Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

12th Annual Newport Beach Restaurant Week
January 15-28
Participating restaurants in Newport Beach
http://dinenb.com/restaurant-week/

This 14-day period of restaurant specials takes place at participating restaurants in Newport Beach. Many restaurants will serve special prix-fixe three-course meals ranging from as low as $10 to as high as $40, or more for a few select locations.

Mustard Plug – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 15, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 16, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 17, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 20, The Viper Room, West Hollywood
http://www.mustardplug.com/

Famous ska band Mustard Plug will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

2nd Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 19
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 21
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenahalf.com/

Pasadena gets their own half marathon this weekend. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, free to attend to the public. The half marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday morning at the Rose Bowl. Many streets around the area will close to vehicular traffic on Sunday, so check the website to see if any of the closures will affect your day.

Agent Orange @ The Whisky A Go Go
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 19
The Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.whiskyagogo.com/site/event/agent-orange-4/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Friday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Santee Active Lifestyle Expo
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, January 20
Santee Trolley Square, Santee
http://www.santeeactiveexpo.com/

Free to attend for all ages, this event in Santee will with athletic demonstrations, free breakfast (while supplies last), vendors, activities, live entertainment, workshops, and more.

4th Annual SoCal Retro Gaming Expo
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 20-21
Frank & Son Collectible Show, City of Industry
http://www.socalretrogamingexpo.com/

Immerse yourself in gaming nostalgia this weekend in the City of Industry. This all-ages event will feature all things about retro video games, from the games themselves to artwork, toys, merchandise, and more. Presale admission costs $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or $30 for both days.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 20
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1896897423958463/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Oxnard Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 20
The Collection at RiverPark, Oxnard
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/320000541827735/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival 2018
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 20
Cable Airport, Upland
http://brewsandbrosfest.org/

Celebrate Last Name Brewery’s 15th anniversary with lots of beer this Saturday. This beer festival will have over 80 beers to sample, plus cider, wine, craft soda, gourmet food, live music, games, and more. General admission costs $50, starts at 1pm, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours while supplies last. VIP admission costs $65, starts at 12pm, and also includes a bottle opener, preferred parking, and access to rare beers.

14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week
January 21-28
Participating restaurants in San Diego
http://sandiegorestaurantweek.com/

Select restaurants throughout San Diego County will offer prix-fixe meal deals during this 7-day period. Lunches range from $10 to $20, while dinners range from $25 to $45.

3rd Annual Ladyface Ale Invitational
11:30 am – 4:30 pm, January 21
Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie, Agoura Hills
http://www.ladyfaceale.com/

Lady Alehouse celebrates their eighth anniversary this weekend with lots of beer, both in-house and from guest breweries. Admission costs $40 presale or $45 at the door, and gets you a souvenir glass and 20 beer tasters. Ladyface Alehouse will serve food at an additional cost to attendees. No one under 21 may attend.

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7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

LA Art Show 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 11-14
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.laartshow.com/

See thousands of different works of art this week at the LA Convention Center. One-day general admission costs $15 presale or $20 at the door. Four-day general admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 11
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

Los Angeles Restaurant Week
January 12-26
Various locations
http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week

This dining event showcases the best in food Los Angeles has to offer. All participating restaurants will feature prix-fixe menus for locals and visitors alike. Lunches range from $15-25, while dinners range from $25-45.

Reverend Horton Heat – Live in Orange County
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat will headline two shows in Orange County this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $15 per day.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 12
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.originalpunkrockkaraoke.com/

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Long Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

Southern California Half Marathon & 5K
8:00 am – 11:00 am, January 13
Woodbridge Park, Irvine
http://www.schalfmarathon.com/

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, enter yourself into this half marathon or 5K in Orange County. The half marathon currently costs $65, while the 5K costs $45 to enter. Act quick, because registration closes this Wednesday night!

San Diego Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 13
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 14
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://travelshows.com/shows/san-diego/

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

37th Annual Asian American Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.asianamericanexpo.com/

Celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year at this festival celebrating Asian American culture. Open to all ages, the $11 admission grants access to all vendor booths, merchandise, accessories, food courts, entertainment, live music, dance performances, a parade, petting zoo, and more.

Anime Impulse 2018
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 13-14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://animeimpulse.com/

See all things anime and manga at this two-day expo at the Fairplex in Pomona this weekend. Visitors will find cosplay, designers, collects, celebrity appearances, panels, vendors, artists, cars, food, treats, fashion, and more. General admission costs $9 presale or $11 at the gate for one day, or $15 presale or $22 at the gate for both days.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – Culver City Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 13
Westfield Culver City, Culver City
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134097830613955/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

Grill ‘Em All 5th Anniversary Rager
10:30 am – 12:00 am, January 13
Grill ‘Em All, Alhambra
http://grillemallburgs.com/

Grill ‘Em All’s Alhambra location turns five years old this weekend, and to celebrate, Grill ‘Em All will have specials and events going on all day. All day, visitors will find food specials, beer specials, free birthday cake with any purchase, and more. In the evening, catch a live DJ playing metal hits, and free black metal face painting. This event has no cover charge – simply show up, and enjoy the metal festivities.

2018 San Diego Beer Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, January 13
NTC Liberty Station, San Diego
http://sandiegobeerfest.com/

From the people who brought us LA Beer Fest and OC Beer Fest comes SD Beer Fest, another event to get your drunk on. General admission costs $40 and starts at 1pm, while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 12pm. All visitors receive unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for food from food trucks, and dress appropriately for hot weather, including sunscreen. No one under 21 may attend.

Burger & Brewfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 13
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia
http://www.santaanita.com/events/burger-bites-brews/

Enjoy burgers, beers, and horse racing this Saturday at the Santa Anita Park racetrack. Admission costs $35 and includes four sliders, eight 3oz beer pours, and admission to the racetrack for betting.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, January 14
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

1st Annual Tuner Evolution: SoCal
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 14
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.tuner-evolution.com/

An import and car show comes to the Anaheim Convention Center this Sunday. Admission costs $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and under.

Roxanne’s Lounge Presents: So Cal Whisky Wonderland
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 14
Roxanne’s Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.roxanneslounge.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/whisky-wonderland-tickets-39850446759

While Roxanne’s Lounge normally celebrates their anniversary around this time of year, this year they will hold a whisky & winter festival instead. Enjoy some snow fun, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs $20 and comes with one beverage and 10 tasting tickets. VIP admission costs $50 and also includes access to the VIP area that will have exclusive drinks. No one under 21 may attend.

DTLA Breweries United Fest 2018
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 14
Triangle Lot, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
http://dtlabrews.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/387425271686558/

A beer tasting event will take place this Sunday evening in the Arts District in Downtown LA that will feature all of the breweries of Downtown LA. The $40 admission gets you unlimited beer tasters while supplies last. Bring cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

2018 San Diego Auto Show
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 28-30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 1
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sdautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $15, with discounts available for military, seniors, and children.

Dinosaur Time Trek – Shark Edition
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 29
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 30-31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.dinosaurtimetrek.com/city/anaheim-ca/

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit in Anaheim this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $20 to $26 – see the website for pricing details.

T.S.O.L. – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, January 4, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 5, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 6, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, January 7, The Regent, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/TsolOfficial

Legendary punk rock band T.S.O.L. will headline a handful of shows this week in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for prices.

AMA Expo West 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 5
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, January 7
Ontario Convention Center, Ontario
http://amaexpo.com/ama-expo-west/

Aeronautics hobbyists will not want to miss this expo taking place this weekend in Ontario. This expo will feature models, toys, gadgets, services, demos, and more about model airplanes. Admission widely ranges from $5 to $36 – see the website for a breakdown on prices.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, January 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.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).

8th Annual Citrus Heritage Run
6:00 am – 12:00 pm, January 6
Arlington Heights Sports Park, Riverside
http://citrusheritagerun.com/

Go on a run this Saturday morning in Riverside. Choose from a 5K, half-marathon, or full marathon. The registration fee will depend on your age division and the distance you want to run – check the website for a breakdown of pricing.

Bricks LA 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://www.bricksla.com/

The ultimate all-ages Lego convention comes to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend. For just $5 admission, gain access to dozens of Lego vendors, artists, displays, interactive demos, and more.

15th Annual Los Angeles Fit Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 6-7
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.thefitexpo.com/

Experience everything related to fitness at this expo coming this weekend. Single day admission costs $30, while the weekend combo only costs $45. All attendees receive access the entire exhibit floor, competitions, seminars, demos, autograph sessions, free samples, and more.

The Yoga Expo – Los Angeles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://theyogaexpo.org/event_los_angeles

This Saturday in Pasadena, check out all things yoga with demos, vendors, seminars, products, activities, workshops, and more. This all-ages event costs $35 to attend, and provides full access to all workshops, programs, and the show floor.

2018 Reptile Super Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, January 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Fairplex, Pomona
http://reptilesupershow.com/

Check out all things reptiles and amphibians at this weekend expo at the Fairplex in Pomona. Open to all ages, attendees will find reptiles, amphibians, turtles, supplies, cages, lights, supplements, educational workshops, and more. Admission costs $14 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under – check the website for a printable coupon good for $1 off admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle.

Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up – San Diego Appearance
10:00 am – 8:00 pm, January 6
Fashion Valley, San Diego
http://hellokittycafe.us/
http://www.facebook.com/events/136413487070007/

SoCal Hello Kitty fans will not want to miss this rare opportunity to experience the Hello Kitty Cafe. This weekend, visitors will enjoy macarons, minicakes, and other Hello Kitty treats not found anywhere else.

2018 New Year’s Race + Health & Fitness Expo
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, January 6
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 7
Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.newyearsrace.com/

Kick off the new year with this fun run lasting your choice of 5k, 10k, or a half marathon. Registration varies depending on age and the course, but all participants receive with registration a medal, a shirt or sweater, admission to the expo & fair, a goodie bag, post-race recovery foods, and more. A health & fitness expo will take place at the Biltmore Hotel on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and all race participants can attend that expo. The race starts on 7th Street and goes up to around Grand Park and Chinatown, while half marathon runners will run through Dodger Stadium. This event WILL close off multiple streets in Downtown Los Angeles, something that rarely occurs, so you definitely will not want to miss this sight.

Indulge LA – Los Angeles Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, January 6
Omni Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.indulgela.net/

Come to Indulge LA, an all-ages expo where guests will experience the best of chocolates, wines, and champagnes from around the world. General admission costs $100 and starts at 4pm, while VIP admission costs $150 and starts at 3pm. Admission covers unlimited chocolates, pastries, food, wine, champagne, spirits, and other goodies, such as a souvenir glass.

Warfest 2018
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, January 6
Gaslamp, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/961806830627354/

A bunch of great local punk rock bands will play an all-ages show this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this show cost $15. Arrive before 6pm to park there for free; arrive afterwards, and pay $10 for parking.

7th Annual Pasadena Cheeseburger Week
January 7-12
40+ Participating Restaurants, Pasadena
http://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com/

During this six-day period, over 40 different restaurants, bars, pubs, and lounges in Pasadena will offer specials on their signature cheeseburgers, or will craft special items just for this week.

San Diego Vintage Flea Market
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, January 7
The Observatory Parking Lot, North Park, San Diego
http://sdvintagefleamarket.com/

At this free all-ages outdoor market, visitors will find modern to vintage inspired clothing, housewares, furniture, smalls, and more for sale from the various local vendors.

41st Annual Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
The Reef, Los Angeles
http://www.comicbookscifi.com/

Comic book and sci-fi fans will not want to miss this expo taking place in Los Angeles this Sunday. This event will feature multiple celebrities, dozens of merchandise vendors, and lots more. Admission costs $13 for entry at 10am, or $15 for early entry at 9am.

Oshogatsu Family Festival 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 7
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.janm.org/events/2018/oshogatsufest

Celebrate the year of the dog at this free and all-ages celebration. Visitors will find food, arts & crafts, cultural activities, live entertainment, and more.

I & I Brewing’s 6th Anniversary Celebration
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, January 7
I & I Brewing, Chino
http://iandibrewing.com/
http://iandi.brownpapertickets.com/

I & I Brewing turns six years old this weekend, and to celebrate, they will have a celebration at their tasting room in Chino this Sunday. Admission costs $10 and comes with a pint glass and one beer pour. When purchasing admission, you must select a time that you will show up at, and you cannot enter until after your selected time.

Christmas
December 25
Worldwide

Spend the holidays with your friends & family, and remember to have fun and stay safe.

2018 San Diego Auto Show
10:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 28-30
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 31
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, January 1
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego
http://www.sdautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $15, with discounts available for military, seniors, and children.

Live On Green
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 29-30
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 31
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://liveongreenpasadena.com/

A free and all-ages family festival will take place in Pasadena this weekend. This event will have lots of activities for the family to enjoy, plus lots of food and merchandise vendors.

Dinosaur Time Trek – Shark Edition
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 29
9:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 30-31
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 1
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.dinosaurtimetrek.com/city/anaheim-ca/

Bring your friends and family to this dinosaur exhibit in Anaheim this weekend. Check out all the dinosaur exhibits or participate in arts & crafts, while children can play in the inflatables section. Admission ranges from $20 to $26 – see the website for pricing details.

Various New Year’s Eve Dinners/Parties
Nighttime, December 31

Anywhere you go on New Year’s Eve, you will find a dinner or party of some sort. Please party responsibly and commute safely. Minimize your time on the road if possible.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 20, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 21, Discovery Ventura, Ventura
8:00 pm – 12:00 pm, December 22, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://aggroreggae.com/

Get your skanking on this week with The Aggrolites. Ticket prices and age limits to these shows vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

Ugly Sweater Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 21
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1874761439503107/

Instead of their monthly pint nite this Thursday night, Placentia’s Meat Up BBQ will have a Christmas party with food and drink specials. This event costs nothing to attend – simply show up, and pay as you go.

The Weirdos – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 21
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1604167-weirdos-long-beach/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

X – 40th Anniversary Grand Finale
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 22, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 23, The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.xtheband.com/

Legendary punk rock band X will headline a few shows in Southern California this weekend. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

The Vandals 22nd Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 23
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://vandals.com/

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Saturday night. Tickets cost $22. Remember to bring cash for parking.

The Slackers – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, The Casbah, San Diego
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13-14, The Troubadour, West Hollywood
http://www.theslackers.com/

Ska band The Slackers will headline some shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices to these all-ages shows vary by location, so check with the venue for details.

109th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 13-17
Balboa Village, Newport Beach
http://www.christmasboatparade.com/

A free and all-ages holiday boat parade will take place in Newport Beach this week.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 14
Downtown Los Angeles
http://downtownartwalk.org/

This free monthly event takes place over many blocks in Downtown Los Angeles. Many galleries will open late, and some parking lots will contain more art, vendors, food trucks, entertainment, and more. Unless you know business owners, free parking barely exists in Downtown LA, although some meters only operate until 8pm. First-time visitors should attend with someone who has gone here prior.

The Flatliners – Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.theflatliners.com/

Punk rock band The Flatliners currently tours across the nation, and that tour will stop in Southern California this week. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.

A Taste of the Holidays Christmas Market
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 15-17
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro
http://craftedportla.com/calendar-event/christmas-market-2/

A free and all-ages European-style Christmas market comes to San Pedro this weekend. Many vendors will have holiday items and gifts for sale. Other vendors will have seasonal foods and beverages for sale as well.

Holiday Luminaria Stroll
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 15-16
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton
http://www.fullertonarboretum.com/Holiday-Luminaria-Stroll/

Stroll through the arboretum with pretty lights along the paths this weekend. Admission costs $15.

Glow Sword Battle 2017
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 15
Pershing Square, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.glowbattletour.com/

To celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out this month, Southern California will see an all-ages flash mobs involving lightsaber battles. Bring your own lightsaber, or order one from the organizers for $10 presale or $15 at the event. The event space will have food trucks, a temporary bar, and live DJ’s to take care of guests.

9th Annual Champagne Tasting
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, December 16
The Sky Room, Long Beach
http://www.theskyroom.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/134943373874322/

Taste ten exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines, along with specialty hors d’oeuvres pairings. Admission costs $85 presale or $95 at the door.

9th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 16
Four locations, Santa Monica
http://www.santamonicapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Santa Monica. Participation costs $20 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

35th Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 16
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night in Shoreline Village near Downtown Long Beach.

Riverside Mac and Cheese Beerfest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 16
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.macandcheeseriverside.com/

A corporate beer festival comes to Riverside this Saturday night. General admission costs $35 and starts at 7pm while VIP admission costs $50 and starts at 6pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer samples while supplies last. All food comes sold separately, so bring cash for food. No one under 21 may attend.

Victory At Sea Day 2017
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 17
All Ballast Point locations, San Diego
http://www.ballastpoint.com/events/victory-at-sea/

Ballast Point releases their coveted porter, Victory At Sea, this Sunday to the public. At each of their locations throughout San Diego County, Ballast Point will have Victory At Sea for you to taste. Admission to each location will cost $30 and comes with five 4oz tasters, a souvenir glass, and a bomber of their limited edition coffee-only Victory At Sea. In addition, nearly every other beer bar and restaurant across the nation will have Victory At Sea specials, so check in with your favorite craft beer establishment if you cannot make it down to San Diego this Sunday.

Muckenthaler Holiday Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 17
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
http://themuck.org/programing/2017/12/17/holiday-festival

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Sunday afternoon in Fullerton with live entertainment, dancing, arts & crafts, activities, games, food, drinks, and more.

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 10 & 17
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 1-10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

Dag Nasty – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.daghouse.com/

Dag Nasty will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits for these shows vary by the location, so check with the venues for details.

Agnostic Front – 35th Anniversary Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 9, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Famous punk rock band Agnostic Front will headline shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7694995/the-adolescents-with-big-drill-car-ch3-twilight-creeps

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline their annual December show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

SoCal Spartan Race Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Castaic
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2648/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Castaic. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

64th Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 9
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1064383810397790/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1892286851020659/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Garden Grove this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for a drink.

8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/los-angeles-holiday

Renegade LA returns to LA State Historic Park in Los Angeles this weekend. Free to attend for all ages, event featured numerous independent artists and vendors not just from California, but out of state, and some out of the country. For the holiday show, expect hands-on workshops and a beer garden, in addition to the food trucks and hundreds of crafters available.

9th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

PlayStation Experience 2017
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 9
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 10
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2017/playstation-experience/

Check out all things Sony and PlayStation, including the new PS VR and PS4 Pro, this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. Admission to this all-ages expo costs $75 for both days.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
1st & Huntington, Arcadia
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA brings you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Visitors can find free street parking around the area.

Makers Arcade Winter Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

6th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Head to Anaheim 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 2017 with some rare and unreleased beers. 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 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.

SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Allies Worldwide, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sipshopeat.com/event-dates

A pop-up shopping market will take place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Although free to attend for all ages, attendance requires an RSVP on their website.

Extreme Beer Fest: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 9
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.beeradvocate.com/extreme/los-angeles/

Beer Advocate and Dogfish Head bring a beer fest to Los Angeles this Saturday. $60 gets you in to one of two 3.5 hour sessions: 12:00-3:30 or 6:00-9:30. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the session while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier + King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-annual-holiday-concert-santa-on-the-pier/

Enjoy local music and visit Santa Claus on the pier at this free event on the pier this Saturday. Also catch Santa surfing at one point!

55th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey
http://www.mdrboatparade.org/

Rain or shine, this boat parade will go on! The night begins with fireworks scheduled for 5:55 pm, immediately followed by the boat parade at 6pm.

2017 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade/

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday night for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

71st Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 9
Naples Island Canals, Long Beach
http://www.naplesca.com/

This annual holiday boat parade returns to the canals in & around Naples Island this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend, immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to traffic at 5pm. Spectators get to see dozens of boats decorated with Christmas lights and props as they sail through the parade route. Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, while small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boats.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2017/12/10/anaheim-night-market-farmers-park

Anaheim Packing District will hold its own night market this Saturday night. Unlike most other night markets taking place around Southern California, this has nothing to do with the Asian-influenced night markets. Instead, this event will simply have local crafts, artisans, musicians, curators, live music, and more.

2nd Annual PunxMas Toy Drive
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/844039439086580/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform this Saturday night in Anaheim. To enter, you must donate an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
Newport Landing OR Woody’s Wharf, Newport Beach
http://www.nbsantapubcrawl.com/

Don your best Santa Claus outfits, and go bar-hopping with your friends and new friends this Saturday night in Newport Beach. Participation costs $20 presale or $25 on the night of the event. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

11th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 10
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/home-holidays

A pet adoption fair will take place in Irvine this Sunday, which will have hundreds of pets available for adoption, plus mobile food vendors, other pet accessory vendors, demos, a silent auction, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest a $2 donation per person to attend.

5th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 10
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2017-presented-by-autocon-events-purist-group/

See all things cars at this car show presented by AutoCon this Sunday in the City of Industry. Attendees will find hundreds of classic & customs cars, a huge vendor village, demos, food trucks, import models, and more. Although free to attend for all ages, they suggest donating an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more upon entering.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 10
Kensington Park, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/HolidayOnAdams.html

Visit Santa Claus, play in snow, enjoy arts & crafts booths, watch a movie, and more at the park at this family-friendly event this Saturday afternoon, all for free!

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 10 & 17
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 10
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mbfireworks.com/

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.

Figueroa Mountain Pint Nite
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 30
Meat Up BBQ, Placentia
http://www.meatupbbq.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/535945266741850/

Meat Up BBQ brings back their monthly pint nite this Thursday night. Buy a beer, and keep the glass while supplies last.

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, November 30
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://rivieravillage.net/2017-holiday-stroll/

Explore Riviera Village in Redondo Beach this Thursday evening and enjoy holiday-themed festivities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, a parade at 6pm, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and more.

3rd Annual The Handmade Holiday Show
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 30
iam8bit, Echo Park
http://www.iam8bit.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/164464287622325/

Free to attend for all ages, iam8bit in Echo Park will have a handful of local artists and vendors selling various goods and gifts for you to check out and buy.

Pennywise – Live in Anaheim
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 30 – December 1
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.pennywisdom.com/

Rock out to famous punk band Pennywise this week in Anaheim.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
9:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 1-10
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://laautoshow.com/

Check out the newest and latest cars, trucks, exotics, and more. General admission costs $12 on weekdays or $15 on weekends.

33rd Annual Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 1-3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://harvestfestival.com/

Shop thousands of handmade American arts & crafts in hundreds of booths over the weekend. Find beautiful jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, hand-turned wood, ceramics, and more. Admission costs $9 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, $4 for Youth, and 12 & under get in free.

21st Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 1
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-ports-21st-annual-strong-ale-festival-tickets-39510624341

Submerge yourself in strong beers this weekend at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. General admission costs $45, starts at 5pm, and includes a souvenir glass and eight beer tasters. VIP sessions cost $70, start at 2pm, and also include complimentary food and access to purchase rare bottles.

39th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 1
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 1
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.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 1
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 2
Expo Arts Center, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://uptownvillagemarket.com/

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.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Main Street, Seal Beach
http://www.sealbeachlions.org/christmas-parade.html

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays parade this Friday night in Old Town Seal Beach. Make sure you arrive early to secure parking and a good spot along the parade route.

Dag Nasty – Live in Southern California
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 1, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, December 2, The Echo, Echo Park
http://www.daghouse.com/

Dag Nasty will headline a handful of shows in Southern California starting this week. Ticket prices and age limits for these shows vary by the location, so check with the venues for details.

4th Annual Run For A Claus
6:30 am – 11:00 am, December 2
University of California Irvine (turnaround at center of campus), Irvine
http://www.runforaclaus.com/

Participate in a 5K run this Saturday morning in Irvine. Kids may opt to participate in a 1-mile fun run instead. Registration for either run costs $40 for adults, with the price going down for younger participants.

San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 2
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
http://www.sansmf.org/

An interactive educational event for all ages comes to Del Mar this Saturday. Admission costs $8 for adults or $6 for children, and provides access to all the vendors, exhibitors, demos, games, activities, and more.

47th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 2
Ehlers Event Center, Buena Park
http://www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire

Enjoy a free and all-ages holidays event this Saturday in Buena Park. Attendees can expect plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Bring cash for food and vendors.

4th Annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-3
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/1070/fourth-annual-holiday-marketplace

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

23rd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 2
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://downtownanaheim.com/events/treelighting/

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

54th Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 2
North Park, San Diego
http://www.toylandparade.com/

A free and all-ages festive parade takes place in North Park this Saturday morning. Following the parade, lots of holiday activities will take place in North Park on both 30th Street and University Avenue.

7th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 2-3
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena
http://teafestivalla.com/

Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $15. Bring cash for parking and for any items you wish to buy at the event.

10th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-3
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniquemarkets.com/markets-la/

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 $15 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.

Island Food and Beer Festival San Diego 2017
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 2
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/island-food-and-beer-festival-san-diego-2017-tickets-36035996636

A beer fest will take place in San Diego this Saturday afternoon that will have a handful of Pacific Island food booths present. General admission costs $50 and gets you unlimited beer samples for the duration of the event while supplies last, with food sold separately. No one under 21 may attend.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 2
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2017-holidayfest-12-5pm/

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

2017 Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Frosty’s Snow Hill
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 2
Memorial Park, Chula Vista
http://www.starlightparade.com/

Family-friendly festivities will take place in Chula Vista this Saturday. Starting at noon, visitors will find snow at Memorial Park, plus other activities. A Christmas parade will start at 6pm on 3rd Avenue.

25th Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/sonata/

Bring out the family to this free and all-ages event on the streets of Uptown Whittier. Visitors will experience Christmas Village, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, carolers, live entertainment, local shopping sales, food & drink specials, and lots more.

2018 Miss California USA Pageant
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2-3
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://misscausa.com/

On Saturday, catch the Miss California USA & Miss California Teen USA Preliminary Competition. On Sunday, see the Final Show Dress Rehearsal and the Final Coronation Show. Ticket prices range from $60 to $80 for the competitions, while tickets to the dress rehearsal cost about $30.

38th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 2
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
http://obtowncouncil.org/ob-for-the-holidays/

Bring the family out to this local holiday parade this Saturday evening in Ocean Beach. Arrive early to find parking and secure a spot to watch along the parade route.

35th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/event/the-35th-annual-belmont-shore-christmas-parade/

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.

55th Annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
Ports O’ Call, San Pedro
http://laharborholidayafloat.org/

Enjoy a free and all-ages holiday boat parade with thousands of sparkling lights this Saturday night in San Pedro. Visitors have plenty of spots along the river to view the parade from – check the website for the parade route and viewing spots.

South Park Winter Walkabout
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
30th Street, South Park, San Diego
http://www.southparksd.com/walkabout.html

During this free and all-ages quarterly stroll through South Park, visitors can check out all the of the local businesses as they have specials and activities available.

Mexican Society – Tribute to Manic Hispanic
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1596264-mexican-society-long-beach/

Rock out to some popular punk rock bands this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.pomonaswapmeet.com/

See thousands of original and restored classic cars at the Fairplex this Sunday morning. Many of the vendors will also sell automotive accessories, parts, and more as well. This all-ages show cost $10 to enter, while children 10 and under get in free with a paid adult admission. Parking costs $10 per vehicle – guests must enter via gate 17 on Fairplex Drive, directly off the 10 freeway.

Riverside Reindeer Run
6:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Fairmount Park, Riverside
http://laceuprunningseries.com/race-locations/riverside-2017/

Go on a run in Riverside this Sunday morning. Registration ranges from $20 to $90 depending on the distance of the run you want to participate in.

9th Annual San Diego Doggie Street Festival
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://doggiestreetfestival.org/

This event focuses on dog & cat adoptions, providing people an opportunity to add a pet to their lives. Free to attend for all ages, this event comes with food vendors, live music from local bands, speakers, pet merchandise & accessories, pet services, and more.

SoCal GI Joe Show & Toy Convention
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Embassy Suites, Temecula
http://www.facebook.com/events/256566994833309/

A handful of toy vendors will set up in Temecula this Sunday afternoon. Admission costs $5 and grants you access to check out all the vendors.

4th Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
The Alhambra at Urban Community, Alhambra
http://www.mosaiccraftfair.org/

Get crafty at this arts & crafts fair this Sunday afternoon in Alhambra. Free to attend for all ages, visitors will find dozens of independent designers selling their goods, a handful of mobile food vendors, a beer garden, live music, entertainment, and more.

39th Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
Corona Del Mar’s Business District, Corona Del Mar
http://www.cdmchamber.com/events/39th-annual-corona-del-mar-christmas-walk/

Free to attend for all ages, many businesses in Corona Del Mar will have specials and activities this Sunday afternoon.

8th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
http://sonofestchilicookoff.com/

Check out this free and all-ages event this Sunday afternoon in North Park that will have chili, a beer garden, a kids’ zone, vendors, live music, and more. Although free to attend, visitors can pay $20 to receive a handcrafted ceramic bowl and five restaurant chili tastings.

66th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 3
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.org/christmasparade/index.php

Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 3
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland-2017

Irvine will have a free and all-ages holiday-themed event this Sunday evening. Visitors will find Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, arts & crafts, games, train rides, food & drinks, Santa Claus, and more.

23rd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 3
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/856/Tree-Lighting-Ceremony

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.


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The Fall 2017 Santa Ana Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Downtown Santa Ana this coming Sunday. Now at a new location at East 4th Street and Spurgeon Street, this semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fairs in Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. To envision Patchwork Fest, imagine an arts & crafts fair, but catered to a modern trendy crowd. As I describe it to others, imagine an art fair full of hipsters, but in a non-offensive way. The many local vendors set up their booths here, selling their wares, merchandise, apparel, accessories, foods, desserts, music, and so on. Patchwork Fest emphasizes supporting the local community, a perfect follow-up to Small Business Saturday that takes place this Saturday, a day prior to Patchwork Fest.

Completely free to attend to the public, Patchwork Fest openly welcomes pets, and boasts a free bike valet for visitors. Each branch of the streets will feature dozens of different local vendors all selling their various goods and/or services. Check out the few music booths around the area, which will host local musicians. Visitors who get hungry can enjoy fresh hot eats from the various food vendors throughout the event area, or can browse through the various food booths in the fest for portable eats. As this event takes place in Downtown Santa Ana, visitors will walk by a handful of great local restaurants as well.

As a FREE event open to all ages and all pets, Patchwork Fest presents a welcome opportunity to support the local community. Commuting visitors should look for parking in the neighborhood to the south. Come experience what makes Patchwork Fest a repeat success, and support local businesses while having fun this Sunday. For more information about this Sunday’s event and future events, make sure you keep up with Patchwork Fest by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

38th Annual San Diego Jazz Festival
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 22
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November 23
10:30 am – 12:00 am, November 24
9:30 am – 12:00 am, November 25
8:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 26
Town & Country Resort Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdjazzfest.org/

Enjoy a weekend filled with jazz this week in San Diego. Admission varies depending on when you want to attend, which you can buy at the gate.

Glassjaw – Live in Pomona
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, November 22
Glass House, Pomona
http://glassjaw.com/

Famous post-hardcore band Glassjaw will headline a show in Southern California this Wednesday night.

Thanksgiving
November 23
United States

Happy Turkey Day! Take a breather and relax on this national holiday.

Long Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10k Run/Walk
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 23
Belmont Olympic Pool, Long Beach
http://justinrudd.com/trot.html

This fun run takes place on Thanksgiving morning. Four different runs start at 7am, 8am, 9am, and 10am. The registration fee costs $35 presale or $40 on the day of the event per person for any run. Participants may park in nearby beach parking lots for free until the end of the event, upon which officials will enforce the parking meters.

39th Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot
6:00 am – 11:00 am, November 24
Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point
http://www.turkeytrot.com/

Another Thanksgiving fun run takes place in Dana Point. Registration costs $40 per person.

Turkey Trot Los Angeles
6:30 am – 11:00 am, November 23
City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
http://turkeytrot.la/

The Turkey Trot will combine a fair with a race, with a costume contest, turkey calling contest, potato sack races, and other fair-themed activities. Registration currently costs $35, but will increase to $40 starting Thursday.

LosCon 44
9:00 am – 8:00 pm, November 24-25
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, November 26
LAX Mariott Hotel, Los Angeles
http://loscon.org/

This annual convention involves science fiction/fantasy and pop culture. Registration for this weekend-long fandom event costs $60.

33rd Annual Desert Art Festival
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 24-26
Frances Steven Park, Palm Springs
http://www.westcoastartists.com/events

A free and all-ages art exhibit will take place in Palm Springs this weekend. Visitors may purchase various works of art at this event.

Smut Peddlers – Live in Orange County
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, November 24
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.smutpeddlers.net/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock this Friday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.

11th Annual Rockabilly Extravaganza & Cavalcade of Beauty Pin Up Contest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 25
Riverside Municipal Airport, Riverside
http://rockabilly66.com/

An all-ages rockabilly show takes over the Riverside Airport this Saturday. For $10 admission, visitors will find live music, classic cars, live entertainment, a pin up contest, arts & crafts, food, drinks, and more.

7th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 25
Eagle Rock Blvd & Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock
http://www.facebook.com/WeHeartEagleRock

Several shops in Eagle Rock will participate in this local Small Business Saturday celebration with sidewalk sales and other specials. Every shop will host their own specials, and some will have public activities, such as bounce houses or arts & crafts.

3rd Annual Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, November 24
Smitty’s Service, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.adamsavenuebusiness.com/event-info/adams-avenue-spirit-stroll/

For $19, guests will get to sample holiday cocktails from 14 different locations along Adams Avenue this Saturday afternoon. No one under 21 may participate.

4th Annual La Habra Tamale Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, November 26
La Habra Community Center, La Habra
http://www.lahabraca.gov/677/Tamale-Festival

Free to attend for all ages, this event will have various food vendors, arts & crafts, merchandise vendors, live music, live entertainment, a churro-eating contest, Santa Claus, and more.

Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, November 26
2nd & Sycamore, Downtown Santa Ana
http://dearhandmadelife.com/patchwork-show/

This semi-annual arts & crafts fair consists of a series of Sunday fests at different locations: Long Beach, Oakland, and Santa Ana. 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. The surrounding neighborhood contains plenty of free street parking.