Posts Tagged ‘Westminster’

9th Annual Taste of La Mesa
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 12
La Mesa Community Center, La Mesa
http://taste.lamesachamber.com/

Sample food from the local restaurants of La Mesa tonight at the La Mesa Community Center. General admission costs $60, starts at 6pm, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $80, starts at 5pm, and includes preferred parking. All drinks come at a separate cost.

8bitLA + Play It Loud! Present: Hack The Multiverse 2017
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 13
The Airliner Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/623470824524545/

Jam out to video game inspired music this Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $10 before 8pm or $15 afterwards. Anyone ages 18-20 must pay an additional $5 to enter. No one under 21 may enter.

San Diego Summer STEAM Maker Festival
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 14
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfsmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Wednesday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 14
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego
http://www.tasteoflittleitalysd.com/

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $36 each, while purchasing both costs $50.

San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, June 14
Pirch UTC, University City, San Diego
http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/San-Diego-Magazine/January-2017/Best-Restaurants-Party-2017/

Sample bites and wines from some of San Diego’s top chefs and wineries this Wednesday night at Pirch UTC. The $60 admission gets you in to unlimited food and drink samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Big D & The Kids Table – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 14, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 16, The Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.bigdandthekidstable.com/

Ska-punk band Big D & The Kids Table currently tour across the country, and that tour will swing through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age minimums to these shows vary by location, so check with the venue for information.

2017 Dew Tour
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 15-18
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
http://www.dewtour.com/

Extreme sports take over the Long Beach Convention Center this weekend. Various events will take place over the weekend that involve sports and/or concerts, and each event has a separate admission fee. Check the website for full pricing information.

Tartar Control – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 15
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/285151208593229/

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

San Diego International Beer Festival 2017
Various times, June 16-18
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://sandiegobeerfestival.com/

The San Diego County Fair will import hundreds of beers from around the world for a weekend of beer at the fairgrounds. Over the weekend, the fairgrounds will host five different four-hour sessions of unlimited tastings, and each session will feature different seminars and presentations. General admission starts at $55 and includes admission to the rest of the fair plus the souvenir cup. Parking on-site costs $10, while off-site parking with shuttles costs nothing. Although the beer fest takes place in the arena under a roof, the rest of the fair takes place outdoors, so prepare for sunny weather if you choose to venture outside. I highly recommend arriving as early as possible, as each session tends to run out of beer an hour before a session ends.

K-Town Night Market 2017
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 17
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Experience Korean nightlife this weekend at the annual Koreatown Night Market! This event celebrates Korean culture by immersing visitors into the night market experience similar to that of South Korea. Over 40 food vendors and 11 food trucks will serve up delicious Korean delectable eats, while visitors can check out the live entertainment, art exhibits, and vendor village in this outdoor market. Admission costs $2 presale or $5 at the door. Visitors can find $5 parking at nearby parking lots around the venue.

4th Annual OC Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 16-17
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 18
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocnightmarket.com/

The popular 626 Night Market comes to Orange County this weekend at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa. This weekend-long all-ages festival brings the nightlife of the east to the west, and shows the locals what goes on at night in populated Asian cities. Visitors will find lots of food, merchandise, live entertainment, music, games, and more. Admission costs $5 per person, while parking costs $8 per vehicle. These night market events always see wall-to-wall people, so expect a big crowd all weekend.

Trials of Bahamut – Los Angeles
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16
10:00 am – 11:00 pm, June 17
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 18
DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Los Angeles
http://realescapegame.com/ffxiv/

A special Final Fantasy themed escape game comes to Downtown LA this weekend. Unlike the organizer’s other events that only take one team at a time, this escape game will involve multiple teams in the same room all trying to escape. Registration for a game costs $41 per person, and they will have multiple sessions taking place throughout the weekend.

15th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 16
Harrah’s Resort, Valley Center
http://www.harrahssocal.com/events/beer-sake-festival/

Sample over a hundred different beers and sake this Friday night at Harrah’s out in northeast San Diego county. General admission costs $60, while VIP admission costs $80 and includes VIP seating, exclusive tastings, and an event t-shirt. No one under 21 may attend.

Little Saigon Night Market 2017
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 16-18
Asian Garden Mall, Westminster
http://www.littlesaigonnow.com/asian-garden-night-market-1170.html

Westminster’s Little Saigon gets into the night market action this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, visitors can expect to find tons of food, treats, drinks, vendors, games, toys, entertainment, and more.

9th Annual Los Angeles Beer Week
June 17-25
Greater Los Angeles Area
http://www.labeerweek.org/

This 9-day beer celebration covers Los Angeles through Orange County, starting with a beer fest at Los Angeles Center Studios. During this period, virtually every restaurant, bar, gastropub, and any other craft beer establishment will host some sort of beer event. Literally hundreds of beer events will take place over 9 days in the Greater Los Angeles Area, so for an abridged list, visit the website linked above. Even the website cannot contain every single event! Check with your local favorite brewpub to find out how they will participate. For the purposes of condensing this list, I will not include any event that directly relates to LA Beer Week, as their website will list them all.

23rd Annual Dawg Walk & Pet Faire
7:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
The Village Green, Mission Viejo
http://www.dawg.org/

A dog walk and pet fair comes to Mission Viejo this Saturday morning. The dog walk starts at 7am and costs $25 online or $30 at the gate to register for the walk. A pet fair starts at 8am, costs nothing to attend, and includes many pet vendors and activities.

3rd Annual Fat Boy 5K
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
Shoreline Aquatic Park, Long Beach
http://www.active.com/long-beach-ca/running/distance-running-races/fat-boy-5k-long-beach-ca-2017

A 5k run/walk combines with donuts, pastries, and other desserts this Saturday morning in Long Beach. Registration costs $50 for adults, $33 for teenagers, or $18 for children.

3rd Annual AleSmith Tony Gwynn 5.5K Charity Run/Walk
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, June 17
AleSmith Brewing, Miramar, San Diego
http://www.tonygwynn5k.org/

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

11th Annual Car Show
8:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
The Crossing Foursquare Church, Whittier
http://www.facebook.com/events/2232713373620842/

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

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/409852749379540/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

Mountain Lakes 7th Annual Charity Car Show
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 17
Mountain Lakes Resort, Lytle Creek
http://www.mountainlakesca.com/

A car show will take place in the mountains north of Fontana this Saturday, free to attend for all ages.

Fairy Festival 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 17
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas
http://sdbgarden.org/fairyfest.htm

Bring your children to this event to enjoy fairies, tea, treats, games, arts & crafts, shows, and more. Admission to the venue costs $14 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/military, or $8 for children.

25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Art Festival
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 17-18
Paseo Colorado, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenachalkfestival.com/

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

10th Annual Chili At The Beach
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 17
Downtown Huntington Beach
http://www.hbdowntown.com/chili-at-the-beach.html

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

Beach Con 2017
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 17
Huntington State Beach Lifeguard Tower 10, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1135314589892082/

More of a meetup than an actual con, fans of cosplay, anime, manga, video games, comics, and other fandom will meet on the beach this Saturday.

2017 Global Reddit Meetup Day
11:30 am – 6:00 pm, June 17
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.reddit.com/r/LosAngeles/comments/6cd8qi/global_reddit_meetup_day_details_and_junk/

Basically a large meetup/picnic, this free and all-ages gathering will have food, drinks, games, and more.

Los Angeles Beer Week Kick-Off
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles
http://labeerweek.org/tickets/

Featuring over 75 breweries bringing over 200 beers, you definitely will not want to miss this epic beer tasting gala that kicks off LA Beer Week. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. No one under 21 may attend.

17th Annual US Sumo Open
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 17
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2017-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $25 depending on where you want to sit.

L.A. Dessert Festival 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
Cooper Design Space, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dessertgoals.com/

Gorge out on sweet treats in Downtown LA this Saturday afternoon. $15 gets you in to one of four 90-minute sessions, but you still have to pay for everything once you enter. Some of the vendors will have free samples though, but expect to carry cash if you want more than just samples.

Hamilton Family Brewery’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Hamilton Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga
http://www.hamiltonfamilybrewery.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1470296843030273/

Hamilton Brewery turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, they will have lots of special beer available at their tasting room in Rancho Cucamonga this Saturday. Free to attend, they will have over 20 beers on tap, plus free food while supplies last. They will offer prepaid packages that will include beer pours plus other souvenirs, so click on the event’s link above for package details.

OC Weekly’s Summer Fest 2017
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 17
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsummerfest.com/

Come act merry and get drunk with other rich people at this fancy summer party this Saturday in Newport Beach. General admission costs $30 while VIP admission costs $55. Pay the admission, and you too can come get drunk and party with strangers that like to flaunt their status.

12th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 17
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
The Row, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.lawinefest.com/

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $70. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

1st Annual Boots & Brews Country Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
Central Park, Santa Clarita
http://www.bootsandbrews.com/

Country music and beers collide this Saturday in Santa Clarita. General admission costs $45 but does not come with any food or drinks – all attendees will still need to pay for everything once inside. Children 10 and under enter for free with a paid adult admission.

5th Annual TacoLAndia
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 17
El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Los Angeles
http://www.laweekly.com/tacolandia

Drown yourself in taco heaven at this all-you-can-eat taco fest this Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring over 80 different chefs. Attendees will also find Mariachi bands and cash bars. General admission costs $50 and includes unlimited food while supplies last. All drinks come at separate cost, so bring cash for drinks.

Artists Corner: June Summer Opener (Hot Summer Nights)
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
The Daily Brew Coffee Bar, Montebello
http://www.keepingtheculturealive.com/artist-corner-

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in Montebello this Saturday evening.

Dance Ska Los Angeles
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 17
Union Nightclub, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1701850306509232/

Get your skanking on this Saturday night in Los Angeles. The cover for this all-ages show costs $30.

22nd Annual Wine, Brews & Blues Festival
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 17
CA Center for the Arts, Escondido
http://www.bonsallrotary.com/

Enjoy wines from over 80 wineries, beers from local microbreweries, food from over 20 local restaurants & chefs, and blues music from various local musicians. Admission to this festival costs $75 per person, or $55 for non-drinkers.

OC Roller Derby – June Doom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 17
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.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 $15.

JFA – Live in Laguna Niguel
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 17
The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel
http://www.facebook.com/events/1756752387975988/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Laguna Niguel. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Father’s Day
June 18

Treat the father in your life to something special this Sunday.

2017 Rock 2 Rock Paddleboard Race
6:30 am – 12:30 pm, June 18
Two Harbors/Isthmus Cove, Catalina Island
http://rock2rockrace.com/

This annual paddleboard race from Catalina Island to San Pedro returns this Sunday morning. Interested participants may register as an individual or on a relay team.

Cask & Ye Shall Receive: MacLeod Ale Brewing’s 3rd Anniversary
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 18
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys
http://www.macleodale.com/

MacLeod Ale Brewing turns three years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a cask beer tasting event at their tasting room in Van Nuys this Sunday. Expect to encounter a handful of other breweries sampling their cask beers as well as this event. Admission comes in three levels. General admission starts at 1pm, and comes with five drink tickets for $20 or ten drink tickets for $35. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 12pm, and comes with unlimited beer pours for the duration of the event. No one under 21 may attend.

10th Annual The Car Show at WVCC
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 18
West Valley Christian Church, West Hills
http://www.thecarshowatwvcc.com/

Enjoy a free and all-ages car show in West Hills this Sunday evening.

We live in an age of technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones. The days of face-to-face interaction have died with the past, as most people spend their time in public with their faces buried in their smartphones. People use this as their means of interacting with others, and social media provides an outlet for that. Social media has also paved the way for one-upmanship, or posting something to gain more attention than the previous person – basically, “Oh yeah? Well check this out!” Especially today, we have Instagram food – basic foods made to look pretty so that customers will share it online. With the premise of one-upmanship, Instagram food keeps getting weirder and wackier, from rainbow grilled cheese to donut ice cream sandwiches to rolled ice cream and more. You take an existing food item and make it look different while tasting the same, and you have Instagram food. If you want the perfect example of Instagram food, endure some traffic to reach The Loop: Handcrafted Churros.

Oddly located in a heavy Vietnamese area of Westminster, The Loop: Handcrafted Churros takes the basic churro and fancies it up for customers to snap away at it. Sure you could go to, say, a Costco and get a simple churro for a dollar, or you could spring $3 or more for a curled churro! What makes The Loop’s churros better than any other churro you can get anywhere else? Why, the fact that you get your churro bent to form a loop that you can hold with a paper holder! For just $4.50, you can sample one of The Loop’s Glazed Churro. The Loop takes one of their ready-made churros, dips about half of it in a glaze of your choice, and coats that part with a topping of your choice. It just looks so cute and fancy that you will want to share this with the digital world before you actually bite into it! Check out The Loop on Facebook and Twitter to see tons of posts of people tweeting their churros instead of eating it! Perhaps if you tweet your churro enough, you will get featured!

Everybody eats out of necessity, and not always just for the luxury. Basic meals come and go, as they simply provide fuel to make it to the next meal. But do most people simply consume their food and continue with their day, or do they stop to enjoy the sweeter things in life? Ask yourself this: do you eat to live, or live to eat? Nobody can honestly consider after-meal desserts a necessity in life, even if they possess a sweet tooth. Despite this, nature causes all creatures to prefer sweets over anything else. Should you have dessert with every meal? Not always. Can you have dessert any time you want, regardless of other factors like time and weather? Of course! Despite the increasingly cold weather approaching, one should never sacrifice desserts for uncontrollable reasons. By that notion, continue reading to see five desserts in the Greater Los Angeles area that I highly recommend consuming this winter.

5. The Loop Handcrafted Churros‘ Glazed Churro

We live in an age of technology, the internet, social media, and smartphones. The days of face-to-face interaction have died with the past, as most people spend their time in public with their faces buried in their smartphones. People use this as their means of interacting with others, and social media provides an outlet for that. Social media has also paved the way for one-upmanship, or posting something to gain more attention than the previous person – basically, “Oh yeah? Well check this out!” Especially today, we have Instagram food – basic foods made to look pretty so that customers will share it online. Plenty of Instagram food exists, such as at The Loop: Handcrafted Churros. Oddly located in a heavy Vietnamese area of Westminster, The Loop takes the basic churro and fancies it up for customers to snap away at it. Sure you could go to, say, a Costco and get a simple churro for a dollar, or you could spring $4.50 for one of The Loop’s Glazed Churro. The Loop takes one of their ready-made churros, dips about half of it in a glaze of your choice, and coats that part with a topping of your choice. It just looks so cute and fancy that you will want to share this with the digital world before you actually bite into it!

4. Pie ‘n Burger‘s Peanut Butter Meringue

Two major archetypes of people exist: the adventurous and the safe. By human nature, people prefer the familiar – after all, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This explains why corporate products can survive for so long because they continue to serve the exact same product that people grew up with. Because something has never changed over time, that must mean that people love it, right? For something traditional that the people always go back to, look no further than Pie ‘n Burger. This little diner in Pasadena has withstood the test of time with their simplistic approach to traditional diner foods in burgers, milkshakes, and pies. Pie ‘n Burger not only makes food that all customers recognize, but they make them delicious as well that rivals corporate equivalents. When it comes to pies, their Peanut Butter Meringue sets the bar high. Very few places make peanut butter pies like this, and Pie ‘n Burger does it right with just the right amount of peanut butter without making this slice feel too heavy. While the $4.50 price tag per slice feels steep, each slice more than holds its weight up.

3. Confetti Italian Ice‘s Parfait

Everyone loves sweets, but no one can deny that teenagers represent the worst demographic for controlling dessert habits. Teenagers usually have money to buy whatever they want (as long as they can afford it), and they have not grown up enough to make sensible spending decisions. As such, lots of places take advantage of that by introducing desirable foods priced just within reach that young customers will want to come back to, especially cold treats. Starbucks does this well with their blended drinks, as do some Italian Ice places. Take a stroll over to Confetti Italian Ice and you will see that they value quality in their treats instead of simply catering to as many customers as possible. Tightly nestled in a strip mall in Costa Mesa near the Orange County Fairgrounds, Confetti Italian Ice may resemble another popular Southern Californian place that does something similar, but Confetti has vastly unique flavors in their Parfait. Many places do something like this already: Italian Ice combined with soft-serve ice cream or custard. While the competition sticks to common flavors, Confetti aims for a more unique experience with flavors such as Cookie Batter, Chocolate Brownie, Cookie Dough, Birthday Cake, and more. You can get a Parfait for $3.75 for a small, $4.25 for a medium, or $5.25 for a large.

2. My Delight Cupcakery‘s Breakfast Cupcake

For over seven years now, My Delight Cupcakery has doled out some of the best cupcakes this side of the Mississippi. During their early years, I recall that they only had their mobile food truck to serve their scrumptious cupcakes out of. Since I discovered My Delight, they have since opened as storefront in a corner of Ontario close to Upland and Montclair. My Delight utilizes organic and all-natural ingredients to give their cupcakes the texture, moisture, and sweetness that makes a cupcake worth it. Prominently, their frosting does not taste overwhelmingly of butter, which many other cupcakeries seem to not pay any attention to. This allows their cupcakes to portray more of the true flavors of the cupcakes rather than the richness found in most other frostings elsewhere. My Delight rotates the flavors of their cupcakes monthly, but they will always carry their standard lineup of cupcakes, such as their popular Breakfast Cupcake: a light & fluffy buttermilk-based cupcake with bits of applewood-smoked bacon, iced with a light & buttery maple frosting, topped with more bacon, and drizzled with maple syrup. You can enjoy breakfast for dessert for $3.25 for a regular-size cupcake or $1.75 for a mini cupcake.

1. Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern‘s Old School

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, especially in their desserts such as the Old School. In a large glass goblet, JFAT combines warm chocolate chip cookies, vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and roasted peanuts. This massive dessert that can feed at least two people costs only $12. Of course, if you have a huge sweet tooth like I do, you will want this entire bowl of indulgence to yourself. The classics never go out of style at JFAT, so check them out soon and get your dessert on.

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.

The Orange County Halal Food Fest returned for its third year running this past Saturday. Taking place at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove/Westminster, this free and all-ages event consisted of dozens of mobile food vendors all serving up Halal foods. The term “Halal” does not refer to a type of cuisine in itself; rather, Halal refers to a standard of food preparation, similar to how the word Kosher defines food. In addition, Halal does not refer to only food and drinks – Halal indicates a standard, and applies to other things such as clothing and literature. As a result, this event contained more than just food – it provided plenty of vendors selling apparel and accessories, and it provided plenty of entertainment throughout the day.

Halal largely refers to Islamic Law, but does not restrict itself to only those of the original nationality. As such, we see all sorts of people at events like this. For more information about occurring events and other news, check out the Islamic Society of Orange County on Facebook and Twitter.

Reminiscing back to our childhoods, we recall all the good times and bad times that significantly impacted us as children. Everyone remembers certain moments during their childhoods that has permanently affected our personalities today. Even without anything to capture those moments, we can still reminisce about the good old days through photos taken way back then. In fact, today’s society has accepted Throwback Thursdays as an homage to the good old days, when life did not bear so much worry, and we could live out our days without fear or oppression. These days, society has to deal with corruption on many levels, from governments to the internet to bullies in school and more. Like the human immune system, society reacts to these corruptions by implementing methods to combat those problems by either minimizing problems or eliminating them altogether. This may not restore the good old days, but as a society, we still like to look back to what paved the way for us to stand here today. Significantly, we remember the foods we once ate as children, even recalling the low prices. Those old signs advertising $0.10 French Fries did not lie – food stands actually sold items that now cost ten times more, or even more than that! Though we can still buy the same fast food items as back then, we have much better options today as far as finer dining without the inflated price tags. If you miss those $0.10 fries, wait until you see some of the appetizers that you can share with friends or enjoy as an entrée. I have discovered five different shareable appetizers that you can find in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and you can either enjoy these on its own or share them among the table.

5. The Abbey‘s Roadkill Fries

With all this newfangled technology and modernism going on these days, sometimes it helps to go back to the basics. We turn to the originals to inspired us to prepare for the future. For the originals, we head over to The Abbey in Seal Beach. Dubbed as Seal Beach’s legendary gastropub, The Abbey takes some of America’s favorite restaurant meals and does them well. You can taste the quality of the food here while appreciating the food styles that we grew up with. The Abbey does not try to push the envelope or invent new foods – they take what exists and cooks it up right. Look at their Roadkill Nachos on their appetizers menu. The Abbey treats nachos the classic way here with tortilla chips piled high with ground beef, grilled chicken, black beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. You can order a small plate for $9.50, or go all-out for $13.50. Sure it may not seem like a new concept, but if you do not want to try something new and simply want to stick with what you know, The Abbey has the remedy for you.

4. Limerick’s Tavern‘s Irish Pub Nachos

More often than not, the hole-in-the-wall places have the best food that too few know about. From the outside, the restaurant may appear lackluster. Even once inside, the interior may appear dreary. As the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” While hole-in-the-wall restaurants represent a game of hit-or-miss, the people’s voice may help to steer others in the right direction, which led me to the discovery of Limerick’s Tavern in Upland. When I first heard about this Irish pub, I expected the typical Irish faire that I encounter at every other Irish pub that I had dined at. To my surprise, Limerick’s Tavern shattered that conception with an unbelievable menu with desirable food. At Limerick’s Tavern, they serve up great gourmet food that no one would expect to find at a pub or sports bar. The dishes may represent classics, but their use of high-quality ingredients and plating presentation make them shine above the rest. Take a look at their Irish Pub Nachos. This beautiful plate of fresh home-made potato chips comes topped with chopped corned beef, pastrami, bacon bits, Swiss & cheddar cheese, sour cream, and scallions. This $10 plate of food can feed a group of four, or you can go nuts and treat yourself to this mighty fine dish.

3. The Smoking Ribs‘ Pulled Pork Nachos

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

2. Meat Up BBQ‘s Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries

Ruling over their domain of meat, Meat Up BBQ does meat good and barbecue with their own culinary twist. The barbecue does not represent completely authentic southern barbecue, but rather barbecue with a slight Caribbean influence, evident in their use of tropical and fruity flavors. Sauces range from sweet to spicy to smokey, and meats include all the bases such as chicken, pork, beef, and even a few seafood items. Meat Up BBQ does not skimp on portion sizes, so when you order anything, even their appetizers, expect a huge plate, such as their Smothered & Covered Chili Verde Fries. $10 gets you a huge basket of BBQ-rub fries topped with pulled pork chili verde and a helping of cheddar cheese. You get some barbecue with the fries, and you get some Latin influence from the pork chili verde. This huge appetizer can easily feed a family of four, and I would not attempt to eat this entire thing as one person. However, after one bite, you may want as much of this as you can handle.

1. Súp Noodle Bar‘s Shaken House Fries

The United States promotes a mixed melting pot society. We take people from all nationalities and religions, and throw them into one country to unite them together. While many prefer to stick to the original ways and stay with their traditions, many of the younger generation want to see change and mixing of cultures. This has led to the creation of fusion foods, combining elements of different cuisines together. Plenty of fusion restaurants exist out there where you can taste the best of multiple worlds, such as at Súp Noodle Bar in Buena Park. Nestled in a large strip mall in a densely Korean area, Súp stands out from the crowd with their personal take on Vietnamese cuisine in a not-so Vietnamese area. Sure they have the traditional noodle soups, noodle bowls, and rice bowls, but for those not well versed in Vietnamese cuisine, Súp eases the transition with their versions of familiar foods, such as with their Shaken House Fries. This $13 massive plate of skinny fries comes topped with Súp’s shaken short rib, minced garlic, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy tartar sauce. This represents a calamity of flavors as you have the sweetness and savory from the beef, the sharpness from the garlic, more sweetness from the caramelized onions, creaminess from the cheese, and a bit of kick and tartness from the sauce. While this can feed up to four people, after one bite, you may want this all to yourself.

“Off the beaten path” – This phrase gets used very often, but it has lost some of its original meaning over time. Everyone has a different measure of how beaten a path will appear. To some, off the beaten path simply means not on a major street or path. To others, off the beaten path means out in the middle of nowhere. This phrase can have many other meanings too, such as something that feels out of place or does not fit in. For example, much of Westminster contains Vietnamese businesses due to its large Vietnamese population. As such, who would expect to find something completely out of the ordinary nestled in with all of these Vietnamese businesses? In fact, one such thing exists, as Westminster now hosts a southern barbecue restaurant away from anywhere that one would expect to find a southern barbecue restaurant. Right on Euclid off of Westminster Blvd, welcome to The Smoking Ribs.

As far as the style of cuisine goes, The Smoking Ribs truly lies off the beaten path. The Smoking Ribs specializes in southern-style barbecue, from ribs to brisket to pulled pork and more. As others have shown, many cultures around the world have no familiarity with American barbecue, such as Koreans and the Irish, so some may ponder about a non-Asian barbecue restaurant in an Asian part of town. However, I assure you that The Smoking Ribs stays true to its roots, boasting some top-quality smoke and meats. At The Smoking Ribs, you can go the traditional route and order a plate of meat with sides. The Smoking Ribs also offers a handful of other dishes that contain their meats, such as their Pulled Pork Nachos. For $10, you get a huge basket of nacho chips, nacho cheese, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw. It sounds simple, but after one bite, you will want to devour this entire thing yourself instead of sharing it, despite its large size that can feed multiple people.

If you crave some barbecue, perhaps you can go a little bit off the beaten path on to a different kind of beaten path to check out The Smoking Ribs. See what else The Smoking Ribs has cooking up by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Upcoming Events: May 30 – June 5, 2016

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Gamex 2016
12:00 pm, May 27 – 6:00 pm, May 30
Hilton LAX, Los Angeles
http://www.strategicon.net/

This weekend-long expo will feature all sorts of board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing, collectibles, computer games and more. Registration varies, ranging from $5 all the way up to $500, so see the website for a breakdown of the prices to attend. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

58th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 27
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 28-29
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 30
Village Green, Garden Grove
http://strawberryfestival.org/

This free annual all-ages city fair features rides, games, vendors, food, contests, live entertainment, a parade, and more. Despite its name, the festival does not liberally give out strawberries or sell it – it just uses strawberries as its theme. Guests may go on rides with all-day wristbands, which cost $30 each, or just $25 on Friday. Prepare to park far away and have to walk over to the fair.

Muscle Beach Memorial Day Weekend Spectacular
May 28-30
Muscle Beach, Venice Beach
http://www.musclebeachvenice.com/

Various strength and strongman events will take place in Venice Beach this weekend. Visitors of all ages may spectate the events for free. Visitors should look for parking in the neighborhoods around Abbot Kinney, then walk over to the beach.

Fiesta Hermosa
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
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.

Geeky Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 28-30
Whimsic Alley, Burbank
http://www.whimsicalley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1564479810518077/

Check out this FREE and all-ages arts & crafts fair this weekend in Burbank featuring geek culture. Most vendors should accept credit card payments, but bring cash anyways just in case.

Santa Anita Carnival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 28-30
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-carnival/

Santa Anita Park opens their gates to the public for this FREE weekend-long festival for people of all ages. Visitors will find food, drinks, treats, rides, games, and more. Bring cash, as most of the vendors may not accept card.

18th Annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run
5:30 am – 11:30 am, May 30
Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills
http://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Celebrate this Memorial Day with a run down in sunny Orange County. Register for any of various distances, and head to the starting line by 7am for the race start. Registration fees vary based on the distance, with the half marathon costing $75.

Refused – Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 30
Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach
http://bellyup.com/refused
http://www.officialrefused.com/

One of the most influential bands in the history of punk rock embarks on a cross-country tour starting this week in Southern California. Tickets to these shows may have sold out, but you may still find them on after-market sites.

D.O.A. – Live in Southern California
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, May 31
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.suddendeath.com/

Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A. currently tours across the nation, and that tours swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $18 presale or $20 at the door. Guests arriving before 5:30pm can park for free; afterwards, it costs $10 to park. No one under 18 may enter.

At The Drive-In @ The Hollywood Palladium
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 1-2
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood
http://www.thehollywoodpalladium.com/events/at-the-drive-in/
http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/

Legendary post-hardcore band At The Drive-In will headline two shows in Hollywood this week. Tickets to these all-ages shows start at $36. Parking nearby may cost around $10 cash.

Huntington Beach Expo
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 2
City Hall, Huntington Beach
http://business.hbchamber.com/events/details/huntington-beach-expo-6-2-2016-9466

Check out this free and all-ages event this Thursday featuring health screenings, a job fair, gourmet food trucks, recycling information, vendors, police & fire safety education, and more.

Pizza Port Takeover @ Select Beer Store
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 2
Select Beer Store, Redondo Beach
http://www.selectbeerstore.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1625112761147074/

Redondo Beach’s Select Beer Store will receive a lot of beer from Pizza Port this Thursday evening. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy a cold one or more.

Bad Religion: Live in Ventura
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 2
Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.badreligion.com/

Legendary punk rock band Bad Religion will headline a show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $30 presale or $32 at the door.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Diego
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 3
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
6:00 am – 2:30 pm, June 5
San Diego Convention Center/Balboa Park/Petco Park, San Diego
http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/san-diego/

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

5th Craft Beer + Bites @ SILO
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 3
SILO in Makers Quarter, San Diego
http://www.makersquarter.com/happenings/craft-beer-bites

This mini beer fest takes place close to Downtown San Diego this Friday evening. For $35 presale or $40 at the door, attendees get treated to ten pairings of tapas and craft beer. In addition, attendees will find outdoor games (bocce ball, beanbag toss, glorified Jenga, and more) and local designers/makers. Attendees may even bring their pets as well! No one under 21 may attend.

11th Annual Lummis Day Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 5
Heritage Square Museum, Northeast Los Angeles
http://www.lummisday.org/

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

2016 San Diego County Fair: Opening Day
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sdfair.com/

The 2016 San Diego County Fair kicks off this Friday and will run until July 4th. General adult admission costs $16, while admission for seniors and children costs $9. Many promotions and coupons for admission exist – see the website for details.

Brea SummerFest 2016
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, June 4
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 5
St. Angela Merici School, Brea
http://www.summerfestbrea.org/

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

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

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

69th Annual Fish Fry & Carnival + 1st Annual Costa Mesa Car Show
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4-5
Fairview Park, Costa Mesa
http://www.cmnhlions.com/fish-fry/

A free and all-ages local carnival & fair comes to Costa Mesa this weekend, complete with $10 fish dinners, a car show on Friday, games, rides, vendors, music, entertainment, and more. Print the image below to receive a dollar off a fish dinner.

Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm, June 3
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 4
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 5
George Ingall’s Equestrian Event Center, Norco
http://www.brewnquefestival.com/

A weekend of barbecue and brews comes to Norco. On Friday, catch an opening night reception with sips and bites that costs $50 to attend. On Saturday, enjoy an all-day barbecue festival complete with food, beer, live music, and more – general admission costs $10, while admission with a beer wristband costs $30 and includes unlimited beer samples while supplies last. On Sunday, a special invite-only barbecue judging class will take place. Bring plenty of cash for food and parking, and dress for warm weather.

Thrice: Live in Southern California
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 3, Shrine Expo Hall, Los Angeles http://www.shrineauditorium.com/events/detail/301537
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A00502D99571074
http://thrice.net/

Legendary post-hardcore band Thrice will headline these two shows in Southern California this week. Both shows have sold out long ago, but you may still find after-market tickets available from third-party vendors.

The Amazing Chase: Long Beach
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, June 4
East Village Arts District, Long Beach
http://eastvillagelongbeach.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/234563360214714/

Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout Downtown Long Beach this Saturday. Registration costs $99 per person for teams of up to four people. Participants can find free parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue. Participants should dress for mobility through the city, and apply sunscreen as this will take place entirely outdoors.

17th Annual Yorba Linda Summer Festival & Car Show
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Senior Living Center, Yorba Linda
http://oescal.org/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-summer-festival-and-car-show-free-family-event-tickets-23851047124

A free and all-ages fair and car show comes to Yorba Linda this Saturday. The children will enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, shows, a bounce house, and more. The adults can enjoy the car show, vendors, and other goodies. Bring cash for food and the vendors.

16th Annual Uptown Whittier Car Show
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Greenleaf Avenue, Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/carshow/

See hundreds of classic cars all for FREE at this all-ages car show on the streets of Uptown Whittier this Saturday. All of the businesses in Uptown Whittier will remain open under regular business hours. Interested visitors should park in the neighborhoods north of Hadley Street.

22nd Annual Studio Arts Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4
Irvine City Hall, Irvine
http://www.irvinefinearts.org/

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

13th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/

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

2nd Annual Los Angeles Bread Festival
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/674/2nd-annual-los-angeles-bread-festival-at-grand-central-market

They really will make a festival for just about anything. This weekend, check out a free all-ages festival dedicated to everything about bread. Tastes different types of bread, learn how to make bread, and even take some specialty breads home. I suggest parking in the Arts District and walking over, since the Arts District has free street parking in select areas.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 4
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/241054102918333/

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!

2016 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 4-5
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://scubashow.com/

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking at the convention center’s parking structure costs $10 per vehicle.

Power-Con 2016
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 4-5
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach, Torrance
http://www.thepower-con.com/

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

5th Annual LitFest Pasadena
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 4
Playhouse District, Pasadena
http://litfestpasadena.org/

Check out this free and all-ages event dedicated to books and authors taking place this Saturday in Pasadena.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 4
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.ninja-conla.org/

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

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 4
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1082325765139852/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Long Beach Vegan Food & Music Festival
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 4
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach
http://www.lbveganfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of vegan food and music this Saturday in Long Beach. Free to attend for all ages, this fair will have food, arts & crafts, live entertainment, vendors, and more. Bring cash to pay for food or other goods. Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Avenue.

13th Annual Art Around Adams
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 4
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.artaroundadams.org/

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

Sumo Sushi Show – Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Exchange LA, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sumosushishow.com/

From the organizers of the recent US Sumo Open comes this mashup of sumo wrestling and sushi this Saturday. Admission ranges from $69 to $99 based on the seating location. Dress formally, but keep in mind that some of the attendees may get involved with the sumo wrestling!

15th Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 4
Two Harbors, Avalon, Catalina Island
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/event/15th-annual-summer-wine-festival-2016

Sample dozens of wines at this wine tasting event on beautiful Catalina Island this Saturday afternoon. Admission costs $45 for the event, but does not include transportation. Guests should take the Catalina Express that departs from San Pedro. View the website for details about how to travel to Two Harbors and which transports to take or not to take.

2nd Annual So Cal Brew Fest
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 4
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://socalbrewfest.com/

The So Cal Brew Fest returns to Orange County for its second year running this Saturday, complete with everything one would expect to find at a beer festival. General admission costs $43 and comes with unlimited beer tasters from all the participating breweries while supplies last. Bring cash for food truck purchases, and dress appropriately for hot weather. No one under 21 may attend.

Zoo Brew
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 4
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara
http://www.sbzoo.org/zoo-brew-2/

Enjoy beers from over 30 different breweries while gazing upon all the various exotic animals. General admission costs $58 and starts at 3pm, while VIP admission costs $95, starts at 2pm, and includes tray-passed appetizers. Bring extra cash for parking at the venue.

2nd Annual Brew & Food Festival – San Diego
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, June 4
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://brewandfoodfest.com/

Enjoy an afternoon of local beer, local food, and local music at this outdoor tasting event this Saturday in San Diego. General admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the gate, and starts at 3pm. Early-entry admission costs $50 presale or $55 at the gate, and starts at 2pm. VIP admission costs $80 presale or $85 at the gate, starts at 2pm, and includes access to a VIP area with rare brews and tray-passed hors d’oeuvres. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last, but have to pay for any food. No one under 21 may attend. Parking at nearby lots ranges from $5 to $15.

Board & Brew Anaheim Hills 1 Year Anniversary Tap Takeover w/ Knee Deep Brewing
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Board & Brew, Anaheim Hills
http://www.boardandbrew.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1036689226411131/

Board & Brews in Anaheim Hills celebrates their first anniversary this Saturday, and they will have a handful of brews from Knee Deep Brewing to celebrate. The first 150 customers to order a Knee Deep brew will receive a special gift to take home.

David Bowie Tribute Concert & Screening
6:30 pm – 10:30 pm, June 4
Sunnyside Cemetery, Long Beach
http://thefridacinema.org/event/ziggy-stardust-at-sunnyside-cemetery/

Enjoy a concert and screening dedicated to the late David Bowie this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $12 presale or $15 at the gate. Bring cash for parking and food.

Care (Packages) For Your Community
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 4
Out Of The Park Pizza, Anaheim Hills
http://www.facebook.com/events/1565300587104115/

At this free and all-ages event, local ska bands will perform, and they will have a charity activity that involves donating items to make care packages for the needy.

Punk Rock Karaoke @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1173047-punk-rock-karaoke-long-beach/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Saturday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba or the neighborhood across the street.

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

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

Coast – Santa Monica’s Open Streets Event
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
http://beta.smgov.net/strategic-goals/mobility/coast

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

4th Annual San Pedro Shred Festival of Skate
9:30 am – 3:30 pm, June 5
Gaffey St. Lookout Point, San Pedro
http://www.sanpedroshredfest.com/

Enjoy a day of skateboarding and live rock music at this FREE and all-ages event taking place in San Pedro this Sunday.

10th Annual Super Pet Adoption
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/animal-care-center/super-pet-adoption

For just $2 admission, come see dozens of animals up for adoption, and potentially welcome a new member to your family.

23rd Annual Balboa Island Parade
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, June 5
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/events/balboa-island-parade/

Free to attend for all ages, a parade will take place on Balboa Island this Sunday morning.

19th Annual SoRo Community Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, June 5
Robertson & Cattaraugus, Los Angeles
http://www.soronc.org/

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

32nd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 5
Old Town Tustin
http://www.tustinchilicookoff.com/

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

3rd Annual Belching Beaver Classic
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 5
Belching Beaver Brewery, Vista
http://belchinbeaver.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1050074348375309/

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

Discharge @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 5
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/1131507-discharge-eyehategod-pomona/

Release some inner aggression at this all-ages show at the Glass House in Pomona this Sunday night for $25 presale or $28 at the door. Guests can find plenty of free parking in Downtown Pomona, and can avoid having to pay to park in paid lots.

The Casualties @ The Yost Theater
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 5
The Yost Theater, Santa Ana
http://www.selloutevents.com/event/1161783

Get your moshing on this Sunday night with The Casualties at this all-ages concert for $15. Guests should look for parking in the neighborhoods north of the venue.

1st Annual Venice Art Week
May 15-22
Venice Beach
http://venicechamber.chambermaster.com/news/details/first-ever-venice-art-week-may-15-may-22-2016
http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

Venice gets their own Art Week this week, complete with a plethora of events that will take place throughout Venice throughout the week. Check the website for a full list of art exhibits and other art events taking place this week.

American Craft Beer Week
May 16-22
Nationwide
http://www.craftbeer.com/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week

Celebrate the joy and passion of craft beer all week throughout the United States. All week long, thousands of restaurants, gastropubs, bars, pubs, breweries, and more will participate in ACBW with beer specials, food specials, special events, and more. Consult with your favorite local establishment and ask about their plans for ACBW.

Naja’s Place 8th Annual IPA Festival
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 18-25
Naja’s Place, Redondo Beach
http://www.najasplace.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/833351723463473/

For seven days straight, Naja’s Place in Redondo Beach will tap nothing but IPA’s from all over. Come get hopped up at Naja’s Place this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 18
The Rookery, Pomona
http://rookeryalehouse.com/Events.html

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.

5th Annual Taste of Boyle Heights
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 19
Casa Del Mexicano, Boyle Heights
http://www.elacc.org/taste_of_boyle_heights

Sample the local flavors of Boyle Heights this Thursday night in Boyle Heights. Admission costs $100 and includes unlimited food and drinks while supplies last, plus a tote bag with various goodies inside.

Demob: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 19, Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 20, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21, Pierside Pub, Oceanside
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 22, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/Demob1978

UK punk band Demob will perform a string of shows in Southern California this week. Each show has a different cover charge. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

Youth Brigade: Live at The Echo
8:30 pm – 1:30 am, May 19
The Echo, Echo Park
http://www.theecho.com/event/1153101-youth-brigade-los-angeles/

See Youth Brigade, Union 13, and other great punk bands this Thursday night in Echo Park. Tickets to this show cost $14.50 presale or $16.50 at the door. No one under 18 may enter.

2016 Orange County Home & Garden Show
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 20
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 21
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.homeshowconsultants.com/

This FREE all-ages expo will showcase the latest in home improvement, remodeling, interior-design, decorating, landscaping, and more.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
6:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
6:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Lake Skinner Recreation Area, Winchester
http://www.tvbwf.com/

Taste wines and fly in hot-air balloons during this three-day festival out in the Temecula Valley. In addition, enjoy live music, local food, craft beer, and other forms of entertainment. Admission starts at $5, so see the website for more details.

Orange County Greek Festival
3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 20
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
St. John Greek Orthodox Church, Anaheim
http://ocgreekfest.com/

This annual all-ages Greek fair takes place this weekend between Buena Park and Anaheim. For $3 admission, attendees will find many merchandise vendors, plenty of food, drinks, live music, rides, games, and more. Guests must park in the parking lot behind Sears at the Buena Park Mall, then take the free shuttle to and from the fair.

2nd Annual Sorrento Valley Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, May 20
Party Pals, Sorrento Valley, San Diego
http://www.sorrentovalleybeerfestival.com/

Enjoy some local beers at this beer tasting event in San Diego this Friday night. For $30 presale or $35 at the door, gain 12 3oz pours of your choice of local beer, plus the souvenir glass for you to take home. Guests can eat from local food trucks, plus enjoy the live local musicians. No one under 21 may attend.

29th Annual Yorba Linda Lobsterfest
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, May 20
Yorba Linda Community Center, Yorba Linda
http://www.yllobsterfest.com/

For $85 presale or $100 at the door, gain access to all-you-can-eat lobster and steak while supplies last. Attendees will also find a silent auction, live music, a full bar, and more.

13th Annual Taste of Malibu
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 20
Duke’s Restaurant, Malibu
http://www.malibu.org/content/13th-annual-taste-malibu

For $40 admission, gain entry to this food tasting event where you get unlimited food samples from local restaurants while supplies last.

The Color Run 5k – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, May 21
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
http://thecolorrun.com/los-angeles/

The color run that started it all returns to Dodger Stadium this Saturday morning. This fun run takes the racing out of a 5k or 10k, and places participants in a running course where they will get showered with bright colors. All runners should wear white for this run, as they run through the course and absorb all the colors flying through the air. Registration for this color run costs $50 per solo participant, or $45 per person if registering as a team of four or more. Waves of runners will start at 9am and launch every few minutes following that for up to two hours, so do not fret about getting there on time.

37th Annual Fiesta del Sol
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 21-22
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach
http://fiestadelsol.net/

Check out this free and all-ages street fair in Solana Beach this weekend, complete with food, vendors, arts & crafts, games, rides, live entertainment, and more.

16th Annual US Sumo Open
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Walter Pyramid, Long Beach
http://www.usasumo.com/us-sumo-open/2016-us-sumo-open/

Watch sumo wrestling matches in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. Tickets to this all-ages event start at $35, or you can find tickets on Groupon or Living Social for $25.

Pirate Days
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21-22
Maritime Museum, San Diego
http://sdmaritime.org/visit/public-events/pirate-days/

Bring out the family to this all-ages pirate festival featuring live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, games, rides, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $17, with discounts available for seniors, military, children, and students.

Makers Arcade Spring Fair
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

Spring Awakening Festival 2016
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, May 22
Eaton Canyon Natural Area, Pasadena
http://www.ecnca.org/Spring_Awakening/SpringAwakening.htm

At this free and all-ages festival this weekend in Pasadena, visitors will check out Native American culture with arts & crafts, music, dance, food, and more.

4th Annual Heritage of Aloha Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Heritage Park, Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

This FREE and all-ages Hawaiian cultural festival contains food, drinks, live entertainment, music, dancing, arts & crafts, games, contests, and over 70 different vendors.

Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 21-22
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://lawomensexpo.com/

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

Beverly Hills Art Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 21-22
Beverly Gardens Park, Beverly Hills
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/beverlyhillsartshow/artshowinformation/

Free to attend for all ages, this fair features art from across the nation, showcasing their work for the public to exhibit. Many food trucks will open for business here, and adults can visit and beer and wine garden within the fair. Guests may park for free in nearby parking structures – consult the website for a map of those structures.

California Strawberry Festival
10:00 am – 6:30 pm, May 21-22
College Park, Oxnard
http://strawberry-fest.org/

An all-ages fair/carnival comes to Oxnard this weekend, complete with live entertainment, food, drinks, desserts, rides, games, vendors, arts & crafts, and more. Tickets start at $5, while parking costs $10 per vehicle.

20th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts + Craft Beer Block
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
University Ave & 30th Street, San Diego
http://northparkfestivalofarts.com/

This Saturday, San Diego’s North Park hosts a grand street festival comprised of more festivals within the festival! At this all-day festival, guests will experience six stages of live music, live DJ’s, food, food trucks, drinks, dancing, art, and more. Within the festival, guests 21 and over can participate in two different drink tastings. For $40 admission, guests can enter the craft beer block and receive thirteen 4oz beer tastings from any of the over 30 participating breweries. Any guest may park for free all day in the parking structure located at 29th & University. In addition, catch Stone Brewing’s beer garden in front of Bar Pink, which will run from noon to 6pm. This one has no admission – guests pay for the beers they want to drink.

Bikini Bike Wash
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, May 21
Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Westminster
http://www.hbharley.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1289215607759709/

Got a Harley that needs a wash? Bring it down to HB Harley Davidson this Saturday and let some bikini girls wash it for you for free (plus tips).

Foodie Fest Encinitas
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
The Lumberyard, Encinitas
http://foodiefestencinitas.com/

For $48 admission, get unlimited food samples (while supplies last) from dozens of restaurants from across San Diego County at this food festival this Saturday in Encinitas. Bring cash for drinks and parking.

Port Brewing’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, May 21
Port Brewing, San Marcos
http://shop.lostabbey.com/

Celebrate Port Brewing’s 10th anniversary with lots of beer.

Venice Spring Fling 6
11:00 am – 7:30 pm, May 21
Windward Plaza, Venice
http://venicespringfling.com/

A free & all-ages music & arts festival will take place in Venice this Saturday afternoon.

Smog City Brewing’s 2016 Anniversary
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21
Smog City Brewing, Torrance
http://www.smogcitybrewing.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1028567153876335/

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

2016 Long Beach Pride Festival & Parade
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 21-22
Rainbow Lagoon, Long Beach
http://longbeachpride.com/

An LGBT pride festival takes place this weekend in Long Beach, complete with live entertainment, music, dance, vendors, food, arts & crafts, and more. Admission costs $20 presale or $25 at the door.

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festival
11:30 am – 5:00 pm, May 21
Ventura Harbor, Ventura
http://surfbeerfest.com/

This beer tasting event in Ventura will have over 45 breweries to choose beer from, as well as local surfboard shapers, local music, food trucks, and more. General admission costs $50 and starts at 12:30pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 11:30am. All attendees receive unlimited beer tastings while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Bacon & Barrels – San Diego
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://www.baconandbarrels.com/

Pig out on bacon eats and barrel sips this weekend in Downtown San Diego. Head down to the waterside park in Downtown San Diego for a day in the sun with bacon and booze. General admission costs $50 and starts at 1pm, while early admission costs $70 and starts at 12pm. VIP admission costs $90 and includes access to a VIP lounge. Admission includes access to all food and drink stations until last call at about 4:45. No one under 21 may attend.

A Day At The Races
12:00 pm – 7:30 pm, May 21
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.facebook.com/events/487485574777641/

Check out live music, gourmet food trucks, vendors, a beer garden, a VIP lounge, a swimsuit show, racing, and more this Saturday at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. Tickets to this all-ages event cost $10.

1st Annual Wasteland Weekend Car Show
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, May 21
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.wastelandweekend.com/carshow/

Check out this car show with a post-apocalyptic theme taking place this Saturday at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to the car show costs $8 and runs until 7pm. After 7pm, the after-party will take place, and no one under 21 may attend that.

2016 Los Angeles Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Union Station, Los Angeles
http://www.riojawineandtapasfestival.com/

Sample Spanish wines and tapas at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon in Downtown LA. The $65 admission grants attendees unlimited tastings while supplies last. Bring some extra cash for parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Great Wine Festival
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, May 21
Orange County Great Park, Irvine
http://socialmixin.com/event/the-great-wine-festival/

Enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting this Saturday in Irvine. Admission costs $65 and includes unlimited wine tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

The Best Taste Of Santa Ana 2016
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, May 21
2nd Street Promenade, Santa Ana
http://www.assistkids.org/ps.home.cfm?ID=2436

Sample food from Santa Ana restaurants for $30 per person.

Tustin Lobsterfest
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 21
Peppertree Park, Tustin
http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/

At this annual fundraiser, guests pay $85 presale or $100 at the gate for all-you-can-eat lobster and tri-tip, and other picnic foods like hot dogs, salads, mac & cheese, baked potatoes, various pastries, and more. Each entry ticket comes with an entry to a lottery to win $1000!

OC Roller Girls – Beat Your Match
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 21
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at these back-to-back roller derby bouts this Saturday in Huntington Beach. Tickets to each roller derby bout cost $15.

Free Punk Show in Riverside
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 21
Inkonsiderate Boardshop, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1596569107330032/

Enjoy a FREE and all-ages local punk show tonight in Riverside.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 21
Fifty Seven Degrees, San Diego
http://www.pancakesandbooze.com/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. No one under 21 may enter.

22nd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Balboa Island, Newport Beach
http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html

Check out the best in local art at this free & all-ages art festival on the island this Sunday. Attendees can view paintings, jewelry, glass, sculptures, photography, and more. Local bands will play music throughout the day all over the island.

Robo Toy Fest + Brick Boutique
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 22
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://robotoyfest.com/
http://www.brickboutique.com/

Check out this all-ages two-in-one event this Sunday in Pasadena featuring robot toys and brick-building toys. Regular admission costs $7 and starts at 10am while early admission costs $12 and starts at 9am.

Gus “Goose” Duarte Memorial Benefit Show
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, May 22
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1711521655794395/

Check out a local punk rock show at the Doll Hut in Anaheim this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Bottle Share @ Monrovia Homebrew Shop
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, May 22
Monrovia Homebrew Shop, Monrovia
http://www.monroviahomebrewshop.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1616765258645244/

Share a beer or two at this free bottle share in Monrovia this Sunday afternoon. Guests should bring a 22oz bomber or two 12oz bottles to share with others.

For the longest time, Vietnamese cuisine never truly had its own spotlight. When thinking about Vietnamese cuisine, we typically envision small mom & pop shops serving noodle bowls and cold vegetables. The evolution of cuisine over the past decade has shifted towards fusion, or the combination of two separate types of cuisines. One of the more popular fusion combinations involves Latin with Asian cultures; however, this mostly meant Korean and Mexican with the pork belly tacos or short rib burritos. Eventually, millennials started to spread out and discover other cultures and cuisines out there. Soon enough, people started to give a good look at Vietnamese cuisine. At first, people went crazy for phô and searched for ways to modify this noodle soup. Then, people started getting modern with the Bánh mì sandwich, and turned that into things like Bánh mì tacos or grilled pork belly Bánh mì sandwiches. Soon enough, creative minds began to cover all of the Vietnamese foods, and thus Vietnamese food had once again regained popularity with today’s youth. One such place called Nudo Nudo hopes to bring Vietnamese food back to the spotlight to contend with the popularity of Korean and Japanese food.

Located in the dense Vietnamese area of Little Saigon in Westminster, Nudo Nudo hopes to bring the concept of traditional Vietnamese restaurants forward to the present away from the old days of those restaurants. Traditional Vietnamese restaurants often had servers who did not speak English well, if at all, and those servers did not interact with customers like servers of American restaurants since, in the Asian culture, servers got a flat pay to work and did not rely on tips. Over at Nudo Nudo, the people here hope to have a more inviting atmosphere to potential customers with friendlier staff, popular music, and food that speaks to today’s contemporary soul. At the core, Nudo Nudo still serves traditional phô and other Vietnamese appetizers, but presented in a more approachable way. However, customers definitely rave about Nudo Nudo’s Oxtail Fries. Costing less than $4, this appetizer that eats like a meal starts with shoestring fries, then gets topped with generous oxtail meat, hoisin sauce, spicy mayo, cilantro, green onions, and pickled white onions. Sure this may represent a safe option for those less familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, but it sure tastes amazing!

Look forward to greater things from Nudo Nudo as they get the ball rolling following their grand opening in mid November of 2015. Check out Nudo Nudo on Facebook and Twitter for updates on what they will have in store.