Posts Tagged ‘Santa Claus’

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.

Dag Nasty – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 4, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana
http://www.daghouse.com/

Dag Nasty will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits for these shows vary by the location, so check with the venues for details.

Agnostic Front – 35th Anniversary Tour
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 9, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, Soda Bar, Normal Heights, San Diego
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Famous punk rock band Agnostic Front will headline shows in Southern California this week. The ticket prices and age limits vary by location, so check with the venues for details.

The Adolescents @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 8
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/shows/7694995/the-adolescents-with-big-drill-car-ch3-twilight-creeps

Legendary punk rock band The Adolescents will headline their annual December show at The Observatory in Santa Ana this Saturday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18.

SoCal Spartan Race Sprint 2017
7:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Castaic
http://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2648/overview

Test your might at one of the more well-known national obstacle courses this Saturday in Castaic. Run, climb, crawl, and traverse all sorts of obstacles as you make your way to the finish line for sweet bragging rights. Registration varies, with the basic registration costing $149 per individual – see the website for a breakdown of all prices. Use promo code 16SGX0243 to save 20% off registration.

64th Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 9
Uptown Whittier, Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/1064383810397790/

For $10 admission gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon. Admission comes with a $10 voucher for food & drink, so technically you get in for free!

The Original International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 9
Elks Lodge 1952, Garden Grove
http://www.facebook.com/events/1892286851020659/

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.

8th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 9-10
LA State Historic Park, Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/fairs/los-angeles-holiday

Renegade LA returns to LA State Historic Park in 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.

9th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

PlayStation Experience 2017
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, December 9
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 10
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim
http://www.playstation.com/en-us/campaigns/2017/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 $75 for both days.

Artisanal LA Holiday City Market
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
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. Visitors can find free street parking around the area.

Makers Arcade Winter Fair
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, December 9
Broadway Pier, San Diego
http://makersarcade.com/

$5 admission gets you into this all-ages arts & crafts fair.

6th Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Phoenix Club, Anaheim
http://ocbrewhoho.com/

From the creators of OC Brew Ha Ha comes the OC Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival! Head to Anaheim 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 2017 with some rare and unreleased beers. 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 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.

SIP. SHOP. EAT! at The Collective Pop Up Market
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9-10
Allies Worldwide, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.sipshopeat.com/event-dates

A pop-up shopping market will take place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Although free to attend for all ages, attendance requires an RSVP on their website.

Extreme Beer Fest: Los Angeles
12:00 pm – 9:30 pm, December 9
California Market Center, Los Angeles
http://www.beeradvocate.com/extreme/los-angeles/

Beer Advocate and Dogfish Head bring a beer fest to Los Angeles this Saturday. $60 gets you in to one of two 3.5 hour sessions: 12:00-3:30 or 6:00-9:30. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters for the duration of the session while supplies last. Bring cash for food and parking. No one under 21 may attend.

6th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 9
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30 per person. No one under 21 may attend.

7th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier + King Harbor Holiday Boat Parade
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 9
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/7th-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!

55th Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
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.

2017 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 9
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/christmas-parade/

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

71st Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 9
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.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 9
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/event/2017/12/10/anaheim-night-market-farmers-park

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.

2nd Annual PunxMas Toy Drive
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/844039439086580/

A bunch of local punk bands will perform this Saturday night in Anaheim. To enter, you must donate an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. No one under 21 may enter.

12th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 9
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.

11th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, December 10
Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine
http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-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.

5th Annual Winter Drive
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 10
Industry Hills Expo Center, City of Industry
http://www.autoconevents.com/winter-drive-2017-presented-by-autocon-events-purist-group/

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.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 10
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!

46th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 10 & 17
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 10
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
http://mbfireworks.com/

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.

Beer festivals towards the end of the year come few and far between, as most people start to ramp up for holiday events. However, the crafty team behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha ends each year with a kaboom with the Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival. Now in its fourth year, the OC Brew Ho Ho returned to its home at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to deliver lots of beer to eager lips. This past Saturday, thousands of craft beer fans journeyed from all over to convene over holiday joy and plenty of holiday ale for a festive day of drinking, dancing, eating, celebrating, and more. Over 40 breweries attended to serve various brews, with many of them hosting timed/scheduled beer releases that attracted huge lines. For this year’s beer lineup, I did not witness as many seasonal brews – most of the breweries brought their regular year-round beers, with IPA’s as the majority present. I understand that Californians love their hoppy beers, but for a holiday-themed beer festival, I do expect most of the breweries to each bring one of their seasonal brews.

As a growing festival, this year’s OC Brew Ho Ho expanded the event space to encompass the field and parking lot at the front. This front space allowed for additional food trucks, seating, vendors, more breweries, games, and the live music stage. Along with this front space that guests arriving early could wander around in, the event contained a handful of games to entertain guests, such as glorified Jenga, cornhole, foosball, and the venue’s airsoft rifle shooting range. The organizers do not beat around the bush – they ensure the utmost quality in the care of their events, and I have written about almost all of their events up to date. I alone can do so much to provide testimony to the success of the OC Brew Ha Ha series of events. Why not take a look at the countless guests all enjoying a great time at this past weekend’s OC Brew Ho Ho?

What would a beer fest do without some form of entertainment? As expected, Santa Claus made his appearance on-stage for photos with the guests, and brought a guest Storm Trooper to also promote the upcoming Star Wars film. For the past two years, legendary Richard Blade rocked the house with a massive set full of 80’s hits that had everyone rocking away under the big top. This year, none other than Orange County’s own Reel Big Fish took the stage, returning to a Brew Ha Ha event after their last one two years ago.

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

Business & Beer @ Abigaile
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 10
Abigaile Restaurant, Hermosa Beach
http://businessnbeer.com/the-brewery-at-abigaile-december-10-2015/

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 Abigaile in Hermosa Beach. If you have involvement with a small business, love craft beer, or both, then stop by this Thursday night.

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

2nd Annual youbloomLA Music Festival & Conference
7:00 pm – 12:30 am, December 10-11
9:30 am – 1:00 am, December 12
Highland Park Ebell, Highland Park
http://www.youbloom.com/la-2015/

A handful of bands will perform across three different venues around Los Angeles, along with a musicians’ conference in Highland Park this Saturday. Each show has its own cover charge, while the conference costs $25 to attend.

Reverend Horton Heat: On The Road
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, Majestic Ventura Theater, Ventura http://www.venturatheater.net/event/954591-reverend-horton-heat-ventura/
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11-12, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/reverend-horton-heat
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13, The Observatory, North Park, San Diego http://observatorysd.com/event/6095745
http://www.reverendhortonheat.com/

The Reverend Horton Heat currently tours across the nation, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Each of these all-ages shows have different ticket prices, so click on a show’s link for prices.

The Aggrolites: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 10, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/theaggrolites
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach http://www.saintrocke.com/event/991781-aggrolites-hermosa-beach/
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13, Music Box, Little Italy, San Diego http://www.aggroreggae.com/

The Aggrolites will headline a handful of shows in Southern California this week. Each of these shows have different ticket prices and age limits, so click on a show’s link for information.

Agnostic Front: On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10, The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood http://www.theroxy.com/event/970869-agnostic-front-west-hollywood/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 11, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach http://www.alexsbar.com/event/968711-agnostic-front-long-beach/
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 12, Til Two Club, City Heights, San Diego http://www.tiltwoclub.com/events/agnostic-front-w-fury-death-march-revolt-chix/
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 13, Characters Sports Bar, Pomona http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/222937
http://www.agnosticfront.com/

Hardcore punk band Agnostic Front currently tours across the nation, and that tour sweeps through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age restrictions for each of these shows vary by location, so click on a show’s link for information.

Punk Night @ The Redwood
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 10
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/1687206661515344/

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Thursday night at the Redwood Bar in Downtown Los Angeles. The cover charge for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Ho Ho Holiday Extravaganza
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 11
Surf Dogs Sports Grill, Huntington Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/140586022968679/

Rock out to some local punk rock at this FREE show this Friday night in Huntington Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

62nd Annual Uptown Holiday Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 12
Uptown Whittier
http://whittieruptown.org/2015-the-62nd-annual-uptown-holiday-parade/

Enjoy a FREE Christmas parade in Uptown Whittier this Saturday morning.

International Tiki Market Place
10:00 am – 3:00 pm, December 12
Don The Beachcomber, Sunset Beach
http://www.donthebeachcomber.com/marketplace.html

Gain access to a plethora of tiki-themed vendors in Sunset Beach this Saturday afternoon for FREE!

6th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 12-13
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.renegadecraft.com/losangeles

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.

Pet Winter Wonderland
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 13
LA Convention Center, Los Angeles
http://www.holidaypetexpo.com/

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend in Downtown Los Angeles. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $10 to $20 per vehicle.

7th Annual Echo Park Craft Fair
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 12-13
Mack Sennett Studios, Echo Park
http://echoparkcraftfair.com/

Check out the finest in food, design, arts & crafts, and more at this craft fair in Echo Park this weekend. Admission to this all-ages fair costs $10.

Beer Geek Brunch
11:30 am – 2:00 pm, December 12
Native Son Alehouse, Santa Ana
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2464724

Enjoy a three-course brunch this Saturday early afternoon complete with craft beer pairings. Registration costs $40. No one under 21 may participate.

4th Annual OC Santa Crawl
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 12
Malarky’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
http://www.ocsantacrawl.com/

Get drunk with a bunch of random people dressed in Santa outfits and sexy holiday suits this Saturday afternoon. Participation costs $30, or $15 with promo code FB15. No one under 21 may attend.

5th Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 12
Redondo Pier, Redondo Beach
http://www.redondopier.com/event/5th-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!

2015 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
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.

62nd Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 12
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/news/daisy-avenue-holiday-events-2015/

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.

7th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 12
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.

33rd Annual Parade of 1000 Lights Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 12
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/

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

53rd Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 12
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.

69th Annual Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 12
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.

Anaheim Night Market
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
Farmers Park, Anaheim
http://anaheimpackingdistrict.com/calendar/events

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.

Litmus Green – Live in Corona
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 12
Maya’s Cafe, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/900152373406661/

Rock out to local punk bands this Saturday night in Corona. The cover for this all-ages show costs $5.

10th Annual Newport Beach Santa Pub Crawl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 12
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.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 13
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!

44th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, December 13
San Diego Bay, San Diego/Coronado
http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/

Enjoy a free Christmas boat parade along San Diego Bay this Sunday evening.

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

The calm before the storm:

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

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

Ever find yourself shopping for Christmas gifts on cold, busy weekends and end up just wanting to get the heck out and go have a cold brew? Nobody can honestly admit to enjoying Christmas shopping, especially in cold/wet weather. In response to this, some fine folk created a winter event that combines Christmas shopping with the luxury of a craft beer fest. From the originators behind the locally famous Orange County Brew Ha Ha comes the 2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho Holiday Ale Festival, a holiday-themed beer festival with several unique spins. Taking place this past Saturday afternoon at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, following in the footsteps of its big brother, the OC Brew Ha Ha, craft beer lovers from all over journeyed to OC Brew Ho Ho for a festive day of drinking, shopping, dancing, eating, and more. In addition to the standard 30+ breweries in attendance serving various seasonal brews, attendees could enjoy a merchandise expo, where the breweries also served as vendors. So after receiving some beer to drink, any attendee could then purchase merchandise from the brewery, from apparel to drinking accessories and more.

Prior to the opening of the gates, the front area contained all of the early arrivals, and provided enough vendors to keep many of the guests occupied until the gates opened. Guests could find a handful of food options in this front area, plus a few vendors already set up. This front area also held a handful of games to entertain guests, such as glorified Jenga, bean-bag toss, and the venue’s airsoft rifle shooting range.

The wet and cold weather did not scare away any of the guests, as they all braved harsh winds and sideways rain just while waiting in line to enter the venue. The rain did not deter the few vendors and breweries that set up outside. In fact, some of the more popular breweries, such as Stone Brewing, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, and Hangar 24 ended up serving outside to lines longer than the breweries inside the big top.

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 paid one standard admission and could receive unlimited beer pours for the duration of the festival. The main highlight comes from the merchandise expo, where almost every brewery brought merchandise to sell, such as clothes, beer accessories, and other souvenirs or trinkets. For the beer lover in their lives, attending this festival allowed many guests to kill two birds with one stone by enjoying a day of drinking while getting some shopping done.

Have you seen this year’s collaboration beer? Noble Ale Works and Beachwood Brewing joined forces to create this smooth, luscious, comforting beer with enough flavor and potency that even non-beer drinkers would like it. If you would like to give it a try, inquire about it at Noble Ale Works or at Beachwood BBQ/Brewing.

What would a beer fest do without some form of entertainment? As expected, Santa Claus made his appearance on-stage for photos with the guests. However, no one commanded a greater presence other than the legendary Richard Blade. This famous radio DJ rocked the house with a massive set full of 80’s hits that had everyone rocking away under the big top. In fact, I would say he received far more attention from the audience than Santa Claus did.

Props to Bad Pickle Tees for showing up to sell their apparel too, which always pleases visitors at any event they attend. They even made me a custom shirt ~ Thanks so much Bad Pickle Tees!

Since this beer fest had no limit to the amount of beer that any guest could drink during the allotted time, I found myself drinking far more beer than I expected to. I believe I set myself a new record for number of beers drank during a beer fest. Enough chit-chat for now – observe the long list of beers I sampled at this year’s OC Brew Ho Ho:

Click this link for a list of beers originally confirmed for this festival.

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

FiftyFifty Imperial Eclipse Stout 2013 Release
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 11
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
http://www.stonebrew.com/calendar/default.asp?intEventsID=3452

Meet the brewers from FiftyFifty Brewing, and check out a handful of special stouts released this year.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Second Thursdays)
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 12
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.

Friday the 13th Punk & Metal Show
6:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 13
Burger Bistro’s, East Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/649528811735450/

Get both punk and metal in your head at this all-ages show this Friday night in East LA. Admission costs $2 before 7pm, $3 before 9pm, and $4 afterwards. The venue has food and drinks for sale.

Naughty Sauce Night
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 13
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://38degreesalhambra.com/event/noble-aleworks-naughty-sauce-night-with-brewmaster-evan-price/

One of my favorite Orange County rare beers gets tapped this Friday night at 38 Degrees in Alhambra. Join Noble Ale’s brewmaster Evan and enjoy the various rare beers on tap this Friday night. Guests can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the parking structure across the street.

Death By Stereo 20th Anniversary Show
9:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 13
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/152202

Do not miss this chance to see Death By Stereo this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale and $15 at the door. Guests should park on Orizaba St or in the neighborhood across the street. No one under 21 may attend.

The Angry Samoans in Ventura
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 13
Billy O’s, Ventura
http://www.facebook.com/events/633315260045744/

Old school punk band The Angry Samoans return to the stage at this local show this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost only $10. No one under 21 may attend.

Run or Dye – San Diego
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
http://www.runordye.com/locations/San-Diego

Color runs have surged in popularity recently. Following the Color Run of last month, this all-ages run takes place this Saturday morning at Qualcomm Stadium. As with any color run, runners should wear all white to absorb the most color by the end of the run. Registration costs $57, and the race starts at 9am. Take warning: thousands of runners all start at one time. Do not get caught in traffic & parking nightmare – arrive at least an hour early.

Holiday Open House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 14
Blackmarket Bakery, Costa Mesa
http://www.facebook.com/events/227363907440991/

Welcome the holiday season with some baked goods samples, plus other giveaways, all at no cost to you!

4th Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 14-15
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.

Holiday on Adams Avenue
2:00 pm – 7:00 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!

3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on The Pier
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, December 14
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!

60th Annual Daisy Avenue Parade
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, December 14
Daisy Avenue, Long Beach
http://www.longbeach.gov/district7/daisyparade.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.

31st Annual Parade of 1000 Light Christmas Boat Parade
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, December 14
Shoreline Village, Long Beach
http://www.shorelineyachtclub.com/node/2061

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

51st Annual Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, December 14
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 Adolescents & 7 Seconds @ The Observatory
7:00 pm – 1:30 am, December 14
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/adolescents-7seconds

Legendary punk bands The Adolescents and 7 Seconds co-headline a massive punk rock show this Saturday night at The Observatory. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $20. 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.

Rx Bandits Acoustic Set in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 14
Art Theatre, Long Beach
http://www.theglasshouse.us/event/413527-rx-bandits-acoustic-long-beach/

Rx Bandits will play an intimate acoustic set this Saturday night in Long Beach. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $25. This show will definitely sell out, so act fast and buy a ticket today.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 14
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/173449092857444/

Some local punk rock bands will play at this show this Saturday night for free. No one under 21 may enter.

Redwood Punk Rock Christmas Toy Drive
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Redwood Bar, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/630204203711664/

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 $12, 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.

The Old Firm Casuals @ Characters Sports Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 14
Characters Sports Bar, Pomona
http://www.gonzopresents.com/event/155439

Rancid fans will definitely want to catch this show this Saturday night, as Lars Frederiksen of Rancid will headline a show with his current band, Old Firm Casuals. Admission to this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter. Guests can find plenty of free street parking around the venue.

Christmas Punk Fest 2013
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 15
Cobalt Café, Canoga Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/550569475017862/

The Angry Samoans continue their weekend of shows at this local show in the valley. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10 presale and $11 at the door.

Death By Stereo @ Tiki Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 15
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/498650

Death By Stereo continues their celebratory weekend with this show at Tiki Bar this Sunday night. Tickets to this show cost $15. No one under 21 may attend.