Lumière Noir: A Higher Frequency
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, May 22
Proof Bar, Santa Ana
This collaborative art project involves various models to create living art in ultraviolet light, or blacklight. Free to attend with RSVP, attendees will see art, photography, videos, live nude body-painting, and more. As this takes place at a bar, attendees may purchase drinks at their leisure, but no one under 21 may enter.
The Damned with 45 Grave @ House of Blues Anaheim
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
Legendary punk band The Damned headline a show this Thursday night in Orange County with 45 Grave. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $27.50 presale and $30 at the door. Admission comes with five hours of free parking.
The Business, Funeral Dress, The Howlers, The Warlords, Informal Society @ Characters Sports Bar
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 23
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
Come to this Punk Rock Bowling Kick Off Party and watch legendary punk rock band The Business play a show with Funeral Dress and more for just a $15 cover. Guests can park for free on the street, or pay for parking in the parking lot. No one under 21 may attend.
55th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, May 24
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, May 25-26
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, May 26
Village Green, Garden Grove
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.
HempCon Los Angeles
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 24
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, May 25
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, May 26
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Douse yourself in medicinal marijuana culture all weekend at this convention. Tickets cost $20 presale, and grant entry to the entire show floor, where guests can attend seminars, purchase merchandise, take pictures with models, check out the live music, and more. Parking at the convention center costs $15, while nearby parking lots range from $3 to $10. No one under 18 may attend.
Electric Run – Los Angeles
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, May 24
Home Depot Center, Carson
When you combine a 5k with a rave, you get the Electric Run. Go on a 5k fun run through Home Depot Center, running through bright lights and dance music the entire way. Participants should wear the brightest & lightest clothes to this run as to maximize the glow color & lighting. Participants should also bring their own glow items from home, as vendors will likely sell out fast during the night. Registration costs $55 and comes with a t-shirt, glow bracelet, glow necklace, and glow sunglasses (stunner shades). The race finishes at the stage, where live DJ’s will spin music all night for all participants to stay and party to.
Children Today’s Annual 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:30m – 11:00 am, May 25
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
Run a 5k or 10k for charity this Saturday morning in Long Beach, as the path takes runners along the bike path on the beach. All runners receive a t-shirt and goodie bad with their admission, which costs $35 presale or $40 at the event. All nearby parking lots charge for parking, but you can park in the neighborhood east of Alamitos Ave for free.
Bubble Run Los Angeles
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, May 25
Aldrich Park, UC Irvine
Tired of the same 5k run everywhere? If you have had your fill of color runs and glow runs, try your hand at the Bubble Run. Participants wear all white and run through colored foam bogs in this 5k race around the UCI campus. Registration costs $50, and all levels of runners may participate. Space will fill up fast, so register early, and try to carpool to this event.
Taste of Brews Riverside
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, May 25
White Park, Riverside
Kick off an early start to summer at the annual Taste of Brews returning to Riverside this Saturday afternoon. At this beer fest, guests will enjoy unlimited beer pours of their favorite local craft beers while enjoying the lush greenery of the park and the live music playing all day. The organizers provide free bottled water and snacks from local vendors/restaurants, but these run out fast, so grab them early while you can. General admission costs $35 and starts at 1pm, while early-bird admission costs $45 and starts at 12pm. Guests may park for free in the parking structure directly across the street from the entrance to the park. No one under 21 may enter.
Subhumans, Total Chaos, + more
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, May 25-26
May 25: The Vex, Los Angeles http://holdmyticket.com/event/133968
May 26: The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/subhumans
Rock out to classic punk rock this weekend in both Los Angeles and Orange County. Tickets to both of these all-ages shows cost $15.
2013 Vista Village Strawberry Festival
7:00 am – 7:00 pm, May 26
Historic Downtown Vista
At this free festival, guests of all-ages can experience a plethora of activities all day in Vista, formerly the Strawberry Capital of the World. The day starts with a 5K run, and when the run ends, the main festival begins. The multitude of activities include a beer garden, pie-eating contests, cooking contest, golf/putting contest, homebrew contest, video contest, strawberry costume contest, demos, live entertainment, car show, rides, games, food, and so much more. Visit the website for a full schedule and list of activities, plus directions on where to park.
Spring 2013 Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival – Santa Ana
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, May 26
Sycamore & 2nd, Downtown Santa Ana
This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at multiple locations. As with any typical arts & crafts fair, Patchwork will feature many traditional forms of art and merchandise, but also mixes in alternative art – thinking outside the box, or Rebel Art. Featuring clothing, accessories, home goods, jewelry, pet items, and more, this FREE fest caters to a wide & diverse crowd. Food trucks will serve guests during the fest. Always remember to carry cash, since most vendors only accept cash. Visitors may park in the nearby parking structure for free.