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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!

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

Get your fill of burlesque every first Wednesday of the month at The Copper Door in Downtown Santa Ana, for free! Guests can park on the street for free after 8pm. No one under 21 may enter.

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

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

36th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 5
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
Balboa Park, San Diego
http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights

This free and all-ages event allows visitors to check out the museums of Balboa Park free of charge, and enjoy the live holiday-themed entertainment.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 5
Various locations
Long Beach: http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/
Venice: http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

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

This weekend at Grand Central Market in Downtown LA, retail popups will offer special holiday products, while market vendors will have holiday deals on their goods. Visitors will also find cookbook signings, live music, and arts & crafts for the little ones.

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

Like Santa Claus, Hangar 24’s bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, Pugachev’s Cobra, makes its annual return this month. Starting this Saturday at their tasting room at the brewery in Redlands, beer lovers can obtain Pugachev’s Cobra on draft and/or in bottles to take home. In addition, Hangar 24 will serve plenty of other barrel-aged beers on this day to commemorate the release of this year’s Pugachev’s Cobra.

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

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

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

Looking for a Christmas parade to bring your friends & family to? Check out Downtown Pomona this Saturday morning for a free parade. Parking meters shut off for that day, so guests can park for free.

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

Completely FREE to attend for all ages, this Christmas tree-lighting celebration lasts all day. During the day, guests can partake in breakfast with Santa, kids’ crafts & activities, a food fair, live entertainment, train rides, snow play, and more. The actual tree lighting begins at 6pm. If you need something to do with family, bring them to Downtown Anaheim this Saturday night.

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

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

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

Their website describes this event best: “The largest independent design show in the country, attendees get the rare chance to meet and shop directly from over 350 hand-selected designers and artists. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local and support LA’s economy, discover great design and deals, join in community, and have a blast.” The $10 admission allows for unlimited reentry for both days, and anyone buying presale online will receive a free tote bag. Guests over 21 can receive free cocktails, while all guests may receive other free drinks, like teas and waters. The show will also feature some of LA’s most popular restaurants and food trucks serving their delicious food. Parking directly at the venue costs $6, while nearby parking lots will range from $3-5.

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

Artisanal LA teams up with Old Pasadena to bring you this one-of-a-kind street fair this Saturday. At this free and all-ages event, visitors to this European market inspired local shopping experience will find food, drinks, treats, art, apparel, accessories, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and more. Have some cash available for parking, as free parking does not exist anywhere near this area.

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

Free to attend for all ages, this holiday festival will surely keep you and your family entertained. Visitors will find holiday activities, in-store specials & deals, Santa Claus, horse-carriage rides, live music, arts & crafts, games, food, drinks, and more.

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

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

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

This year’s Christmas parade’s theme focuses on our troops and veterans. Police will close 2nd Street beginning at 5pm from Livingston through Bay Shore. As one of Belmont Shore’s most popular annual events, parking fills up intensely within a mile radius. I recommend parking way away and either bike or walk to Belmont Shore.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come to Orange this Sunday evening for holiday cheer and family fun with traditional carols and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15pm.

The Vandals performing My Girlfriend’s Dead at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on December 21, 2012.

The Vandals performing Oi To The World at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on December 21, 2012.

The 67th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade returns to the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach this Saturday evening. Completely free to attend for all ages, this annual holiday boat parade attracts thousands to this small community to not only witness the spectacular Christmas lights aboard all the boats, but to stroll along the canals of Naples Island to gaze upon all of the holiday decorations of the citizens of Naples Island. Immediate streets along the parade route begin closing to vehicular traffic at 5pm. Guests commuting from out of town should strive to park off of Naples Island, as parking will get tight into the evening. Some viable parking spots include the farmer’s market parking lot on E Marina Dr off 2nd St, or anywhere in the Belmont Shore area. Remember to dress warmly, as this area gets very cold at night!

Large boats start at 6pm and sail entirely south of 2nd Street, moving counter-clockwise and starting right before the bend of Lido Lane. Click here for a map of the large boat parade route. Small boats start at 6:45pm and begin at Marine Stadium before following a route similar to the large boat, but also passing through the inner canals of Naples Island. Click here for a map of the small boat parade route. By overlapping the two maps, we see a few spots to stand where spectators can catch both parades without moving: along the outer edge of the island reached by crossing Neapolitan Lane, along Lido Lane, and at the Long Beach Yacht Club, where both parade routes end. Keep in mind that these spots will see the most amount of spectators, so arrive early to get a good spot. Alternatively, head to E Ocean Blvd across the way, accessed by heading towards Belmont Shore, turning left onto Bay Shore Avenue, then continuing past Horny Corner. This spot yields a great view of the large boats, but anyone wanting to take pictures of the small boats from this location will require a camera with superb zoom capabilities.

After the parades have concluded, remember to take a stroll through the inner canals of Naples Islands to check out all the holiday decorations. This area infamously exhibits some of the most glamorous decorations in all of Southern California, and also includes strolling carolers and occasional children selling hot chocolate. Bring out your friends and family, and enjoy a night together with some fun holiday sightseeing this Saturday evening.

The Vandals performing A Gun For Christmas at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Filmed on December 21, 2012.

The second 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 new 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.

The bulk of the festival will occur under the venue’s big top, as most of the breweries and vendors will set up their booths in here. In addition, Santa Claus will make an appearance on stage for photo ops with willing guests.

Outside, a few of the more well-known breweries typically set up their spots: Stone Brewing, Rogue Ales, and Hangar 24. Speaking of which, Hangar 24 will also host their annual Pugachev’s Cobra Release Party that same day. Thankfully, for the guests attending Brew Ho Ho instead of going to Hangar 24, the Hangar 24 people bring a few bottles to share with guests willing to try this bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. I shall inform you now – beer beginners should NOT try this beer until they have developed their beer palate!

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. Click here for a list of participating breweries and the beers they will bring. The list has grown since then, and now includes these and possibly more:

*Beachwood Brewing:
X-Factor #2 – India Pale Ale
Knucklehead Red – Red Ale

*Old Orange Brewing:
Old Dummy (Nitro) – American Strong Ale – 9.3%
Smudge Pot – Russian Imperial Stout – 11.2%

*Valiant Brewing:
10.5 MPG Saison – Amber Saison – 10.5%
Pathos – Oak Aged Imperial Chocolate Porter – 9.8%

Do not miss out the last great beer festival of 2013! Get your ticket today before it sells out!

Returning for their 17th year, The Vandals brought back their annual Christmas Formal show this past weekend at House of Blues in Anaheim and Hollywood. As one of the few punk bands to record an entire album based on Christmas music, it only feels natural to host a show around Christmas time and play Christmas music. This annual tradition now draws crowds from far and wide to partake in the merry festivities of a Vandals show, mosh pit and all.

This year, the show ran two consecutive nights, each with a different set of opening bands. I attended Friday night, where Indian School (formerly Audio Karate) and The Gears opened the show, while The Implants and Angry Samoans opened on Saturday night.

Indian School kicked off the show first with their 30-minute set. Formerly called Audio Karate, they recently changed their band name for reasons unknown. Since I found out about Audio Karate, I had not heard anything from them in many years until now. Indian School seems to have mellowed out a lot from their older faster songs. However, they still know how to rock the stage, and kept the momentum up the entire time.

The Gears set off next in the night, playing their classic fast-paced punk rock music. The Gears represent living proof of “Once a punk, always a punk,” showing that age means nothing when it comes to rocking out.

When the venue finally opened the curtains for The Vandals, the entire room rushed forward to greet them. The Vandals performed their entire Christmas album from start to finish for this show. The utter chaos in the pit meant little as The Vandals went on with their totally unrehearsed show. Each band member got at least one turn on the mic for a song, but no one expected to see Stan Freese, drummer Josh Freese’s father, walk out on stage as a tuba-playing punk rock Santa Claus. Forget banjos and whistles – only one band would ever dare to bring out the tuba and call it punk rock, and yes he actually played punk music on that tuba. At the end of their set, they all returned for a jam session encore while Warren, the guitarist in red, contemplated life and the so-called end of the world, just to fill the time until just before midnight when they finally took their bow and closed the night.

The Vandals prove once again that punk rock does not have only one sound. Their style of unrehearsed madness translated well into the punk rock culture, and has remained iconic in the punk rock world. Stay tuned for the next Vandals show by following them on Facebook or Twitter, and you will not regret the show you will go to see!

OC Wellness Day & Free Bootcamp
8:15 pm – 10:30 pm, December 17
Dance Pavilion, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/341023919337760/

Get a FREE bootcamp-style workout at Dance Pavilion on Lincoln & Western. Sign-in begins at 8:15, and the session begins at 8:30. Guests may receive free fitness goodies and health evaluations. The organizer strongly requests a $5 donation to cover the rental fee of the venue.

Holiday Do Good Bus
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 18
Scoops, Los Angeles
http://dogoodbus.com/

Ride on this bus and travel around to do good work for the local community. This holiday bus ride will focus on helping children. The $25 fee covers the bus fee and dinner.

The Vandals 17th Annual Christmas Formal
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 21-22
House of Blues Anaheim, December 21
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=77363
House of Blues Hollywood, December 22
http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=77405

The Vandals headline their annual Christmas show at the House of Blues in Anaheim and Hollywood. On Friday, The Gears and Indian School will open. On Saturday, The Angry Samoans and The Implants will open. Tickets cost $16.50 presale and $18 at the door.