Posts Tagged ‘Valiant Brewing’

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/912260378832892/

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.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 6
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1648486905364885/

Celebrate IPA Day this Thursday evening at Valiant Brewing in Orange as they bring their Overdrive Quad IPA out on draft and in bottles.

El Segundo/Monkish Collaboration Beer Release
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/824680040981172/

Come enjoy the release of Beer.Hops.Love. (Hoppy Belgian-style Tripel) collaboration between local brewing powerhouses El Segundo Brewing Company and Monkish Brewing Company. No admission required – simply show up and savor this brew.

45 Grave @ The World Famous Doll Hut
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1095922713754639/

Release some mid-week aggression at this local punk show at the Doll Hut this Thursday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 7
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.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7-9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend. For just $3 to enter, this flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
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).

4th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 7
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 8
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.rpwbbq.com/

Indulge in BBQ, pork, watermelons, and beer this weekend in Huntington Beach. Grill masters from across the country will fly in to compete for the grand prize of $10,000, and attendees will share the delight to sampling all the delicious meaty goodness. Attendees will also find all the watermelon they can eat, as well as watermelon-related activities such as carving, seed-spitting, eating contests, and more. Also catch live music all weekend on the stage. General admission valid for all three days cost $10, $5 for children ages 8-12, and free for younger children. General admission only grants entry to the festival – all attendees must pay for food separately.

67th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 7
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 8
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 9
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
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 7
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 $50, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $99, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/822535934492885/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/919781-secret-affair-long-beach/

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

8th Annual Surf Guitar Convention & Festival
8:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 8
Garden Grove Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://surfguitar101.com/convention/HOME.html

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

2015 Lucas Oil Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 8-9
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.

3rd Annual Pawsapalooza: Dog Walk & Festival
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 8
West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood
http://www.pawsla.org/pawsapalooza-2015/

This free and all-ages event unites dogs and dog lovers for a day of furry friendly fun. Experience dog performance demos, free treats & pet goodies, arts & crafts, costume contests, and more.

10th Annual Cardiff Dog Days of Summer
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
Cardiff Town Center, Cardiff
http://www.cardiffdogdaysofsummer.com/

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

2015 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter through blue gate 9, located on White Avenue south of Arrow Hwy.

7th Annual Unique LA Summer Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8-9
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.com/markets-la

The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from hundreds of hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast. The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

3rd Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 8-9
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
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.

28th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
11:00 am – 10:30 pm, August 8-9
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachjazzfestival.com/

Soak in the sun with classy R&B and jazz music this weekend in Long Beach. Discover the best in local music under the sun in the park by the beach, and check out the local food and art also available at this all-ages fest. Admission varies based on attendance method, with rates starting at $50. Parking in nearby lots and structures cost $10 per vehicle – consider parking in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue to circumvent parking fees.

Star Wars: It’s A Tap!
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 8
Pizza Port, San Clemente
http://www.facebook.com/events/697272197074251/

Pizza Port will tap & pour Star Wars themed beers all day for $3 or $4 a pint depending on the beer. They will also have food specials, movies, costume contests, and more. No admission required – you only pay for what you consume.

9th Annual Los Angeles Skacore Invasion
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 8
Plaza De La Raza, Los Angeles
http://www.fla.vor.us/skacoreinvasion15

Check out this all-day all-ages ska/punk/reggae/hardcore outdoor concert going on this Saturday in Los Angeles, complete with two stages and over 30 bands. Tickets cost $22 presale or $28 at the door.

LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 8
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena, Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/burgersandbeer/2015/

Hang with hipsters at this gourmet foodie and craft beer event in Los Angeles this Saturday afternoon. Find burgers from dozens of Los Angeles County’s hottest burger joints, and enjoy beer samples from dozens of Southern Californian microbreweries. General admission starts at 3pm and costs $75 with beer or $55 without beer. VIP admission costs $90 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited samples until it runs out. No one under 21 may attend.

Hollywood Beer & Music Festival
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 8
The Reserve Lot @ Hollywood & Vine, 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 4pm. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 3pm, and has access to exclusive cocktails. No one under 21 may attend.

2015 Long Beach Grand Cru
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 8
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Estates
http://www.longbeachgrandcru.org/

Wine lovers will not want to miss this year’s Long Beach Grand Cru, a wine competition and tasting extravaganza, featuring some really rare and/or expensive wines. General admission costs $250 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $350 and starts at 5pm, but also includes access to a VIP area with premium food and drinks.

Larrypalooza
5:00 pm – 1:30 am, August 8
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1594412624161805/

Check out this long punk show featuring many local bands this Saturday evening at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs only $5 if entering before 7pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Art Crawl Experience
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 8
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/artcrawlexperience

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

The Full Pint 7th Anniversary Celebration
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 8
The Lost Knight, Echo Park
http://thefullpint.com/events/tfp8/

This beer fest will bring out the big guns, as The Full Pint brings out all the rare beers that attendees can handle. A VIP session starts at 6pm, but has already sold out. General admission starts at 8:30pm and costs $10 to enter – from there, attendees will pay for beer as they go, and each beer will vary in price.

Screeching Weasel: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 8, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/screeching-weasel
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 9, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5838085

Famous punk band Screeching Weasel will headline all-ages shows in three consecutive days in California this weekend, with two of them taking place in Southern California. Each show has a different ticket price, so click on a link for details.

Punk Night @ Fitzgerald’s
8:30 pm – 1:00 am, August 8
Fitzgerald’s, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/832678750139864/

Enjoy a local punk show this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, August 9
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

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

7th Annual OC Fair Fun Run 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 9
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.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 9
Culver City to Venice
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Washington Blvd, Venice Blvd, and surrounding streets in Culver City and Venice will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

30th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, August 9
Paramount Studios, Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodartscouncil.org/

Bring out the family to this FREE art day in Hollywood this Sunday afternoon. Children will enjoy all the activities involving art, dance, music, face painting, characters, and more.

Blue Palms Brewhouse 7th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 9
Blue Palms Brewhouse, Los Angeles
http://www.shop.bluepalmsbrewhouse.com/Blue-Palms-7th-Anniversary-Blue-Palms-7th.htm

Blue Palms Brewhouse turns seven this week, and would like to invite you to join in on the festivities! Admission costs $60, and comes with twenty 3oz beer tasters, a souvenir glass, and food while it lasts.

3rd Annual Avocado Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 9
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/community/did-somebody-say-avocado/

Angel City Brewery brings back their Avocado Ale this Sunday, 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.

31st Annual Hillcrest CityFest
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 9
5th & University, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/events/hillcrest-cityfest/

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

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9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at the Cathedral
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 8
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.downtownla.com/dog-day-2015-rsvp.asp

This FREE and all-ages event brings together dogs and dog lovers from around town to mingle and enjoy a night of fun and relaxation. In addition to meeting a bunch of other dogs, visitors will find live music, vendors, pet adoptions, and more.

Gam3rCon 2015
12:00 pm – 11:30 pm, July 9-12
10th Avenue Art Center, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gam3rcon-tickets-15355124591

Taking place during the San Diego Comic Con, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theater, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties. Adult admission costs $20 for a single day or $60 for the entire weekend. Child admission costs $10 for a single day or $30 for the entire weekend.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 9
Absolution Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/973629712667755/

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

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

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

X – Album Show Weekend
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 9-12
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/X-4-day-pass

Legendary punk band X will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

Ten Foot Pole: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/ten-foot-pole
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, July 10, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/884019

Enjoy a classic punk rock show this Thursday and Friday night. Ticket prices and age limits vary, so click on a show’s link for more information.

TWO YEAR Barrel-Aged Acurum – LIMITED Release
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 10
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/602960973179241/

Valiant Brewing will release the ultra-rare Acurum bottles this Friday evening on a first-come, first-served basis. Craft beer enthusiasts will not want to miss out on this extremely limited brew.

Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 10
Mission Brewery, Downtown San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1122847081063191/

Now for something REALLY different. Immerse yourself in video game art and culture at Mission Brewery in San Diego this Friday night. Enjoy a nostalgic night of art, music, games, and beer all in one spot.

Grilled Cheese & Beer Night
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, July 10
Andrew’s Cheese Shop, Santa Monica
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-10th-grilled-cheese-beer-night-tickets-17202195229

Enjoy a four-course dinner with beer pairings for $50 at this local cheese shop in Santa Monica this Friday night.

BeautyCon LA
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://beautycon.com/la

See all things beauty, fashion, cosmetics, and more at this one-day event at The Reef in Los Angeles this Saturday. General admission costs $30 and grants you access to the entire show floor full of vendors, services, workshops, speakers, demos, and more.

1st Annual California Hot Sauce Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://www.cahotsauceexpo.com/

Spice lovers rejoice! Torch your taste buds at this hot sauce tasting event this weekend at Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. General admission costs $10 and provides access to all the vendors sampling their hot sauces, but does not include food or drinks. A beer package costs $50 and includes five beverage tokens, a bottle of hot sauce, and a t-shirt. VIP admission costs $100 and provides access to a secluded VIP area.

Beachwood Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration
10:30 am – 12:00 am, July 11
Beachwood Brewing, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1497953640450113/

Celebrate Beachwood Brewing’s 4th anniversary at their restaurant/brewery in Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Free to attend, expect to find rare beers on tap, as well as a handful of guest breweries and their brews. Beachwood BBQ will also serve up some food specials unique only for this glorious day. Guests can park for free for up to three hours with validation in the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant.

Renegade Craft Fair
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 11-12
Grand Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles/losangeles-fair-details

This free and all-ages fair at Grand Park will have arts, crafts, music, foodtrucks, drinks, and more. Come see the alternative side of arts & crafts this weekend.

Boulevard Brewing Tap Takeover
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 11
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/829925280410272/

Boulevard Brewing will take over the taps at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Saturday afternoon. No admission required – simply show up and pay as you go.

New Belgium Brewing + The Do LaB Celebration
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 11
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1610015875941133/

At this FREE event, have fun with typical antics by The Do LaB, and enjoy some beer that New Belgium Brewing created exclusively for The Do LaB. In addition, catch live music, food, wine, and other activities. Food and wine come at a separate cost, so bring cash for those.

3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 11
The Loma Club, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://heroesbrewfest.com/

Coinciding with Comic Con, this beer tasting event will take place at Liberty Station this Saturday afternoon. As the title suggests, this beer event will bear a costume element, encouraging attendees to arrive in some sort of cosplay outfit. Presale general admission costs $49 and starts at 3pm, while presale VIP admission costs $64 and starts at 2pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters from the over 40 participating breweries while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://lastreetfoodfest.com/

Experience the best of mobile eats in LA at the 4th annual LA Street Food Fest. This all-ages food fest features hundreds of chefs, restaurants, food carts, food trucks, food stands, pop-ups, bars, and more. The list of participating businesses includes more than enough food to cover your entire day, plus plenty of dessert, ice cream, coffee/teas, drinks, alcoholic drinks, mobile boutiques, and so much more. General admission costs $60, starts at 5pm, and includes parking and ALL food & drinks. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 3pm, and also includes access to a VIP lounge. Children 7 and under enter free with a paid adult admission. Attendees should bring a picnic blanket and/or chairs, as the venue cannot provide enough tables for the thousands of attendees.

Four Brewers 1st Anniversary Celebration
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 11
Hamilton Family Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/1603383939947180/

This craft beer podcast celebrates a year in the industry this Saturday at Hamilton Family Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga. Admission costs nothing to attend, while special anniversary glasses cost $12. The brewery will have an exclusive saison on tap brewed just for this occasion, and the podcast crew will have swag to give away, such as stickers and pins.

Night Nation Run – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 11
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.nightnationrun.com/los-angeles-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.

German Heritage Day
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, July 12
Old World Village, Huntington Beach
http://www.oldworld.ws/

Do you love Oktoberfest? Show off your German pride at this FREE and all-ages celebration this Sunday afternoon at Old World Village in Huntington Beach. Enjoy German food, music, arts & crafts, and more. The first 500 guests receive a FREE meal, so act quick!

Afternoon Delight: A Sunday Funday of Bands and Burlesque
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, July 12
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/465842670240763/

Enjoy local music and burlesque this Sunday in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10

Unity Beer Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/1611333909145540/

Come to Smog City Brewing in Torrance this Wednesday evening for the bottle release of Unity, the official beer of LA Beer Week. Visitors can purchase bottles, fill growlers, and/or enjoy Unity right in the tasting room.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $30 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17-18
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Psychonauts 10th Anniversary
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/710551265723205/

Indie video game Psychonauts released to the public ten years ago, and to celebrate, iam8bit will have a free night dedicated to it with art, drinks, and gaming. Guests under 21 must have an accompanying adult.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night returns to Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach this Thursday night! No reservations required – simply show up, get a table or seat at the bar, then customize your mac & cheese. Pick the toppings, herbs, cheese, sauce, meats, and pasta, and order a nice cold glass of craft beer.

AleSmith & Modern Times Beer Dinner
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, June 18
OB Warehouse, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/112234452443474/

Enjoy a four-course dinner featuring beer pairings courtesy of AleSmith and Modern Times of San Diego. Reservations cost $64 per person excluding tax and tip. No one under 21 may attend.

iam8bit 10th Anniversary Art Show
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 18
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/766631996787578/

Art gallery iam8bit turns ten years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have over a hundred artists from around the world display their gaming art at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park starting this Thursday night, complete with a live DJ spinning tunes all night.

The Slackers – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5819225

Ska band The Slackers will headline a show in North Park this Thursday night as part of their North American Summer tour. Tickets to this show cost $16. No one under 18 may enter.

Guttermouth – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.eventbrite.com/e/guttermouth-tickets-17238403529
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/857359-guttermouth-long-beach/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Til-Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/guttermouth-tba/

Famous punk band Guttermouth will headline a series of shows in California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on a link for more details.

The Misfits – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 18-20, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Misfits-Three-Day-Pass
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/?event_id=5618905

Legendary punk band The Misfits will headline four shows across four consecutive days this week in Southern California. Each show will also have great opening bands, so arrive early to check them out too. Tickets to these all-ages shows vary in price, so click on a link for pricing details.

FREE Ice Cream Sandwiches CREAM Irvine Spectrum Grand Opening
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 19
Cream Irvine Spectrum, Irvine
http://www.facebook.com/events/1598286637085707/

As the title says, get a FREE ice cream sandwich during this shop’s grand opening this Friday, limit one per person.

Hot Sünner Nights
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/369770383222746/

To celebrate the summer solstice, Select Beer Store will pour Sünner Kölsch, a hard-to-find beer, this Friday night at their shop in Redondo Beach. No admission required – come in and enjoy a cold one there, or take a bottle or two to-go.

Valiant Brewing & Center Street Cheese – Beer & Cheese Pairing
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 19
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/869609686451667/

For $20, receive a pairing of five gourmet cheeses and five craft beers at Valiant Brewing in Orange this Friday night.

Original Long Beach Punk Rock
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 19
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1480973508859622/

Enjoy some local punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Night @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636442293265154/

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

Gang Green – 2015 West Coast Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 19, The Airliner, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/816461821756629/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/206546
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 21, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/gang-green
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/871463-gang-green-long-beach/

Punk band Gang Green currently tours across the west coast, and that tour will swing through Southern California this weekend. Tickets and age limits vary with each show, so check with a particular show to see how much it costs and the age required to enter.

7th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 20-28
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.com/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Exposition Park. 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 over 11 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, 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 LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

AleSmith Mr. Padre 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 20
NEW AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.active.com/san-diego-ca/running/races/alesmith-mr-padre-5-5k-2015

Participate in a charity 5.5k run/walk this Saturday morning, hosted by AleSmith Brewing. The post-run party will have food and beer for participants.

9th Annual Car Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 20
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/862630587113226/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages car show this Saturday afternoon in Whittier.

40th Annual Big Irish Fair & Music Fest
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
El Dorado Park, Long Beach
http://www.irishfair.org/

Southern California’s largest Irish Fair returns to Long Beach this weekend. This family-friendly fair brings Irish culture to one location, where attendees can see over a thousands Irish dancers, dozens of live bands, bagpipe demos, a shepherding show, athletic competitions, cultural reenactments, a parade, and more. Guests should bring cash if they want to purchase any food, drinks, merchandise, accessories, or any other Irish goodie. I suggest avoiding American food, and trying the Irish food that you would not find elsewhere. Admission varies depending on how you want to attend, with general admission costing $15 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students.

23rd Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 20-21
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

Watch hundreds of artists create massive works of art on the sidewalks, plus enjoy a classic car show on Father’s Day! Completely free to attend for all ages, attendees will also find live music, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, food trucks, and more.

8th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 20
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

Got a craving for heat? Satisfy that craving this Saturday in sunny Surf City, as the streets close to traffic for the annual Huntington Beach Chili Cook Off & Salsa Tasting. Free to attend for all ages, this all-in-one street fair covers a massive portion of Downtown Huntington Beach, filled with arts & crafts, food, drinks, merchandise, a kids’ zone, music, and lots of chili and salsa tastings. In order to taste the chili and salsa, guests must purchase tasting tickets for $10 presale or $15 on the day of the fest. As this area gets extremely crowded on this day, I suggest carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking far and walking to downtown.

Hamilton Brewery’s 1st Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 20
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.facebook.com/events/949206648465273/

Hamilton Brewery turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they have a special anniversary beer ready to release to the public. In addition, they will have special merchandise available for sale, plus FREE food for all guests starting at 12pm.

29th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 20
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 21
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://longbeachfestival.com/

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

So Cal Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 20
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-cal-brew-fest-tickets-15723453272

Here comes a new challenger! A new beer festival arrives in Orange County this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and starts at 1pm. VIP admission costs $50 presale or $60 at the gate, and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Exposition Park, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-beer-week-kickoff-festival-tickets-16242788618

LA Beer Week moves from September to June this year, and along with that huge change comes the big beer fest moving to the beginning of the week, as well as its new location of Exposition Park. Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala. General admission costs $45 and includes 25 2oz beer tasters and the souvenir glass. VIP admission sold out long ago, so I have no reason to list its features! No one under 21 may attend.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2015
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://microapp.ocweekly.com/summerfest/2015/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $15 presale or $25 at the door, while VIP admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

2015 San Diego Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 20
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2015/6/21/anaheim-night-market-5

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

The Stitches @ The Karman Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 20
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1423979067911418/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 21
United States

Do something nice for dad today!

Make Music Los Angeles 2015
June 21
Los Angeles County
http://makemusicla.org/

All day this Sunday, local artists will perform across Los Angeles County with endless diversity. Most of these performances will cost nothing, but check with the website for a full listing of music performances and where they will take place.

Father’s Day Craft Beer Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/upcoming-events/sunday-may-21-fathers-day-brunch/

Treat dad to a brunch buffet this Sunday morning, which includes two craft beers. Adults cost $23.95, teens cost $16.95, while kids cost $9.95. In addition, 5oz beer tasters will cost $1.50 on Father’s Day.

LA Beer Week Hangover Brunch
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 21
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/857246381022877/

Got a little too sudsy at the LA Beer Week Kick-Off the previous day? Far Bar will have a special brunch menu this Sunday morning in preparation for LA Beer Week.

6th Annual Summer Solstice Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 21
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/events-performances/festivals/

Sample worldly cuisine at this cultural festival this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. Guests may park for free at the venue.

Cascade Brewing & Friends for Father’s Day
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 21
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/399338190254468/

Just in time for Father’s Day, Select Beer Store has some uncommon Cascade beers on tap ready for your sipping pleasure.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 1st Anniversary
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 21
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://macleodale.ticketbud.com/cask

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns a year old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a trio of cask beer tasting events at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Guests can choose to attend any of three sessions that each last three hours, and admission will vary based on how much guests intend to drink. $15 nets five drink tickets, $25 nets ten drink tickets, and $50 provides unlimited drinks for the duration of the session. Each session has a 275-person limit, so act fast if you want to attend.

Slaughter & The Dogs w/ The Briggs @ The Soda Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
The Soda Bar, San Diego
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/calendar.php?event_id=2456

Punk bands Slaughter & The Dogs and The Briggs will perform in San Diego this Sunday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Slater’s 50/50 6th Anniversary
11:00 am – 12:00 am, June 3
Slater’s 50/50, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/973682199311344/

Six years ago, Southern California discovered the infamous 50/50 burger. This Wednesday, celebrate six years of bacon goodness at the location that started it all: Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim Hills. They will have food and drink specials all day, so stop on by whenever and congratulate Scott Slater on his continued success.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3-4
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach
http://downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Pine-Avenue-2015

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/497835437036092/

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

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4-6
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.

Chinatown After Dark
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 7
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventId=454

Chinatown enters the Night Market field this Thursday night, as Chinatown transforms into an outdoor nighttime market filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. Free for all ages, guests should park east of Spring St and/or north of College St.

King Harbor & Telegraph Brewing Tap Takeover
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1392855427711775/

Both King Harbor Brewing and Telegraph Brewing will split the taps at Far Bar in Downtown LA’s Little Tokyo this Thursday night, which will include the two breweries’ collaboration brew.

Alkaline Trio: Four Nights at The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4-7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.alkalinetrio.com/

Alkaline Trio will perform all eight of their records over the duration of four shows this week at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Each of these all-ages shows cost $25 per ticket.

Fields Ablaze Bottle Release
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/1402022283458888/

Valiant Brewing will release their summer seasonal, Fields Ablaze, in bottles starting this Friday evening at their tasting room in Orange.

10th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 5
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 6
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 7
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.

2nd Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5-6
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $7 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

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

Shmaltz Brewing’s Hops In He’Brew Tasting
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
Total Wine & More, Tustin
http://www.facebook.com/events/373741182823333/

Shmaltz Brewing will sample beers from their variety pack for FREE this Friday night at Total Wine & More in Tustin.

Agent Orange – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-2/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 6, Brick By Brick, Linda Vista, San Diego http://brickbybrick.ticketfly.com/event/837083-agent-orange-special-guests-san-diego/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a couple of shows in Southern California this weekend. Each show has a different age limit and ticket price, so click on a link for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/210463

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

21st Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/finearts/specialevents/studio_arts_festival.asp

Dozens of Southern Californian artists will display their work for the public to view at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Irvine. In addition to all the art, the event will feature live music, food, arts & crafts, vendors, live art, and more.

Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
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.

1st Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 6-7
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/492/first-ever-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home.

CatConLA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 6-7
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://catconla.com/

As the event’s name suggests, this two-day event features all things cats. See the latest in cat trends involving fashion, grooming, accessories, nutrition, and more. Also meet famous cats and famous people who work with cats, including artists and designers. Adult admission costs $25 for a day or $40 for the weekend, while child admission costs $15 for a day or $25 for the weekend. Guests may not actually bring their cats.

Rockabilly Weekend (& Rockabeauty Hair, Beard & Mustache Contests)
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 6-7
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/rockabilly-weekend-rockabeauty-hair-beard-mustache-contests-sat-only-tickets-16851458165

Enjoy rockabilly music and assorted contests this weekend at the OC Market Place. Admission normally costs $2, but use the provided link to gain admission for free.

2015 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Orange County Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 6-7
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://ocwomensexpo.com/

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

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $25 presale or $30 at the door.

28th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 6-7
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes
http://www.pvstreetfair.com/

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

Historic Core Mural Tour
11:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/historic-core-mural-tour-tickets-17072541431

Embark on a tour through Downtown Los Angeles to view a plethora of beautiful art murals with cultural and historic significance. Participation in this tour costs $15.

Make Music Pasadena
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 6
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 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.

Hangar 24 Local Fields: Essence Release
11:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 6
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.facebook.com/events/860320794035104/

Hangar 24 releases the next brew of their seasonal series this Saturday. Come to the tasting room in Redlands to enjoy Essence, a double IPA brewed with navel oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit, and also catch some local music as well as local food.

12th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

At this free and all-ages event, discover dozens of local artists and musicians along this stretch of two miles on Adams Avenue.

East End Block Party
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 6
Top Acid, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/950084651691537/

Enjoy a variety of local music for free this Saturday in Downtown Santa Ana.

Pechanga’s 7th Annual Microbrew & Craft Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 6
Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula
http://bit.ly/BeerNChili

Enjoy unlimited beer (while supplies last) and chili samples at this beer tasting event at Pechanga in Temecula this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $50, and comes with a 2oz souvenir glass, and all the beer and chili you can consume until they run out.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 6
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/event/zoo-brew/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $55 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers.

3rd Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 6
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. Tickets sold out long ago, but some people may continue to sell their tickets up to the day of the event, so look around for people selling tickets.

Pinup Girl Clothing Yard Sale
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.facebook.com/events/370933699771639/

Find your perfect pinup outfit at this massive blowout sale with apparel, accessories, and so much more.

9th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 7
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/animalcare/events/super_pet_adoption.asp

For just $1 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

18th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 7
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/events/sorofest2015

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 2015 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Long Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/upcoming-shows/

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.

31st Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 7
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 while 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.

Chula Vista Festival of Colors
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 7
Salt Creek Community Park, Chula Vista
http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com/festival-of-colors/festival-of-colors-in-chula-vista-ca/

The festivities surrounding Holi have embarked on a year-round tour to spread the joys of colors to everyone. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

2nd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 7
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://www.facebook.com/events/1418541951800355/

Check out what Belching Beaver has going on this Sunday. For $20 admission, gain four 8oz beers and a raffle ticket, all while checking out all of the custom cars on display.

LA Bazaar Punk Flea Market
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
Space Forty-Two, Mid-City, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1636901113212640/

Check out punk rock vendors and local punk rock music at this all-day swap meet in LA this Sunday. Enter for free if arriving before 3pm; otherwise, admission costs $5.

Mead & Cheese Pairing
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 7
The BrewHouse, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/798213306962411/

Head to The BrewHouse in San Juan Capistrano this Sunday afternoon for a special mead and cheese pairing.

Rob’s Birthday Show
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 7
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/442664179242418/

Check out lots of great local punk bands this Sunday at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Supersuckers – Live in Long Beach
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 7
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/415807608600796/

Rock out to a bunch of great local punk rock bands this Sunday evening in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. Guests arriving before 5pm can park for free; otherwise, parking costs $10. No one under 21 may remain in the venue after 10pm.

The brave can conquer anything. It takes guts to stand up to the colossal giants in this world. It must feel daunting when in a situation of feeling like a small person in a big crowd. When 1% of the world holds 99% of the wealth, corporate megalomaniacs can influence multiple aspects, from the top levels of government down to the common populace. To stand out from the crowd, you need something to set you apart from the rest. Society tends to conform to what the media feeds the people, listening to what they deem good or bad. When people snap out of the brainwashing, they break their creative chains to unleash their potential and dreams. Everybody has different goals, but when you want to go big, look at how Valiant Brewing approaches their craft.

Two years ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This past Saturday, the folks behind the brews celebrated the second year of their brewery with a beer tasting event at their tasting room. With over 40 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not yet seen, Valiant brought out their big guns to this party. Frequent guests may have noticed a handful of barrels missing from their normal corner of the brewery, which could finally see daylight and reach the glasses of every guest. With food vendors available all day, plus free mini cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, visitors of all ages would appreciate this oasis away from the hot sun.

On a weekend full of beer events, Valiant held up their own, and proved that they have garnered a solid following over the past year. Perhaps we will see more of Valiant around Southern California this year, as they aim to distribute to a wider geographical area, both in bottle shops and in restaurants/bars. Until then, check out their tap room in Orange, open Thursdays through Saturdays, for a full glimpse of what they have brewing up.

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

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

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

Odd Market – Eagle Rock
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 2
All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock
http://theoddmarket.com/eaglerock/

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

H.R. from Bad Brains – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/875495262502591/

Get your mid-week fill of punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548768698721064/

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
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).

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/288160744640890/

Come to Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening and check out a lineup full of Fig Mtn brews.

Valiant Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 6
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://valiant.bpt.me/

Valiant opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate, they will have two days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. On Friday night, check out a VIP night that costs $70 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of Valiant’s anniversary brews plus food pairings that include chocolate, coffee, and other hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday from noon to 4pm, Valiant will have their grand tasting event that costs $40 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of most of Valiant’s lineup of brews, plus some in-house brewed sodas. No one under 21 may attend either event.

Rikk Agnew Band @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/763991957009721/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local bands show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

7 Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.facebook.com/events/436017816550013/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/7-Seconds

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will embark on a mini California tour starting with these two shows in Southern California. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on the link of a show for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/198128

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

The Shell Corporation @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/323422677854225/

Check out some awesome local punk bands this Friday night at The Redwood in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375896709394318/

Check out this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night featuring a handful of local bands. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 7
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 7
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.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 of 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.

West 3rd Street Crawl
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 7
Link, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ludlows-west-3rd-street-crawl-tickets-15733039946

Stroll and explore the businesses of West 3rd Street at this pub-like crawl. Participation costs $45, and comes with a handful of food & drink tastings and exclusive access to sales at select locations.

2015 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 7-9
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

14th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 7
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Best Coast Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, and will take place over two 4-hour sessions: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. The evening session will include a movie screening of Anchorman plus another secret movie. General admission costs $45 per session or $75 for both sessions, while a VIP admission exists that costs $125.

Phantom Carriage Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/796410000434190/

Carson’s first production microbrewery officially opens the doors to their tasting room this Saturday, and they have invited YOU to come check them out! Phantom Carriage will have ten of their brews on tap for the public to try, as well as some rare beers from guest breweries. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Sam Fest – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-2nd-annual-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Self Help Festival 2015
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $42.50.

Howl Event Space – Official Launch Party
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/401934749985836/

The Howl Event Space in Downtown Long Beach officially opens for business this week, and to celebrate their opening, they will have a FREE launch party for everyone to come check out. Experience live music, vendors, food, drinks, a photo booth, and more.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.blacklightrun.com/sandiego-ca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Agent Orange – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5155

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/196179

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 8
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=9382051

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

41st Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/40th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2015/

Basically, a food & wine fest for the rich. General admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited food & drink tastings until they run out. VIP admission costs $85 presale or $90 at the door, starts at 1pm, and includes a VIP gift bag.

Moscow, land of strange and mysterious towers of pure gold cold as ice. Who could guess that a fire burns inside of Moscow so hot? Although that sounds like complete nonsense, they derive from the lyrics of a famous song dedicated to the glory of Moscow, or Moskau as the song refers to it. Despite the rough history behind the motherland, Russia has certainly influenced a great portion of the world. While the recent 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Russia, perhaps the world best regards Russia for vodka. Adults around the world love to soak themselves with this liquor, especially now with its universal availability. Does anyone ever pay attention to the beer from Russia? Perhaps not, since Russia has not come to the spotlight for their work in brewing. However, the Russian style certainly has influenced the creation of consumables, evident in not only Russian cuisine, but Russian beverages as well, such as the famed Russian Imperial Stout. If you seek a Russian Imperial Stout worth shouting Moskau over, look no further than the craft beer scene in Orange County.

The folks from Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to collaborate on a succulent winter’s brew known as Chernyy Medved (SHARE-nee MID-vid). In honor of the acclaimed winter beer fest, the OC Brew Ho Ho, these two breweries butted heads to devise this incredible creation that words simply cannot accurately describe. Clocking in at 13.0% abv, this Russian Imperial Stout gets its characteristics with smoked oak, pine, vanilla, and cherries. With a flavor like chocolate-covered cherries, this hearty brew fits right in with the cold winter season with its warming finish. Beer enthusiasts may want to consider attempting to cellar this bottle, as it lends itself to aging quite nicely.

Looking to savor this Russian beauty? Start looking at specialty craft beer retailers in Orange County, such as Total Wine & More or Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Act fast, as Chernyy Medved only exists in limited quantities, and once they run out, you probably will not find it on store shelves again!

The popularity of craft beer has surged substantially over the past decade. The shift in the meta from mass-produced generic beers to quality small-batch beers has arisen from a broad spread of information and knowledge of the beer industry. Local microbreweries have done a fantastic job at not only producing full-flavored unique beers for the local community, but also at marketing their brand and creating their own identity that no one else can easily duplicate. It also helps that microbreweries almost always list the full set of ingredients that go into every brew, compared to the big companies that do not disclose the full list of ingredients until someone or some group snoops around. The ever-growing popularity of craft beer has reached many institutions and businesses of all sizes. From the smallest of dive bars to the major chain businesses found across the world, most places should now start to carry craft beers. To my surprise, I recently discovered a hefty selection of craft beer at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, House of Blues represents a destination to many of Downtown Disney’s visitors, as opposed to simply a stop on the way to the amusement park. A combination of their restaurant, full bar, and concert hall makes them well-known to music lovers everywhere. As a major chain, most people would expect similarities in the food and drinks at every House of Blues location. For years, I never paid attention to the bar here, considering that they sell tall cans of PBR for $10. Until recently, I never expected to find craft beer here – fortunately, some of the local breweries that I visit regularly informed me of the craft beer selection at House of Blues. Doubtful, I decided to pay a visit to House of Blues to explore the beer selection, and to see if things had changed here since my last visit.

Last week, a regular event called Local Brews, Local Grooves took place at House of Blues in Anaheim. This event combines a show of local musicians with a small beer tasting. If I remember correctly, admission to the event costs $10, then once inside, attendees could either purchase a wristband for $15 that included five beer samples, or individual samples for $3 each. Only four breweries made an appearance to serve beer: Bootlegger’s, Valiant, Noble Ale, and Ballast Point. As I lingered around, I had a chance to speak with Thomas, one of the Food & Beverage Managers, about their new beer menu. Thomas informed me that they now carry an extensive bottle list full of craft beer, as well as a number of taps dedicated to craft beer. I did not actually see a beer menu, but this could potentially mean something to attendees of future shows here. Sadly, the House of Blues still carries a strict camera policy, and I got my photos just because I know people from the breweries.

As far as the local music went, all the music acts played mainly mellow music, like blues, jazz, or R&B.

The local punk rock scene may heavily criticize the House of Blues for their rules and general malice towards punk rock kids, but the House of Blues brings on music of all genres, and treats people based on the music, which explains the lack of punk rock shows there in the past few months. With this new change, we may start to see improvements in not only this House of Blues, but other locations across the nation.

The brave can conquer anything. It takes guts to stand up to the colossal giants in this world. It must feel daunting when in a situation of feeling like a small person in a big crowd. When 1% of the world holds 99% of the wealth, corporate megalomaniacs can influence multiple aspects, from the top levels of government down to the common populace. To stand out from the crowd, you need something to set you apart from the rest. Society tends to conform to what the media feeds the people, listening to what they deem good or bad. When people snap out of the brainwashing, they break their creative chains to unleash their potential and dreams. Everybody has different goals, but when you want to go big, look at how Valiant Brewing approaches their craft.

Just over a year ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This past Saturday, the folks behind the brews celebrated the first year of their brewery with an all-day celebration at their tasting room. With a total of 26 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not yet seen, Valiant brought out their big guns to this party. Frequent guests may have noticed a handful of barrels missing from their normal corner of the brewery, which could finally see daylight and reach the glasses of every guest. Visitors could order beer either normally as if simply visiting the tasting room, or as a “beer fest” package that costs $25 and comes with ten 2oz beer tasters plus a souvenir glass. With food vendors available all day, plus free mini cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes, visitors of all ages would appreciate this oasis away from the rain.

The murky weather did not appear to discourage guests from visiting Valiant Brewing on this day. Due to inclement weather, Valiant canceled the originally scheduled mini hot-rod collection that would park outside the tasting room. However, the show continued on, and in fact the weather may have caused more people to visit Valiant than without the clouds. On a weekend full of beer events, Valiant held up their own, and proved that they have garnered a solid following over the past year. Perhaps we will see more of Valiant around Southern California this year, as they aim to distribute to a wider geographical area, both in bottle shops and in restaurants/bars. Until then, check out their tap room in Orange, open Thursdays through Saturdays, for a full glimpse of what they have brewing up.

Orange County Restaurant Week
February 23 – March 1
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

2014 OC Music Awards Showcase Series Finals
7:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/552588158143432/

This free and all-ages show will feature some of the nominated musicians for the OC Music Awards. Five different local artists will perform and compete for the title of Best Live Band awarded at the OC Music Awards in March. Come see the best of the 7-week series duke it out one last time.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Last Thursdays @ One Eyed Gypsy
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, February 27
One Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/524366924350286/

Get your fill of burlesque every last Thursday of the month at One Eyed Gypsy in Downtown Los Angeles, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Neighborhood Watch – Punk Show @ Blacklight District Lounge
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1399024127026156/

Catch some good ol’ punk rock in Long Beach this Friday night with Neighborhood Watch and more great local bands. The cover for this show costs just $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk & Skacore Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1386039024992801/

Pay just $5 to check out some great local punk rock and skacore bands this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. No one under 21 may attend.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-15
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

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

The Makeup Show – Los Angeles
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, March 1
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 2
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.themakeupshow.com/makeupshow/LA/index.html

Exhibit beauty, fashion, makeup, and more at this trade show all weekend in Los Angeles. This two-day event will feature workshops, seminars, live demos, merchandise, samples, and more. Presale tickets cost $48 for one day and $68 for both days. Tickets at the door will cost $10 extra.

Inland Empire Brewing Company 5th Anniversary Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 1
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://www.iebrew.com/news/product/beer-and-food-festival-ticket

The IEBC will celebrate their 5th anniversary this weekend just like they did last year – with a massive festival at their brewery. Featuring over 30 breweries, plenty of food trucks, and live music, this festival will please any beer drinker. General admission costs $40, begins at 1pm, and includes 15 beer tasters. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, comes with 20 beer tasters, and allows access to the VIP area.

13th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 1
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Valiant Brewing 1st Year Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 1
Valiant Brewing, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/509421035842680/

Just over a year ago, Valiant Brewing opened their doors to the public to ravishing reviews. This Saturday, the folks behind the brews will celebrate the first year of their brewery with an all-day celebration at their tasting room. Expect a grand total of 26 different beers available to the public, many of which the public have not seen. For your entertainment, check out the mini hot-rod collection that will park outside the tasting room all day. Attendance requires no entry fee – simply show up, show your ID, and pay for beers as you go. This event will allow attendees under 21 to go inside; however, they still cannot drink any beer.

Long Beach Mardi Gras
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 1
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://lbmardigras.com/

Shoreline Village plays host this Saturday to a myriad of music, art, activities, entertainment, dance, parades, and more. The actual parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Completely free to attend for all ages, all guests can get involved with the festivities, from the dancing to the games and more. Dress up to get even more involved!

Punk Rock Night in La Habra
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 1
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1451654678398695/

Catch an all-ages punk rock show in La Habra this Saturday night for just $5.

Orange County Cocktail Week
March 2-8
Participating locations, Orange County
http://www.occocktailweek.com/

Enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and pairings at participating locations all week for $20.14 per person.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 2
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://www.renegaderaceseries.com/index.php?view=details&id=12%3Acoaster-run-at-knotts-berry-farm&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=146

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.