Posts Tagged ‘VRLA’

Technology has truly come a long way in short time. In the 1990’s, many people did not know of the internet, and those that did had to deal with the frustration of dial-up. Just a decade ago, smartphones had just made its introduction to the world, revolutionizing information technology by placing the world in your hands. Many other gadgets have surfaced since the smartphone, including many wearables and other useful tools. The way we view electronics has changed greatly over time too. Touch screens started off as resistive, meaning it relied on physical pressure to measure taps and touches. Touch screens later evolved into capacitive, which senses the conductive capacity of an object that touches the screen, such as human skin. In addition to touch screens, 3D and virtual reality has existed for a long time too, but had not made it into the mainstream as much. Times have changed, and you can now possess virtual reality in your hands, which the VRLA Expo 2017 showcased many forms of VR.

The general public used to think of virtual reality as a luxury item, but in today’s economy, anyone can experience VR, and the VRLA Expo 2017 exhibited the many ways that one can experience VR. This all-ages electronics expo took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s west hall this past weekend, and contained dozens of vendors all showcasing their entry into the VR market. Within the expo hall, the convention center staff had the lights dimmed the entire time so that attendees can better witness the spectacle of virtual reality. Most of the demos involved a VR headset that you either hold up to your eyes or have them strapped around your eyes so that you get the full immersion of the video clip or game. Most commonly, attendees got to use the HTC Vive (a complete virtual reality headset that includes a viewer and controllers, but no headphones) or other similar VR headset such as the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Other VR demos at this expo included mixed reality (MR), full body motion capture, physical/cardio machines (bikes, elliptical, etc), and a 360 dome that simulated perspective distortion, where you lie still in a room surrounded by a round screen, and that screen displayed a video that made you feel like you moved with the video.

The future has arrived, and the future includes virtual reality. We live in a future where we put clocks in our smartphones so that we do not need to wear a watch, yet we now have smartwatches so that we do not have to pull our phones out of our pockets. In this future, we now use a USB cord to charge books and cigarettes. Virtual reality does not have to cost you much – if you have a smartphone (I recommend at least a five inch screen), you can use a Google Cardboard with it, which should only cost a few dollars on third-party sites. If you missed out on the VRLA Expo 2017, fret not, as they normally run their expo twice a year. In the meantime, check out the VRLA Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more info about future expos and all the vendors that participated in this past weekend’s expo.

Sigur Rós: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 10, Fox Theater, Pomona
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13-15, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sigur-ros.co.uk/

Legendary post-rock band Sigur Rós currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by date, so check with the venue for ticket prices.

Thursday: Live at The Wiltern
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 11
The Wiltern, Koreatown
http://thursday.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thursday makes their triumphant return to SoCal this week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Subhumans: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 11, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 12, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.citizenfish.com/
http://www.facebook.com/Subhumans-UK-137812882953527/

Legendary punk rock band Subhumans will headline two shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

2017 San Diego Road Runner Sports Adventure Run
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
Road Runner Sports, Kearny Mesa, San Diego
http://www.adventurerun.com/

Participate in a FREE, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with giveaways, raffle prizes, music, and a FREE beer garden. Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies and try cool new products from Adventure Run sponsors for free.When the run starts, hit the road and collect as many raffle tickets from as many checkpoints as possible in 60 minutes, then rush back for a chance to win over $3,000 in raffle prizes.

Orange Coast Magazine’s Best Restaurants Celebration
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, April 13
PIRCH, Costa Mesa
http://www.orangecoast.com/event/orange-coast-magazines-best-restaurants-celebration/

Sample food, treats, drinks, and more from some of Orange County’s top restaurants this Thursday night in Costa Mesa. Admission costs $60 and provides unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. Guests can park for free here. No one under 21 may attend.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, April 13
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.

Road Trip To Hell Burlesque Show
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 13
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

Enjoy a sizzling burlesque show this Thursday night in Downtown Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Hanadoki Con 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 am, April 14
10:00 am – 2:00 am, April 15
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 16
Town & Country Resort, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.hanadokicon.org/

Basically, a Japanese pop culture convention. Come see all things anime, manga, and cosplay at this three-day convention taking place this week in San Diego. Registration varies in price, starting at $20.

Easter Spectacular by Anime Academia
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 14
Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/253061245156113/

Free to attend for all ages, enjoy Easter-themed games, raffles, prizes, treats, and more this Friday afternoon in Costa Mesa.

3rd Annual Ventura County Spring Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 14
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, April 15
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 16
Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura
http://www.venturacountyfair.org/foundation/springfair/

The Ventura County Fair will open for just a weekend this week. The $6 admission gets you in to the fairgrounds this weekend and includes a coupon good for $5 off admission for the actual fair that will return later this year.

Viernes 13: Live in Riverside
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 14
The Concert Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/919430071531936/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

Tiger Army with T.S.O.L. & Gamblers Mark
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, April 14
The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
http://www.tigerarmy.com/

Legendary psychobilly band Tiger Army currently tours across the world, and that tour swings through Southern California this week and next week. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30.

Wanderlust 108
7:30 am – 3:30 pm, April 15
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://wanderlust.com/

Join in on this yoga meetup this Saturday at Liberty Station in San Diego. Admission costs $49, and includes entry into a 5k run, yoga, and meditation. Attendees should bring their own yoga mat, plus sunscreen if they want to share.

VRLA Expo 2017
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, April 15
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40, or $30 for students.

Easter Scrimmage: Bunnies vs. Chicks
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, April 15
Laguna Hills Community Center, Laguna Hills
http://www.southcoastrollerderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday morning in Laguna Hills. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, April 15
Heritage Square Museum, Los Angeles
http://heritagesquare.org/events/calendar/13th-annual-vintage-fashion-show-and-tea

See beautiful costumes and vintage gowns this Saturday in Los Angeles. Following the fashion show, visitors can participate in an afternoon tea buffet, check out the museum, browse the fashion vendors, and more. Presale tickets cost $30 for adults or $15 for children.

First Class Pizza • Woodbury’s 10 Year Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, April 15
First Class Pizza • Woodbury, Irvine
http://www.firstclasspizzawoodbury.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/432670127072103/

Irvine’s First Class Pizza • Woodbury turns ten years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some rare beers on tap this Saturday, as well as specialty food items for sale. This event has no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you go.

Zotcade 2017 Gaming Festival
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, April 15-16
UCI Student Center, Irvine
http://www.zotcade.com/

A free and all-ages video games event takes place on the UCI campus this weekend. While free to attend, parking and gaming tournament fees will apply. This event will have a few gaming-related vendors and panels as well.

17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, April 15
5th & Robinson, Hillcrest, San Diego
http://fabuloushillcrest.com/taste-of-hillcrest-2017

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 or $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.

7th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, April 15
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.mvcbf.com/

This gourmet food and craft beer festival returns to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego this Saturday. This 21 & up event will feature numerous breweries serving up unlimited samples of their beers, and a handful of local chefs and restaurants serving their delicious creations. VIP admission costs $90 presale or $100 at the gate, comes with a t-shirt, and allows entry at 12pm. General admission costs $60 presale or $65 at the gate, and starts at 1:30pm. With free parking, local bands, and a vast area with plenty of seating, this fest has all grounds covered.

Long Beach Craft Beer & Oyster Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://chugginbrews.com/

Sample oysters and craft beers this Saturday afternoon in Long Beach down by the water. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $45, starts at 12pm, and includes a mimosa bar. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples until 4pm, and a souvenir cup. Admission does NOT include food – all attendees must still pay for food. No one under 21 may attend.

San Diego Wing Fest 2017
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, April 15
Jolt’n Joes, Downtown San Diego
http://wingfestsandiego.com/ (warning: autoplay)

If you love chicken wings, check out the all-ages Wing Fest in San Diego this Saturday afternoon. General admission costs $30 presale or $40 at the door and starts at 3pm. VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 2pm. Admission includes unlimited food samples while supplies last, but does not include drinks – attendees must pay for drinks. Participation in a wing-eating contest costs $35 to register.

Night Nation Run – San Diego
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://nightnationrun.com/san-diego/

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.

2017 Long Beach Onesie Pub Crawl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, April 15
Clancy’s, Downtown Long Beach
http://vipcaliforniaevents.com/

Drunk people in tacky onesies get schwifty with each other this Saturday night in Downtown Long Beach. $10 gets you a wristband good for participating venues, where you will receive specials on drinks all night. Participants must find their own way to get from venue to venue. No one under 21 may attend.

DC Fallout: Live in Fullerton
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, April 15
Slide Bar, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1417067521677788/

Rock out to a FREE show this Saturday night in Downtown Fullerton. No one under 21 may enter.

Easter
April 16
Worldwide

Happy Easter! Spend today with loved ones~

Technology has truly come a long way in short time. In the 1990’s, many people did not know of the internet, and those that did had to deal with the frustration of dial-up. Just a decade ago, smartphones had just made its introduction to the world, revolutionizing information technology by placing the world in your hands. Many other gadgets have surfaced since the smartphone, including many wearables and other useful tools. The way we view electronics has changed greatly over time too. Touch screens started off as resistive, meaning it relied on physical pressure to measure taps and touches. Touch screens later evolved into capacitive, which senses the conductive capacity of an object that touches the screen, such as human skin. In addition to touch screens, 3D and virtual reality has existed for a long time too, but had not made it into the mainstream as much. Times have changed, and you can now possess virtual reality in your hands, which the VRLA Summer Expo 2016 showcased many forms of VR.

The general public used to think of virtual reality as a luxury item, but in today’s economy, anyone can experience VR, and the VRLA Summer Expo 2016 exhibited the many ways that one can experience VR. This all-ages electronics expo took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center’s west hall this past weekend, and contained dozens of vendors all showcasing their entry into the VR market. Within the expo hall, the convention center staff had the lights dimmed the entire time so that attendees can better witness the spectacle of virtual reality. Most of the demos involved a VR headset that you either hold up to your eyes or have them strapped around your eyes so that you get the full immersion of the video clip or game. Most commonly, attendees got to use the HTC Vive (a complete virtual reality headset that includes a viewer and controllers, but no headphones) or other similar VR headset. Other VR demos at this expo included a silent 3D rave, full body motion capture, physical/cardio machines (bikes, elliptical, etc), and a 360 dome that simulated perspective distortion, where you lie still in a room surrounded by a round screen, and that screen displayed a video that made you feel like you moved with the video.

The future has arrived, and the future includes virtual reality. We live in a future where we put clocks in our smartphones so that we do not need to wear a watch, yet we now have smartwatches so that we do not have to pull our phones out of our pockets. In this future, we now use a USB cord to charge books and cigarettes. Virtual reality does not have to cost you much – if you have a smartphone (I recommend at least a five inch screen), you can use a Google Cardboard with it, which should only cost a few dollars on third-party sites. If you missed out on the VRLA Summer Expo 2016, fret not, as they normally also run a winter expo sometime around late January. In the meantime, check out the VRLA Expo on Facebook and Twitter for more info about future expos and all the vendors that participated in this past weekend’s expo.

Old Spanish Days – Fiesta
August 3-7
Santa Barbara
http://www.sbfiesta.org/

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

Zaigermeister Release
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 3
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://www.eaglerockbrewery.com/event/zaigermeister-release/

This Wednesday evening, Eagle Rock Brewery will release their first ever sour ale. Stop on by and enjoy it at the tasting room, or take bottles of it to go.

2016 International Surf Festival
9:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 4-5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Various beaches, Hermosa/Manhattan/Redondo Beach
http://www.surffestival.org/

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

Mermade Market
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 4
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 5
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6
Dana Point Community House, Dana Point
http://mermademarket.com/

Check out this free and all-ages vendor and arts & crafts fair taking place in Dana Point this week. Visitors will find apparel, accessories, food, entertainment, and more.

Great Society Cider & Mead – Soft Opening
4:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 4
Great Society Cider & Mead, Long Beach
http://www.greatsocietycider.com/great-society-cider-mead-soft-opens-thursday-august-4/

One of the few places dedicated to ciders soft opens their doors to the public this Thursday evening before they officially open their doors on Saturday. Free to attend, stop on by either Thursday or Saturday to see how far craft cider has come.

IPA Day @ Valiant Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 4
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://www.valiantbrewing.com/84-alpha-overdrive-bottle-release-quadruple-ipa/

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

63rd Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, August 5
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.

VRLA Summer Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 5-6
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this weekend. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5-7
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 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).

5th Annual Ribs, Pigs, & Watermelons – Beer Festival & Pro BBQ Competition
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, August 6
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Huntington Beach State Beach, Huntington Beach
http://www.afhusa.org/rpwbbq/

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 $9, $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.

23rd Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6-7
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com/

Indulge in crawfish, beignets, drinks, and other New Orleans eats this weekend in Long Beach. In addition to all the food, attendees will find a TV lounge, dance contests, live music, souvenir photos, and more. Entry to this all-ages festival cost $13 presale and $17 at the gate for adults, while kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Adding a two-pound crawfish feast will cost $28 presale and $38 at the gate. Adding a three-pound crawfish feast will cost $35 presale and $48 at the gate. The parking lots across the street charge for use – park for free in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Avenue.

Unsung Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 5
Unsung Brewing @ MAKE, Anaheim
http://www.unsungbrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/321211908267340/

Another brewery opens their doors to the public this Friday evening, and even the mayor will make an appearance at the beginning. All visitors receive a dollar off pints during the first hour. Free to enter, stop on by this Friday night to see how much hype they have built up over the past year.

68th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, August 5
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 6
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 7
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 5
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles
http://lazoo.org/brew/

This craft beer fest at the Los Angeles Zoo will allow you to drink while exhibiting the animals. Also expect to see comedians, DJs, bands, vendors, and more. General admission costs $65, starts at 7pm, and includes unlimited 5oz beer tasters and entry into the park to look at the animals. VIP admission costs $125, starts at 6pm, and includes access to two VIP lounges. No one under 21 may attend.

The Aggrolites @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1196577-aggrolites-long-beach/

Reggae/ska band The Aggrolites will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show will cost $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Labyrinth of Jareth XVIII – Masquerade Ball
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 5-6
Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
http://www.labyrinthmasquerade.com/

Experience a weekend of costumes and magic as you party with the beautiful people of Southern California. Dance and mingle with the Royal Court, and show off your creativity with your most extravagant costume as you lose yourself in the entrancing music and atmosphere of the Labyrinth of Jareth. In layman’s terms, check out this fantasy costume party in LA all weekend, and expect to see a LOT of skin. Admission prices vary, from as low as $50 to as high as $111. Early arrivals will find free street parking near the hotel. Otherwise, guests can park in a parking garage behind the venue, or park at the Biltmore Hotel and take a shuttle from there. All attendees must don a full costume – no half costumes or lazy costumes. Although they have not specified an age limit, I assume no one under 21 can attend.

27th Annual Clairemont Family Day
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
South Clairemont Park, San Diego
http://www.clairemontfamilyday.com/

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

7th Annual Tour de Big Bear
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Big Bear Lake Village, Big Bear Lake
http://tourdebigbear.com/

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

2016 ARP Long Beach Sprint Nationals
8:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
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.

Unique Studio Tours
8:30 am – 2:30 pm, August 6
The Unique Space, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/unique-studio-tours-tickets-26435462179

Take a guided tour through multiple maker spaces this Saturday morning in Downtown LA. Registration costs $55, which includes transportation throughout the tour, a gift bag, food & drinks at each stop, and more.

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

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

18th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6
Olvera Street, Los Angeles
http://www.laeventsmarketing.com/

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

4th Annual San Diego Burger Battle
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, August 6
Carddine Home Resort, San Marcos
http://www.sandiegoburgerbattle.com/

Dozens of professional and amateur cooks will enter their prized burgers into this competition for a chance to win big, which includes a new grill and a chance to go to the world competition. Although free to attend for all-ages, the general public will not get to taste any of the burgers, since only judges can taste. Attendees will get to see the cooks in action, as well as speak with professional cooks, chefs, and other industry folks.

5th Annual Latino Comics Expo
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 6-7
Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach
http://www.molaa.org/events/latino-comics-expo-day-1/

As the name suggests, this all-ages event features all things Latin with comics, from Latin-themed comics to comics created by Latin people. Admission costs $10 on Saturday, or free on Sunday.

4th Annual ScareLA
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 6-7
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.

Uncorked: Derby Days Summer Wine Fest
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 6
Culver Studios, Culver City
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/derbydays/

A fancy wine tasting event comes to Culver City this Saturday and will span two different sessions. General admission costs $60 and lasts three hours, from 1pm to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm. VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm, providing four hours of wine tasting. No one under 21 may attend.

International Sailor Moon Day Los Angeles 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 6
Sycamore Grove Park, Highland Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1822245344670963/

A meetup of Sailor Moon fans will take place this Saturday afternoon in Highland Park, free to attend for all ages. This meetup will function like a potluck, so bring any food or drinks you may wish to share, as well as any media to share with the other fans.

The Enchanted World of Miyazaki: Tribute Art Show
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 6
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, August 7
Mid-City Arthouse, Los Angeles
http://www.midcityarthouse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1042511919148845/

A special art exhibit comes to LA this weekend, free to attend. No one under 21 may attend after 7pm.

2016 Taste of San Pedro
4:30 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedrochamber.com/

Explore cuisine from over 20 restaurants in San Pedro this Saturday evening. In addition to all the food and drinks, enjoy live music, live entertainment, and special beverage samples. General admission costs $55, starts at 5:00pm, and comes with five food tasters and five drink tasters. VIP admission costs $95, starts at 4:30pm, and comes with unlimited food and drink tasters. Attendees may purchase additional food and beverages at cost at the event.

14th Annual Plate By Plate
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 6
California Science Center, Los Angeles
http://platebyplate.org/la/

Check out some of Southern California’s top restauranteurs at this evening gala this Saturday in LA. General admission costs $150, starts at 7pm, and provides access to the main floor. VIP admission costs $300, starts at 6pm, and comes with multiple VIP perks.

Karate In The Garage: Tour Kickoff Show
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 6
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1744647219148030/

Ska band Karate In The Garage will embark on a tour soon, but before they do, they will headline a FREE and all-ages show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

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

August Family Sunday Funday Ride
9:30 am – 1:30 pm, August 7
Just Ride LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.la-bike.org/sunday_funday_august_2016

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

40th Annual Los Angeles Ratha Yatra
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, August 7
Venice Beach, Venice
http://festivalofchariots.com/

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

International Festival of Masks
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, August 7
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
http://www.bowers.org/index.php/education-programs/family-programs/event/497-internation-festival-of-masks

A special masks exhibit will take place at Bowers Museum this Sunday afternoon. For the cost of museum admission, gain access to all sorts of historical and cultural masks, and participate in arts & crafts activities including face painting and mask creation.

20th Annual Chula Vista Lemon Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Third Avenue Village, Chula Vista
http://thirdavenuevillage.com/2016-lemon-festival/

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

2016 OMShoes Summer Horseshoe Tournament
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, August 7
Mariner’s Point, Mission Beach, San Diego
http://www.ombac.org/
http://www.facebook.com/events/274808499552955/

A charity horseshoe tournament will take place in San Diego this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $20, while participation will cost an additional $5. All proceeds go to charity.

10th Annual Charity Chili Cook Off
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 7
Hi-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa
http://www.hitimewine.net/charity-chili-cook-off

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

8th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, August 7
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach
http://www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com/

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

12th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 17-24
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

10th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 18-31
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Bottle Flight Night – Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 19
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/155375524833448/

Logsdon Ales will make a rare Southern California appearance at Select Beer Store in Redondo Beach this Tuesday night. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 19
10:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Harvelle’s Downtown Long Beach
http://www.dirtylittlesecretsburlesque.com/

The ladies of the Dirty Little Secrets will perform two burlesque shows this week at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach. Check their website for the prices of each show. No one under 21 may attend.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 21
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.

Sriracha & Wine Tasting Event
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 21
Vintage Enoteca, Hollywood
http://vintageenoteca.com/

For $40 per person, receive a three-course meal complete with wine pairings. You may arrive at any time during the night, but they highly recommend reservations. No one under 21 may participate.

The Adicts: On Tour in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 21, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004F69B77B1E0E
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 22, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004F6BAC7A1856
http://adicts.us/

Legendary punk band The Adicts will headline two shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices for these all-ages show vary, so click on a venue’s link for pricing details.

3rd Annual San Diego Caffeine Crawl
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 22
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 23
11:00 am – 2:30 pm, January 24
Various locations, San Diego County
http://www.caffeinecrawl.com/san-diego-2016.html

Coffee lovers meet up this week at various locations in San Diego County. Like a pub crawl, attendees will select one of four routes, and explore a handful of coffee shops in select neighborhoods based on the route. Some routes may even include coffee beer!

Ballast Point Beer Pairing Dinner
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, January 22
Grits, Fullerton
http://gritsfullerton.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/219069401762617/

For $100 per person, receive a six-course dinner at Grits in Fullerton complete with beer pairings courtesy of Ballast Point. No one under 21 may participate.

The Gears: Don’t Be Afraid To Pogo
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 22
The Frida Cinema, Santa Ana
http://thefridacinema.org/event/dont-be-afraid-to-pogo/

Check out this documentary about the rise of punk rock in the early years, as well as a Q&A with the film’s director. Admission to this all-ages viewing costs $10.

T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 22
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/tsol

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.

2016 Golden State of Cocktails Los Angeles
January 23-26
Majestic Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://goldenstateofcocktails.com/about/los-angeles/

A plethora of seminars, tastings, and other events about cocktails will take place in Los Angeles this weekend going on to next week. All events cost under $40 to attend – see the website for a full schedule of events and links to purchase tickets. No one under 21 may attend.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 23
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/

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

13th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 23-24
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/la.asp

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

Saint Archer Beer Pairing Brunch @ Restauration
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 23
Restauration, Long Beach
http://restaurationlb.com/events/st-archer-brew-brunch-2/

Enjoy a three-course brunch paired with four different Saint Archer beers this Saturday late morning. Reservations cost $30 per person.

Taco Asylum’s Fifth Birthday Party
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, January 23
Taco Asylum, Costa Mesa
http://www.tacoasylum.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/509962152506074/

Taco Asylum turns five years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have some specials available this Saturday. Expect to find some exclusive tacos this Saturday, as well as an exclusive beer brewed for them by the nearby Barley Forge.

Phat Con 2016
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, January 23
Dave & Buster’s, Orange
http://www.facebook.com/events/858552947527793/

Release your inner nerd at this FREE event this Saturday at Dave & Buster’s at The Outlets At Orange. Meet dozens of artists, writers, vendors, and more, as you gaze upon all of the wondrous works of art and collectibles. Bring some cash if you intend to purchase any toys, comic books, or other collectibles.

So Cal Winter Brew Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 23
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://www.socalwinterbrewfest.com/

Anaheim has turned into quite a craft beer mecca, and you get to sample its local flavor and more this Saturday afternoon. Check out this beer tasting event taking place at Phoenix Club in Anaheim, complete with over 30 breweries and local food trucks. Admission costs $40 presale or $50 at the gate, and includes unlimited 3oz beer samples while supplies last.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2016
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 23
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Dale Bros Brewery’s 13th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $45, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $60, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

VRLA Winter Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 23
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.virtualrealityla.com/

See the latest in virtual reality gadgets at this VR expo at the LA Convention Center this Saturday afternoon. General admission to this all-ages expo costs $40.

Founders/Green Flash/Ballast Point/Deschutes Tap Takeover
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, January 23
Amazing Grapes, Rancho Santa Margarita
http://www.amazinggrapes.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548192168836874/

Amazing Grapes will feature beers from four select breweries this Saturday. Stop on by and enjoy a cold one or two.

2016 Los Angeles Uncorked Wine Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, January 23
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://uncorkedwinefestivals.com/losangeles/

Enjoy a wine festival with over 60 different wines, food trucks, live music, and more. General admission costs $55 and starts at 6pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 5pm. All attendees receive unlimited wine tastings while supplies last. Food comes at a separate cost, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.irontrianglebrewing.com/

A new brewery opens its doors to the public this Saturday evening. Check them out in Downtown LA, along with food trucks and live music, free to attend.

OC Roller Girls – Heroes vs. Villains
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 23
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $13.

Be Like Max @ Out Of The Park Pizza
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim
http://belikemax.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1005045649537468/

Enjoy a FREE all-ages ska show in Anaheim this Saturday night.

American Jihad: Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1528635920781756/

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

Destruction Made Simple @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 23
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.destructionmadesimple.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/939604906138728/

Rock out to some local hardcore punk bands this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5 if arriving after 9pm, or free if arriving before. Guests can park for free on nearby streets and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent lot.

A Pretty Mess – 10th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 23
The Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1118733061479559/

Rock out with local punk bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Kites Festival 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 24
Bayshore Park, Long Beach
http://la-oc.netip.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/netip-la-oc-presents-kites-festival-2016-tickets-20321321620

Come fly kites with a bunch of other people this Sunday afternoon in Long Beach near Belmont Shore. Admission starts at $10 for admission, with rates going up based on how many will attend and how many kites to purchase.

Eagle Rock Brewery 6th Anniversary Party
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 24
Eagle Rock Brewery, Eagle Rock
http://eaglerockbrewery.com/events/cheers-to-6-years

Eagle Rock Brewery turns five this weekend, and to celebrate, the brewery will celebrate in style right at home at the tasting room. Guests pay $20 to receive three drinks and a souvenir glass for this occasion. In addition, a handful of food trucks will stop by to serve the masses.

Blatoidea: Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 24
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/876519199070040/

A UK punk band comes to the United States this weekend to tour, starting with a show in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $7. No one under 21 may enter.