Posts Tagged ‘Corona Del Mar’

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 Public House by Evans Brewing Co. – Grand Opening
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, November 30
The Public House by Evans Brewing Co., Fullerton
http://www.evansbrewco.com/pub
http://www.facebook.com/events/322004384852317/

Although they have already opened under a soft opening, Evans Brewing will officially open their doors to the public starting this Wednesday in Downtown Fullerton. They will have complimentary appetizers, beers, and wines for the first two hours.

The Inspired Market – Rancho Cucamonga
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Thomas Winery Plaza, Rancho Cucamonga
http://theinspiredmarket.com/

This free and all-ages arts & crafts fair takes place on the first and third Thursdays of each month in Rancho Cucamonga. Swing on by and check out the various vendors here selling accessories, apparel, and more.

Riviera Village Holiday Stroll
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 1
Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
http://www.rivieravillageredondo.org/events/

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.

32nd Annual Pomona Harvest Festival
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 2-4
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.

Bibigo Torrance Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, December 2
Bibigo, Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance
http://www.bibigousa.com/
http://www.facebook.com/BibigoUSA/photos/a.114259088633083.17412.105791026146556/1371132796279033/

A new Bibigo opens their doors to the public this Friday afternoon in Torrance. Visit from noon to 3pm to receive a FREE bowl while supplies last.

4th Annual Good Food Showcase
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 2
Coastal Roots Farm, Encinitas
http://www.sdchip.org/

Check out local farms, chefs, and products this Friday afternoon in Encinitas. Admission costs $10 and gets you access to all the exhibitors on site.

20th Annual Pizza Port Carlsbad Strong Ale Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2-3
Pizza Port Bottle Shop, Carlsbad
http://www.pizzaport.com/locations/pizza-port-carlsbad/
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pizza-ports-20th-annual-strong-ale-fest-tickets-28933299277

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.

38th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 3
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.

53rd Annual Ski Dazzle Ski Show & Snowboard Expo
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 4
Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.skidazzle.com/

Check out all things ski, snowboard, and other winter/snow sports this weekend in Downtown LA. Daily admission costs $20 for adults or $5 for children, and grants access to the full show floor filled with over a hundred different vendors. Bring cash for parking as well.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 2
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 2
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3
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 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 2
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.

LA Weekly Sips & Sweets 2016
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 2
Petersen Automotive Museum, Mid-Wilshire
http://microapp.laweekly.com/sips-and-sweets/

Indulge on desserts and alcohol this Friday night in Los Angeles. General admission costs $45 and starts at 8pm, while VIP admission costs $65 and starts at 7pm. All attendees receive unlimited food and drinks while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

Skacore Night in Corona
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 2
M15 Concert Bar & Grill, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1612566002381050/

Get your skanking on at this skacore show in Corona this Friday night. The cover for this all-ages show costs $6.

Kat’s Birthday Bash!
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1080466678718433/

Get your weekly dose of local punk rock this Friday night in Long Beach. They have not specified a cover charge, so have cash available on hand for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Agent Orange: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 2, The Karman Bar, Laguna Niguel http://www.facebook.com/events/1809772199294487/
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 3, The Casbah, Middletown, San Diego http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1321759-agent-orange-san-diego/
http://www.agentorange.net/

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline shows in Southern California this weekend. The ticket price varies with each show, so click on a show’s link for details. No one under 21 may enter these shows.

Guttermouth: Live in San Diego
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 2
Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com/

Legendary punk rock band Guttermouth will headline a show in San Diego this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $15 presale or $17 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

Pulley: Live in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 2
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.x-members.com/
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/1321037-pulley-long-beach/

Punk rock band Pulley will headline a show in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $10 presale or $12 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Run For A Claus
6:30 am – 11:00 am, December 3
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.

3rd Annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Grand Central Market, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/events/817/third-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.

Foodie Con 2016
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
The Reef, South Central, Los Angeles
http://www.foodiecon.org/

If you have gone to Artisanal LA, this will feel very familiar. Check out this event in Los Angeles this weekend filled with dozens of vendors selling and/or sampling various food & beverage products. The event will also have speakers, demos, activities, and miscellaneous vendors. Admission costs $30 for one day, $45 for both days, $55 for VIP admission (early entry plus other goodies), or $7 for children. Attendees can find free street parking in the nearby neighborhoods.

Holiday Vintage Pop Up at Ms. Vintage
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 3
Ms. Vintage Clothing, Grant Hill, San Diego
http://www.facebook.com/events/1187235731369529/

A special vintage pop-up will take place in San Diego this Saturday morning. Free to attend for all ages, check out dozens of vendors selling vintage apparel, accessories, and more.

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1624508447842415/

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.

46th Annual Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
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.

San Diego STEAM Maker Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 3
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.

2016 Holiday Craft Faire
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles
http://www.whimsicalleyla.com/

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.

22nd Annual Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Village
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
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.

PlayStation Experience 2016
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 4
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2016/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 $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday, or $75 for both days.

2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 3-4
Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.golittletokyo.com/holidays/

Free to attend for all ages, visitors to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA this weekend will find lots of holiday festivities, activities, sales, specials, and more.

53rd Annual North Park Toyland Parade & Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 3
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.

6th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 3-4
Japanese American National Museum, Downtown Los Angeles
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 $20. Guests can park for free on the street on Sunday. On Saturday, all lots and meters will operate normally.

9th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 3-4
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.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 3
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. 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 3
Corporate Center Pasadena, Pasadena
http://www.southlakeavenue.org/events/calendar/south-lakes-2016-holiday-celebration-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.

2016 Chula Vista Starlight Parade & Frosty’s Snow Hill
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
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.

Carols & Barrels – A Holiday Beer & Wine Festival
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, December 3
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://carolsandbarrels.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego at the same place that the popular San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. General admission costs $55 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission costs $85 and starts at 1pm. All attendees receive a souvenir cup and unlimited drinks while supplies last. Bring extra cash for parking and food. No one under 21 may attend.

24th Annual Holiday Sonata in Uptown Whittier
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Streets of Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/event/24th-annual-holiday-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.

2017 Miss California USA Pageant
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3-4
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.misscausapageant.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.

2016 Encinitas Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, December 3
Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
http://cityofencinitas.org/index.aspx?recordid=16661&page=21

Enjoy a free and all-ages Christmas tree lighting ceremony followed by a holiday parade this Saturday evening in Encinitas.

37th Annual Ocean Beach Holiday Parade
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 3
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.

1st Annual Riverside Wine & Beer Festival
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
Riverside Municipal Auditorium, Riverside
http://www.riversidelive.com/EventDetail?tmeventid=0B00514F0CC45E94&offerid=38236

A wine and beer festival will take place in Downtown Riverside this Saturday night. The website does not show ticket prices currently, but they will have general admission that starts at 6pm and VIP admission that starts at 5pm. No one under 21 may attend.

34th Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
2nd Street, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.belmontshore.org/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.

54th Annual LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
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.

OC Roller Derby – Winter Wonderslam
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 3
The Rinks, Huntington Beach
http://www.ocderby.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Huntington Beach. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

South Park Winter Walkabout
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 3
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.

Iron Triangle Brewing’s One-Year Anniversary
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 3
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 4
Iron Triangle Brewing, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.irontrianglebrewing.com/
http://bit.ly/ITBoneyear

Downtown LA’s Iron Triangle Brewing celebrates a year in the SoCal craft beer industry this weekend with beer and live music. Tickets cost $20 presale or $25 at the door, and gets you in to Sunday night at the tasting room. No one under 21 may attend.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show
5:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 4
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.

Autism Speaks Walk – Orange County
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, December 4
Angel Stadium, Anaheim
http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1156297

Walk for charity this Sunday morning in Anaheim. Raise certain amounts of money to qualify for rewards, which you can find out about on their website.

10th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/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.

3rd Annual Mosaic Craft Fair
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
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.

4th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2016/

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.

38th Annual Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 4
Corona Del Mar’s Business District, Corona Del Mar
http://www.cdmchamber.com/events/christmas_walk.asp

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

7th Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cookoff
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 4
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.

2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Smackdown
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 4
Bank of America Center, Downtown Los Angeles
https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/mac-and-cheese-smackdown-2016

Gorge yourself out on mac & cheese from seven of Los Angeles’ top chefs this Sunday afternoon in Glassell Park. $30 admission gets you two hours of all-you-can-eat mac & cheese while supplies last. Three two-hour sessions will take place: 12pm-2pm, 2:30-4:30, and 5pm-7pm.

65th Annual Downey Christmas Parade
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 4
Downey & Florence, Downey
http://www.downeychamber.com/event/christmas-parade/

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

City of Irvine’s Winter Wonderland
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 4
Irvine Civic Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/winter-wonderland-0

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.

22nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Candlelight Choir Procession
3:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 4
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.

Perception never falls into the simple categorization of black versus white. Perception falls anywhere within a boundless spectrum of antipodes. The problem lies with people’s ability to conceive perceptions beyond their scope. You can ask a person what type of music they love the most, while the next person may loathe that type of music. Most people claim to not like country music, yet the truth reveals that they simply have no preference for it; however, few people actually get adamant about the music. Going beyond preferences commonly exists in food and beverages. Where one person may call something “the best,” another will claim something else as better. For example, my father swears by the $2 wine from Trader Joe’s, unable to accept that pricier fine wines taste better. Some people say that no other burger can top a common burger from corporate fast food or corporate restaurants. People truly get attached to their fast food burgers and refuse to believe that better burgers exist out there. Whether or not you claim to know about the best burger in the world, I encourage you to seek out these five burgers in the greater Los Angeles area this season and give them a try. Who knows – maybe you will alter your opinions after one bite!

5. Comme Ça‘s Burger

France – home of some of the world’s finest cuisines. More than just a stereotype, the French value the quality of their food and drinks more than most other regions in the world. Due to how the French view the dining experience, many other countries, notably most of Europe, have followed the structure of quality over quantity. Where Americans simply strive to grow bigger and bigger, the French can teach us that moderation can still taste wonderful, as the folks at Comme Ça will show us. This quaint little restaurant in West Hollywood doles out fine French cuisine by keeping their dishes in manageable portions while still delivering on taste. Sure their menu does not contain as much as your favorite corporate restaurant, but by adapting a vertical progression model, they can focus on improving the quality of their existing dishes rather than spread their effort on excess dishes. Fortunately, they continue to improve upon fan favorites, such as their unnamed Burger available for brunch and dinner. The thick burger patty consists of dry-aged prime beef, which gets topped with Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and aioli. Although the toppings appear simple, the spotlight falls on their beef. The sheer thickness of that patty maintains a great amount of the meat’s own juices as Comme Ça sears the patty to a perfect medium rare (or more, on request). With light seasoning, you get a full bite of this wonderful beef patty, and you cannot find consistency like this at any random place.

4. Crow Burger Kitchen‘s Green Label Burger

In a world of consumerism, everyone obsesses over more. Everyone always wants more of anything, because more typically equates with wealth. More often than not, people go way over the recommended amount in a never-ending quest for more. In reality, this creates a facade that masks the true core of the item, much like how makeup, cosmetics, and Photoshop hide a person’s true appearance. Keeping things simple can have its perks, and Crow Burger Kitchen has captured that notion perfectly. Down in Newport Beach, Crow Burger Kitchen resembles your local gastropub – quality food and quality beer. As the restaurant’s name suggests, they specialize in burgers, although they carry other types of entrées as well. Among the variety of burgers that they serve, none stand out more than the Green Label Burger, which ironically does not come with much in the first place. The focus lies in the beef patty, a patty made with 100% prime chuck that Crow Burger Kitchen grounds daily. Other burgers use a blend of different cuts of beef, so the Green Label stands out with its use of a single source – olive oil consumers understand the importance of a single source. To go along with this burger, Crow Burger Kitchen adds fried shoestring onions and bacon butter on a toasted brioche bun. Guests may add a cheese of their choice for $1 extra. Put together, the few added ingredients serve to highlight not only the texture of the beef, but the natural beef flavor. The bacon butter does not overwhelm the palate, but simply compliments the burger. You can obtain this burger for $13.95, and you can add a side of Duck Fat Fries for $3.95 as well. With free parking available, what have you got to lose by visiting Crow Burger Kitchen?

3. 38 Degrees‘ Boar Bánh Mì

History tells us that the hamburger originated in Germany. However, history does not specify the spread of hamburgers around the world. Based on the world’s perceptions, the hamburger moved westward, where Americans claim it as one of their national foods. Contrary to that claim, burgers now exist all around the world, in one form or another. By definition, burger refers to a nickname for ground meat. This explains why some people call macaroni & cheese a cheeseburger pasta (thanks Hamburger Helper). As such, any type of meat can go into a burger, not just beef. If you inspect the menu at 38 Degrees, you will find more burgers than just beef. Known for their penchant for craft beer events, 38 Degrees brings a new style of dining to a town unfamiliar with gastropubs. Their loaded menu contains all the staples one would expect at an American restaurant: appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrées, desserts, and drinks. If you ask any server at 38 Degrees, they will inform you about their specialty burgers, such as the Boar Bánh Mì. Taking on the style of traditional Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, this burger first starts with a wild boar patty. Wild boar eats like a pork patty, but contains less fat than pork, lending to its firmer texture. As for the bánh mì ingredients, those all get thrown on top of the wild boar patty: braised pulled pork, daikon, carrots, pickled jalapeños, cilantro, and sriracha aioli. Basically, 38 Degrees deconstructed a bánh mì sandwich and rebuilt it over a wild boar burger. If you like the sandwiches from Lee’s Sandwiches, you owe it to yourself to grab a Boar Bánh Mì at 38 Degrees for $16.

2. The Crow Bar & Kitchen‘s Black Label Burger

As Reel Big Fish says, “It’s not so bad being trendy.” Trendy areas tend to have a more eccentric vibe among the local businesses, scenery, and general atmosphere. The type of people who frequent trendy areas depends largely on the geographical location. Downtown in one city may look more dive than the next city, and the people in those cities often reflect the geography. Not to bash on any particular city, but certain areas with lack of aesthetics would draw in crowds that care less about quality. Compare that with areas that look visually impressive, and those areas attract the smart good-looking people. I cannot even imagine the look on my face when I stumbled into The Crow Bar one random night. Located down in Corona Del Mar past Fashion Island, this trendy upscale gastropub can make anyone look good the moment they walk in. Walking in to the Crow Bar feels like walking onto the set of a daytime drama, where everyone looks like a model. Aesthetics aside, the Crow Bar’s offerings match the setting. From the carefully selected drinks to the sustainable dishes, one cannot feel guilt when ordering anything here. If you truly want to indulge, immediately lock your eyes upon the Black Label Burger. The Crow Bar utilizes 21-day dry-aged prime ribeye for this burger patty, giving the burger a strangely fluffy texture upon biting into it. With meat this good, you need nothing else to accompany it; however, Crow Bar still added ingredients anyways with caramelized onions for sweetness, and the signature bone marrow butter. However they produced this bone marrow butter, it gives the burger a crispy texture, as if biting into potato chips. At first, you may not notice the butter at all. Once you start to feel something crispy in your bites, you have discovered the bone marrow butter. Aside from the daily specials, the Black Label Burger sits on the menu as the most expensive dish at $19 for just the burger. Price aside, can you put a price on something that you cannot find anywhere else? Sure some places literally add potato chips in the burger. You will not find anyone else utilizing this unique ingredient in such a way to transform the burger completely.

1. Arc – Food & Libations‘ Burger

If I could name one thing that annoys me about corporate food businesses, I would say any place that has a so-called secret menu. Why would a business want to hide anything from the customer? Why would customers order a custom order so many times that it merits a secret menu? Does the place not make something they like? A business should treat all customers fair and the same, and not allow certain people to order off a secret menu and keep others in the dark. Whenever I discover a place with a secret menu, I ensure that I stick with the public menu for an accurate review of what everyone else can expect. When I visited Arc – Food & Libations for the first time, I honestly expected some sort of hidden menu; however, a glance at the menu revealed that they finally revealed a great amount on their recent menu. Arc takes on a different approach than your favorite local restaurant. Not only do they butcher their own meat, but they cook everything in a brick oven. Industrial kitchen equipment? Arc has no need for those. Arc believes that people should eat food as nature intended, so they prepare food simply with fire. Their old menu would contain the staples of an upscale American restaurant, leaving out certain dishes that repeat customers would know about. On a recent expedition to Arc, their menu now contains many of the originally secret dishes, such as their monstrous Burger. This burger patty will make you feel like dining in a fancy wine garden in France. Normal restaurant burger patties use ribeye beef for the patty. Arc steps it up a level by combining ribeye with short rib. Then they asked, “Why stop there?” Because people love bacon, Arc tossed in bacon lardons into the patty. Again, they ask, “Why stop there?” So then the patty gets smothered in duck fat, and seared in that brick oven behind the counter. From that oven pops out a face-slapping mound of meat contained within a seared crisp coating of charred duck fat.

This line break serves to allow you some time to take that all in. Yes, this patty contains all that: a short rib and ribeye blend with bacon lardons, coated with duck fat and seared to a crisp, sealing all of the meat’s natural juices and flavor inside the crisp coating. Here, have another line break.

Okay, so what else comes on this tower of a burger? Garlic aioli covers the bottom bun in hopes of preventing the patty’s juices from mucking up the bottom bun, but by the end, the bottom bun will get lost on the plate. On top of the patty, you get to choose your cheese: blue cheese or aged cheddar. Next, Arc throws on yellow heirloom tomatoes, caramelized red onions, Fresno chiles, red lettuce tossed in garlic vinaigrette, and herbs, all on a brioche bun dusted with cornmeal. No, Arc did not throw everything but the kitchen sink onto this burger. One bite into this complex burger, and you may start to see stars just trying to grasp all of the ingredients in this astronomical blob. Just to get the important detail out of the way, this monstrosity costs $20. Second, you may want to tackle this on a cheat day. Third, bring a camera. Fourth, bring a friend. Finally, buy a CrossFit membership – you will need it after this burger.