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The 2016 Unique LA Fall Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, dozens of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

This past weekend’s Unique LA Market saw greater change from many of the previous markets. While the event still took place at the California Market Center, it did not take place on the top floor. This time, it took place on the tenth floor, and only one side of it. Usually, Unique LA covers the entire area of the top floor, extending from both sides of the elevators. Taking place on only one side this time meant significantly less space, which equates less vendors than normal. In addition, I had always paid $10 to enter, but this time it cost $15 to enter and did not include the souvenir tote bag. I always buy something whenever I attend a Unique Market, usually a t-shirt, other clothing item, or snacks to take home. None of the vendors stood out to me this time, so I walked away from this event empty-handed.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. It does appear that Unique has lost its sheen in Los Angeles, as many of the past vendors have slowly stopped attending Unique LA. Can Unique LA make a comeback? Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

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The 8th Annual Unique LA Spring Show returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As per my experience of attending Unique LA in the past, I attended the event on a Sunday instead of a Saturday. Going on a Sunday usually means I encounter a lighter crowd, and some of the vendors may have their items’ prices marked down for clearance. Unfortunately May Day also took place on Sunday, making driving there a hassle. The bad traffic and street closures did not prevent me from finally reaching Unique LA to make my rounds. I appreciated seeing some familiar businesses such as Velvet Rope Bake Shop and MNKR, and I also enjoyed seeing all the brand new faces that I hope to do business with one day in the future. In the end, I purchased a candle from Nature’s Kindle for a Mother’s Day gift. By the end, I interacted with numerous diverse vendors at Unique LA, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Summer Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

This year’s summer event definitely did not contain as many vendors as all other previous events. This Unique LA used less space than before, and the aisles had more space for attendees to walk through. For a weekend with many other events going on, perhaps Unique LA did not rank high as a priority for many of the regular vendors. I still got a chance to see MNKR and Maya Brigadeiro – other than them whom I recognized, I did not encounter others that I fondly communicated with at prior events. Regardless, I interacted with numerous diverse vendors at Unique LA, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Summer Show returns to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gather to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor covers two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many food, art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. 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. Stay on the trail of Unique LA by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter to find out what to expect at this show.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

For the first time in my history of attending Unique LA, I finally made it to Unique LA on a Saturday instead of Sunday. I knew that Saturday always had much more people attending than Sunday, but that did not stop me from making my rounds through Unique LA. This past weekend’s event appeared to have many more new vendors that I had not previously encountered. I appreciated seeing some familiar businesses such as Velvet Rope Bake Shop and MNKR, and I also enjoyed seeing all the brand new faces that I hope to do business with one day in the future. By the end, I interacted with numerous diverse vendors at Unique LA, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Spring Show returns to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gather to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor covers two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many food, art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. 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. Stay on the trail of Unique LA by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter to find out what to expect at this show.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

For the first time since I discovered Unique LA years ago, I attended this event on a Saturday, arguably always busier than Sunday. No surprise there – so many people attend and buy things on Saturday that dozens of vendors actually sell out of products and cannot attend Sunday with adequate inventory. I managed to stumble upon a handful of vendors that I recognized, which included Bad Pickle Tees, Donut Friend, Velvet Rope Bake Shop, MNKR, and Maya Brigadeiro. By the end, I interacted with countless diverse vendors, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

The 7th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show returns to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gather to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor covers two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many food, art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. 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. Stay on the trail of Unique LA by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter to find out what to expect at this show.

The 6th Annual Unique LA Summer Market returned to the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles this past weekend. As one of the largest independent designer shows in the nation, hundreds of artists, crafters, designers, cooks, bakers, mixologists, and more gathered to exhibit and sell their wares to attendees. Unique LA emphasizes creativity in the United States, as every vendor hails from the United States and makes their products here. Taking place in the top floor penthouse, the show floor expanded to two full sides of the building, and the California Market Center consists of two buildings connected twice, looking like a hollow rectangle when viewing from the sky. Among the many art, apparel, and accessories vendors, some specialty vendors existed, such as cutlery or tupperware.

I mainly regret not going earlier on Saturday, perhaps the busiest time of the weekend. Regardless, I still managed to stumble upon a handful of vendors that I recognized, which included Donut Friend, Velvet Rope Bake Shop, MNKR (whom I purchased two shirts from), and Maya Brigadeiro. I interacted with numerous diverse vendors at Unique LA, and I believe that anyone can find exactly what they want at Unique LA.

As one of the nation’s largest gatherings that caters to local independent artists and crafters, Unique LA grants an outlet to young entrepreneurs in a tough free market dominated by large corporations. Stay on the trail of Unique LA via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to find out when the next show returns.

Free Punk Show in Downtown LA
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 3
Redwood Bar, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/238611659637080/

Find drink specials and local punk rock bands in Downtown Los Angeles this Tuesday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – First Wednesdays @ The Copper Door
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 4
The Copper Door, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/179766825553233/

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.

The Five Chef Societe II – Duck Tales
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 5
Handlery Hotel, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/496171

For $75, treat yourself to a 5-course duck dinner complete with craft beer pairings. Buy your ticket TODAY to save $15! Guests may park for free in the hotel’s parking lot, despite the automated gate. No one under 21 may participate.

The Flatliners in Corona
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 5
Maya’s Café, Corona
http://www.facebook.com/events/1424483931113687/

Catch punk bands The Flatliners, Slow Children, and more in Corona this Thursday night. Entry to this all-ages show cost $10 and will likely hit capacity, so arrive early!

35th Annual Balboa Park December Nights
3:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 6
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, December 7
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.

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – Long Beach
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 6
9:30 am – 8:00 pm, December 7
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 8
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach
http://www.motorcycleshows.com/long-beach

See all-things motorcycles this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center. Admission varies, with a one-day adult general admission costing $15.

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

Uptown Village Market
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 6
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, December 7
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.

Street Dogs @ Chain Reaction
6:30 pm – 12:30 am, December 6
Chain Reaction, Anaheim
http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/416271

Street Dogs go on a quick tour across the country for just a month, starting in Southern California this Friday night. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $18, and will likely sell out fast. Attendees can find free street parking on S Loara St.

Free Punk Show in Lomita
9:00 pm – 12:00 am, December 6
The Firehouse, Lomita
http://www.facebook.com/events/222751601182548/

See local punk bands perform for free in Lomita this Friday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 6
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/148117

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.

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

2013 Downtown Pomona Christmas Parade
10:00 am – 12:00 pm, December 7
2nd Street, Downtown Pomona
http://www.downtownpomona.org/events-calendar/christmas-parade-2013/

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.

Pugachev’s Cobra Release & Barrel-Aged Beers Party
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, December 7
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands
http://www.hangar24brewery.com/h24pugafest.htm

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 8 coupons good for a 4 oz. pour each.

6th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, December 7-8
The California Market Center, Downtown Los Angeles
http://stateofunique.com/unique-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.

2nd Annual Orange County Brew Ho Ho
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, December 7
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 2014 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 $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.

3rd Annual Konsept Art & Music Festival
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December 7
Fiesta Twin Theatre, Santa Ana
http://www.facebook.com/events/549794795088407/

This free and all-ages outdoors events features art, music, fashion, photography, live entertainment, and more, all rolled into one street fest.

CodeName: Rocky in Long Beach
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
A-Lot, 7th & Pine, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/181047838757003/

CodeName: Rocky headlines an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday night. Entry only costs $5.

The Under Construction Birthday Bash – Free Punk Show
5:00 pm – 1:00 am, December 7
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra
http://www.facebook.com/events/667595046606876/

Catch a FREE and all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra, featuring ten local punk bands.

31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, December 7
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.

Free Punk Show in Long Beach
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, December 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/456680331106964/

Local punk bands tear it up in Long Beach this Saturday night. No one under 21 may enter.

Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, December
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.

Angel City Gifts Bazaar
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, December 8
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://angelcitybrewery.com/events/angel-city-gifts-bazaar-3/

Free to attend, visitors will find holiday merchants, food trucks, live music, and lots of beer.