Posts Tagged ‘West LA’

2017 has arrived, and we welcome this new year with the reinvention and reintroduction of traditional world events. While the world will welcome the Summer Olympics and the United States will welcome a new president, the notion of bringing back something familiar spreads to other subjects as well. When something goes away for a while and returns much later, we refer to those things as classic. Some people say that the classics never go out of style, but eventually, all good things must come to an end, and classics do too. For that purpose, millennials must continually search for ways to improve or adapt methods in all aspects of life. Today’s culture revolves around two types of people: the safe, and the risk-takers. Safe people will find something they recognize and stick with it, preferring not to deviate away from the norm. Risk-takers feel adventurous and love to try new things. In general, safe people live a bland, boring life, while risk-takers live an exciting spontaneous life. Excitement gets your adrenaline pumping, so add some spontaneity to your life by seeking out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season.

5. The Black Plate‘s Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders

It appears that The Black Plate cannot make up its mind. It feels like every month, they operate as something else. Something here changes every month, such as the owner or the name of the restaurant. Perhaps its terrible location right off the freeway in Westminster lends to the inconsistency here. Thankfully, through it all, their food has remained consistently memorable. The Black Plate may carry a variety of foods, from sausages to hot dogs to sliders to phô to seafood to classic entrées and more. However, I always come back to the Kobe Beef Bacon Jam Sliders. The Black Plate does not serve full burgers. Instead, they have these premium Kobe beef sliders served with spicy maple jalapeño bacon jam and melted sharp cheddar on brioche slider buns. You get three to a plate for $11. You ought to hurry over to The Black Plate to try these, or they might go through some other transformation into another restaurant.

4. Ohana Burger‘s The Daniel-San

Asian food has remained under the spotlight for quite a long time, and still remains a favorite food choice for many people. Even better, people go crazy for the food when it contains an element of fusion in it. So when people discover an Asian fusion restaurant, naturally they all flock to it, such as Ohana Burger in West LA. Located in Little Osaka replacing the previous Bachi Burger, Ohana Burger brings Japanese and island flavors to the west by introducing them to a form that Americans easily recognize: burgers. Visitors can savor this fusion best in The Daniel-San. Ohana Burger takes a marinated Angus beef patty and tops it with chili mayonnaise, a fried egg, furikake, caramelized bacon, and crispy onion rings – basically, an Asian version of the western bacon cheeseburger. Anyone who loves Asian food will fall in love with this burger, as it basically represents Asian-style BBQ in a burger. Sadly, burgers do not come with any side, but once you sink your teeth into this $13 burger, you will not require a side, as you will want to prolong this experience as long as you can.

3. Little Bear‘s Liege Waffle Burger

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Traditionally, breakfast restricted our first daily meals to a select few types of foods, such as eggs, meat (bacon/ham/sausage), and some bread (muffin/toast/pancakes/waffles/etc). While we used to eat these with a knife and fork, why not combine it all in one plate? The folks over at Little Bear in Downtown LA have done that already. While one can easily spot Little Bear out in the open, not too many people drive down this street, so they often miss this fun little Belgian pub. As a Belgian pub, you can expect lots of Belgian beers and Belgian foods, including Belgian Waffles, which you can eat with the Liege Waffle Burger. Served only during brunch hours, Little Bear takes a fresh-ground Angus beef patty and tops it with sharp cheddar, bacon, and a fried egg. But to give it that Little Bear twist, instead of regular buns, Little Bear uses Liege Waffles as the buns, which they serve with a side of maple syrup. With the maple syrup, I suggest using a knife and fork. However, for the true burger experience, just pick it up and dive right in. You can start off your day the Little Bear way for $16.

2. VaKA Burger Express‘ El Porky

In a condensed city such as Los Angeles, hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall places exist in every nook & cranny. If you discover or someone tells you about VaKA Burger Express and you decide to go look for them, you may require more than one try to actually locate them. If you simply drive to the address, you may completely pass by them, as they have virtually no signage visible from the street. You have to actually enter Boyle Heights’ Ramirez Liquor and make your way to the back left corner to find the counter for VaKA Burger Express. Once there, you will discover a mini burger paradise with some of the best hidden burgers this side of Los Angeles, such as their El Porky. Blitz your taste buds with this burger that features provolone cheese, crispy pork belly, six-hour braised onions: French-onion soup-style, and housemade smoked barbecue sauce. Do note that they store their barbecue sauce cold, so the first few bites may feel like a blend of hot and cold. For $14 for this burger, you will never taste another burger like this again.

1. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern‘s Jimmy Burger

If you seek classic American cuisine with an artisanal touch, look no further than Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT). Reinventing traditional restaurant faire, JFAT covers many grounds of cuisine familiar to many with their high-quality approach to cooking. Currently boasting four locations between Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County, and with a fifth location opening soon, JFAT takes what you know about traditional American restaurants and turns it up to eleven. Between brunch, lunch, dinner, and a full bar, any time of the day makes for a great time to stop on by JFAT and enjoy a bite or sip or more. Their beverage offering alone always stays current with the seasons, as they routinely rotate out their craft beer offerings as well as their fine wines. People also love the cocktails at JFAT, as the drinks here range from sweet to spicy, mild to bold, and more. On the food side, JFAT pays close attention to not only the quality, but the portions of their dishes. For a traditional pub entrée, go with a burger, such as their Jimmy Burger. This $18 burger comes with applewood-smoked bacon, spicy jalapeño jam, and southern pimento cheese. Although more sweet and hearty than spicy, a little bit of heat kicks in at the end, giving a full spectrum of flavor in each bite. While the menu and food at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern looks and sounds familiar, one cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot appreciate the flavor until you try it for yourself. Head on over to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern at Point Loma (San Diego), Dana Point, Brea, Woodland Hills, or Santa Monica to savor American cuisine at its finest.

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Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

Welcome to 2015, an odd year that some may consider a passing year rather than a destination year. Unlike 2014 and 2016 that have significant worldly events going on, no one truly expects anything extraordinary to occur in 2015 other than news as it occurs. With nothing public to look forward to, we must take control of our lives and make something happen for ourselves. Living a bland, boring lifestyle leads to an unproductive life, so get your adrenaline pumping by exploring new things out in the world. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, check out these five burgers that will definitely add some zing to your life.

5. Slater’s 50/50‘s Faux Gras Burger

California had not seen foie gras sold in restaurants since June of 2012. Animal activists won a battle that made it illegal to sell foie gras in California. However, as of very recently, that law no longer upholds, so foie fans can rejoice! It will take a while until restaurants start to reintroduce foie gras into their menus. In the meantime, the folks over at Slater’s 50/50 have something to relieve our hunger for foie gras. Slater’s 50/50 truly has an international legacy, having graced the front page of Reddit recently, so an introduction has no place here. Moving on to the meat of the business, their January burger-of-the-month has come to us in the form of their aptly-named Faux Gras Burger. Although it does not contain actual foie gras, the flavor comes awfully close. This burger utilizes their Pepper Brandt beef patty instead of their signature 50/50 patty, and honestly, the 50/50 patty would probably muck up the rest of the flavors in the burger. To add to this, the burger comes with fattened chicken livers, Granny Smith apple & onion marmalade, white cheddar, fried onion strings, whole-grain mustard, and arugula on a brioche bun. Some people see liver and immediately turn the other way. I strongly urge you to give this a chance this month, especially since it only costs $12, a bargain compared to many of their past burgers of the month.

4. Restauration‘s The Other Burger

Long Beach may have its ghetto areas laden with crime and death, but outside of those areas, Long Beach has some highly hip and trendy areas. As long as you avoid the bad areas, you will discover some cool places such as the East Village Arts District, Belmont Shore, or Retro Row. Retro Row especially has some great hidden gems, and even beyond the official area of Retro Row, you may find some other great hidden gems, such as Restauration. Formerly 212 Patio Bistro, this quaint little gastropub makes visitors feel right at home with their humble front area and spacious patio seating in the back. The menu contains standard gastropub faire, which means food with a greater concentration of quality, as most apparent in The Other Burger. This grass-fed beef burger, cooked to order, comes with bacon, Fiscalini white cheddar, shredded lettuce, house pickles, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli on a butter-toasted bun. Each ingredient’s unique taste lends well to the support of this amazingly juicy burger, not to mention the crispiness of the toasted bun. You can nab this burger during business hours for just $12, and it comes with your choice of side.

3. 38 Degrees Ale House‘s The Thirty-Eight Burger

In the debate of opening a restaurant that serves craft beer, one must ask: what do I want the people to recognize us most for, the food or the beer? This balance would materialize itself like a seesaw, as focusing on one aspect often leads to neglect of the other. I mean, sometimes some places that swear by their food may have a different perception by the public. Finding the right balance takes practice, something that 38 Degrees Ale House has done. The folks at 38 Degrees know their craft beer, and they know their food. Their residence in Alhambra may not help them (a city known for its traditional Chinese population), but they use their industry knowledge to hit homers all year round. When I first tried The Thirty-Eight Burger, I knew immediately that they have the recipe for success in their hands. They use triple-grind angus chuck for their beef patty, and garnish it with garlic aioli, onion relish, Point Reyes blue cheese, and baby arugula on a Hawaiian sweet bun, served with shoestring fries (upgradable to sweet potato fries for $2). With the sweet potato fries upgrade, this meal basically eats like a dessert, since only the blue cheese has a non-sweet flavor. Although I rarely modify burgers, I may try this again with hot sauce or something spicy to add some more kick to this burger. Luckily, this burger only costs $13, so it will not break the bank or anything.

2. Mohawk Bend‘s Whitson Burger

Los Angeles has so many unique eateries that one often has a hard time keeping track of all of them. Add to the fact that Los Angeles had so many different named neighborhoods, and you’d have to spend days exploring every neighborhood in Los Angeles County. From Silverlake to Lincoln Heights to the Miracle Mile and more, named neighborhoods all have something that make them stand out. Echo Park, for example, has some great historic sights to see, as well as businesses to visit. If you find yourself in Echo Park, take a look around for a lovely place called Mohawk Bend. Not coincidentally located at the bend of Sunset Blvd at Mohawk St, this restaurant dares to transcend above that of the gastropub label, as they refer to themselves as simply “a restaurant and bar in Echo Park dedicated to bringing you California craft beer and fresh, locally-sourced fare.” I will not lie – the interior looks gorgeous, and stepping foot in here makes you feel like walking into a movie set. If you can get past the scenery, you will find their substantial menu, which contains yummy eats like the Whitson Burger. Only available during dinner hours, this mammoth burger has three types of meat: ground beef for the patty, bacon, and pulled short ribs. Along with this meaty threesome, it comes with cheddar cheese, sliced pickles, shredded lettuce, and sriracha aioli on a brioche bun. Just for the heck of it, Mohawk Bend had to label this burger as (NV) which I assume means “never vegan.” Blast those vegans though – this burger costs $15 and comes with a choice of side, while vegan food usually costs more since it requires more careful preparations.

1. Bachi Burger‘s Ronin Burger

Las Vegas draws thousands of visitors every weekend as they visit for vacationing. Most people come to Las Vegas for the partying, while others come for the gambling or shows. Do people go to Las Vegas for the food? Probably not – most visitors who travel to Las Vegas end up dining at their hotel’s buffet, a cesspool of leftovers with less quality than serviced restaurants. Las Vegas restaurants that thrive on the quality of their food should look to expanding elsewhere, such as the case with Bachi Burger. Originally based out of Las Vegas, this restaurant chain has landed in Southern California with two locations: West LA and Pasadena. So what makes Bachi Burger so good that they had to expand to California? One word: fusion. Bachi Burger brings Japanese and island flavors to the west by introducing them to a form that Americans easily recognize: burgers. Visitors can savor this fusion best in the Ronin Burger, the first burger listed on their menu. This angus beef burger patty gets topped with caramelized onions, Japanese cole slaw, miso goma (sesame) dressing, a fried egg, and katsu BBQ sauce, served with yuzu citrus aioli on the side. Anyone who loves Asian food will fall in love with this burger, as it basically represents Asian-style BBQ in a burger. The price of this burger depends on the location; for example, this costs $13 at the West LA location. Sadly, burgers do not come with any side, but once you sink your teeth into this burger, you will not require a side, as you will want to prolong this experience as long as you can.

Indulge LA, a chocolate, wine, and champagne festival, returns for its annual run this Sunday at the Olympic Collection in West LA. As LA’s greatest fest of its kind, Indulge brings the best of chefs, bakers, pâtissiers, wineries, distilleries, and more to display to attendees of all ages. General admission costs $45, starts at 2pm, and provides access to UNLIMITED tastings of all food, dessert, and drinks, alcohol included. VIP admission costs $95 and starts at 1pm. Last call happens around 3:45pm, and the events end promptly at 4pm. The venue sets the parking fee, which ranges from $5 to $10. Avoid parking in the neighborhoods, as all streets have one or two hour parking only before getting a parking ticket.

Santa Anita Trackside Winter Brewfest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 26
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/trackside-winter-brewfest/

Beer, music, and horse racing collide this Friday afternoon at the Santa Anita Park. Gain admission to the racetrack for $40, which includes two 12oz beers, a souvenir glass, and access to the races and betting. Use promo code FROSTY to take $15 off admission.

Face To Face @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 26-28
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/Face-to-Face-Trifecta-Pass

Face To Face will headline THREE all-ages shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana this weekend starting Friday night, each with a different opening lineup that includes Pulley, Guttermouth, and Unwritten Law. Tickets to each individual show costs $25, while a three-day pass costs $60. As with any show at The Observatory, arrive early to grab a parking spot at the venue’s lot for free; otherwise, end up parking in a lot down the street for $10.

Bottle Share #17
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 27
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/1374345706197251/

Brew your own beer? Got an interesting craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Kwanzaganza Punk Rock Food Drive
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 27
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/632996903478926/

Have a full day of punk rock at this food drive this Saturday at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Entry costs two cans or boxes of non-perishable foods or $5. No one under 21 may attend.

Scary Christmas Special feat. Green Jellö
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 27
The Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/402749186543835/

Check out this great show with a bunch of great local talent this Saturday at the Gaslamp in Long Beach. The cover for this all-ages show costs $15. Guests may park for free if arriving prior to 5pm; otherwise, parking costs $5.

Skacore Night in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 27
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/241348006035956/

Get crazy at this skacore show in Long Beach this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $6 if arriving prior to 8pm or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 27
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-scurvy-kids/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will headline a show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

Kat’s Birthday Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 27
SCLA Apparel, Watts, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/882275095140013/

Enjoy an all-ages punk rock show in South Central Los Angeles this Saturday night for just $5.

Litmus Green: Live in Pomona
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 27
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/190431

Release some angst at this hardcore show this Saturday night in Pomona. The cover for this show costs $5 if entering prior to 10pm, or $7 afterwards. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent private parking lot.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 28
The Olympic Collection, West Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. The $45 admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass. VIP admission costs $95 and begins at 1pm, while general admission enters at 2pm. The Olympic Collection charges for its own parking, which ranges from $5 to $10. I advise against parking in the neighborhood, which requires a permit that only locals carry.

Punk N’ Tacos 9
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 28
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/558508924293161/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

LA Restaurant Week
July 14-27
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

Hundreds of restaurants in the Greater Los Angeles Area will participate in this 12-day feast. All participating restaurants will offer either discounts on select items, or prix-fixe menus.

Meet the Brewer: King Harbor Brewing
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16
The Factory Gastrobar, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/261392207395514/

New to the South Bay brewery scene, meet the head brewer of King Harbor Brewing, and try some of their brews. The first 24 customers to order a pint of a King Harbor beer receives a free King Harbor glass!

Sausage Fest 2014
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, July 16
LOUNGEsix, San Diego
http://www.sdsausagefest.com/

Ten chefs from all over San Diego will dole out their famous meaty sausages at this sausage tasting this Wednesday evening in Downtown San Diego. $10 gets you in to taste as much sausage as you can handle. An additional $20 will allow you to take a souvenir stein glass home, as well as a special brew to fill and drink that night.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 16-17
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.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 16
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1493020040915587/

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Pennywise – CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/pennywise-2014

To celebrate the release of their latest album release, Pennywise will headline this all-ages show this Wednesday night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. Tickets to this show cost $20.

The Dwarves & The Queers @ Alex’s Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 16
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/172136

Big names in punk rock bring their tour through Southern California this Wednesday night, stopping by Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Beachwood On A Stick
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, July 17
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/641492242613864/

Beachwood BBQ takes on fair food this Thursday night, as they prepare a special menu comprised of foods on sticks and/or fried foods. This tasting requires no reservations – simply show up, and order away.

12th Annual Taste of the Pacific Islands
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, July 17
Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego
http://www.pifasandiego.com/taste_of_Pifa.htm

Get a taste of Islander cuisine this Thursday night near Liberty Station. Admission to this all-ages tasting costs $30 presale and $40 at the door, and includes all food, non-alcoholic drinks, access to a silent auction, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Bad Religion & X @ Pacific Amphitheatre
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm, July 17
Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa
http://www.pacamp.com/pa/schedules/2014/Bad_Religion.asp

Legendary Los Angeles punk bands Bad Religion and X will perform this Thursday night at the OC Fair. Tickets to this show cost $30.

2014 Sun & Sea Festival
10:00 am – 12:00 am, July 18
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
Imperial Beach, San Diego
http://sunandseafestival.com/

Have some fun in the sun this weekend at Imperial Beach in San Diego. All weekend, a plethora of activities will occur, each with its own cost and attendance restrictions, from sandcastle building to a pancake breakfast to a night ball. See the website for full details on all the events going on this weekend.

Discover The Dinosaurs – Long Beach
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 18
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, July 20
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/longbeach.html

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit at the Long Beach Convention Center this and next weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $16 to $25 – see the website for pricing details.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 18-19
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.

Nardcore Legends in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 18
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/863372653690415/

Check out some great local punk rock bands this Friday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may attend.

9-Man Sprint Relay Race
6:30 am – 3:30 pm, July 19
Marine Stadium, Long Beach
http://kahakaioutrigger.com/calendar-events/2013-events/9-man-sprints/

Come out and watch canoe racing in Marine Stadium this Saturday morning. Those interested in participating can find all the necessary information on their website.

66th Annual Catalina Ski Race
8:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach
http://www.catalinaskirace.net/

Over 70 water ski teams from around the world will race from The Queen Mary to Avalon and back this Saturday morning. Spanning a total of 62 miles round trip, this open sea race takes approximately one to two hours for most teams to complete, but the nature of the unpredictable ocean draws in the large audience that attends every year from around the world. The deadline to participate has already passed, but spectators may visit for free, so if you like what you see, bookmark this event for next year!

1st Annual Love Long Beach Festival
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Granada Launch Ramp, Long Beach
http://www.lovelongbeachfestival.com/

This FREE and all-ages event will feature a plethora of family-fun things to do at the beach. Expect to find sports, games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, beer & wine garden, and more. On Saturday night, catch a fire show down on the beach as well.

Hello Kitty Warehouse Sale
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 19
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 20
Sheraton Hotel, Cerritos
http://whsale.com/usa/2014/06/hello-kitty-warehouse-sale-ca-july-2014

Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this blowout sale this weekend, with some products marked up to 70% off.

36th Annual Ho’olaule’a Hawaiian Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 19-20
Alondra Park, Gardena
http://www.hiccsc.org/

This free and all-ages cultural fest at the park will feature various music and dance acts. Local vendors will sell food and merchandise too. Visitors must park in the parking structure facing Redondo Beach Blvd and enter the park’s back entrance.

3rd Annual Long Beach Art in the Park
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, July 19
Bixby Park, Long Beach
https://sites.google.com/site/bixbyparkpreservation/home

Enjoy an afternoon of plenty of family activities, arts & crafts, live music, food trucks, and more, free for all ages.

53rd Annual Watermelon Festival
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, July 19-20
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://lionswatermelonfestival.com/

This annual street fair has moved from the Rose Bowl to Santa Anita Park. Get all the watermelon you can eat this weekend at the Watermelon Festival in Arcadia. This fair will also have other food, drinks, live music, entertainment, a beer garden, rides, games, vendors, and anything else you may find at a fair. Admission to this festival costs $10, while children 12 and under can enter for $5. Check the website for a printable coupon to save 30% off admission!

6th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 19
Malibu Lumberyard, Malibu
http://www.malibubeerfestival.com/

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for just $50 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. See below for a map of where to park for free.

Ultimate Armwrestling League
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 19
Packinghouse Brewing, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/575913195851117/

Think you have arms strong enough to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes? Enter in this arm wrestling competition this Saturday at Packinghouse Brewing in Riverside! Even if you lose a match, you can still enjoy the beer here.

SoCal Punk Reunion #2
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, July 19
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/329848030498408/

Great local punk bands get together for a show this Saturday night in northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 which INCLUDES complimentary food. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Night @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/663699190382988/

Local punk bands gather to play a benefit show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Punk Rock Night @ Morgan’s Tavern
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, July 19
Morgan’s Tavern, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/561375327305022/

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Saturday night in Riverside. No one under 21 may attend.

Mad Parade – 30-Year Anniversary
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 19
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/175181

Old school punk band Mad Parade return for an anniversary show this Saturday night in Pomona. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Luicidal @ Billy O’s
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
Billy O’s Saloon, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/1441165052817146/

Luicidal, which contains two former members of Suicidal Tendencies, will headline a show in Ventura this Saturday night. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Circle Scotty’s Birthday Show
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, July 19
The Britisher, Lancaster
http://www.facebook.com/events/707051339356352/

Local punk bands head up to Lancaster to play this FREE birthday show this Saturday night. No one under 21 may attend.

2014 Taste of Latin-America Food Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, July 20
Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lafoodfestivals.com/

Dozens of food vendors will serve up delicious Latin-inspired 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.

3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 20
Westfield Century City Mall, West Los Angeles
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

Beer Camp Across America – Southwest Edition
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, July 20
Embarcadero Marina Park North, San Diego
http://beercamp.sierranevada.com/festival/southwest_edition

This summer, Sierra Nevada Brewing will host a seven-city traveling beer festival called Beer Camp Across America, and it makes its second stop in San Diego this Sunday. Sierra Nevada claims that this San Diego edition has over 95 breweries in attendance, tons more than any other beer festival in Southern California has ever had. Tickets to this beer festival cost $65. No one under 21 may attend.

Punk N’ Tacos 6
1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, July 20
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/265470850307588/

Enjoy a fun afternoon of punk rock and tacos at this FREE show this Sunday afternoon. Anyone wanting food or drinks should bring cash to pay for it. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Root Beer Taste-Off
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, July 20
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, Highland Park
http://galcos.dreamhosters.com/?p=934

Taste over 75 different varieties of root beer this Sunday in Highland Park. Tickets to this sipping cost $12 presale or $15 at the door.

T.S.O.L. @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, July 20
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/175513

Legendary punk band T.S.O.L. will headline a show this Sunday night at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.

When you consider the people behind a beer fest, what type of people come to mind? Do you picture tough men drinking nonstop? Do you envision Irishmen drinking all day at the pub? Perhaps you think of Germans celebrating Oktoberfest. Contrary to what many believe, certain nationalities do not need a holiday or occasion to drink. Who said the Irish clamor over St. Patrick’s Day? Who believes Germans only drink prior to Oktoberfest? Each nation delivers more than the stereotypical beer that people know them for. Take the Germans for example – what else do they drink other than Oktoberfest beers? Have you heard of Bocks? This winter equivalent of the Oktoberfest brew deserves more attention than they currently do not receive. Luckily, Southern California holds an annual beer fest celebrating the wonderful world of Bock beers, and holding true to its location, Bock Fest brings more than just the beer – it also brings more booze and some sultry burlesque babes.

Taking place at the Olympic Collection in West Los Angeles, the 2014 Bock Fest holds true to its roots as the beer fest that celebrates the lesser-known of German beers. Similar in style to Oktoberfest brews, Bocks appear darker and taste bolder, but can range from the paleness of a pilsner to the darkness of a stout. Although this fest focuses on Bocks and other German beers, many other microbreweries served their amazing craft beers as well. Popular breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Fireman’s Brew, Spaten, and Lagunitas made an appearance, with the latter two taking home the Beer Champion and People’s Choice award for Bock Fest, respectively. Rotating live music, food vendors, wines & spirits, cigar rolling, and more kept all guests occupied as they guzzled their brews.

In addition to the multitude of breweries, wineries, and vendors, we must pay tribute to the people who made this fest possible. From the live DJ to the importers to the brewers to the event staff, without the people, this fest would never have occurred.

Bock Fest employs select judges to elect the best brewery of the fest, while the organizers also provide attendees the opportunity to vote for their favorite brewery present. As mentioned above, the judges selected Spaten as their favorite, while the crowd voted Lagunitas as their favorite.

Saving the best for last, the Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque made a special appearance to perform not one, but TWO shows to all the lucky attendees. These lovely ladies do a great job of not just performing, but also with crowd interaction, leaving everyone craving more. Below shows only a glimpse of their performance – if you like what you see, check out their shows! Like their page on Facebook for news about their upcoming shows, such as their residency First Wednesday show TONIGHT at the Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana.

Missed Bock Fest? Want to go to another beer fest just like it? I heard they plan to host a St. Patrick’s Fest. I currently have no details about such a fest, but perhaps I shall soon. For the latest in beer fests in Southern California, follow my blog for my weekly events post!

Upcoming Events: September 2-8, 2013

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Art, Beer, Cars, Drinks, Events, Food, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Music, Orange County, Punk Rock, Restaurant, San Diego, Sports, Wine
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Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 2
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 2
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

Beachwood SourFest 2013
11:30 am – 11:30 pm, September 3-8
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/579793145404261/

Beachwood BBQ celebrates the wonders of sour beers with this week-long fest dedicated to the sour lovers out there. At both the Seal Beach and Long Beach locations, Beachwood BBQ will host sour beers every night, as well as have guest brewers in attendance to interact with the guests. Come check out some beers you may not have tried before, and chat with the guest brewers about the beers.

Saves The Day @ The Glass House
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, September 4
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/293719-saves-day-pomona/

In anticipation for their upcoming album release, Saves The Day scheduled a tour across North America, and that tour starts in Southern California this week. Tickets to their all-ages show at The Glass House in Pomona this Wednesday night cost $16.50 presale and $19 at the door.

2nd Annual Reader Feast
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 6
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/readerfeast/

The San Diego Reader hosts this food fest that collects the best of San Diego eats into one location for a night of feasting and drinking. General admission costs $30 presale and $55 at the door, starts at 6pm, and provides all-access to all food & drink samples. VIP admission costs $40 presale and $80 at the door, starts at 5pm, and in addition to unlimited food & drink samples, comes with two full-pour drinks and a goodie bag. No one under 21 may attend.

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

15th Annual Los Angeles Greek Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, September 8
Saint Sophia Cathedral, West Los Angeles
http://lagreekfest.com/

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

The 16th Annual Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 7
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 8
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.originallobsterfestival.com/

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

2nd Annual Teen Creeps Art Exhibition
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm. September 6
The Vex, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/392624930859526/

See the best in rising teen artists in Los Angeles this Friday night at The Vex in East Los Angeles. The organizers have disclosed very little information, such as how much admission costs and whether someone will sell food & drinks, so have cash ready for those costs. Guests should park in the alley behind the building, but avoid parking too deep, or others may block your vehicle.

Narcoleptic Youth @ Aladdin Jr 2
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 6
Aladdin Jr 2, Downtown Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/388256297940672/

Pomona gets a night of hardcore punk this Friday night, with OC legends Narcoleptic Youth, and more. Admission to this all-ages show cost $10. Although many of the parking lots mention paying to park, Downtown Pomona has plenty of free parking, so search around for lots without any parking fees.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148114

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.

Bubble Run – San Diego
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, September 7
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.bubblerun.com/events/san-diego/

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

22nd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, September 7-8
Point Fermin Park, San Pedro
http://filamarts.org/

This Filipino festival will have food, drinks, arts & crafts, music, dance, merchandise, and more. Daily admission to this all-ages festival costs $9, while a weekend pass costs $15. Attendees can park for free in select parking lots.

2013 Long Beach Triathlon & Expo
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, September 7
4:00 am – 10:00 am, September 8
Marina Green, Downtown Long Beach
http://thelongbeachtriathlon.com/

Test your physical prowess with this triathlon as you swim, run, and bike your way around Downtown Long Beach. An expo where visitors can explore and learn about the triathlon will occur on Saturday at Marina Green, and participating athletes can pick up their race packets at this expo. The actual triathlon starts at 7am on Sunday morning. Registration varies in price, with individual registration costing $130. All participants receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal, post-race food & entertainment, a swim cap, and exclusive access to online results & professional photos.

Grape Day Festival – Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Pavilion
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 7
Grape Day Park, Escondido
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7tll3jqe963750d&llr=eoyxpfjab

Sample wine from local wineries and beer from local breweries while enjoying live entertainment and other activities. Admission costs $20 presale and $25 at the door, and include a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

3rd Annual Treasure Chest Fest
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, September 7
Green Flash Brewing, San Diego
http://www.greenflashbrew.com/events-calendar.php?content=516

Raise a glass for breast cancer awareness at this beer fest & fundraiser this Saturday at Green Flash Brewing. Attendees will get to see the ins & outs of the brewery at this fest that takes place all around the brewery. The $25 admission gets you ten beer tasters, paired small bites from local restaurants, and a souvenir glass. Attendees may purchase additional beers from the tasting room, where $1 from each drink sold will go towards the charity. No one under 21 may attend.

The 4th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, September 7
Oak Canyon Park, Irvine
http://ocbrewfest.com/

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

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

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

20th Annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 7
Hullhurst Blvd, Los Feliz Village, Los Angeles
http://losfelizvillagestreetfair.com/

At this free and all-ages street fair, visitors will find local food, merchandise, artists, musicians, beer & wine garden, live entertainment, local services, and more.

California Beer Festival
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm, September 7
Frank G. Bonelli Park, San Dimas
http://www.californiabeerfestival.com/

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

Mini C.Y. Fest 6
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, September 7
Location TBA
http://www.facebook.com/events/1382053828682956/

Crust punk goes rogue with this impromptu punk rock show that does not even have a venue yet. If all goes according to plan, this all-ages show will run this Saturday and cost $4 to enter before 5pm, $5 before 7pm, and $7 the rest of the night.

5th Annual Latin American Parade & Festival
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, September 7
4th Street Promenade, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/News-Latin-American-Parade-Festival-2012?id=3870

This festival happens this Saturday evening in the streets of Downtown Long Beach. The FREE festival goes on until 9pm, which will have arts & crafts, merchandise, food, drinks, entertainment, music, dancers, dance lessons, and more. As with any Downtown Long Beach event, you can park for free for up to two hours in one of the nearby parking structures.

The Weirdos, The Stitches, Shattered Faith, Love Canal, No More Saints @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, September 7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-weirdos

Punkrockers.com celebrates their 6th anniversary this weekend with nothing short of a punk rock show. Catch The Weirdos headlining along with other great bands such as Shattered Faith at this all-ages show this Saturday night for just $20.

Luicidal in San Bernardino
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, September 7
Screaming Chicken Saloon, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/610853192293146/

Venture all the way out to the mountains of San Bernardino this Saturday night for a hardcore punk rock show headlined by Luicidal, comprised of former members of Suicidal Tendencies. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Taste of My State
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, September 7
Four Points by Sheraton, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.tasteofmystate.com/usa/index.php/featuresinside/california

Celebrate our armed forces by drinking lots of beer this Saturday night. Enjoy unlimited beer tastings, food for sale, and live entertainment all for just $55. No one under 21 may attend.

Aquarium of the Pacific 5k Run/Walk
7:30 am – 11:30 am, September 8
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/5k

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

The 24th Annual Belmont Shore Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, September 8
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://belmontshorecarshow.com/

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

Sideway Sundays
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, September 8
Storm Stadium, Lake Elsinore
http://sidewaysundays.eventbrite.com/

This annual event features drifting cars, cars on display, automotive accessories, model contests, food trucks, and plenty of punk rock bands, such as D.I. and Hemlock. General admission to this fest costs $15.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 28-29
Pine Avenue Pier, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.downtownlongbeach.org/Latest-News-Detail/Taste-of-Downtown-Waterfront?id=65374

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.

HopScotch Tavern & Bootlegger’s Brewery Pairing Dinner
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 28
HopScotch Tavern, Downtown Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/368499229944424/

Indulge in a five-course dinner complete with Bootlegger’s beer and beer cocktail pairings this Wednesday night at Hopscotch Tavern in Downtown Fullerton. Interested guests must RSVP by phone, and provided payment information for the $75 ticket fee, plus a 20% non-refundable deposit. Guests can find plenty of free parking options nearby, so avoid parking at street meters. No one under 21 may attend this dinner.

The Originalites @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 28
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=82680

Get your skanking on this Wednesday night at the House of Blues at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, as The Originalites headline this local ska show. Admission to this show costs $15. No one under 18 may attend. Attendees may park for free for up to five hours using the wristband from this as validation, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Dirty Little Secrets – Rock Burlesque
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm, August 28
One-Eyed Gypsy, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/186946694822905/

Catch a free sexy burlesque show this Wednesday night in Downtown Los Angeles, dedicated to women on film. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may attend.

LA County Fair – Opening Day
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 30
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.lacountyfair.com/

Your local fair will open this Friday at the Fairplex in Pomona. If you missed the OC Fair, you will not want to miss the LA County Fair. Ticket prices range from free up to $17, but stores like Walgreens and Costco sell discounted ticket packages.

Los Angeles Times: The TASTE
11:00 am – 11:00 pm, August 30 – September 1
Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood
http://events.latimes.com/taste/

Los Angeles Times presents The TASTE, a series of food-based events at Paramount Pictures Studios. Each event will feature unlimited food & drink tastings from over 40 of LA’s top restaurants, along with live cooking & mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions. Presale tickets sell for $65, while tickets will cost $75 at the door.

2013 E Hula Mau
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 30
8:00 am – 12:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Terrace Theater @ the Long Beach Convention Center
http://www.ehulamau.org/

The annual E Hula Mau returns to Long Beach to exhibit various Pacific Islander performances, arts & crafts, food, vendors, and more. The actual fest requires no admission, while spectating the competitions requires a ticket purchase. Nearby parking structures east of Pine Avenue between 3rd & 6th Streets provide free parking for up to two hours.

30th On 30th
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
30th Street, North Park, San Diego
http://30thstreet.org/

The monthly 30th On 30th event takes place on 30th Street in the North Park community of San Diego on the 30th of every month, with the exception of February, when this event turns into 30th On 28th (or 29th). On the 30th of each month, many restaurants, bars, and shops on & near 30th Street offer specials, often in mini sizes so that visitors can check out multiple locations. Many locations start their specials in the evening, while some offer it during the day. Specials range from food samples to drink specials, and sometimes even free food!

Orange International Street Fair
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 30
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, August 31 – September 1
Streets of Old Town Orange
http://www.orangestreetfair.org/

One of the grandest events to grace Orange County, the annual OISF returns this weekend to the streets of Old Town Orange. Completely free to attend and open to all ages, the OISF brings together regions of the world and their food, drinks, merchandise, dance, music, and so much more. The four roads radiating from the Orange Circle each contain 3-4 themed “Streets” based on a region of the world. For example, the east road usually contains Old American, New American, and Mexican Streets. But we all go to the OISF every year for one reason: Irish Street. Located at the end of the southern road, immediately in front of Haven Gastropub houses the Guinness truck and the Irish music stage, of which bands like The American Wake entertain crowds all evening. You have never seen a street party this huge – trust me.

Wild in the Streets of South Central
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
8116 S Central Ave, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/207028072796143/

Backyard & street punk rock show in South Central LA – if you think you know punk rock, you have never seen anything like this before. Experience the true nature of punk rock at this no-holds-barred outdoor show not sanctioned by any business. Girls get in free before 7:30, or for $2 afterwards; guys get in for $3.

Smut Peddlers @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 30
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/smut-peddlers-2013

Catch legendary punk band Smut Peddlers at this show as they celebrate 20 years in the industry with other bands, including Bonecrusher. This all-ages show costs $15 to attend. Arrive early to find free parking at the venue, for if you arrive too late, you may have to park in neighboring lots, which will charge parking fees.

JFA CD Release Show
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
The Joint, West Los Angeles
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/415737

JFA has a new tribute album out, and they play absolutely nothing on it as other famous bands cover their songs. To celebrate this release, JFA will play some CD Release shows. This Friday night in West LA, guests may see this show for $10 presale or $12 at the door. The first band starts at 8pm. No one under 18 may attend.

Banner Pilot, The Bombpops, and More in Downtown Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/275521095924993/

Punk rock comes to Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night with Banner Pilot, The Bomb Pops, and more. This show costs $10 to enter. No one under 21 may attend. Guests may park on the street for free after 8pm.

Agent Orange in San Diego
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, August 30
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/4286/

Legendary punk band Agent Orange will play a small show this Friday night. Admission costs $13 presale and $15 at the door. No one under 21 may attend.

Awesome Fest 7
8:30 pm – 2:00 am, August 30
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Four different venues, San Diego
http://awesomefest7.com/

Three days + four venues + 65 bands = one awesome weekend of punk rock. This three-day concert has sold out of tickets; however, you can still find after-market tickets for sale on sites like StubHub or Craigslist.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Downtown Hermosa Beach
http://fiestahermosa.net/

Fiesta Hermosa returns to the streets of Downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend. Free to park and attend, this street fair will have food, drinks, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, vendors, and more. You cannot park AT the event – for those driving, you must park at the Northrop Grumman Building at Marine & Aviation in Redondo Beach, and a free shuttle will carry you to and from the fest and parking lot.

Stagecoach Days: A Taste of the Past
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/432494

Peer into the days of Old Town San Diego and taste what civilians ate in the past. Catch cooking demos, tastings, a cook-off, and activities for the entire family. Admission to this all-ages event costs $15.

Long Beach Greek Festival
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, August 31 – September 2
Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Long Beach
http://www.lbgreekfest.org/

At this Greek Festival, you will find Greek foods & desserts, drinks, dancers, music, games, rides, arts & crafts, vendors, exhibits, and more. CSULB provides free parking and shuttle rides. Print the voucher from the website to waive the admission fee.

San Diego Bacon Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
NTC Park – Preble Field, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.sdbaconfest.com/

Simply put, you can eat all the bacon and drink all the drinks you can at this festival dedicated to bacon. General admission costs $60 and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $100, starts at 1pm, and comes with a beer caddy to hold your beer tasting cup. All admissions include unlimited food and drinks until 5pm. No one under 21 may attend. This fest takes place outdoors, so apply sunscreen prior to arriving, and stay hydrated.

Bottle Share #7
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, August 31
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/511814368899131/

Brew your own beer? Got an interested craft beer to share? Bring it to 38 Degrees’ monthly bottle share event, taking place this Saturday afternoon, and discover other great beers too. Free to attend, guests should bring approximately 40-50 ounce’s worth of beer. The restaurant has its own free parking lot.

Zombie Walk’n
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
“The Tunnel” (Whittier), Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/624596614226224/

Get your zombie walking on this Saturday evening. Wear your best zombie clothes and makeup, and stroll over to East LA where this zombie walk will start. Free for all ages, this walk will have music and vendors around the starting area too.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 1:00 am, August 31 – September 1
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.626nightmarket.com/

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

For What Ales Ya
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
Upland Women’s Club, Upland
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/340777

$25 gets you admission to this bottle share party, complete with a souvenir glass, complimentary taco bar, live music, and more. All attendees must bring at least one bottle of craft beer to participate in the beer drinking, as per the rules of any bottle share. No one under 21 may enter. See their website for a map of where attendees may park.

D.I.Y. Music & Fashion Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, August 31
The Glass House, Pomona
http://bricktoyaface.com/

Check out this all-ages music & art fest this Saturday night in Pomona. Admission costs $10 presale and $15 at the door.

End of Summer Blowout 2
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, August 31
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/288379434633411/

Check out this massive punk rock show with over 20 bands scheduled to play! Tickets to this show cost $6 presale and $8 at the door. No one under 18 may attend. Guests should park in the neighborhood across the street, past the Bank of America.

Motive Presents: Atlantis
6:00 pm – 4:00 am, August 31
Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
http://www.motiveevents.com/atlantis/

Think of this all-night EDM party like a rave, as it will include many DJ’s, lights & lasers, lots of drinks, and lots of bad decisions. General admission costs $35. No one under 18 may attend.

The Seed – Art Exhibit
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, August 31
Chevy Chase Baptist Church, Glendale
http://www.facebook.com/events/168775406628649/

Catch live music, art, poetry, photography, food, and more at this free and all-ages art exhibit.

Battle of the Breweries – Saint Archer vs. Stone Brewing
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, August 31
House of Blues, San Diego
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=83344

Old meets new in this special event, where the pupil will challenge the master to see who truly has brewed the best. Although free to attend, no one under 21 may attend.

The All Stars of Tease – A Burlesque Extravaganza
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, August 31
Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.yosttheater.com/calendar/2013/the-all-stars-of-tease-a-burlesque-extravaganza/

Catch this sexy burlesque show featuring a mixed cast of beautiful performers from all over. General admission costs $25, while reserved seating costs $40. No one under 18 may attend.

Good raw street punk music lives on as the Smut Peddlers and Angry Samoans co-headlined a punk rock show at Los Globos in Silverlake west of Los Angeles this past Saturday night. Summertime marks a great time to check out live music shows, and this past Saturday held nothing back when it came to music shows, especially in Southern California. With other great shows going on, such as Guttermouth, one would definitely have a difficult time selecting a show to attend. With a lineup consisting of nine bands, this show at Los Globos would definitely give you your money’s worth.

Killroy mysteriously did not show up to perform on this night. Instead, Testicle Difficulties substituted in for Killroy. I originally would have seen these guys at Slam Dance Fest; however, they failed to bring I.D. for that 18+ show. Fitting in quite well with the slam dance and street punk crowd, Testicle Difficulties started off the night on the upstairs stage with their loud, ferocious set, easily attracting the attentions of everyone just entering. They brought a decent following, as they received many cheers from the crowd. Many attendees did not know what occurred to Killroy, but with Testicle Difficulties’ performance, we received just as much entertainment.

The first of the night’s two female-fronted bands, Drop Tank, opened up the downstairs stage. As a slight anomaly for the night, Drop Tank’s sound did not resemble the hard street punk that all the other bands played. Without any way to actually classify Drop Tank’s music, they played just straight up rock music with a punk twist. Imagine a cross between Slunt and Fiction Reform, and you get Drop Tank. Regardless of what they sound like, Drop Tank still did a great job entertaining the crowd and keeping them pumped up for all the music to come. Expect to see a lot of Drop Tank in the near future, as they have picked up quite a bit of momentum recently in playing shows.

Trekking back upstairs sees the return of another band I last saw at Slam Dance Fest, Hari Kari. At Slam Dance Fest, Hari Kari played a handful of cover songs. This time, they deviated far from that by playing their original hardcore punk music from the 1980’s. Vocalist Alma had not even entered the stage for their first song and a pit already got going. Bringing back the original songs shows how serious this show means to Hari Kari as well as the crowd, who explicitly reciprocated the love back to the band throughout their set. If Hari Kari keeps this up, they may headline a show very soon.

Coming back downstairs sees the return of Destruction Made Simple to the stage. Following a series of unfortunate events to some of their members, they have bit the bullet by jumping on stage to deliver this knockout of a show. With an album set to release any week now, Destruction Made Simple could not contain their excitement, and expelled all of their pent up energy out on the stage. Playing a mix of old and new songs, Destruction Made Simple ensured that a sizable pit would get going by the time vocalist Raul could even start rocking out. They all rocked out as hard as their bodies would allow them – guitarist Andy had just recovered from a broken ankle, while bassist Edgar’s ankle got ran over by a truck last week. Despite a few injuries, no one would ever suspect a thing, as the crowd fell into the motions of the music… sweet street punk music.

The night of stars continued with Evacuate playing next upstairs. True punk fans will recognize vocalist Mike Virus from The Virus and Cheap Sex, both incredibly intense hardcore bands from back in the day. He keeps up that intensity with Evacuate, still playing hardcore punk as we all know it. They played a set nearly identical to the set they played at Slam Dance Fest, only making a few song swaps and order changes. The release of a compilation album that Mike Virus helped create, Punk Aid, helped to fuel the boundless energy emanating from the stage. This energy would carry on for the remaining bands for the rest of the night.

The night gets more old-school with the return of False Confession playing downstairs. As one of the founding bands of the Nardcore movement, False Confession has a left a significant impact on the punk rock industry as we know it. Hardcore punk would not sound the same without Nardcore, so we thank the founding bands for their involvement in the shape of hardcore punk today. False Confession still has what they had 30 years ago – raw energy that translates well into the skate punk scene. As high profile as the bands come, the crowd knew they had to save up energy for the rest of the night.

The old school theme would resonate the rest of the night, as Circle One took to the upstairs stage. As another early 1980’s hardcore punk band, Circle One attracted a huge following to this show, as most of the crowd consisted of adults in their 30’s or higher at this point. Suffice to say, Circle One paved the foundation of hardcore punk when they started over 30 years ago, which gave way to today’s mainstream bands that claim to have started off during that era. Unfortunately those mainstream bands deviated so far from hardcore punk that they now play metal music, while the general public, ignorant to true hardcore punk, would refer to metal music as hardcore punk, which could not fall further from the truth. However, I digress – Circle One delivered a killer show that catered to everyone. In some ways, their music remind me of Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies with the way they speak during some songs. Not once did the energy falter, keeping the crowd amped up and craving more. The crowd would receive more, as the night had a few more bands to go.

Reaching the first of two headliners, we now approach Angry Samoans downstairs in the lounge. Words cannot accurately describe an Angry Samoans show – you honestly have to experience one for yourself. With 45 minutes to play, they tried to stock as many songs as they could into their allotted time, as evident by their set list. They switched it up at times too, allowing the drummer time on the mic and swapping with their vocalist. At multiple points during their set, a gal from the crowd would run up to the stage to pull up her top and show off her goodies to the crowd, much to the chagrin of the Angry Samoans. I spotted her doing so three times – she must have done it multiple times in the pit, as did a few other gals, as I later discovered. Once the set had ended, everyone bolted upstairs for the final act of the night.

At long last, the night’s headliner had arrived. The Smut Peddlers finalized stage preparations to an ovation that filled the entire floor. I barely could scrape by to secure a close spot, and eventually ended up nestled on a corner of the stage. So many people had crowded up here that the pit felt more like that of a massive concert, where the entire crowd moves but no actual moshing occurs. The Smut Peddlers had a great time playing their hits and interacting with the crowd. As we all know, bands that interact with the crowds score brownie points. Does a headlining band need to score brownie points? Not necessarily, but it helps to pump up the crowd and leave them asking for more, to which the Smut Peddlers happily obliged.

Missed out on this show? Most of these bands will play another show very soon! Like all of their pages on Facebook to find out where they play next. Get out there and explore new music – not only do you broaden your scope, but you also support local music by doing so.