Posts Tagged ‘Wrestling’

The annual US Sumo Open returns to CSULB’s Walter Pyramid for its 17th year running this Saturday afternoon. This spectacle features dozens of professional sumo wrestlers from around the world competing for the prized trophy and bragging rights. This tournament features men’s and women’s lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight competitors, all of which contain wrestlers from multiple different countries. Across all the competitors, Mongolia and Russia appear to have the most competitors. The day usually starts with individual divisions, and the day usually ends with the Open Weight tournament, where all competitors of a gender compete. This means that someone weighing 160 lbs may end up facing someone weighing over 500 lbs. Surprisingly for the women, the heavyweights do not always outperform the lighter competitors, as these competitors have appeared more brutal and vicious than the men. Throughout the day between sets, attendees got treated to a musical performance featuring dance and drums.

The US Sumo Open makes for an interesting event to attend and bring friends & family to. Southern California does not get sumo wrestling events like this often, so when one does come around, many people flock to it. General admission to this event costs $25 presale or $35 at the door for the upper bleachers, or $40 presale or $55 at the door for the lower bleachers. If you cannot make it to this event, they will have a live stream of the event available on their YouTube page, which they will link on their website once they start streaming. The US Sumo Open returns every year around this time, so if you cannot make it this year, bookmark your calendar for next year’s 18th Annual US Sumo Open. In the meantime, check out USA Sumo on Facebook for future updates and related events, such as the Sumo Sushi Show if they intend to bring it back this year.

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If you plan to party on this weekend a week prior to Easter, make it count by attending the 4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday from 12pm to 9pm at its new home of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, this festival follows up on its previous years’ iterations of a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party, moves it a month earlier, and throws in lots of live music. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Unlike previous years, this year’s event will function more like Cali Uncorked or Ye Scallywag, other festivals from the same organizer. The unlimited beer tasting occurs until 4pm – after that, all attendees will need to pay for drinks. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 4th Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, April 8th, from 12pm up until 9pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. General admission costs $70 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $99, starts at 12pm, and includes access to a VIP lounge. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $45 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Arrive early to secure parking at the venue, since the venue has extremely limited parking. For those planning to arrive a little later, they should park at the Outlets at San Clemente and purchase a shuttle pass for $10.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills.
  • Though the venue contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. The music will go on until 9pm, but guests will have to pay for drinks during this time.

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

The 7th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con returns to the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this Saturday. This FREE and all-ages event showcases countless forms of pop culture, reaching out to fans of nearly anything imaginable. Taking place inside a large warehouse with multiple aisles filled with vendors and booths, the Nuke the Fridge Con has all the memorabilia to satisfy any collector’s dream. From comics to video games to anime to sports, any visitor can easily find something that will interest him/her, or at the very least find the right gift for friends and/or family. In the previous years, this event had lasted two days: Saturday and Sunday. This year, it will only last for one day due to the celebrity appearances, namely those of professional wrestling.

The Nuke the Fridge Con attracts thousands of visitors annually due to its free cost and amount of content. As it takes place in mid-November typically, this event makes a great opportunity to search for holiday gifts for your friends and/or family. With so much to see here, you have little reason to not go to Nuke the Fridge Con. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to see what else they have planned.

The annual US Sumo Open returned to CSULB’s Walter Pyramid for its 16th year running this past Saturday afternoon. This spectacle featured dozens of professional sumo wrestlers from around the world competing for the prized trophy and bragging rights. This tournament featured men’s and women’s lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight competitors, all of which contained wrestlers from multiple different countries. Across all the competitors, Mongolia and Russia appeared to have the most competitors. The day started with individual divisions, and the day ended with the Open Weight tournament, where all competitors of a gender competed. This meant that someone weighing 160 lbs may have ended up facing someone weighing over 500 lbs. Surprisingly for the women, the heavyweights could not outperform the lighter competitors – not surprising, as the women competitors appeared more brutal and vicious than the men. When the men competed, the heavyweights made it to the finals, as the spectators expected. Throughout the day between sets, attendees got treated to a musical performance featuring dance and drums. During an intermission, Japan’s heaviest man, whom the announcer nicknamed “Yama,” delighted the crowd with his girth and entertained the crowd by “wrestling” willing children. He basically teased the children for a bit before he allowed them to push him out of the ring.

The US Sumo Open makes for an interesting event to attend and bring friends & family to. Southern California does not get sumo wrestling events like this often, so when one does come around, many people flock to it. The US Sumo Open returns every year around this time, so bookmark your calendar for next year’s 17th Annual US Sumo Open. In the meantime, check out USA Sumo on Facebook for future updates and related events, such as the Sumo Sushi Show, which occurs next month among three consecutive Saturdays in Southern California.

On a weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo week with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $3 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day.

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, The Viking Truck, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 24, 2016 on your calendar, as the 7th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 5pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 3rd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, April 30th, from 11am up until 5pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $65 at the door. Use promo code beerpunks to save $10 off admission. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $20 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Arrive early, because another major festival takes place this same day on the other side of the road, which will heavily clog up traffic.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Lakeview Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

On a holiday weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo weekend with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $3 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day.

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, The Viking Truck, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

Words can only say so much, so enjoy the photo tour of Sabroso! We start with a preview of the event grounds, prior to everyone entering the festival.

Before the beer tasting could start, all guests remained in the upper area with all the food. Once 12pm hit, the barriers came down, and everyone flocked down the hill to get some refreshments.

The first wrestling matches started within the first hour. These two back-to-back matches provided some warmup entertainment for everyone starting to feel the buzz of the beers.

With the first hour of beer underway, people started to feel good here, despite the overbearing sunlight and heat. At this point, I started to encounter familiar faces from previous beer events.

Before I knew it, 2pm had come around. 2pm marked a significant turn as that represented the halfway point of the festival. Not only that, but at least four breweries had special beer releases at that time: Bottle Logic, Valiant, Einstök, and Left Coast. Bottle Logic had a ridiculously long line, so I lingered around the other three to indulge in their rare brews before I wandered back over to Bottle Logic.

Announced earlier in the day, the main wrestling event would represent a feud between Bottle Logic and Noble Ale. As two of the largest breweries in Orange County, they each possess a massive fan base that continuously go at it to decide who should reign as the top brewery. The wrestling match contained three wrestlers per side in a tag-team match with the respective brewery representatives on the sidelines: Brandon from Bottle Logic, and Brad from Noble Ale. Due to uncontrollable circumstances, the match ended up getting postponed from its original 2pm time slot.

While waiting for the main wresting event, I took this time to explore around to see how the guests fared up until now. A few guests certainly felt the pressure of intoxication, while most others simply enjoyed their day here. Oh, and Clown Shoes Beer brought a clown for additional entertainment.

The main wrestling match provided more comedy than athleticism, as more than just the wrestlers started to get involved. Eventually, both the Noble Ale and Bottle Logic camps put their feet forward, leading to what appeared as a brawl in the making. However, they bluffed us all, and ended up “agreeing” to brew a collaboration beer. Did they arrange this announcement beforehand? Will they actually make a collaboration beer? Only time will tell, so we will have to wait until the next major beer festival to discover the fate of there two breweries’ agreement.

Remember the clown from earlier? Not wanting to lose the attention of the crowd, she started doing some… interesting things with her clown toys.

With minutes remaining in the final hour of the event, I walked around one more time to see how all the guests felt after hours of drinking in the hot sun.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 12, 2015 on your calendar, as the 6th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.

If you plan to party on this Cinco de Mayo weekend, make it count by attending the 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival, brought to us by the ensorcelling minds behind OC Brew Ha Ha. Taking place this Saturday afternoon from 11am to 5pm at Lakeview Park in Silverado, this festival combines a craft beer festival with all the celebrations necessary for a Cinco de Mayo party. Dozens of chefs, restaurants, and food trucks will make an appearance here to serve up some delicious gourmet tacos, all conveniently priced at $3 each. Beyond that, all attendees will receive unlimited pours of craft beer from over 30 different microbreweries. To keep guests entertained this festival will have live Lucha Libre wrestling and live Latin music all day. If guests choose to get involved somehow, they will find plenty of outdoor games to partake in, such as glorified Jenga, beanbag toss, and more. If guests simply want to relax, they can locate the cigar lounge and rest with some of the great cigars available. Though this event takes place outdoors, the event organizers will kindly provide free water to all the attendees.

The 2nd Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival runs this Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, from 11am up until 5pm. Guests may enter as soon as 11am, but will only have access to the food section. The gates to all the beer will open at 12pm. Admission to this festival costs $55 presale, or $65 at the door. Use promo code beercats to save $10 off presale admission! Use this link to purchase tickets, as the main website above leads to last year’s ticket sales. Non-drinkers may purchase a designated driver ticket for $20 at the door. Read up on some more tips to make the most out of your visit:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Look up directions before arriving – cell phones may receive no signal as you approach the park.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 55 freeway, exit Chapman Avenue, then drive east until you pass the lake, where a sign should point out when to turn left onto a road leading to the park.
  • Guests may park for free. Because of the park’s location, I do not recommend riding a bike or walking, although you may get dropped off.
  • Food come at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra $1 bills. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • If you see that it has no signal, just turn off your cell phone during the fest. Smartphones can enter Airplane Mode instead.
  • Though the park contains many trees, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California has seen a heat wave recently, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers. Click here for a list of attending breweries.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up and find food before leaving.
  • Oak Canyon Park only has two exits: one back towards Orange, the other through the mountains leading of Rancho Santa Margarita. Police WILL patrol both roads leaving the park!

Take a look back at last year’s Sabroso Fest for a glimpse at what may go down this Saturday:

The 5th Annual Nuke the Fridge Con returned to the Frank & Son Collectible Show in Rowland Heights this past Saturday. This FREE and all-ages event showcased countless forms of pop culture, reaching out to fans of nearly anything imaginable. Taking place inside a large warehouse with multiple aisles filled with vendors and booths, the Nuke the Fridge Con has all the memorabilia to satisfy any collector’s dream. From comics to video games to anime to sports, any visitor could easily find something that would interest him/her, or at the very least find the right gift for friends and/or family. In the previous years, this event had lasted two days: Saturday and Sunday. This year, it only lasted for one day due to the celebrity appearances, namely those of professional wrestling. Although I expected to see cosplay, very few visitors participated, not enough to grab any outstanding photos.

The Nuke the Fridge Con attracts thousands of visitors annually due to its free cost and amount of content. As it takes place in mid-November typically, this event makes a great opportunity to search for holiday gifts for your friends and/or family. With so much to see here, you have little reason to not go to Nuke the Fridge Con. Give them a like on Facebook and a follow on Twitter to see what else they have planned. As a matter of fact, I had heard that the organizers will bring Nuke the Fridge back for an encore show in late January, so keep an eye out for it when January approaches!

On a holiday weekend filled with tons of events throughout Southern California, one of them shined the brightest among them all – the 1st Annual Sabroso Craft Beer & Taco Festival. Organized by the creative geniuses behind OC Brew Ha Ha, this grand festival celebrated the Cinco de Mayo weekend with tacos rolling, beers flowing, musicians strolling, and wrestlers throwing. This past Saturday from 11am to 4pm, over 30 different microbreweries set up stations at Lakeview Park, a part of the Irvine Lake area in Silverado, to serve their tasty brews to the thousands of visitors. Admission to this festival included unlimited beer tastings and access to the multitude of food vendors, all selling gourmet tacos for $2 each. While all the attendees enjoyed their beers and tacos, Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained the crowds with their antics and wrestling, and great local music acts filled the air with resonance all day. Words can only say so much, so enjoy the photo tour of Sabroso!

The doors to the festival opened at 11am, but only allowed access to the first area, which contained all the merchandise and food vendors. With the exception of a few breweries, no visitor could yet access the breweries down below. More than enough food vendors served up great tacos for everyone to munch on, including but not limited to Haven Gastropub with Great Divide, The Kroft, Taps Fish House, Brewcakes, Stadium Brewing, The Iron Press, Cooper Confections, Garlic Scapes, Porko Rico BBQ, and Dos Chinos.

Once the lower area to the festival opened up, a vast hillside of beer and entertainment awaited! In order to completely navigate the entire festival area, I decided to make rounds around this area, circling the area a few times until I could pass by every table. Along this first trip around the breweries, I encountered Bottle Logic, Beach City Brewery, Belching Beaver, Bootlegger’s (not pictured), Left Coast, Lagunitas, Backstreet Brewery, JT Schmid’s, Clown Shoes, Ballast Point, Ritual Brewing, Drake’s, El Segundo Brewing, Cismontane, Firestone, Hangar 24, and Saint Archer.

By the time I had reached Saint Archer, the first wrestling match started to get under way.

The wrestling match ended slightly after 1pm, which meant that Bottle Logic had just released their Leche Borracho, their famous Leche Molé with tequila oak chips. As expected, Bottle Logic saw a huge line of eager visitors all vying to taste some of this special batch brewed just for this occasion.

After the previous wrestling match had ended, live music got started on the main stage with Santana cover band Sol Sacrifice, which got the crowd up and dancing away.

With other timed beer releases approaching, I started my second round of the breweries. This next round consisted of I And I, Old Orange, Pizza Port, Ritual, Ironfire, Mission, and Tustin. Ritual released their Art of Dankness at 1:15, so I made it a priority to show up there when they started to pour it.

Following some antics at the Sabroso sign, I spotted another wrestling match that had already started.

This wrestling match ended just before 2pm, when two more breweries would hold timed releases: Clown Shoes, and Valiant Brewing. I never officially asked the Clown Shoes people what beer they released at 2pm, so it still remains a mystery to me. As for Valiant, they released their special Dos Kratos at 2pm, an offshoot of their standard Kratos brew.

Following this small section at the front, I took it easy to enjoy the sights, and observe the people enjoying their day.

I made one final round at the back section of the festival. In this small shaded area, I found Tap It, Black Market, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Stone, Coronado, and North Coast. By this point, I do not even remember taking these photos. Enjoy them anyways!

With the festival’s closing time of 4pm approaching, I took my last sip of beer to opt for some water, provided free to all visitors by the festival organizers. At this point, I witnessed Patricia from Bootlegger’s having a little fun with her friends.

You cannot find a better Orange County beer festival than anything from OC Brew Ha Ha. When they organize something, they do it right with no excuses. Looking forward to attending their next event? Make sure you mark Saturday, September 6, 2014 on your calendar, as the 5th Annual Orange County Brew Ha Ha will return to Oak Canyon Park in Silverado on that day. Remember to Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for all the latest details from the OC Brew Ha Ha camp.