24 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

The Harvest Festival features arts, crafts and holiday gift shopping in Pomona this weekend. (Photo: Harvest Festival)

There are many ways to celebrate the holidays this weekend, from a tuba-centric concert and a Swedish Christmas fair to menorah lightings and klezmer music that mark the start of Hanukkah. For secular events, CicLAvia rolls through town, the L.A. Auto Show returns, YACHT throws a party at a 24-hour spa, the New Beverly reopens and KPCC screens The Artist.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 - SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
Pomona Fairplex (Fairplex Expo 4) — 1101 West McKinley Ave., Pomona
The craft fair features more than 24,000 handmade creations, perfect for gift-buying (and gift-giving). More than 300 artists and crafters showcase jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, oils, hand-turned wood, ceramics, eclectic art pieces, holiday decor and ornaments. Diversions for nonshoppers include strolling performers, an interactive Kidzone, contests, specialty foods and demos. Bring canned goods for donation to the Foothill Family Shelter and you'll get $2 off admission.
COST: $4 - $9, children 12 and younger get in free; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 - SUNDAY, DEC. 9
1966 Holiday Variety Extravaganza
Garry Marshall Theatre — 4252 West Riverside Dr., Burbank
Impro Theatre creates completely improvised, full-length shows, and for its extravaganza, the cast takes the audience back to the swinging '60s, baby. Riffing off of suggestions, the improvised variety show pays tribute and spoofs those old timey shows featuring Andy Williams, Perry Como and Judy Garland.
COST: Tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOV. 30; 7:30 p.m.
KIIS FM Jingle Ball
The Forum — 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
KIIS FM's annual holiday concert features the hottest pop including Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Camila Cabello, Khalid with special guest Normani, Dua Lipa, G-Eazy, Alessia Cara, Bazzi, Bebe Rexha and MONSTA X.
COST: Tickets start at $157; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOV. 30 - SUNDAY, DEC. 9
LA Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center — 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
Race over to one of the world's largest auto shows to check out more than 1,000 vehicles. Test drive one or two and peruse the exhibits and vendors to help you trick out your own ride. Models making their debuts include the MINI Clubman Starlight Edition, the Fiat 500x, the BYTON M-Byte, the BMW X5 Sport Activity and the Lincoln Aviator.
COST: $5 - $35; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOV. 23 - SATURDAY, NOV. 24
Sugar Plum Fairy
Skylight Theatre — 1816½ North Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Writer and NPR contributor Sandra Tsing Loh's offbeat play tells the story of a 12 year-old girl who dreams of dancing the lead in The Nutcracker. Audiences are encouraged to come decked out in ugly holiday sweaters, tutus or Hanukkah garb (kind of like a G-rated Rocky Horror Picture Show). Bart De Lorenzo directs a cast that includes Tsing Loh, Tony Abatemarco and Shannon Holt. The show opens on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with a reception after. COST: Tickets: $15 - $43; MORE INFO

Giant Robot's 'Post-It Show' returns for its 14th year, featuring thousands of works by artists on ... Post-It Notes. (Photo: Courtesy of Giant Robot/Facebook)

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 - SUNDAY, DEC. 9
Post-It Show 14
Giant Robot 2 (GR2 Gallery) - 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle
Giant Robot along with artists Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson organize this annual event: thousands of artworks on Post-it Notes by 400+ artists. Previews run from noon to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, if you just want to look. At 3 p.m., sales begin but there will be a line. (Last year, it was about 100 people long, with the first guy getting in line the Wednesday before the show.) All pieces are $25. Nothing will be sold beforehand or held. You must be in attendance to purchase.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 - SUNDAY, DEC. 2
Unique Markets: Los Angeles
California Market Center — 110 E. Ninth St., downtown L.A.
Shop this holiday pop-up that features more than 350 local makers and vendors including Honest AF Cards, Jumie Ceramics and Art of Play. Entry includes free drinks and snacks, a free tote bag, DIY projects, a photo booth and free gift-wrapping. If you can't make it to DTLA, the Santa Monica edition of the marketplace happens Dec. 15-16.
COST: $15 - $35; MORE INFO

Heritage Square Museum holds its Lamplight Celebration this weekend, taking guests back to 1918. (Photo: Courtesy of Heritage Square Museum/Facebook)

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 - SUNDAY, DEC. 2; 4 - 8 p.m.
Lamplight Holiday Celebration
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
Step back in time to help solve a 1918 Christmas mystery. Alma Whitaker is missing and private inquiry agents Betram & Bloom must solve the case before Christmas morning. Afterward, guests are invited to enjoy caroling and a wine, cheese and dessert reception. The program includes dimly lit conditions, stairs and standing. The program is not appropriate for children ages 6 and younger. Advance reservations only.
COST: $45 adults, $15 for children; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 - SUNDAY, DEC. 23
The Nutcracker
Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Claremont
Inland Pacific Ballet brings this holiday tradition to the IE with majestic sets, dazzling costumes and more than 80 dancers. Follow young Clara and her nutcracker doll as they journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. A few of the performances are reserved for "The Nutty Nutcracker," which is a zany sendup of the traditional ballet. Performances take place at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga, Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside and Bridges Auditorium, Pomona College in Claremont.
COST: $21 - $62; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Holiday Festival and Market
Union Station — 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Head to the train station's South Patio where you'll find more than 30 vendors including the Bohemian Kitten boutique, RX Candles, Clock in Books, Printgonzales and The Poster List. Food trucks and a craft beer garden will be onsite. Come back on Sunday when Angel City Press holds a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. at Traxx Restauran. Authors Bill Bradley, "Los Angeles Union Station: Tracks to the Future"; Jim Harris, "Santa Monica Pier" and Lynell George, "After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame," will be onhand. Bonus for those 21+: The events also give you a chance to check out the newly opened and majestic Imperial Western Beer Company.
COST: Free admission; MORE INFO

Corey Helford Gallery holds a group show this weekend called, 'Art Collector Starter Kit V.' (Image: Adrian Cox, courtesy of the gallery and artist)

SATURDAY, DEC. 1 - FRIDAY, DEC. 28
Art Collector Starter Kit V
Corey Helford Gallery — 571 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights
The gallery's fifth annual group show features new 12" X 12" works by displayed throughout the space. It's the perfect opportunity to jump-start an art collection or find one-of-a-kind gifts. View works by dozens of artists including Adrian Cox, Alessandra Maria, Yang Cao and Yosuke Ueno. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 1 - 5 p.m.
14th Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
Plaza de la Raza — 3540 N. Mission Rd., Lincoln Heights
The first hour of the festival features short films appropriate for all ages, followed by other programs for kids ages 7, 8 and 10 years and older. The festival continues on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library and March 29-31 at WonderCon in Anaheim.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 7:30 p.m.
New Beverly Reopens
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Quentin Tarantino's repertory theater returns after a nearly year-long renovation, screening classic films in 35mm. The opening day programming begins with a kiddie matinee of "Batman Returns," followed by a double-feature of "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and wraps with a midnight (11:59 p.m.) screening of "Dazed and Confused." Tickets are sold out online for all opening day shows, but a few tickets will be available at the door.
COST: $6 - $10 + fees; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 6 - 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade
L.A. Waterfront — 100 E. Water, Wilmington
Watch boats float, sail and motor up and down the Los Angeles Main Channel. The 56th parade starts near Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington (which also hosts pre-party festivities at 3 p.m.) and takes approximately 90 minutes to cover the route. Approximately 60 participating vessels will competw in various categories including Humorous, Holiday Spirit, Children's Choice and the Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the club with the most entries.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Nite Spa
Spa Palace L.A. — 620 S. Union Ave., Westlake
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Classixx remix of YACHT's song "Psychic City," the band and DJ duo team with Restless Nites to throw a "deeply experimental winter pool party" in the basement of the 24-hour spa. What could possibly go wrong? There's a cash bar and an outdoor smoking area. Ages 21+.
COST: $35 - $80; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 6 - 7 p.m.
A Conversation & Coffee Tasting
Hayden Tract — 8830 Washington Blvd., Suite #103, Culver City
Blue Bottle Coffee holds a tasting event of coffees from the Catracha Community (Honduras), Sipi Falls (Uganda) and Shan State (Myanmar). These coffee producers are transforming lives while respecting the environment. Hear their stories and taste the coffee.
COST: $10 - $40; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; Doors 3:30 p.m.
Girl Cult
The Novo — 800 W. Olympic Blvd. , downtown L.A.
The festival is a celebration of intersectional feminism through live music, inspirational talks, vendors and general girl power. Performers include Jhené Aiko, Lauren Jauregui, Dreezy, Noodles and special guest speakers Amber Rose and Bella Thorne, who also performs. The festival is all ages.
COST: $40 - $60; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DEC. 1; 8 p.m.
The Music of Harold Arlen, Wonderful Wizard of Song
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
CSUN's performing arts center honors legendary American song composer Harold Arlen with a big band tribute. Broadway star Eden Espinosa (Wicked) and Joseph Leo Bwarie (Jersey Boys) join Arlen's son Sam Arlen and singers Karon Blackwell and George Bugatti as they relive Arlen's place in Great American Songbook. His classic songs include "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Blues in the Night, "That Old Back Magic, "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)," "My Shining Hour," "The Man that Got Away" and "Stormy Weather."
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

CicLAvia returns on Sunday with its 'Heart of LA' route through Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Boyle Heights. (Photo: CicLAvia/Facebook)

SUNDAY, DEC. 2; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CicLAvia: Heart of LA
Various neighborhoods around downtown L.A.
Streets across downtown, Boyle Heights, Echo Park and Chinatown will be closed to cars so cyclists, skaters, runners and walkers can explore these neighborhoods. Activity hubs at 7th St., Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Mariachi Plaza and Evergreen offer bike safety workshops, food trucks, live music and a place to rest.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DEC. 2; 7 p.m.
TubaChristmas
Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills — 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Hollywood Hills
At this totally tuba-lar SoCal holiday event, 100 tuba and baritone players, ranging in age from 8 to 80, come together to play Christmas carols and a few Hanukkah songs. The 2018 concert features Jim Self, master tubist (who provided the voice of the mothership in Close Encounters of the Third Kind), the Hollywood Tuba 12 ensemble, the Tubadours pro quartet and the USC Tuba Quartet. All tuba, baritone and euphonium players are invited to participate, regardless of ability. Students are especially welcome.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DEC. 2; 1 p.m.
The Artist
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The latest edition of KPCC's FilmWeek Screening series features Michel Hazanavicius's 2011 Academy Award-winning film, The Artist, a love letter to silent black-and-white movies. The flick was selected by AirTalk host Larry Mantle, who will discuss the film with film historian Marc Wanamaker and FilmWeek critics Lael Lowenstein and Wade Major.
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m
Swedish Christmas Fair
Ken Miller Recreation Center — 3341 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
If Ikea is your primary entrypoint into Scandinavian culture, then this Christmas fest should expand your horizons. Watch folk dancing, listen to a choir perform (at noon and 3 p.m.) during the Lucia pageant, shop Swedish handicrafts and taste baked goods. If you're of age, sip the mulled, spiced glögg.
COST: $10, free admission for children 10 and younger; MORE INFO

Sunday marks the first night of Hanukkah. (Photo: slgckgc via Flickr)

SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2:30 - 5 p.m
Farmers Market Annual Hanukkah Celebration
The Original Farmers Market — 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
The eight-day festival begins at sundown but the market gets a jump-start earlier with live music by Charlie Kramer, story time with PJ Library, arts and crafts and the building of a giant LEGO menorah and a lighting ceremony.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
Hannukah Festival: This Little Light of Mine
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Bring the whole family to commemorate the ancient Jewish festival of light with musical performances by klezmer band Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi, roaming musicians Janice Markham and Melinda West, dance leaders Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez, classic klezmer and holiday tunes performed by the Jewish Youth Orchestra, and vocals from Urban Voices Project choir. Listen to storytelling or take part in hands-on workshops to create a light with artist Belize Wilheim and decorate chocolate Hanukkah gelt with ArtBites' Maite Gomez-Rejón. Also on view: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hanukkah lamps on display in Visions and Values.
COST: $7 - $12; MORE INFO

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