line only takes an hour to get through. So this Howlin’ Ray’s place in Los Angeles’ Chinatown only opens for five hours on five days of the week. No matter what day or time you go there, expect to wait at least an hour to finally receive your food. Why does it take that long? Howlin’ Ray’s makes the best Nashville Hot Chicken this side of the Mississippi. Nashville Hot Chicken does not taste like any ordinary spicy chicken – it has its own unique combination of savory, zest, zing, tart, and spice that no other type of chicken can match. You could only find better Nashville Hot Chicken in Nashville itself. If you find that you have up to two hours to kill, why not spend it waiting for some Nashville Hot Chicken from Howlin’ Ray’s?

4. Jumping Däk‘s Korean Fried Chicken

If you visit Jumping Däk, you will get Korean Fried Chicken and not much else, but you will get Korean Fried Chicken made very well! Having just opened about a year ago, Jumping Däk boasts a menu specializing in the savory food, along with sides and desserts to accompany the main course. This fast-casual restaurant replaced an old Hawaiian BBQ fast-food restaurant that never really saw too many customers. However, with the recent opening of a ramen restaurant next door, it made sense to open something here to take advantage of the overflow of the ramen restaurant’s customers, and here we have Jumping Däk. For those who have never tasted Korean Fried Chicken, luckily Jumping Däk provides samples of their three flavors: Sweet, Spicy (pictured below), and Fiery. Sweet and Fiery explain themselves, while Spicy represents a happy medium of the Sweet and Fiery. Basically, imagine popcorn chicken tossed in their signature sauces. Customers can enjoy this Korean Fried Chicken a la carte, as a sandwich, or as a combo with sides and a drink.

3. Densetsu no Sutadonya‘s Karaage Don

We moved from Nashville to Korea, and now we move to Japan. Fried chicken exists all over Asia, and each country does their fried chicken a little differently. In the case of Japan, each city or region cooks differently. However, for the major cities of Japan, they have a locally popular place called Densetsu no Sutadonya, known for their Sutadon. The word Sutadon consists of “suta” for stamina and “don” for bowl, so Sutadon literally means “stamina bowl” in Japanese. While originally found in Japan, Southern California now has a Densetsu no Sutadonya in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance. This location prepares food the same way they do in Japan – using extremely high temperatures to cook everything quickly and all at once. You can taste this best in their Karaage Don. They basically flash-fry the meat, so it gets cooked without having it soak in all the oil. That way you can enjoy the chicken’s true flavor instead of a mouthful of oil.

2. Abigaile Restaurant‘s Fried (Jidori) Chicken

Have you heard of Kobe Beef? Kobe Beef represents a higher quality of beef, much higher than that of Angus beef. A higher quality grade of meat applies to more than just beef – it applies to chicken too, but in this case, we refer to it as Jidori Chicken. Just like how Kobe Beef tastes better than normal beef, Jidori Chicken tastes better than regular chicken, and you can taste the difference at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Although appearing upscale and fancy, Abigaile actually functions like a casual gastropub, especially given their location by the beach so that beachgoers can dine at Abigaile without worry of their outfit. Perhaps Abigaile appears upscale due to their food menu, which contains some highly eclectic items such as their simply named Fried Chicken. Abigaile’s approach to Jidori Chicken contains togarashi in the batter, giving it a kick in each bite without the need for sauce. Speaking of sauce, this chicken comes with housemade hot sauce and preserved lemon gribiche, along with papaya slaw. $15 allows you to taste this upscale version of fried chicken.

1. Jimmy’s Famous Tavern‘s Southern Fried Chicken

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting five locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Any time of the day makes a great time to sink your teeth into JFAT’s Southern Fried Chicken. The batter contains Herbes de Provence, which gives the chicken so much flavor that you do not need any sauce or condiment for it – enjoy the chicken on its own for true bliss. Anyway, this fried chicken comes served with garlic mashed potatoes, thyme gravy, and green beans, all for $20 a plate.

San Diego Restaurant Week
September 24 – October 1
Various Restaurants, San Diego County
http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

For eight full days, various restaurants all over San Diego County will participate in this special week, where they will offer special prix-fixe meals that highlight their unique cuisine. Use this chance to explore and discover new restaurants in the area!

2017 Taste of Arcadia
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 25
Los Angeles County Arboretum, Arcadia
http://www.arcadiacachamber.org/taste-of-arcadia/

The annual Taste of Arcadia returns TONIGHT, so for those planning to go, buy the $50 presale tickets now, as you cannot purchase tickets at the door. More than 40 food vendors will serve samples, while over 30 other vendors will keep guests occupied between eats.

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7552015/tokyo-ska-paradise-orchestra-with-viernes-13

Get your skanking on in Santa Ana tonight. The cover for this all-ages show costs $20.

Skacore Night in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 26
La Cita Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/468671750173082/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Downtown LA this Tuesday night. The cover for this show costs $8 if entering before 9pm, or $10 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Wasteland Weekend 2017
September 27 – October 1
California City
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/

Live in a post-apocalyptic world this weekend in the desert. This event will immerse you in a culture that one would expect as shown in the movies.

2017 Cerritos Taste of the Region & Business Expo
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, September 27
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos
http://www.cerritostaste.com/

This “Taste of Cerritos” makes its annual return this Wednesday to the same location, the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Unlike other food fests in LA & OC, this event does not cost as much – attendees pay $10, then receive unlimited tastes once they enter. Over 30 restaurants will serve food samples, meaning attendees will certainly get a bang for their buck. Also, guests do not have to pay for parking here.

2nd Annual Southern California In-Water Boat Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 28
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 29-30
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro
http://www.socalboatshow.com/

Check out lots of boats on display this weekend in San Pedro. Admission costs $15 for adults, while children enter for free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County International Auto Show
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://autoshowoc.com/

For $12 entry, guests can check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. Seniors and active military personnel can enter for $10. Guests looking for free street parking should locate Casa Vista St, west of the convention center, by Denny’s.

Epic Brewing Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 28
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/342785082815424/

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

Taste of Ventura County 2017
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Camarillo
http://www.wcrventuracounty.com/

Sample food and drinks from restaurants throughout Ventura County this Thursday night. $75 gets you in to enjoy unlimited samples while supplies last.

Taste of Pasadena 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 28
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadena-chamber.org/forms/taste-of-pasadena

Sample foods from dozens of Pasadena restaurants this Thursday night at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $30 presale or $50 at the door, and allow unlimited samples while supplies last.

44th La Mesa Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:30 pm, September 29
10:00 am – 10:30 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
La Mesa Village, La Mesa
http://www.lamesaoktoberfest.org/

Enjoy a family-fun Oktoberfest celebration this weekend in La Mesa. Free to attend for all ages, this Oktoberfest celebration will have all the usual Oktoberfest festivities such as dance, music, sausages, pretzels, beer, and more. In addition, visitors will find hundreds of vendors, arts & crafts, games, and more activities for all ages.

Get Shamrocked Irish Festival 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, September 30
Town Square Park, Murrieta
http://www.getshamrocked.com/

Revel in Irish culture all this weekend in Murrieta, with Irish music, food, live entertainment, and more. This all-ages festival will bring Irish culture to town, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all. General admission costs $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, or $40 for a weekend pass. As an outdoors event, guests should stay hydrated, apply sunscreen, and take any other precaution for lasting long in hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s 14th Annual Decadence
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 29
Hotel Irvine, Irvine
http://www.ocdecadence.com/

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. General admission costs $55 and starts at 7pm. VIP admission costs $70, starts at 6pm, and includes a goodie bag plus access to a VIP area. No one under 21 may attend.

4th Annual Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm, September 29
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Newport Beach Civic Center, Newport Beach
http://newportwineandfood.com/

Lots of activity will take place in the culinary world this weekend in Newport Beach. On Friday night, a VIP party will take place with a cocktail reception and a three-course food & wine pairing dinner. On Saturday and Sunday, attendees of the festival gain access to unlimited food tastings, cooking demos, cocktail mixing demos, live music, a silent auction, and more. Admission prices significantly vary based on the mode of attendance, with single-day admission costing $175 and a weekend pass costing $295.

2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.offroadexpo.com/pomona-ca

Check out all things off-roading this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, complete with hundreds of vendors, dozens of industry professionals, and acres of off-road. Adult admission costs $20, or $15 if you purchase it at O’Reilly Auto Parts. Children enter for $6. Bring cash for parking, which usually costs $10 per vehicle.

Nerdbot-Con 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 30
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.nerdbot.com/nerdbot-con

$17 gets you in to this all-ages pop culture expo complete with dozens of vendors, artists, cosplayers, music, games, activities, and more.

356th Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 30
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 1
Adams Avenue between 32nd & 35th Street, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/Adams-Avenue-Street-Fair.html

This FREE and all-ages music festival takes place over two days this weekend on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, between the 805 and 15 freeways. Ten blocks will close to traffic to make way for over 90 music acts on seven stages and over 350 vendor booths. Guests should take public transportation to Adams Avenue, as traffic will remain heavily congested all weekend, and parking will not exist in high numbers here.

Alhambra Moon Festival on Main
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://downtownalhambra.com/event/moonfestival/

A free and all-ages street fair comes to Downtown Alhambra this weekend.

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 30 – October 1
Huntington State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.hbairshow.com/

A free and all-ages jet show comes to Huntington Beach this weekend. Practice/rehearsals will take place on Friday, while the actual shows take place on Saturday and Sunday. Bring out your friends and family to enjoy some aerial entertainment. Attendees may purchase reserved seats via the website.

Music Tastes Good
12:00 pm – 10:00 am, September 30 – October 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://mtglb.co/

An all-ages concert will come to Downtown Long Beach this weekend. Admission costs $75 for one day or $135 for both days. As with any long concert, make sure you can endure remaining outdoors for a long period of time, and have plenty of cash for food and drinks.

Eat Uptown Food Festival
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
Nixon Plaza, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/eat-uptown-food-festival/

Savor the local flavor of Uptown Whittier at this food tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Uptown Whittier. At this event, attendees will get treated to eats from dozens of local restaurants. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $60 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. Guests must purchase drinks separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Fest (Fall Edition)
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, September 30
LA Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://www.drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest/

Everyone’s favorite drunk fest returns to Los Angeles this Saturday. This festival allows attendees to drink unlimited beers while enjoying live music from local bands. Food trucks will sell their delicious foods to hungry guests. General admission costs $45 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm. All admission comes with unlimited beer pours, but does not include parking. No one under 21 may attend.

Dudes Brewing Three Year Anniversary Celebration
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 30
Dudes Brewing, Torrance
http://thedudesbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1939290312952050/

Dudes Brewing in Torrance turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have anniversary glasses available, raffle prizes throughout the day, and special beers on tap for you to try. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or two.

Taste Of Santa Ana 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 30
Main Place Mall, Santa Ana
http://www.tasteofsantaana.org/

Sample various bites and sips from Santa Ana restaurants at this all-ages event this Saturday evening at the mall. Admission costs $25 presale or $30 at the gate, and gets you unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last.

2017 Fullerton Uncorked
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 30
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonuncorked.org/

At this food & wine tasting, find food samples from local restaurants, dozens of wine & craft beer tastings, live music, raffle prizes, and more. Tickets to this event cost $70 presale or $75 at the door, and include unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

GBH, The Casualties, Spider – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 30, Glass House, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 1, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
http://gbhuk.com/

Legendary UK punk band GBH will headline a pair of shows this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

14th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival
9:30 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa
http://kidsbookfestival.com/

This FREE all-ages fair caters to families as it presents thousands of children’s book available to read or buy. The fair will also host multiple stages complete with family-friendly entertainment.

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 1
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

Santa Monica gets its own ciclovia event this Sunday that will block off a portion of Santa Monica to vehicles, as if the city does not already have enough traffic problems. If you intend to drive anywhere in or near Santa Monica this Sunday, plan your commute accordingly.

56th Annual Sandcastle Contest
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, October 1
Corona Del Mar State Beach, Newport Beach
http://www.newportbeach.com/events/56th-annual-sandcastle-contest/

Register to build the best sand castle this Sunday in Newport Beach.

Santa Clarita Comic & Toy Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
http://www.santaclaritacomictoyexpo.com/

Santa Clarita gets their own comics and toys convention this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $8 and includes free parking at the venue.

La Feria De Los Moles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://feriadelosmoles.com/

This free and all-ages event in Downtown LA will have mole, Mexican food, live music, entertainment, and more.

22nd Annual Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 1
Mountain Vista Drive, Encinitas
http://encinitasoktoberfest.com/

At this FREE and all-ages event this Sunday, the six-block marketplace on Mountain Vista Drive in Encinitas will feature Bavarian dancers, bands, hundreds of vendors, authentic German food & beverages, a family fun zone, and a ceremonial parade at 12pm.

11th Annual International Chocolate Salon
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.lachocolatesalon.com/

Chocolate lovers will want to attend the International Chocolate Salon this Saturday afternoon in Pasadena for an all-you-can-eat chocolate bonanza. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door, while children can get in for $10.

Sustainable Seafood Expo 2017
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, San Pedro
http://sustainableseafoodexpo.org/

Explore the future of sustainable seafood this Sunday in San Pedro. General admission costs $10 and gets you two tasting tickets. All-inclusive admission costs $60 and gets you a taste from each booth plus one drink ticket.

3rd Annual SlutWalk
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 1
Pershing Square, Los Angeles
http://amberroseslutwalk.com/

Assume the role of an activist for an afternoon this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. Participation costs $12.

Taste of Garden Grove
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 1
Garden Grove Amphitheater, Garden Grove
http://www.ggcf.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-garden-grove-featuring-missing-persons-anabella-of-bow-wow-wow-tickets-35450922664

Sample foods from local Garden Grove restaurants and listen to live music this Sunday. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the gate. VIP admission with select locations for the main stage costs $30. The event page does not give a lot of specifics, so basically treat this as a concert more than anything.

LA Fleet Week 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 1-4
LA Waterfront, San Pedro
http://www.lafleetweek.com/

Lots of ship, naval, and marine activities will take place this weekend in San Pedro. Many of the all-ages events have no admission fee, while some will require reservations. Check the website for a full list of events and their costs.

6th Annual U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 1-4
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.

Port of San Diego’s Festival of Sail 2017
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 1
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 2-3
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 4
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/festival-of-sail/

Lots of tall ships will go on display this weekend in San Diego. Tickets cost $11 for adults or $9 for children & seniors, and grants access to the museum for the day.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

68th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2-4
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.

Extreme Midget Wrestling
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
Water Wheel Saloon, Norco
http://extrememidgetwrestling.com/

You have not witnessed anything unlike midget wrestling. Come watch this unbelievable spectacle this weekend for a good drunken night. Admission starts at $20. No one under 21 may enter.

Stiff Little Fingers: 40th Anniversary Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6, Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 7, El Rey Theater, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8, House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.slf.rocks/

Legendary punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers starts a tour this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 7-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.longbeachexpo.com/

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. Use promo code MEDIA to receive admission for free. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Taste of Del Mar 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, September 7
Del Mar Village, Del Mar
http://visitdelmarvillage.com/tasteofdelmar2017/

Sample food and drinks from local Del Mar businesses this Thursday evening in Del Mar. Admission costs $30 for food only, or $40 for both food and drinks, and gets you unlimited samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

2nd Annual Ohana Music Fest
2:30 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
http://www.theohanafest.com/

A three-day all-ages music concert comes to the beaches of Dana Point this weekend. Tickets start at $100.

St. Maurice 12th Annual Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, September 10
Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church, Pomona
http://www.saintmauricechurch.org/

A family-friendly fair comes to Pomona this weekend, free to attend for all ages. This fair will have rides, games, prizes, entertainment, food, treats, vendors, and more.

21st Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 8
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 10
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

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.

Bubbles & Botanicals
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Bubbles-and-Botanicals/

$35 gets you in to the Fullerton Arboretum this Friday night with champagne and appetizers while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

SFUA’s 2nd Annual Harvest Moon Celebration
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Tanaka Farms, Irvine
http://www.solutionsforurbanag.org/events/

Sample an assortment of food and beverages this Friday night in Irvine. Admission costs $125 for adults or $80 for anyone 30 or under. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last, and unlimited beverage tasters for anyone 21 and over, also while supplies last.

The Vibrators at Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 8
Diego’s Rock-n-Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1069204789847871/

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

Orange County Team Relay
7:00 am – 11:00 am, September 9
Mike Ward Community Park, Irvine
http://laceuprunningseries.com/

Participate in a running relay in Irvine this Saturday morning. Distances will range from 1k up to 10k. Registration ranges from $20 up to $300 depending on the distance and number of participants in a relay team.

14th Annual Weekend in Polynesia
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, September 9-10
Recreation Park, Long Beach
http://weekendinpolynesia.com/

Surround yourself with the cultures of the Southern Pacific Islands at this two-day all-ages festival taking place this weekend in Long Beach. Free to attend, visitors will experience live entertainment, dance, music, arts & crafts, games, cultural food & drinks, merchandise, and more.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1373502896030821/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

South Coast Corsa Corvair Cruise-In 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 9
Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo
http://www.southcoastcorsa.org/

A free and all-ages car show comes to El Segundo this Saturday.

4th Annual LA River Boat Race
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 9
Behind Elysian, Los Angeles
http://paddleguru.com/races/LARiverBoatRace

Put your rowing skills and core to the test at this rowing race this Saturday along the LA River. They will have a fun course for those who simply want to participate, and a competitive course for those who want to win.

PowerCon 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, September 9-10
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

Check out this expo dedicated to He Man and other similar action figure characters this weekend in Torrance. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $25, while children 12 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission. Bring cash for parking as well.

15th Annual Chalk Art Festival on The Pier
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/16th-annual-chalk-art-festival-on-the-pier/

Turn Redondo Beach Pier into a public canvas this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, the first 150 people receive free chalk to either use on the spot or take home. In addition, visitors will enjoy live music and may enter to win prizes.

2nd Annual Reader Burgers & Beer
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 9
Golden Hill Park, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreaderevents.com/burgers-and-beer-2017/

Appearing to replace the annual Reader Feast, this event has dozens of San Diego restaurants competing to win the best burger, and attendees get to sample food from them all. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with one drink ticket. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and comes with three drink tickets. All attendees receive unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Carlsbad Brewfest 2017
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Holiday Park, Carlsbad
http://www.carlsbadbrewfest.org/

A food, beer, and music festival comes to Carlsbad this Saturday afternoon. The $50 admission gets you access to unlimited food and beer samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2017
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, September 9
Royce Quad, UCLA, West Los Angeles
http://www.lalovesalexslemonade.org/

Chefs and mixologists from around the world converge to UCLA this Saturday afternoon to serve their unique creations to all attendees. For $195 regular admission, enjoy all the food and drinks you can handle, and mingle with the curators of whatever you consume too.

12th Annual Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, September 9
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 10
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelinevillage.com/

Come mingle with pirates and enjoy sword fighting, pirate bands, treasure (scavenger) hunt, bullwhip tricks, costume contests, kids activities, and more for free! Please adhere to the parking rules here.

San Diego Pizza & Beer Fest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 9
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.pizzabeerfest.com/

$55 gets you in to this tasting event where you get to try samples of craft beers and gourmet pizzas from throughout San Diego County while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sunstock Solar Fest
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 9
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://sunstocksolarfestival.com/

This green-type event features music, food, art, speakers, and more all focused on all things environmentally friendly. Presale admission costs $25 for adults, $20 for military/seniors/students, or $12 for children & teenagers. Admission at the door costs $5 more.

Buy a Dog a Beer Festival
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 9
Wolf Creek Brewery, Santa Clarita
http://www.buyadogabeerfest.com/

Despite the name of the event, this festival represents your typical beer festival. General admission costs $45 and starts at 5pm, while VIP admission costs $55 and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend. Attendees may NOT bring their dogs.

Dreamcast 18th USA Anniversary Celebration
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
Game Realms, Burbank
http://game-realms.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/120022445299072/

In celebration of the Sega Dreamcast’s birthday, Burbank’s Game Realms will have a bunch of Dreamcast games available for you to play this Saturday evening. Admission costs $7 and grants you free play for any available machine, a raffle ticket, and entry into any tournament.

8th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, September 9
Town Center Community Park East, Santee
http://cityofsanteeca.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3635/202

Enjoy bluegrass music, food, desserts, beer, wine, and more at this community music show this Saturday evening in Santee. Admission costs $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir cup. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 9
The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Sunday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Vibrators at Til-Two Club
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 9
Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/142837216292814/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

28th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 10
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/car-show/

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.

Alley Art Festival 2017
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 10
Downtown Vista, Vista
http://www.vistaart.org/alley-art-festival-home

A free and all-ages art street fair will take place in Vista this Sunday.

Geek Meet: Aliens
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 10
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.geekmeet.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1882922198639739/

A free and all-ages geeky meetup will take place in Downtown Fullerton this Sunday night.

Torrance’s Mitsuwa Marketplace hosted their second annual Nagoya Fair this past weekend. Free to attend for all ages, this mini indoor fair represented the food and culture of Nagoya, Japan. While Nagoya has Japan’s third largest population, much of the world has less familiarity with Nagoya than other cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, or Hiroshima. Regardless, Nagoya has its fair share of unique culture that sets it apart from the rest of Japan, especially in their cuisine. At this Nagoya Fair, visitors could get to sample all sorts of Nagoya foods, such as Sekai no Yamachan (specialty rubbed chicken wings), Kawakyu Ice (Japanese fluffy shave ice), Nagoya miso oden (a type of egg dish), and hitsumabushi (eel, think unagi). Some of the food stands originated from real locations, such as the shave ice that comes from a real Nagoya shop called Koriya Kawakyu. As such, one cannot find these specific recipes and flavors anywhere else except for these actual shops. Throughout the weekend, the lines for all these foods never subsided, making for a long wait in order to taste every single item. A group of four could easily split into all the lines and order enough for everyone to share, as all of these foods together can represent a complete meal.

Mitsuwa Marketplace holds multiple events like this throughout the year, some big and some small. As far as Southern California goes, the Torrance location tends to host the most events since their location lends well to hosting larger events, but that should not deter you from visiting the other Mitsuwa Marketplace locations! For a full list of locations, check out their website for store hours and addresses. Check out Mitsuwa Marketplace on social media too – they have specific accounts based on location, so for this post, check out their main Facebook page and the Twitter page for Southern California.

2017 US Open of Surfing
July 29 – August 6
Huntington Beach, south of the pier
http://www.usopenofsurfing.com/

This week-long competition takes place on the shore south of Huntington Beach Pier. Come see professional and amateur surfers compete to take a spot for the ASP World Tour. Visitors will also find skateboarding demos and live music all week. Completely free to attend, this weekend will see thousands of spectators on the beach for the US Open. Expect heavy traffic all week. Try to find parking in the neighborhoods, but prepare to walk a long distance if choosing to park in neighborhoods, since the neighborhoods closer to the beach will remain full all week.

Monday Melt Down
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 31
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1381759148568857/

A grilled cheese contest will take place in Downtown Fullerton tonight. They have not provided any information regarding admission fees or how much each thing will cost.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 2-6
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

A week of Latin cultural celebrations comes to Santa Barbara this week, and will include a plethora of events to check out, including a food & wine festival at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Thursday evening. Check the website for a full list of events, and each event’s cost and age limit.

Opposition Rising: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 2, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 3, Tower Bar, City Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 4, Bar 1650, Corona
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/oppositionrising

A series of hardcore punk shows will take place in Southern California this week. The cover charges for these shows vary by the venue, so check with the location for details. No one under 21 may enter any show.

2017 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 3-4
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 6
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

Celebrate beach life with the annual International Surf Festival that spans four days starting Thursday morning. The festival comes chock-full of events and activities – see the website for a complete schedule. Actual surfing competitions start Saturday morning, while visitors can catch other activities on all the other times, such as beach volleyball, lifeguard demos, beach runs, and more.

IPA Day 2017
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 3
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1982772172007344/

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hamilton Family Brewery will release two new IPA’s this week. Stop on by their tasting room starting this Thursday to enjoy a cold one or two.

64th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 4
Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach
http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

This FREE kids’ fishing contest will provide a safe environment for kids to learn how to fish, about fishing equipment, and about the environment. All participants must supply their own rod and reel – the event will provide bait and tackle.

2017 Bon Odori
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, August 4
Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.niwa.org/jfg-events/obon-festival

San Diego gets an Obon Festival this Friday in Balboa Park. Admission costs $10, and gets you in to enjoy food, arts & crafts, entertainment, games, music, vendors, and more.

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

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

69th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
El Centro Park, La Habra
http://lahabracornfestival.com/

This city fair celebrates corn with food, rides, games, drinks, vendors, merchandise, raffles, entertainment, and more. This fair will have a parade on Saturday afternoon too. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can also participate in a corn-eating contest, cutest baby contest, dog costume contest, apple pie contest, and more.

Brew at the Zoo 2017
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

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. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Kirby’s Dream Band, Super MadNES, Extra Lives
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
California Institute of Abnormalarts, North Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/112490802715742/

Rock out to some video game inspired music this Friday night in North Hollywood. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

10th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 4
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

Come see lots of surf music bands perform at this benefit show. This all-ages event costs $20 to attend on Friday or Sunday, or $40 to attend on Saturday.

Dine LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week
August 5-13
Participating restaurants, Long Beach
http://dinelbc.com/

First came Eat LBC, then we had Dine Out Long Beach. Now we have Dine LBC, another Long Beach Restaurant Week. During this 9-day period, participating restaurants throughout Long Beach will have various food and drink specials. Some of these restaurants may require reservations, while others allow you to walk in and dine with the specials. Check the website for a list of participating restaurants.

28th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

Bring the entire family over to the park this Saturday for a FREE fair at the park. This fair will feature a pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, live entertainment, food, drinks, games, rides, a car show, and more. Visitors can swim for FREE in the park’s pool from 12pm until 3pm.

8th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 5
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

Go on a bike ride throughout Big Bear Lake this Saturday morning. Rides last between 25 to 100 miles. Many other activities will take place throughout Big Bear Lake on this day too – check the website to see the list of other things to do this weekend.

2017 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5-6
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://www.scscracing.com/

Powerboat racers from across the country will congregate in Long Beach this weekend for this annual competition. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://www.crossroadsgunshows.com/

Find hundreds of gun vendors at this two-day gun show this weekend. Admission to this all-ages event costs $16. Check the website for a printable coupon to take $1 off admission.

6th Annual Los Angeles Clitoral Mass
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
LA State Historic Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://ovarianpsycos.com/

Participate in a communal bike ride starting in Los Angeles this Saturday morning. Mix and mingle with the various diverse women joining in on this bike ride.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Rancho Cucamonga Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5
Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/846780582147307/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

5th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://scarela.com/

Welcome to Southern California’s premier Halloween convention. At this weekend event, get a glimpse at all things Halloween, preview this year’s top costumes, and get info on the world’s scariest haunted houses or mazes. Check out over a hundred Halloween vendors, makeup artists, scare demos, costume demos, and more. Visitors may also want to wear their costume to this expo to “practice” for Halloween! The price of admission varies based on the day of attendance, and any of the extras included with admission. General admission (no extra goodies) costs $35 on Saturday and $30 on Sunday. See the website for a full breakdown of prices.

5th Annual Avocado Fest
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 5-6
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/event/avocado-fest/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this week, and to celebrate, they will have multiple activities going on at their tasting room in Downtown Los Angeles., such as avocado-themed food trucks, live art, live music, vendors, games, brewery tours, and more. This event requires no admission – simply pay for beer and other products as you go.

5th Annual Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 5
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/craft-beer-festival/

A waterside beer festival comes to Downtown San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the event while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

The So-Cal Hoedown
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.socalhoedown.com/

A concert will take over the streets of Downtown Santa Ana this Saturday, featuring four stages and three indoor venues. This event will also have a car show and pinup contest. General admission to this all-ages concert costs $30, while VIP admission costs $50 and includes an event poster and t-shirt.

HARD Summer Music Festival
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 5-6
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino
http://www.hardsummer.com/

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has always remained a popular genre in our recent history. Since the early 1990’s, people have jammed and danced to EDM through various forms, such as rave, techno, trance, dubstep, and more. Due to this genre’s lack of lyrics, EDM sounds the same to everyone around the world. This international appeal reaches every corner in the world, especially at Electric Daisy Carnival. This weekend, Los Angeles will see its own EDM concert with Hard Summer, a two-day outdoor concert taking place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Tickets start at $109. No one under 18 may attend.

High & Mighty Festival
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5-6
Village Green Park, Garden Grove
http://highandmightyfest.com/

An all-ages concert with some big names in rock and rap will take place in Garden Grove this weekend. Tickets start at $39.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 5
Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood
http://www.hollywood-beerfestival.com/

Get chocolate-wasted in Hollywood this Saturday afternoon complete with bros, hos, brews, queues, and more. General admission costs $35 and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 2pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 5
San Fernando Blvd b/t Magnolia & Angeleno, Burbank
http://downtownburbankcarclassic.com/

Car enthusiasts will want to make their way over to Downtown Burbank this Saturday afternoon for a day full of classic cars, customs, and more, free to attend for all ages.

Golden Park Summer Music & Movie Event
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Golden Park, Downey
http://www.downeyca.org/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=312&targetid=1

A free and all-ages music and movie night will take place in Downey this Saturday evening.

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

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

5th Annual International Vegetarian & Vegan Food Festival
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, August 5
Planet Rehab, San Dimas
http://www.planetrehab.org/

Sample vegetarian and vegan food from 30 different cuisines this Saturday evening in San Dimas. Admission costs $25 for adults or $10 for children, and provides unlimited food samples for the duration of the event while supplies last.

15th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $250, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

The Dickies – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5
Bar 1650, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/129121090975321/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

9th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocfair5k.com/

The OC Fair hosts a 5K at the fairgrounds this Sunday morning. Registration costs $40 presale and $45 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Children ages 6-12 register for $25 presale and $30 on the day of the race, if any spots remain. Online registration closes this Thursday. All participants receive a goodie bag, which includes a T-shirt, a medal for participating, and one admission into the OC Fair.

3rd Annual Yestercon
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
The Carson Center, Carson
http://www.yestercon.co/

Check out old toys, games, and other pop culture items at this all-ages retro event in Carson this Sunday. General admission costs $10 and starts at 10am, while early admission costs $15 and starts at 9am. Visitors may park for free here.

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 6
Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach.
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_aug_2017

Bring out your family for a bike ride around Redondo Beach. The course runs up to 18 miles, but participants may choose to ride for a lesser duration.

19th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

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

41st Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 6
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

Some kind of religious parade and festival comes to Venice Beach this Sunday afternoon, free to attend for all ages. In addition to a parade, expect to find performers, entertainers, vendors, and more.

3rd Annual Long Beach Zine Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://lbzinefest.com/

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

21st Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/lemon-festival/

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.

11th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

Don your best cowboy/cowgirl outfit and mosey on over to Hi-Time Wine Cellars this Sunday for their annual chili cook-off. At this pinnacle of chili fests, guests will find live music, beer, wine, spirits, and more. Presale admission costs $10, while admission with ten raffle/drink tickets cost $20. Act quick, as this event sells out every year!

Game Day: Battle Royale
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 6
Tenth Avenue Arts Center, San Diego
http://gamercon.com/

Play fighting video games for free this Sunday afternoon in Downtown San Diego.

Cruise the Pike Classic Car Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, August 28
The Pike, Downtown Long Beach
http://laydbackproductions.com/?page_id=4234

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.

9th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

An all-ages seafood festival comes to Newport Beach this Sunday evening. Admission costs $60, and includes one full meal. VIP admission costs $150 and basically gives you all-you-can-eat food while supplies last.