Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1401166990123959/

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.

Goose Island Tap Takeover @ The Stache Bar
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 4
The Stache Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/865098683521557/

The Goose Island Bourbon County frenzy continues into this week, with another Tap Takeover in Long Beach this Thursday evening.

36th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
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 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).

Prohibition Repeal Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/prohibition-repeal-day/

Celebrate the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibition at Angel City Brewery this Friday night. For $25 admission, enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, beer cocktails from guest mixologists, and a specialty keg tapping & toast. Speakeasy dress code strictly enforced!

La Pobreska – Live in San Bernardino
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Basement Under the Carousel Mall, San Bernardino
http://www.facebook.com/events/360637934117596/

Get your skanking on in the Inland Empire this Friday night in a basement under a mall. The cover for this all-ages show costs $8 if entering prior to 8:30pm, or $10 afterwards.

Dina Cox Benefit Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/811240162251648/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this benefit show this Friday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. – Live in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 5
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1510743725852449/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform in Long Beach this Friday night. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/186431

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.

Grand Central Market Holidays
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 6-7
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/426/grand-central-market-holidays

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.

3rd Annual Pugafest
9:00 am – 12:00 am, December 6
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=3376

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.

2nd Annual Los Angeles IPA Festival
9:30 am – 9:30 pm, December 6
Mohawk Bend, Echo Park
http://www.laipafestival.com/

Find over 60 different California-brewed IPA’s at Mohawk Bend this Saturday during the LA IPA Fest. This event operates differently than a typical festival – instead of tickets, interested individuals may only make a reservation as a group of six of more. Reservations only last 90 minutes, and require a minimum order of $30 per individual. All beer servings cost $4 for an 8oz serving, meaning that every person must purchase at least eight pours. To make a reservation, send an email to ipafest@mohawk.la to indicate the amount of people in your reservation and the time that your party will arrive. Guests should park in the neighborhood north of Mohawk Bend.

2014 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 6
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade-2014/

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.

20th Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 6
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.downtownanaheim.com/tree-lighting

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.

1st Annual Holiday Fur Ball
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 6
Huntington Central Park, Huntington Beach
http://www.recycleddogrescue.com/

Check out this pet adoption event this Saturday in Huntington Beach. For $5 admission, attendees will find pets for adoption, a potluck, a silent auction, t-shirt sales, raffles, dog contests for prizes, agility courses, doggy jumps, and more. The first 100 attendees receive a $5 gift card to Native Foods Café.

7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 6-7
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.uniqueusa.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 $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.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, December 6
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
http://artisanalla.com/

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring 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. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

Holidayfest on South Lake Avenue
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 6
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lake-2014-holiday-celebration/

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.

Alpine Village Christmas Faire
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6-7
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.alpinevillagecenter.com/events/holidays/

At this free and all-ages holiday event, find holiday shopping, snow, arts & crafts, Santa Claus, live entertainment, food, drinks, and more.

32nd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/events.html

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.

Punk N’ Bowl
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/800125133364510/

Release some angst at this raging punk rock show this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/The-Adolescents

Legendary punk band The Adolescents will headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18. Arrive early enough to park at the venue’s parking lot for free. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10 per vehicle.

CicLAvia
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 7
Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Los Angeles
http://www.ciclavia.org/

Much of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd south of Los Angeles will close to bikers this Sunday afternoon. Cars may not enter the designated areas during this time – only bikers and pedestrians may roam the streets.

20th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 7
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
http://www.cityoforange.org/depts/commserv/special_events/tree_lighting_ceremony_n_candlelight_choir_procession.asp

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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