Posts Tagged ‘Knott’s Berry Farm’

Orange County Restaurant Week
March 1-7
Various restaurants in Orange County
http://www.orangecountyrestaurantweek.com/

For one week, numerous restaurants in Orange County will offer prix-fixe multi-course meals, ranging from $10-20 for lunch and $20-40 for dinner.

Get Happy – Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week
March 1-14
Participating locations, Old Pasadena
http://www.oldpasadena.org/happyhourweek/

Enjoy extended Happy Hour food & drink specials at participating locations in Old Pasadena during this two-week period.

Odd Market – Eagle Rock
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 2
All Star Lanes, Eagle Rock
http://theoddmarket.com/eaglerock/

A handful of gourmet food trucks and local vendors will swarm into Eagle Rock tonight for some bowling and local fun. Free to attend, simply drop on by and bring out your friends and family.

H.R. from Bad Brains – Live in Long Beach
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 4
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/875495262502591/

Get your mid-week fill of punk rock at this show in Long Beach this Wednesday night. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, March 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/1548768698721064/

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.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
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).

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Tap Takeover
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/288160744640890/

Come to Alpine Village in Torrance this Friday evening and check out a lineup full of Fig Mtn brews.

Valiant Brewing 2nd Anniversary Celebration
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, March 6
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, March 7
Valiant Brewing, Orange
http://valiant.bpt.me/

Valiant opened their doors to the public two years ago, and to celebrate, they will have two days of beer tasting at their tasting room in Orange. On Friday night, check out a VIP night that costs $70 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of Valiant’s anniversary brews plus food pairings that include chocolate, coffee, and other hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday from noon to 4pm, Valiant will have their grand tasting event that costs $40 to attend, and includes unlimited tasters of most of Valiant’s lineup of brews, plus some in-house brewed sodas. No one under 21 may attend either event.

Rikk Agnew Band @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/763991957009721/

Get your weekly dose of punk rock at this local bands show this Friday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $6. No one under 21 may enter.

7 Seconds – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6, Borderline Bar & Grill, Thousand Oaks http://www.facebook.com/events/436017816550013/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/7-Seconds

Legendary punk rock band 7 Seconds will embark on a mini California tour starting with these two shows in Southern California. Each show has its own ticket price and age limit, so click on the link of a show for more information.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/198128

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.

The Shell Corporation @ The Redwood
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
The Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/323422677854225/

Check out some awesome local punk bands this Friday night at The Redwood in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $8. No one under 21 may enter.

Viernes 13 – Live in Riverside
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 6
Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
http://www.facebook.com/events/1375896709394318/

Check out this skacore show in Riverside this Friday night featuring a handful of local bands. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Holi on the Beach
11:00 am – 3:00 pm, March 7
Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach
http://la-oc.aidindia.org/holionthebeach

For those unfamiliar with Holi, if you have ran in a color run before, Holi takes the running part out of it, and adds music, dancing, and other activities, such as yoga. Celebrate Indian culture by getting covered with color and listening to entrancing music. Admission to this all-ages events costs $12 presale and $15 on the day of the event. Most importantly – wear old clothes, and keep spare towels in your car.

3rd Annual Holi Festival of Colors – Los Angeles
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 7
Excelsior High School, Norwalk
http://festivalofcolorsla.com/

Want to get covered in color without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out the annual Festival of Colors this Saturday. As simply a celebration of color, guests will enjoy live music the entire time, all while mingling and showing off colors. Color throwing occurs every two hours starting at noon. Admission costs $5, and guests can purchase colors at the festival.

West 3rd Street Crawl
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, March 7
Link, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ludlows-west-3rd-street-crawl-tickets-15733039946

Stroll and explore the businesses of West 3rd Street at this pub-like crawl. Participation costs $45, and comes with a handful of food & drink tastings and exclusive access to sales at select locations.

2015 Spring Busker Festival
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 7-9
Seaport Village, San Diego
http://www.seaportvillage.com/entertainment/busker-festival

Basically, Circue du Soleil. This artful all-ages outdoor festival brings out performers of various entertainment trades (jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, etc) to entertain visitors. Free to attend, guests should seek alternate methods of transportation to arrive here, such as carpooling or public transportation, as decent parking will likely take a long time to find.

14th Annual Lantern Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, March 7
Chinese American Museum, Los Angeles
http://www.camla.org/lanternfestival.html

This free and all-ages festival celebrates Chinese tradition with recreations of street fairs filled with illuminating lanterns, music, lion dance, interactive arts & crafts, and more, all culminating with a glow-in-the-dark dragon dance at the end of the day. Local food businesses will sell authentic Chinese food and drinks as well.

Best Coast Beer Fest
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, March 7
Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego
http://bestcoastbeerfest.com/

This looks like another big corporate beer festival, so stay wary. This one takes place in Downtown San Diego, and will take place over two 4-hour sessions: 12-4pm and 5-9pm. The evening session will include a movie screening of Anchorman plus another secret movie. General admission costs $45 per session or $75 for both sessions, while a VIP admission exists that costs $125.

Phantom Carriage Brewery – Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
Phantom Carriage Brewery, Carson
http://www.facebook.com/events/796410000434190/

Carson’s first production microbrewery officially opens the doors to their tasting room this Saturday, and they have invited YOU to come check them out! Phantom Carriage will have ten of their brews on tap for the public to try, as well as some rare beers from guest breweries. No admission required – simply show up, and pay for beers as you go.

2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, March 7
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, March 8
Fairplex, Pomona
http://www.celticfaireatfairplex.com/fp/events/irishFestival/

Prepare yourself for St. Patrick’s Day by immersing yourself in the culture this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Celtic Faire at the Fairplex in Pomona. Featuring authentic food, beer gardens, live music, dancing, arts & crafts, storytelling, merchandise vendors, athletic competitions, piping, and more, guests will find plenty to do here to remain occupied all day. Single-day admission costs $10, while children enter for $5. Parking costs $10, so I suggest carpooling to alleviate that fee.

Sam Fest – 2nd Annual Los Angeles Barleywine Festival
12:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/sam-fest-2nd-annual-los-angeles-barleywine-festival/

This Saturday, 38 Degrees will tap over 30 different barleywines in honor of Sam Samaniego, a beer enthusiast who traveled to Toronado Barleywine Festival annually. Come enjoy some barleywines, and check out some of the rare beers available too. This event requires no admission fee – simply show up, and pay as you drink. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant.

Self Help Festival 2015
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
NOS Event Center, San Bernardino
http://selfhelpfest.com/

The festival for hardcore fans comes to Southern California this Saturday. Admission to this all-day music festival costs $42.50.

Howl Event Space – Official Launch Party
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, March 7
Howl Event Space, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/401934749985836/

The Howl Event Space in Downtown Long Beach officially opens for business this week, and to celebrate their opening, they will have a FREE launch party for everyone to come check out. Experience live music, vendors, food, drinks, a photo booth, and more.

Blacklight Run – San Diego
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, March 7
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.blacklightrun.com/sandiego-ca/

The fun run madness continues with this nightly run through Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. This run takes place at night, and requires participants to wear all white while getting splattered with neon powder throughout the blacklight-filled course. By the end of the run, all participants will glow with many different colors and enjoy seeing a sea of glowing runners at the afterparty. Registration costs $20 by Wednesday and $45 afterwards, and comes with an event t-shirt, a glow pack to throw at other runners AFTER you have crossed the finish line, and a goodie bag full of items from the event sponsors.

Agent Orange – Live in San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, March 7
The Casbah, San Diego
http://www.casbahmusic.com/event/5155

Legendary surf punk band Agent Orange will headline a show in San Diego this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter.

The Dickies @ Characters Sports Bar
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, March 7
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://gonzopresents.com/event/196179

Legendary punk band The Dickies will headline a show in Pomona this Saturday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying to park in the adjacent parking lot.

The Coaster Run 5K/10K/Kids Run
6:00 am – 10:00 am, March 8
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
http://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=9382051

Participate in a charity run through an amusement park this Sunday morning with the Coaster Run. Choose between a 5K or a 10K, or a Kids Run for the little ones. As a charity run, no participant can win – all participants will receive a commemorative medal for finishing the run, plus a complimentary slice of Boysenberry Pie. All participants also receive a coupon for half off an adult’s admission to the amusement park good for up to a month following the run. Registration varies in price depending on the course, so refer to the website for details.

41st Annual Festival of the Kite
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/40th-annual-festival-of-the-kite/

Free to attend for all ages, kite flyers from all over will gather to all fly kites in unison. Participants can win prizes for highest flying, best handmade, youngest kite flyer, and more. Other activities include a yo-yo competition, a hot dog eating competition, and plenty of merchandise vendors.

LA Weekly’s The Essentials
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, March 8
California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://microapp.laweekly.com/essentials/2015/

Basically, a food & wine fest for the rich. General admission costs $65 presale or $70 at the door, starts at 2pm, and comes with unlimited food & drink tastings until they run out. VIP admission costs $85 presale or $90 at the door, starts at 1pm, and includes a VIP gift bag.

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Doing business with the public comes with great social responsibility. In 2012, many new businesses commenced, each with their own backing and marketing. “Survival of the fittest” never shone brighter, as mainly the strongest businesses survived the year, while those without a proper business plan closed. Entrepreneurs can seek out help from third parties, who usually would not hesitate if they receive some benefit in return. In order to garner more publicity to these businesses, event planners hold festivals for the public that contain multiple similar businesses. Some of these fests turn out well, while some others fall hard. When some people do not like the event purely because it does not fit their likings, those reviews can slide by. But when an event causes problems for lots of potential attendees, you have a social issue at hand. While 2012 saw many terrific public events, 2012 also saw a handful of events that did not live up to the expectations of the guests of the respective event. As an event-based marketer, I narrowed down my catalog to a semi-top 5 list of fests that flopped this year. These fests did not only affect me – they affected other guests too, taking into consideration how many others felt the same way I did. On a side note, none of these events carry an associated Twitter account.

5. TIE: Taste of West Orange County and Harvest Moon Festival


Both of these events clock in at number five for the same reason: putting corporates before the mom & pop shops. The Taste of West Orange County originally claimed to boast over 40 of the finest local restaurants for a $30 admission. They ended up only carrying nine different vendors, mostly consisting of corporate businesses like Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, and Sam’s Club. The Harvest Moon Festival also promised to feature plenty of local shops at their fest. I had to plow through the long lines of people at booths for McDonald’s, Starbucks, Hyundai, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and more before I discovered the so-called local businesses tucked away at the back, where few people even realized those booths existed. Why host a fest to grant marketing privileges to established corporate companies? The people already have heard of these companies, and most have gone to or consumed from one. For anyone hosting a fest like this, pay attention to the local businesses, and give less attention to corporates, since the corporates have a plan and know what to do to continue their success.

4. Long Beach Sea Feast-ival

How the mighty have fallen… Here you see an example of what happens when progress goes south. The Long Beach Sea Feast-ival originally started two years ago as a food fest for all of Long Beach. Many local food businesses in Long Beach set up at this fest on the pier and sampled their food to guests for free. Although the tickets cost $50 per person, they proudly held the title as the official Long Beach Food Fest. Fast forward to this year, and their decision to overhaul the fest has downsized the fest by leagues, as the extent of the fest reduced to only the end of the pier. Admission decreased to $20 per person, but in exchange, all guests still had to pay for food. Speaking of food, no longer about Long Beach local businesses, a local fisherman provided all the seafood for the day: lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, and more. Unfortunately, the exorbitant food prices coupled with the bad quality made for an uneasy trip to the restroom afterwards. What happened to servicing the local restaurants of Long Beach? The original food fest setup worked wonderfully – why change to this tiny little “fest” that essentially marketed just one guy? Follow the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and you shall succeed with your goals.

3. The Chocolate & Art Show (Experience)

Every event promoter needs marketing to have a successful event. Unfortunately to the public, you cannot always identify the legitimacy of marketing sometimes. The organizers behind the Chocolate & Art Show (Experience) marketed more than they delivered. If you use ALL CAPS to market something, one should expect to clearly witness such a thing at the event, correct? From their event website, they claimed these in ALL CAPS: DJ’s & bands all night, gourmet artisanal chocolate, nude body painting, and tons of art. We can already get the art out of the way, since this took place at an art gallery anyways. As for the music, only one band played the entire night, and they had to take occasional breaks, leading to periods of silence throughout the gallery sans the expected chatter among the guests. I hate the word gourmet as much as I hate the word foodie because of the desensitization of the definition. I mean, to some people, they can call mini Snickers and Three Musketeers gourmet chocolate. But if you ask me, I would NEVER consider mass-produced candy as gourmet. Did the organizers really believe they could get away with giving away Halloween candy as their “gourmet chocolates”? Lastly, if you market nude body painting, I expect to see real naked bodies in the flesh. I expected to see women, but even men would have fulfilled their promise to feature nude body painting. I did not expect to see just paintings of nude people. Sadly, it appears that event organizers can get away with marketing something grander than reality. Heck I could even inform someone “You won a brand new car!” and give that person an unwrapped Hot Wheels car, as that qualifies my statement as true.

2. Manhattan Beach Beer Fest

When one man complains about something, most would simply discredit him. When hundreds of people complain, they may hold a valid argument. Entering the Manhattan Beach Beer Fest, guests immediately saw the problem. The fest itself ran fine, but entering the fest caused many headaches and swollen veins. The organizers decided to allow only a single file line to enter, but the entire time, only one security guard checked ID’s, and he started doing so at 3pm when the fest started. Because all guests could only purchase will-call tickets, the volunteer at the will-call table had to check ID’s once more. In addition, only one person worked the will-call table. Did they just not have enough volunteers? This food fest also hosted some food trucks, including the infamous Grilled Cheese Truck. However, some local business provided free food for the first hour. Gather all of this information together, and you will spot the frustration shared among hundreds of guests. For a beer fest lasting only three hours, the organizers ought to maximize the guests’ time within the fest, not waste their time checking them in. Also, why invite food trucks when someone else provides free food, and why provide it for only the first hour if it took longer than an hour to check everyone in? To avoid amateur mistakes, event organizers need to attend similar events to learn from them. Event organizers should never operate solely on research without real experiences – these real experiences teach infinitely more than research ever can.

1. Color Mob

No, I do not even have my own picture of the event because I simply never made it, as did thousands of ticket holders. The organizers of Color Mob perhaps got a little too excited to throw their first event that they overlooked one exceedingly important factor: transportation. They picked a venue far in the mountains away from civilization due to the nature of a color run – fine, we get that. However, know that only one road leads to that location, which stretches for miles before entering a city again. Also consider that the location could hold no more than 3,000 cars, excluding camper vans, motor homes, trucks, and other large vehicles. Why would you still sell over 10,000 tickets? Did you honestly expect all tens of thousands of ticket holders to carpool to this remote location, a place that has no cell phone reception because of its far proximity from the city? For selling that many tickets, they still only ran one start time instead of staggering it – if they had a few thousand per hour, traffic would not have frustrated so many people as it did. And apparently many people did carpool, as I witnessed many people leaving their cars to run to the venue. As many of them passed, I shouted at them to demand refunds, which I eventually discovered that many had done, but to no avail – the Color Mob organizers firmly stated all sales final, no matter what happened. Enraged, hundreds of ticket holders ranted on their Facebook page. Showing lack of professionalism and social responsibility, instead of acknowledging this issue, they chose to never address it and delete all negative comments from their Facebook wall. They also somehow removed their tag from my post about them a few weeks ago. Nobody should ever have to tolerate or give money to a group as irresponsible as this. I humbly bestow Color Mob the 2012 Badge of Shame.

The first annual Taste of West Orange County took place last night at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. First off, I already want to apologize for the misinformation contained in my post earlier this week. Originally advertised as hosting 40 or more restaurants, this food fest ended up only hosting nine food businesses, which consisted of six corporate businesses and three non-restaurants. Can you already see the failure behind this food fest? Add to the fact that they wanted to charge attendees $30 for 30 taster coupons of meager portions. I have never seen a bigger ripoff since overpriced parade parking. Within this small ballroom, only three local restaurants graced guests with their presences: BDC Tofu House, Patty’s Cakes, and Torch Restaurant. The other corporates consisted of the Knott’s Hotel restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, various Knott’s Berry Farm food vendors, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, and a Holiday Inn restaurant. How can organizers market this event as a food fest to “savor the flavor of the finest local restaurants” when only a few of them represent the locals? “Business Helping Business” does not contribute to the local economy when that business goes to corporate headquarters out of state. I call Shenanigans on this organization attempting to host a food fest for the locals when they cannot even market their own event. In fact, if they did market this event more, more people would end up disappointed at the outcome.

What have we learned? Never trust an event that does not disclose all information. Never trust an event that does not get marketed like the end of the world would. Never trust an event with corporate sponsors. And lastly, never trust an event with fake reviews. If you still have an ounce of interest in this food fest, it returns next year on July 18th… but why would you want to come to this when other grander food fests await?

Taste of West Orange County
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 5
Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/215592141900670/

The first annual Taste of West Orange County will take place this Wednesday night. This food fest costs $30 per ticket, or $50 for two tickets. All attendees receive 30 taster coupons to try food from the 40 restaurants serving at the fest.

2012 Annual West 3rd Street Holiday Street Party
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
W 3rd St between La Cienaga & Fairfax, Los Angeles
http://www.westthirdstreet.com/news

This free street party will have entertainment, refreshments, merchandise, food, and other specials going on. Think of this as First Friday, since you can easily see comparisons between this and Venice First Friday.

Voodoo Glow Skulls @ Alpine Village
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alpine Village, Torrance
http://www.facebook.com/events/294017680710168/

Back at it again, Voodoo Glow Skulls headline an all-ages show at Alpine Village this Thursday night. Tickets cost $10 presale and $13 at the door, and comes with free parking, free tamales, piñatas to destroy, and more holiday treats.

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First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
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).

Piecemakers Christmas “Under the Stars” Crafts Fair
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 8
Piecemakers Country Store, Costa Mesa
http://piecemakers.com/

Hundreds of local vendors will sell their merchandise and creations at this free outdoor fair this weekend. Kids can enjoy hay rides and other activities, while food trucks will serve food to guests.

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 8
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.

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The Adolescents and T.S.O.L. @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/adolescents-tsol

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and T.S.O.L. play a show at The Observatory this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20 each.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7-9
Lot 613, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/473354326017490/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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Color Mob 5k
9:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 8
Irvine Lake, Irvine
http://colormob.co/

What happens when you mix a 5k run, live music, beer, and lots of colors? You get the inaugural Color Mob 5k of course! This all-ages fun run will have participants running through clouds of color, music, dissonance, and more. Strangely, this fest also has a beer garden and food trucks, things that do not necessarily go hand-in-hand with a 5k. Alas, entry into the run costs $50, or $80 for two. Parking costs $5 cash, so have that ready as well.

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2012 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 8
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/events-calendar/christmas-parade-2012/

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.

3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8-9
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles-holiday-info

Renegade LA returns for the second time this year at LA State Historic Park. This completely FREE (parking & entry) 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.

Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://hangar24brewery.com/events-admin/?p=2036

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. Tickets to this tasting event cost $25 and comes with 6 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each. The first 250 guests receive a souvenir glass to take home as well.

Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 8
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, and more. As one of the year’s final beer fests, expect to ring in 2013 with some rare and unreleased beers, including Hangar 24’s Pugachev’s Cobra. 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 $45 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.

Pico Holiday Art Walk
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 8
Pico Blvd between 28th & 34th, Santa Monica
http://picopassport.com/

Many stores on Pico Blvd will have special promotions, artwork, and more.

4th Street Annual Holiday Open House
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 8
Retro Row, Long Beach
http://4thstreetlongbeach.com/uncategorized/4th-street-annual-holiday-open-house/

During this time, many shops on Retro Row will have special deals on vintage wares, trinkets, toys, beauty supplies, music, books, and more. Food trucks will also make an appearance on 4th Street. Certain locations will provide free gift wrapping, photos with Santa, and custom pin-striping.

50th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 8
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.

The Dirty Little Secrets: Twisted Christmas
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm, December 8
Malones Bar & Grill, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/347289068701324/

The sexy vixens from the Dirty Little Secrets return this Saturday night with a burlesque twist on a Christmas show. Catch them performing at 8:30 and 11:00 this night. No one under 21 may enter. This bar requires a variable cover charge. When entering, mention that you want to see the Dirty Little Secrets.

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DieN’Isis XI: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Beer Paired Dinner Workshop
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 9
Beachwood Brewing, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/265581380231047/

Even I feel confused at the name… This zombie-themed beer-pairing dinner will feature offals as the main constituent of each course. Throughout the night, speakers and experts will talk about zombies, how to counter them and possible escape plans. Tickets to this one-in-a-lifetime dinner cost $80 per person.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Manhattan Beach Pier
http://www.pubclub.com/losangeles/fireworks.htm

This Sunday night, many streets near the Manhattan Beach Pier will close, as thousands of spectators gather to watch fireworks (which start at 7pm), dance, drink, mingle, and more. Completely free to attend, expect chaos with this many people. Arrive early to snag a good parking spot.