The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco

Every year, from the end of November to the middle of December, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair descends on the Cow Palace Exhibition Hall, south of San Francisco. This event is a ton of fun for the whole family as the hall transforms into mid-1800s London, complete with shops, bars, entertainment, and performers. It’s something […]

Christmas in San Francisco: 15 Things to Do for the Holidays

Each year around Christmas I like to go an explore all of the new Christmas related attractions you can find throughout the state. While in the previous years I have focused most of my time on Christmas in Southern California, this year I headed up to San Francisco and tried to find all of the […]

Smorgasburg LA: Weekly Food Event in Los Angeles

In LA there is no shortage of great food or fun events to go to on a weekly basis; however, Smorgasburg which happens every Sunday, is one of my favorites. This gathering of food, drink and shopping vendors takes over the five-acre site used for a weekday produce market and provides a fun atmosphere for […]

Anette’s Chocolate Tasting & Ice Cream in Downtown Napa

Never one to pass up the opportunity for some chocolate, I jumped at the chance to experience Anette’s Chocolate tasting in downtown Napa. If you have at least four people, you can call and make an appointment to do a 45-minute tasting which I found helped me to understand a ton more about chocolate and […]

Day of the Dead Festival on Olvera St in Downtown Los Angeles

Every year for nine days, Olvera St transforms for the Day of the Dead festival or Dia De Los Muertos. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and the loved ones that passed away during the previous year. The festival includes memorials, dancing, face painting, music, and food, all along the famous […]

San Manuel Pow Wow in San Bernardino

The San Manuel Pow Wow is the largest of its kind in California, with hundreds of dancers descending on Cal State San Bernardino for a weekend celebrating Native American culture. Before being invited to the event, I had no idea how big it was and how much fun it is to attend. All of the […]

Dana Point Tall Ships Festival: Participating in a Cannon Battle

Dana Point is a small coastal town in Orange County and once a year it has a half dozen tall ships descend on its harbor for the annual Tall Ships Festival. I saw the fliers for this when I was down in Dana Point a few weeks ago to write this post and added it […]

Sabroso Taco, Beer & Music Festival: The Offspring, Sum 41, Lucha Libre & Competitive Eating

When I first heard about this festival, which combines music and tacos I knew it was going to be something I needed to attend. Add to that the fact that the music was the perfect collection of bands from when I was in high school (Offspring, Sum 41, Lit, Unwritten Law) and you had the […]

Desert X Art Show in the Coachella Valley: Finding the Mirror House and 11 Other Exhibits

Desert X has officially closed, but the Mirror House is on display for a little longer. You can check if it is still open here. Desert X is one of those expansive art events that is worthy of the journey it takes to visit all of its unique pieces. This show, if you can call […]

St Patricks Day Parade in San Diego: Largest Parade West of the Mississippi

Hosted by the Irish Congress of Southern California, the annual St Patricks Day Parade in San Diego is the largest parade West of the Mississippi and is a great family friendly event. This parade just celebrated its 37th year and it gathers the entire community together for a chance to be Irish for the day. I […]