Free Punk Show in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 3
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
Find drink specials and local punk rock bands in Downtown Los Angeles this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.
The Five Chef Societe II – Duck Tales
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 5
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
For $75, treat yourself to a 5-course duck dinner complete with craft beer pairings. Buy your ticket TODAY to save $15! Guests may park for free in the hotel’s parking lot, despite the automated gate. No one under 21 may participate.
The Flatliners in Corona
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 5
Maya’s Café, Corona
Catch punk bands The Flatliners, Slow Children, and more in Corona this Thursday night. Entry to this all-ages show cost $10 and will likely hit capacity, so arrive early!
35th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 7
Balboa Park, San Diego
This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.
Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.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).
Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 7
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
Local artists and vendors will display and sell their wares at this FREE art fest. Guests can look at some interesting works of art, while browsing through all the merchandise available to purchase. The organizers will provide free refreshments, while live bands and singers will keep guests entertained.
Street Dogs @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
Street Dogs go on a quick tour across the country for just a month, starting in Southern California this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18, and will likely sell out fast. Attendees can find free street parking on S Loara St.
Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
The Firehouse, Lomita
See local punk bands perform for free in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.
The Secret Affair – 60′s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60′s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60′s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.
Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Crafts Fair
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
Hundreds of local vendors will sell their merchandise and creations at this free outdoor fair this weekend. Kids can enjoy hay rides and other activities, while food trucks will serve food to guests.
2013 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.
Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24′s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra. Tickets to this tasting event cost $25 and comes with 8 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each.
6th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 7-8
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.
2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 7
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Join me this Saturday for an afternoon of UNLIMITED beer tastings, food, music, holiday shopping, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2014 with some rare and unreleased beers, including Hangar 24′s Pugachev’s Cobra. In addition to the beer and food, OC Brew Ho Ho will also feature a merchandise expo, allowing attendees to do some holiday shopping while drinking beer. Tickets cost $55 and comes with free parking, a souvenir glass, and all access to all areas of the fest. As with any beer fest, all attendees must show ID, and nobody under 21 may enter.
3rd Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
Fiesta Twin Theatre, Santa Ana
This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.
CodeName: Rocky in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
A-Lot, 7th & Pine, Long Beach
CodeName: Rocky headlines an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday night. Entry only costs $5.
The Under Construction Birthday Bash – Free Punk Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
Catch a FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra, featuring ten local punk bands.
31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
This year’s Christmas parade’s theme focuses on our troops and veterans. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.
Free Punk Show in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
Local punk bands tear it up in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.
Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December
Manhattan Beach Pier
This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.
Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 8
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.