Archive for December, 2014

The intuitive originators behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha brought forth the 3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival this past Saturday, a holiday-themed beer festival with several unique spins. Taking place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, following in the footsteps of its big brother, the OC Brew Ha Ha, craft beer lovers from all over journeyed to OC Brew Ho Ho for a festive day of drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating, and more. Over 40 breweries attended to serve various seasonal brews, with many of them hosting timed/scheduled beer releases that attracted huge lines. The previous years’ events featured a merchandise expo, where most of the breweries brought their own merchandise to sell to attendees during the beer tasting. This year, I did not notice as much of that – breweries mostly focused on their beer, while merchandise fell to other vendors not serving beer.

The calm before the storm:

The organizers do not beat around the bush – they ensure the utmost quality in the care of their events, and I have written about almost all of their events up to date. I alone can do so much to provide testimony to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha series of events. Why not take a look at the countless guests all enjoying a great time at this past weekend’s OC Brew Ho Ho?

One may never find another beer festival quite like the OC Brew Ho Ho! It has everything a craft beer enthusiast can ask for, sans a little rain. For more events by the organizers, make sure to Like/Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news, such as ticket sale announcements and posts about other similar upcoming events. If you have yet to attend any of these events, I highly recommend going to one to indulge and immerse yourself in the culture of craft beer. You may learn something about beer that you may not have ever known!

Moscow, land of strange and mysterious towers of pure gold cold as ice. Who could guess that a fire burns inside of Moscow so hot? Although that sounds like complete nonsense, they derive from the lyrics of a famous song dedicated to the glory of Moscow, or Moskau as the song refers to it. Despite the rough history behind the motherland, Russia has certainly influenced a great portion of the world. While the recent 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Russia, perhaps the world best regards Russia for vodka. Adults around the world love to soak themselves with this liquor, especially now with its universal availability. Does anyone ever pay attention to the beer from Russia? Perhaps not, since Russia has not come to the spotlight for their work in brewing. However, the Russian style certainly has influenced the creation of consumables, evident in not only Russian cuisine, but Russian beverages as well, such as the famed Russian Imperial Stout. If you seek a Russian Imperial Stout worth shouting Moskau over, look no further than the craft beer scene in Orange County.

The folks from Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to collaborate on a succulent winter’s brew known as Chernyy Medved (SHARE-nee MID-vid). In honor of the acclaimed winter beer fest, the OC Brew Ho Ho, these two breweries butted heads to devise this incredible creation that words simply cannot accurately describe. Clocking in at 13.0% abv, this Russian Imperial Stout gets its characteristics with smoked oak, pine, vanilla, and cherries. With a flavor like chocolate-covered cherries, this hearty brew fits right in with the cold winter season with its warming finish. Beer enthusiasts may want to consider attempting to cellar this bottle, as it lends itself to aging quite nicely.

Looking to savor this Russian beauty? Start looking at specialty craft beer retailers in Orange County, such as Total Wine & More or Hi-Time Wine Cellars. Act fast, as Chernyy Medved only exists in limited quantities, and once they run out, you probably will not find it on store shelves again!

Beachwood BBQ 8th Anniversary Week
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 18-21
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach & Long Beach
http://beachwoodbbq.com/events.html

Beachwood BBQ celebrates their eighth year in Seal Beach this week, and to commemorate, Beachwood Brewing releases Eight this week in bottles and at both locations on tap. When you visit either location, expect to find a plethora of seasonal beers on tap, plus an exciting menu full of exclusive items only found during this celebration.

Punk Rock Show in Long Beach
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 18
DeadRockers, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/361473627347305/

Catch a bunch of great local punk rock bands at this all-ages show this Thursday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $2 if entering prior to 8pm, or $4 afterwards.

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 pm, December 18, Slide Bar, Fullerton http://www.facebook.com/events/300156153516501/
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 19, Romano’s Concert Lounge, Riverside http://www.facebook.com/events/1490724867855726/

Skacore band Voodoo Glow Skulls will end their tour in Southern California this week. Each show has a different price and age limit, so click the link for more information.

The Brew House – Grand Opening
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 19
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20-21
The Brew House, San Juan Capistrano
http://www.facebook.com/events/852476748135788/

After over a year in the works, The Brew House will finally declare themselves officially open for business this weekend. This tap room has over 30 beers on draft and over 100 bottled beers for your drinking pleasure. They will also have food trucks in all weekend, so stop on by for a break this weekend.

Bootlegger’s Brewery Holiday Party
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/1516658761918344/

This Friday night, visit the Bootlegger’s Brewery tasting room in Fullerton for drink specials, music, a food truck, prizes, and more.

The Vandals 19th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D4325FC07BB&oid=0

The Vandals headline their annual all-ages Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim this Friday night. Tickets cost $20. Guests can park for free for up to five hours, so plan your arrival accordingly.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones w/ The Interrupters @ House of Blues
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 20, House of Blues, Anaheim http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=09004D3DE590B4C4&oid=0
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 21, House of Blues, San Diego http://www.houseofblues.com/sandiego/events/eventdetail/?viewNav=/event-detail&eventId=0A004D3D0F943DCB&oid=0

Get your skanking on this weekend with legendary ska band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost around $27.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 19
Dipiazzas, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/748837075186659/

Catch a FREE all-ages punk rock show this Friday night at Dipiazzas in Long Beach. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the neighborhood.

Luicidal in South Gate
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 19
American Legion Post 335, South Gate
http://www.facebook.com/events/768712559852037/

A hardcore punk show comes to South Gate this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6 if entering prior to 9pm, or $8 afterwards.

Winter in Wilmore
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 20
Drake Park, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/912211262124897/

Bring your friends and family out to this snow day at the park this Saturday afternoon. At this free community event, find lots of things to see and do all in the real snow that will cover the park this Saturday.

Barb Wire Dolls @ The Whisky A Go Go
7:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 20
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
http://www.facebook.com/events/309417989234344/

Catch an all-ages punk show at the Whisky A Go Go this Saturday night. Tickets for this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door.

OtaXmas 2014
8:30 pm – 11:00 pm, December 20
Anime Jungle, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/355344884643300/

Want to participate in some cosplay, or perhaps just want to watch others do cosplay? Head on over to Little Tokyo this Saturday night for OtaXmas. For just $5 admission, visitors will mingle with other cosplayers, view cosplay contests, participate in raffles, play trivia, take photos in the photo booth, dance to live DJ’s, and more.

Xmas Punk Hardcore Party
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/310417489168744/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands in a festive manner this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $8, or $5 if you wear an ugly sweater. No one under 21 may enter.

Punk Rock Xmas
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 20
Scotland Yard Pub, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534396316799128/

Catch a FREE punk rock show in Canoga Park this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

For the first time since I discovered Unique LA years ago, I attended this event on a Saturday, arguably always busier than Sunday. No surprise there – so many people attend and buy things on Saturday that dozens of vendors actually sell out of products and cannot attend Sunday with adequate inventory. I managed to stumble upon a handful of vendors that I recognized, which included Bad Pickle Tees, Donut Friend, Velvet Rope Bake Shop, MNKR, and Maya Brigadeiro. By the end, I interacted with countless diverse vendors, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

This past Saturday, Pasadena played host to two different free holiday-themed events catering to visitors of all ages. Both events took place in the afternoon outdoors, allowing any visitor to mix and mingle with everyone and everything around.

For something completely different, Artisanal LA teamed up with Old Pasadena to transform their trademark designer food expo into a one-of-a-kind street fair. At this free and all-ages event,visitors to this European market-inspired local shopping experience encountered the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Whereas the official Artisanal LA features hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world, this small event only had a few dozen set up what appeared to outsiders as a farmer’s market. Unlike a farmer’s market, this event did not have fresh produce, but it did have fresh goods!

Not too far from Artisanal LA, a Holidayfest took place over on South Lake Avenue. As another free and all-ages event, this celebration focused more on the businesses on South Lake Avenue, creating for a more corporate environment. Three separate locations held different activities, all with food, music, entertainment, games, and more. In between it all, visitors could ride on horse-drawn carriages for a small fee. Unlike Artisanal LA that blocked off the street, this event took place alongside an open street, creating for perilous walks from location to location.

With the holiday season in full swing, make the most of it and check out what goes on in your local communities – you may discover something new and exciting!

When you ask Americans what they envision of as “American” food, what do you suppose they think of? Most commonly, responses will include hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, and pizza. Although Americans easily recognize these foods, they all have origins outside of America – hamburgers and hot dogs descended from a German background, while pizza and wings came to us from Italian influences. Instead, Americans categorize food by regions where certain foods reign prominent. For example, Americans often associate barbecue with Memphis, Kansas, or Texas. As another example, a classic food battle exists with pizza between Chicago and New York. Most people who have not traveled to Chicago may not comprehend Chicago’s pizza, which lends way to the dominant abundance of New York style pizza commonly found at your local pizzeria. New York itself exists as a grand mecca for many popular food styles, not forgetting that the infamous Cronut originated there. New York has also served as the inspiration of many different foods all over the world, and Grill ‘Em All certainly has a New York state of mind this month.

Famously known as the winner of the first season of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Grill ‘Em All has since evolved from a food truck to their very own brick & mortar restaurant in Alhambra. The theme has not faded away in the slightest – they still sling hamburgers with a heavy metal influence, except now with a full kitchen, they can crank up the volume in more ways than one. With more room comes more content coming our way, such as craft beer availability, special guest appearances, and wrestling themes. Grill ‘Em All uses the latter as a component of the inspiration behind their burgers of the month, such as with December 2014’s burger of the month, The Manowar A.K.A. Tommy Dreamer. Paying tribute to heroes of New York, this monumental burger basically contains two meals in one. The burger basics all reside here: a 1/2-pound beef burger cooked medium rare, mozzarella cheese, arugula, and garlic-buttered buns. The New York style comes in with marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and the kicker: Funyun-coated deep-fried lasagna. Yeah, that sounds like something one would encounter at a state fair. The lasagna by itself qualifies as a standalone meal, but thrown on top of an all-beef patty, then you have a wallop of a burger. Deciphering how to eat this may pose a challenge. I advise against pressing it down to get it to the optimal size to fit in it your jaw, as that will not only squeeze the sauces and juices out, but break the lasagna. You can tackle this any way you want, but I will suggest two primary methods of breaking this down. For maximal enjoyment, cut this burger into slices/wedges to get every flavor in each bite. For minimal mess, split it in half horizontally by removing the lasagna off the beef patty, creating two open-faced sandwiches. Using the latter means that you would either have to make two cuts to get all the flavor in one bite, or taste something different with each bite.

With colder days coming, this gargantuan burger fits the season quite well. Trek on over to Grill ‘Em All in Alhambra this month, where you can smash your own Manowar for $15, and get a taste of New York in your mouth.

The third annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival will take place at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim this Saturday afternoon. From the organizers behind this year’s biggest beer festival in Orange County, this holiday iteration of a popular event combines a beer fest with holiday shopping, as they also include a brewery merchandise expo within the venue area. Almost every brewery present will bring merchandise to sell, from clothing to beer glasses to accessories and more. A single admission of $55 per person allows all guests to sample unlimited beer pours from the 20+ breweries available, most of which will serve rare brews. To keep guests occupied between drinks, the venue provides a multitude of games, such as foosball, glorified Jenga, airsoft gun shooting, and more. In addition, guests will discover plenty of local vendors all with great holiday gifts.

Some of the larger breweries usually set up their serving stations outdoors. Last year, despite the inclement weather, guests braved the inauspicious weather for those bigger breweries and their rare or seasonal brews.

OC Brew Ho Ho receives its unique spin from its various features that set them apart from other typical beer fests. First off, all guests pay one flat admission price and receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. The main highlight comes from the merchandise expo, where almost every brewery brings merchandise to sell, such as clothes, beer accessories, and other such souvenirs or trinkets. For the beer lover in their lives, attending this festival allows many guests to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a day of drinking while getting some shopping done.

The organizers behind OC Brew Ho Ho usually get a collaboration beer devised in honor of this prestigious event. Last year, Noble Ale Works and Beachwood Brewing joined forces to create The Ghost of Jacob Barley, a smooth, luscious, comforting beer with enough flavor and potency that even non-beer drinkers would like it. This year, Valiant Brewing and Black Market Brewing have teamed up to generate this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved – a 13.0% Russian Imperial Stout with cherries and vanilla.

In addition to the obligatory Santa Claus appearance, legendary DJ Richard Blade delivered the best of 80’s hits all day. He will continue to do so at OC Brew Ho Ho this year, and his appearance alone has attracted more attention than Santa Claus himself!

Since this beer fest has no limit to the amount of beer that any guest could drink during the allotted time, you may find yourself drinking far more beer than expected. Make sure you pace yourself and plan on what beers you want to taste – click here for a list of participating breweries.

The gates to the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival open this Saturday morning at 11am, but beers do not pour until 12pm. Tickets cost $55 plus an online transaction fee, which you can bypass by buying a ticket at the door, if any remain by then. Admission includes a souvenir cup and unlimited beer tasters, plus access to the brewery merchandise expo. The beers will pour starting at 12pm and stop promptly at 4pm, but the merchandise booths will remain selling until 5pm. Guests can park for free at the venue’s self-parking lot, though guests may choose the valet side if desired. Expect to see over 50 different breweries represented here, and each of them should have merchandise for sale, which does not include beer to-go. Read up on some tips to ensure a smooth and pleasant experience at this year’s Brew Ho Ho:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Basic toll-free directions: Get to the 57 freeway, exit Ball Road going east, turn right at the first road (S Phoenix Club Dr), then turn right at the second road (S Sanderson Ave). The parking lot will appear on your left after the actual Phoenix Club building.
  • Guests may park for free. Although anyone may ride a bike or walk to the venue, I suggest getting dropped off instead. Intoxicated guests may leave their cars at the venue if they find another means of getting home, and they will have until 9am the following day to reclaim their cars.
  • Food comes at a separate cost, so anyone wanting to eat should arrive with extra cash. Click here for a list of attending restaurants and food trucks.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. All attendees receive FREE water on the premises.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Mother nature does unpredictable things, and while the forecast predicts sunny skies, no one will laugh when it starts to rain.
  • For prolonged drinking, start with lighter beers and work your way to stronger beers.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no free replacement for lost or broken glasses. Extra glasses, if any remain, will cost $5.
  • All beers stop pouring at 4pm. An extra grace hour will allow guests time to sober up, find food, and/or shop at the vendors before leaving. Click here for a list of attending vendors in addition to the breweries.

Portola Coffee Beer Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
The Iron Press, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/667577106688583/

Visit The Iron Press in Costa Mesa this Tuesday night for a night of coffee beers and free giveaways.

Business & Beer @ Absolution Brewing
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Monkish Brewing, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/876031635754384/

This monthly networking event for small business owners visits a South Bay brewery every second Thursday of the month. This week, they will hit up Monkish Brewing in Torrance. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

2014 West 3rd Street Holiday Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 11
W 3rd St between La Cienaga & Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://west3rdstreet.com/news-and-events/

This free and all-ages street party will have entertainment, refreshments, merchandise, food, and other specials going on.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 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.

The Adicts @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.venturatheater.net/event/718659-adicts-ventura/

Legendary punk band The Adicts will perform three shows in Southern California this week, starting with this show in Ventura this Thursday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25.

West Coast Punk Rock Foodie Fest
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://goodcleanfund.com/west-coast-punk-rock-foodie-fest-tickets/

Combining two very unlikely industries, a food fest meets a punk rock show this Friday night. Lots of great local punk rock bands will perform on this night, while attendees can munch on food all night provided with admission, which costs $15. No one under 21 may attend.

Reverend Horton Heat, The Adicts, and More @ The Observatory
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12-13
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/rhh-1
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/rhh-night-2

The Reverend Horton Heat and The Adicts will co-headline two shows at The Observatory this weekend. Tickets to these all-ages shows cost $25. Arrive early enough to find free parking at the venue. Arrive too late, and end up parking at a lot down the street for $10.

Pennywise and The Dickies @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
The Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura
http://www.venturatheater.net/event/711589-pennywise-dickies-ventura/

Two big names in punk rock perform in Ventura this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20.

Rx Bandits @ The Glass House
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12-13
The Glass House, Pomona
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/709955-rx-bandits-pomona/

Rx Bandits will headline two shows at the Glass House in Pomona this weekend. Get your tickets to these all-ages shows for $18 presale or $22 on the nights of the shows.

X-Mas In The Hood
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Black Castle, Vermont Knolls, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/729883103748321/

Rock out to some skacore at this show south of Downtown Los Angeles this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
Bull Bar, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/566134936851060/

Enjoy a free punk rock show featuring local bands this Friday night at the Bull Bar in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

5th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 13-14
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-december-market-details

Renegade LA returns to Grand Park in Downtown 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.

Little Tokyo Cosplay Gathering
11:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 13
Little Tokyo’s Weller Court, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/883551991662681/

Feel like doing a little cosplay this weekend? Bring the costume back out for this brief gathering in Downtown LA this weekend.

3rd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 13
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

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, music by Richard Blade, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2015 with some rare and unreleased beers, including this year’s collaboration beer, Chernyy Medved. 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.

4th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/3rd-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!

61st Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 13
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/daisy_lane_parade/daisy_lane_parade.asp

Unlike most parades that march through a commercial area, this parade rolls through a residential neighborhood, making for a quieter, calmer parade with an emphasis on visuals.

Anaheim Night Market
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 13
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2014/12/13/anaheim-night-market

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.

6th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 13
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 $12 per route, and attendees may choose one of four possible routes. It goes without saying that no one under 21 may participate.

32nd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 13
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

Bring out your family to witness an illuminating parade on the water this Saturday night.

52nd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13
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.

68th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 13
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.

Hardcore Punk Show in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/368512443323375/

Some of my favorite hardcore punk bands will perform this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $7. The venue has limited food and drinks for sale, so have dinner prior to arriving here.

Skacore Show @ The Airliner
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
The Airliner, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1560026644212773/

Get crazy with this skacore show this Saturday night in Northeast Los Angeles. Attendees get in free if arriving prior to 7:30; otherwise, they have not specified a cover charge, so have up to $20 cash available just in case. No one under 18 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/383022115189585/

Enjoy some local punk rock this Saturday night in Long Beach. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

D.I. @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/982364945110495/

Legendary punk band D.I. will headline a show this Saturday night at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

4th Annual Redwood Punk Rock Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/398144387002228/

Just like last year, some of Southern California’s great punk bands play at this punk rock show and toy drive this Saturday night in Downtown Los Angeles. Admission to this show cost $10, or $8 if donating an unwrapped toy. No one under 21 may enter. Street parking meters go off at 8pm, so either find parking there or somewhere nearby.

9th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
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.

Death By Stereo 21st Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/189114

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

Holiday Local Vendors Boutique
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/762884547110029/

A bunch of local vendors will set up booths at the Bootlegger’s Brewery tasting room this Sunday afternoon for visitors to shop for holiday gifts while enjoying a pint of craft beer.

Long Beach Creamery – Free Samples
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 14
Farm Lot 59, Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/418312621649502/

Long Beach Creamery will host a fundraiser this Sunday afternoon in Bixby Knolls, which will include free food and refreshment samples.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
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!

The World Foodie Fair returns to the LA Spice Cafe in Culver City this coming Sunday evening for its third installment. At this all-ages tasting event, a handful of hopeful restauranteurs will serve cuisine samples that would represent the menu of their dream restaurant. All participants do not currently own a restaurant, but want to use this pop-up event to test the waters and get a feel for the experience of running a full business. Interested attendees pay $6 online for a ticket that will provide $7’s worth of food, and attendees can vote for their favorite foods at the end of the event. Four one-hour sessions starting at 6pm will occur in order to spread out the flow of attendees, and interested attendees can purchase tickets for this event ONLY online so that the organizers could cap each session due to capacity limits. Everyone who registers online will receive one free Lobster Corndog!

The folks behind the World Foodie Fair would like to invite people of all ages to this food tasting event. Attendance costs $6 and provides seven tickets used to redeem food. Attendees may purchase more tickets once at the event at the same cost of $6 for seven tickets. LA Spice Cafe sells beverages, so have some cash available for that. Attendees commuting here should look for parking on the main street, or in the neighborhood across the street. For updates straight from the World Foodie Fair camp, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for the latest. Until then, take a look at my photos from the first World Foodie Fair back in September (the second one occurred in early November).

The 7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show returns to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gather to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor covers two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many food, art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. 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. Stay on the trail of Unique LA by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter to find out what to expect at this show.