X Games ESPN’s annual no-holds-barred X Games action sports showcase features four days of tricks and stunts. BMX bikes, skateboards and supercross dirt bikes battle for honors in more than 25 competitions. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Noon-8 p.m. Fri., 11:15 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. 2-8 p.m. Sun. $30-$45. (213) 742-7340.
Pogopalooza Extreme athletes use all sorts of devices to propel themselves skyward. In the case of Pogopalooza, it’s pogo sticks. Pogo-ers from around the globe spring into action to grab the most air, pull off the best trick and challenge records. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 4-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12.50. (714) 708-1500. xpogo.org.
Citrus Classic Balloon Festival Colorful hot air balloons take to the sky over scenic citrus orchards. Highlights include dawn ascents, sky divers, vintage tractor displays and more. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula. 5-11 p.m. Fri., 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. $12. citrusclassicballoons.com.
Thurston Moore The erstwhile Sonic Youth frontman’s latest solo venture (and there have been many) is a departure from his typical avant-garde shredding. “Demolished Thoughts” is a tender, considered album of acoustic guitar work produced by Beck. Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Fri. $20. troubadour.com.