Ska Parade Lounge
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 1
Slide Bar, Fullerton
Enjoy a free local ska-punk show in Fullerton this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.
Magic In The Garden
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 2
Restauration, Long Beach
Enjoy a four-course dinner with magic show this Wednesday night in Long Beach. Reservations for this dinner cost $50.
Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, December 2
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.
Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
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.
Punk rock band The Briggs will headline a free show at the Slide Bar in Fullerton this Thursday night. No one under 21 may enter.
Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4-6
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.
19th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 4-5
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
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.
37th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
Balboa Park, San Diego
This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.
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 4
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
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.
Beyond The Lines – Pop-Up Group Art Show
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
3:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 5
Solar Studios, Glendale
Find paintings, sculptures, photography, furniture, jewelry, and other handmade crafts from emerging local artists as well as live music, comedy show, face painting, photo booth, games, cold pressed juice, coffee, tea, and more at this pop-up art show. Admission costs $5 presale or $10 at the door.
4th Annual Alpine Kraft Bierfest
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 4
11:00 am – 3:30 pm, December 5
Alpine Village, Torrance
More than 40 microbreweries will serve over 100 different beers this weekend at Alpine Village in Torrance. General admission to this beer festival costs $45. No one under 21 may attend.
The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.
Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
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.
2015 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
Check out this FREE and all-ages event going on this weekend in Los Angeles. Visitors will find plenty of arts & crafts from local designers with a passion for pop culture and the holidays.
21st Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 5
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
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.
4th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5
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, 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.
5th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
Sample teas from around the world, and sample Japanese cuisine at this tea festival. General admission to this all-ages festival costs $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.
Big Bite Sugar Rush
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 5-6
OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa
Big Bite Events returns with a sweeter spin on their food fest events. This dessert showcase brings dessert competitions, demos, dessert decorating activities, and dozens of sweets to sample. General admission costs $20, starts at 12pm, and allows unlimited dessert samples while supplies last. VIP admission costs $50, starts at 11am, and also includes a goodie bag, alcohol pairing, and access to a VIP lounge.
8th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 5-6
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.
Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, December 5
E Holly St, Old Pasadena
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 5
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
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.
Stateside Crafts 1st Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 5
Stateside Crafts, Long Beach
Long Beach’s Stateside Crafts turns a year old this week, and to celebrate, they will a variety of vendors on hand to serve visitors this Saturday afternoon. Free to attend, Stateside Crafts will offer discounted beer flights, product samples from the vendors, and raffle prizes for visitors.
4th Annual Pugafest
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 5
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.
23rd Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Streets of Uptown Whittier
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.
36th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 5
Newport Avenue, Ocean Beach, San Diego
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.
33rd Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
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.
The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 5
The Observatory, Santa Ana
Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline a show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.
Ska-Punk Night @ Soda Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 5
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
Enjoy some local ska-punk music this Saturday night in Normal Heights in San Diego. Tickets to this show cost $10. No one under 21 may enter.
6th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 6
32nd & Thorn, North Park, San Diego
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.
Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm, December 6
LA River Studios, Glassell Park
Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you access to all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last.
64th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 6
Downey & Florence, Downey
Enjoy a free all-ages holiday parade in Downey this Sunday afternoon.
The Generators: Live in Ventura
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 6
The Garage, Ventura
Enjoy a local punk rock show in Ventura this Sunday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.
Winter’s Tiki Wonderland X
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Sunday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!
21st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 6
Old Towne Plaza Area, Orange
Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.
Twisted Christmas with the Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 6
Harvelle’s, Downtown Long Beach
Witness a sultry holiday-themed burlesque show at Harvelle’s in Downtown Long Beach this Sunday evening. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.
City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 6
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
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.
Viernes 13 Presents: Skanukkah
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
Get your skanking on at this skacore show this Sunday night in West Hollywood. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $15.