Taste of West Orange County
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park

The first annual Taste of West Orange County will take place this Wednesday night. This food fest costs $30 per ticket, or $50 for two tickets. All attendees receive 30 taster coupons to try food from the 40 restaurants serving at the fest.

2012 Annual West 3rd Street Holiday Street Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
W 3rd St between La Cienaga & Fairfax, Los Angeles

This free street party will have entertainment, refreshments, merchandise, food, and other specials going on. Think of this as First Friday, since you can easily see comparisons between this and Venice First Friday.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Alpine Village
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alpine Village, Torrance

Back at it again, Voodoo Glow Skulls headline an all-ages show at Alpine Village this Thursday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $13 at the door, and comes with free parking, free tamales, piñatas to destroy, and more holiday treats.


First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
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).

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Crafts Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 8
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.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 8
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.


The Adolescents and T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
The Observatory, Santa Ana

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and T.S.O.L. play a show at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20 each.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7-9
Lot 613, Los Angeles

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.


Color Mob 5k
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 8
Irvine Lake, Irvine

What happens when you mix a 5k run, live music, beer, and lots of colors? You get the inaugural Color Mob 5k of course! This all-ages fun run will have participants running through clouds of color, music, dissonance, and more. Strangely, this fest also has a beer garden and food trucks, things that do not necessarily go hand-in-hand with a 5k. Alas, entry into the run costs $50, or $80 for two. Parking costs $5 cash, so have that ready as well.


2012 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 8
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.

3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8-9
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles

Renegade LA returns for the second time this year at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) 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.

Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 6 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each. The first 250 guests receive a souvenir glass to take home as well.

Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 8
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 2013 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 $45 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.

Pico Holiday Art Walk
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 8
Pico Blvd between 28th & 34th, Santa Monica

Many stores on Pico Blvd will have special promotions, artwork, and more.

4th Street Annual Holiday Open House
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 8
Retro Row, Long Beach

During this time, many shops on Retro Row will have special deals on vintage wares, trinkets, toys, beauty supplies, music, books, and more. Food trucks will also make an appearance on 4th Street. Certain locations will provide free gift wrapping, photos with Santa, and custom pin-striping.

50th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 8
Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey

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.

The Dirty Little Secrets: Twisted Christmas
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, December 8
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Saturday night with a burlesque twist on a Christmas show. Catch them performing at 8:30 and 11:00 this night. No one under 21 may enter. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.


DieN’Isis XI: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Beer Paired Dinner Workshop
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach

Even I feel confused at the name… This zombie-themed beer-pairing dinner will feature offals as the main constituent of each course. Throughout the night, speakers and experts will talk about zombies, how to counter them and possible escape plans. Tickets to this one-in-a-lifetime dinner cost $80 per person.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
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.

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