Posts Tagged ‘USC’

6th Annual East Village Opening Day Block Party
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 4
J Street b/w 6th & 10th, East Village, Downtown San Diego
http://eastvillagesandiego.com/6th-annual-east-village-opening-day-block-party-on-april-4th/

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

First Tuesdays Tap Takeover: Bottle Logic
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 5
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/685025194973562/

Amazing Grapes in Rancho Santa Margarita has a feature tap takeover every first Tuesday of the month. This month, they will feature Bottle Logic on tap. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a beer or more.

Stone Pilot Series: Experimental IPA Taste Test
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 6
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.farbarla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1107186412637100/

Stone Brewing has some experimental IPA’s going on, and Far Bar will have two of them, #2 and #3. You get to help decide the customer favorite. Participants will get a taster of each first, then get a pint of their favorite. Whichever brew sells the most at the end of the day wins.

Brewballers Bottle Share
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 6
The Brew & Meatball Co., Covina
http://www.facebook.com/events/576171029212075/

Got an interesting beer that you would like to share? Bring at least 750mL of beer, your own glass, and $10, and you can enjoy all the wonderful beers that everyone else will bring.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, April 6
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

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

Scrapbook Expo – Orange County
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 7-9
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.scrapbookexpo.com/

The nationally-famous Scrapbook Expo comes to Southern California this week! Admission to this all-ages expo varies in price, starting at $8 for a one-day general admission adult ticket.

Taste of Leucadia: Food For Thought
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, April 7
Leucadia 101 Main Street, Encinitas
http://www.leucadia101.com/events/taste-leucadia/

Sample the local flavors of Leucadia this Thursday evening at the Taste of Leucadia. For $20 presale or $30 on the day of the event, visitors get treated to unlimited food samples from all the participating restaurants. For an additional $15, guests can receive ten beer/wine tastings from select locations. The organizers have provided a shuttle that runs to and from city hall to alleviate the parking situation.

Spring Cider Slam with 2 Towns Ciderhouse
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 7
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/spring-cider-slam-with-2-towns-ciderhouse/

Enjoy some spring seasonal ciders in Long Beach this Thursday evening. Enjoy them individually, or try all four as a flight. This event has no cover charge.

4th Annual Orange County Improv Festival
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 7-9
STAGEStheatre, Fullerton
http://ocimprovfest.com/

Enjoy up to three nights of improv comedy in Orange County this weekend. Individual shows cost $10 to $15, while a pass for a full day costs $25. The venue has a small parking lot, and the surrounding neighborhood only allows parking for up to two hours, so plan your commute accordingly. The website does not specify an age minimum, though you can expect adult humor, so consider leaving the little ones at home.

Lucidity Festival 2016
10:00 am – 8:00 am, April 8-10
Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara
http://2016.lucidityfestival.com/

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

2016 Formula Drift
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 8
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://formulad.com/schedule/long-beach

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

Jello Biafra DJ Set
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 8
Diego’s Rock n’ Roll Bar & Eats, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1730562247155489/

Enjoy a night of punk rock music this Friday night in Santa Ana. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Los Skarnales Boss Bday Bash
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 8
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/243090

Rock out to local punk/ska bands this Friday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

5th Annual Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
5:00 am – 1:00 pm, April 9
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
http://hollywoodhalfmarathon.com/

The streets of Hollywood close down this Saturday morning for this series of races. Registration costs $105 for the half-marathon, $50 for the 10k, or $45 for the 5k.

Angels 5k & Fun Run
6:00 am – 9:00 am, April 9
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.race-angels.com/

Take part in a 5k and/or fun run at Angel Stadium this Saturday morning. Registration costs $45 for the 5k or $30 for the fun run.

42nd Annual Run Seal Beach 5k/10k
7:00 am – 10:00 am, April 9
Marina Community Park, Seal Beach
http://www.runsealbeach.com/

A 5k/10k run will cover the streets of Seal Beach this Saturday morning. Registration costs $40 and includes an event t-shirt (XXL size costs $3 more). Plan your commute accordingly.

ArtFest 2016
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 9-10
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/artfest.htm

Enjoy hundreds of art displays, cars, and live music this weekend at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Admission costs $14, with discounts available for seniors, military, students, and children.

SoCal Corgi Beach Day
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, April 9
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.

21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Immerse yourself in a world of literature this weekend on the USC campus, completely free to attend. In addition to finding thousands of books here, visitors can expect live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment, artists creating their work on-site, a photography exhibit, film screenings, discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics, and so much more. Parking on campus costs $10, while the indoor seminars cost between $10 to $15 to attend.

5th Annual Healthy Living Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, April 9-10
Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, Del Mar
http://www.healthylivingfestival.com/

Check out this health & wellness expo this weekend, FREE to attend for all ages! Guests can experience cooking demos, medical testing, belly dancers, fitness workshops, food & drink samples, massages, speakers, fitness tests, yoga classes, speakers, and more.

2016 Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire: Opening Day
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 9
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale
http://www.renfair.com/socal/

This renaissance faire will run from this Saturday through May 22nd this year. Admission costs $29 for adults or $15 for children.

San Diego BBQ Fest 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, April 9
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://eliteeventssd.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of food and craft beer in San Diego this Saturday. Admission comes in three tiers ($25, $40, and $75), and each provides a different amount of perks, from unlimited food and beer to just admission only. If you get any of the two lower admissions, bring cash to pay for food.

5th Annual Rhythm & Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 9
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 presale or $50 at the door, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass good for unlimited beer tastings. VIP admission costs $55 presale only, and starts an hour earlier at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

KROQ Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/kro/

Party with hundreds of other people this Saturday afternoon at the Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia. The $5 admission gets you access to food trucks, lawn games, live music, horse racing, and the beer garden. Bring plenty of cash to pay for food and beer. Upgrade to the $30 VIP admission for backstage access, two drink scrips, a souvenir hat, and more.

8th Annual Los Angeles Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, April 9
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. Tickets cost $40, but does not include parking.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 9
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.balboabeerfest.com/

Enjoy beach weather and craft beer this Saturday afternoon near Balboa Island. General admission costs $55, and includes unlimited beer AND food. No one under 21 may attend.

Innovation Brew Works One Year Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Innovation Brew Works, Pomona
http://www.ibrewworks.com/

This young Pomona microbrewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will have an anniversary party at their tasting room this Saturday. Admission ranges from $10 to $30, and each type of admission will provide varying levels of beer and other goodies. Check their website linked above for a full breakdown of what each level of admission gets.

5th Annual Anaheim Citrusfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/

Check out this FREE and all-ages event in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon, filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

Bane: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 9, Union Nightclub, Los Angeles http://www.unionclubla.com/event/1071657-bane-final-los-angeles-los-angeles/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/bane
http://www.banecentral.com/

Hardcore band Bane currently tours across the nation, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these shows vary, so click on a show’s link for pricing details.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) @ The Frida Cinema
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, April 9
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/tmnt/

Come watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Attendees will also get treated to pizza, trivia, prizesm giveaways, photo opportunities with the characters, and more. Admission costs $17, or add $1 more to receive a Foot Clan headband.

Mad Parade @ Cafe NELA
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, April 9
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/931104043647949/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around.

Bubble Run Irvine
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine
http://www.bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/irvine-ca/

Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.

10th Annual Cambodian New Year Parade
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, April 10
Anaheim St, Long Beach
http://www.cam-cc.org/

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

6th Annual Session Fest
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 10
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/session

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

Peelander-Z @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 10
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1098379-peelander-z-long-beach/

Enjoy a night of punk and ska this Sunday at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you raise money for prostate cancer research while having a fun time? How about throw a meatball-eating contest? Eager teams gathered this past Saturday evening in Downtown Los Angeles for Philanthro LA’s Balls For Balls, a meatball-eating contest raising money for prostate cancer research. As the cancer that has caused the second-most deaths of any cancer, prostate cancer research does not receive nearly as much funding as breast cancer research. As a result, prostate cancer rarely gets treated, as most men simply do not bother to get checked, or doctors miss the early symptoms. Ironically, more women than men run Philanthro LA, a non-profit group of volunteers primarily consisting of UCLA graduates, albeit this philanthropy supports men’s health.

This meatball-eating competition follow an elimination system, placing teams in heats to compete against one, two, or three other teams. When the announcer starts a heat, an individual from each team must completely ingest all the meatballs on their plate before the next team member can start eating. A team finishes when all four members have consumed all their meatballs sequentially. Imagine playing Flip Cup, but with just eating meatballs instead of drinking & flipping a cup. The last team to finish in any heat loses and walks away, while the remaining teams move on to the next heat. This setup of eliminating one team per heat continues until only two teams remain, and those teams eat it out until one finishes first and takes home the grand prize of $400. Registration to compete only cost $60 per team, or $15 per individual. Note that one can write off this registration fee as a charitable donation.

Philanthro LA raises money for a justified cause, and they raise it in crafty, exciting ways. With Balls For Balls, they decided to have a little fun with word play, and it worked out great. Philanthro LA will have plenty more fundraising/charity events in the near future, so like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or connect with them somehow to discover their future events. By participating, not only do you support a great cause for the greater good of mankind, but you have fun doing so.

Get Porked
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 29
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://getporked.eventbrite.com/

Love BBQ and/or pork? Then you cannot miss this one-time dinner event! LA Foodie will record a live podcast during dinner speaking about styles of BBQ and the beers that pair with them. Dinner starts promptly at 8pm, which consists of four carefully crafted pork courses, four 5oz beer pairings, and four dessert pairings. Attendees also receive lots of other goodies to take home. Guests may park in the parking structure behind Beachwood Brewing for up to three hours with validation from the restaurant. No one under 21 may attend. Tickets normally cost $40, but use the promo code newsletter to save $10!

The Business @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-business

Catch a punk rock show headlined by UK punk band The Business this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $13.

Slam Dance Fest
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/149389055233857/

Kick May in the nads with this end-of-the-month punk rock fest in Los Angeles. With over 15 bands playing across two stages plus live DJ’s, expect one rowdy and unforgettable time. Tickets only cost $6 presale and $8 at the door! The venue will contain a food vendor, a cash bar, and other merchandise vendors. No one under 18 may enter.

Brea SummerFest 2013
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 1
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

Brea brings all of the elements of a state fair into one weekend with their annual SummerFest. Find food, rides, live entertainment, games, vendors, and more at this weekend-long fair for the entire family. Guests may enter and park for free – please adhere all signs for parking and entering the fest.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 1-2
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

Explore the cultures of the Pacific Islands all weekend at the Aquarium of the Pacific. For just the price of the aquarium’s general admission, guests of all ages will experience music, dancing, arts & crafts, ethnic cuisines, educational programming, storytelling, artisans, and more. Parking at the adjacent parking structure ranges from $5 to $10. The local Passport bus operates for free, so guests may ride public transportation to save money.

5th Annual Downtown Pomona Community Car & Bike Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 1
Thomas Plaza, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/534341013294646/

Check out custom & vintage cars & motorcycles at this community auto show in Downtown Pomona this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend for all ages, any profit or money made from this event via participants and vendors go towards local charities benefiting underprivileged children. Some of the nearby streets provide free parking, while parking lots west of Main St cost nothing to park in.

The Ultimate Radio Control Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.rcx.com/

Check out this expo for remote control toys and gadgets as you relive your adolescent life playing with portable mobile vehicles. With plenty of remote control cars, boats, planes, helicopters, and more, guests of all ages will find many attractions to check out. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door, while children get in free with paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center ranges from $5 to $10, or you may park on the street in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

22nd Annual Santa Monica Festival
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 1
Clover Park, Santa Monica
http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Culture/content.aspx?id=15035

Free and open to all ages, this festival in Santa Monica celebrates the local community with family activities, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, and more. Guests can park for free at the location.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 1
Old Town Pasadena, Downtown Pasadena
http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/

This FREE and all-ages music festival completely covers the streets of Downtown Pasadena. All day long, guests can catch over 150 free concerts from dozens of local bands, including Youngblood Hawke, and other bands that have traveled from afar to play here. Local long-term parking may cost quite a bit, so opt to park further and take public transportation to cut down on costs.

Balls For Balls 2013
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 1
The Mezz Bar, Alexandria Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ballsforballs.philanthroproductions.org/

In a nutshell, gather a team to competitively eat meatballs for charity. The winning team does take a cash prize home. A team of four enters for $60, while individuals enter for $20 and get placed in a random team as a filler. Spectators may enter and watch for free.

1st Annual Long Beach Sea Festival Kickoff Extravaganza
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbseafest.com/index.php/events/kickoff-extravaganza/event/2

This FREE event kicks off the summer series of festivals, as it previews all upcoming festivals that make up the season-long Sea Festival. Guests of all ages will find food trucks, live music, arts & crafts, jumpers, and more. After sunset, bring out the beach chairs and blankets for a free viewing of Finding Nemo on the beach.

AutoCon Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.autoconevents.com/autocon-los-angeles-2013/

See hundreds of classic, custom, and exotic cars this Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Guests will also find beautiful models, food trucks, and plenty of automotive vendors to spend money on. General admission costs $12, while expedited admission costs $17. Children enter free with a paid adult admission. Please bring cash for parking at the venue. The event takes place outdoors, so dress accordingly for the hot weather, and apply sunscreen.

Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 1
Proof Bar, Santa Ana
http://noirart.org/lumiere-noir/

This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.

FotoSensori – ​A Multi-Dimensional Photography Group Show & Fundraiser
6:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 1
Monk Space, Los Angeles
http://www.fotosensori.com/

This atypical art & photography show showcases more than just art – it utilizes all five of the human senses to experience and absorb the art. Over ten photographers will collaborate to present this diverse exhibit to all attendees. Throughout the night, local bands and DJ’s will fill the air with feet-moving beats, while attendees may purchase dumplings or vegan cupcakes to munch on. Attendees can find plenty of free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Although the organizers have not enforced an entry fee, they suggest a $15 donation at the door.

16th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 2
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2013

This FREE and all-ages street fair takes place in West LA between Culver City and Beverly Hills. Attendees will find live music, a kids’ zone including rock-climbing, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more. Guests can park for free in the neighborhoods surrounding the fest.

Spring 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 2
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://patchworkshow.com/craft-fair-locations/long-beach-events/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. The surrounding neighborhoods contain plenty of free street parking.

29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:30 pm, June 2
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

Once again taking over the streets of Old Town Tustin, this FREE street fair contains lots of activities to keep the entire family busy and full the entire day. Attendees will find arts & crafts, live entertainment, merchandise vendors, kids’ area, the multitude of chili teams, and much more. This event gets highly crowded each year, and w3hile it requires no admission to enter, guests will end up parking on city streets a few blocks away. To sample chili, guests must purchase tickets for $2 each, and redeem these tickets at the chili teams for samples.

8th Annual Lummis Day Festival
10:30 am – 7:00 pm, June 2
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

Catch music, dance, poetry, art, and more at this free multicultural festival this Sunday afternoon in Northeast LA. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Chicks That Rock
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 2
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/132875120235497/

Five female-fronted bands will play at this show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. Tickets to this show cost $7. No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Taste of Alhambra
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
2nd & Main, Downtown Alhambra
http://www.downtownalhambra.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,49/func,details/did,37/

Savor the local flavor of Alhambra at this annual all-you-can-eat food fest on the streets of Downtown Alhambra this Sunday evening. For $50 presale and $60 at the gate, guests 21 and over will receive unlimited food samples from various Alhambra restaurants and unlimited drinks from local establishments. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures.

LBC Tweet Up Brunch

The first event of my weekend was the #LBCTweetUp brunch at Tavern On 2 on Saturday morning. I did not get an official head count, but it was nice to see Long Beach tweeps again, especially since it had been about a year since I attended one of these tweet ups.

USC Alumni Club of Long Beach’s Baywatch Brunch at Panama Joe’s

This occurred at the same time as the Tweet Up and was next door, so I decided to visit following the brunch. I did not stay too long, only long enough to say Hi to those I knew. Eventually, a random woman unrelated to the group passed out in the corner near us, and paramedics and a firetruck had to stop in front of the venue. At that point, I made a hasty exit.

Manhattan Beach Beer Fest

This beer fest was my next destination. I have already reviewed this event – please click the above link to view it.

Bixby Knolls Dragster Expo & Car Show and The Factory’s Beer Garden

Immediately after the last beer fest, I hightailed it to this car show and beer fest. You can view my pictures and review by clicking the above link.

Revisiting Tavern On 2

My original plan was to go see Avenue Q, as highlighted in last week’s Upcoming Events post. However, I finished my business at The Factory too late, so I decided to return to Tavern On 2 to cap off my night.

Las Vegas: One-Night Stay

On Sunday morning, I drove out to Las Vegas to stay a night, as I had business to take care of Monday morning there. Las Vegas was going through some funky thunderstorms and cloudiness that day, so that limited my time at the pool at Rio. However, I still had time to lay out by the pool for a bit.

Afterwards, we decided to walk through Chinatown for a bit, just to see how different it is from Southern California.

Next, we went to some Asian Buffet restaurant that was way far away from The Strip. If not for the long line to get in, the buffet itself was only $15 per person, quite a steal.

Needing to go on a walk after that buffet, we drove to Downtown Las Vegas to check out the Fremont Street Experience.

I did not remember the flightlines being there last time I came to Las Vegas, so that was something neat to see. At $20 per ride, I felt that my money was better off at the casino. Speaking of which, after a good half-hour walk, we drove down to The Strip to see the sights before heading back to the hotel to crash for the night.

Monday morning, we took care of our work, and left Vegas around 1pm. Driving back after the state line, I was slightly surprised to see water on both sides of the freeway following the storms of the previous days.

So that is the extent of this weekend. I hope to make next weekend crazier than this one, since the only direction to go from here is up.