24 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend: Dec. 13-15

The gifting season continues with pop-up shopping experiences at the Grand Central Market, Highland Park, Pasadena, the Santa Monica Pier and the Vincent Price Art Museum. Group art shows open at Giant Robot and Corey Helford Gallery. There's a festival of lights in Silver Lake and Echo Park hosts a community parade.

Watch the 4K restoration of the 1919 film, 'The Broken Butterfly,' hosted by director David O. Russell. (Courtesy of The Film Foundation)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
The Broken Butterfly
The Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Watch the West Coast premiere of a new 4K restoration of The Broken Butterfly on its 100th anniversary. The 1919 silent film will be screened with live musical accompaniment by a trio from the Young Musicians Foundation. This romantic drama by pioneering French-born filmmaker Maurice Tourneur was unseen for nearly a century until its recent restoration. The event is hosted by director David O. Russell (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook).
COST: $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
Museum of Monsters
Museum of Monsters — 2927 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Rancho Park
Snap pix of yourself in an immersive, fairytale world of friendly monsters. The exhibit is for all ages and features 10 rooms filled with fluffy, fantastical creatures.
COST: Tickets start at $12; MORE INFO

Michelle Williams plays the Wicked Queen in Lythgoe Family Panto's 'A Snow White Christmas.' (Courtesy Lythgoe Family Panto )

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
A Snow White Christmas
Pasadena Civic Auditorium — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
Lythgoe Family Panto's 10th anniversary production updates the classic fairytale as Snow White joins the Seven Dwarves to defeat her wicked aunt, the Queen. In the style of British Panto, audiences are encouraged to boo the baddies and cheer for the heroes. The production stars singer Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child as The Wicked Queen and Neil Patrick Harris as The On Screen Magic Mirror.
COST: Tickets start at $28; MORE INFO

Cosplayers portraying characters from "Mortal Kombat" attend the 2019 Comic-Con International on July 18, 2019 in San Diego, California. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
Mortal Kombat Tournament
Thunder Gaming — 20434 S. Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach
The pop-up Mortal Kombat 11 Invitational is an 18+ tournament, hosted by rapper/musician Chief Keef and friends. Earn a chance to go head-to-head, crew battle style with the Chief himself. The day also features a free play area that includes Call of Duty, NBA2K20 and Mortal Kombat 11. Spectators welcome. VIP lounge access with craft services and private bar access is also available.
COST: $30 - $99; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13; 8:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Asian Comedian Destroys America!
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Get a sneak peek of Ronny Chieng's new Netflix stand up comedy special, hosted by Asian AF. Chieng is currently a senior correspondent on The Daily Show and starred in Crazy Rich Asians.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
11th Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl
downtown Santa Monica
The biggest charity crawl on the West Coast returns, raising funds for the Westside Food Bank. The crawl includes prizes, beer gardens, Santa sightings, a scavenger hunt and ho-ho-holiday fun. With an official wristband, participants receive discounted food and drink specials at participating locations as well as entry into Santa's official after party. Participants must sign up online, select a route then collect a wristband and map at the starting location. The event is 21+.
COST: $10 - $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Yuletide Cinemaland
Heritage Square Museum — 3800 Homer St., Montecito Heights
This month, Street Food Cinema presents a series of holiday movies and festivities among the Victorian mansions and houses of Heritage Square. Guests can enjoy holiday festivities in the town square, watch movies outdoors, listen to carolers, take part in sing-alongs in the Perry Mansion and tour the Victorian homes. The weekend's films are Elf and Jingle All the Way. Get your tickets early as it's a popular event. Limited tickets may be available at the door.
COST: General admission starts at $25; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Artisanal Holiday Makers Market
Pasadena Playhouse lot — 44 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena
More than 75 favorite makers team up for a curate holiday market with flowers, music and free photos with Santa. Look for candles, jewelry, clothes, home goods and art. You can also get a free poem written for you, on the spot thanks to the literary wizards at Typewriter Poetry.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15
5th Annual The Totoro Show
Giant Robot Store — 2015 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A.
Giant Robot opens a group exhibition dedicated to Hayao Miyazaki's cuddliest creation, the giant creature known as Totoro. Curated by Cassia Lupo, the opening reception with the artists takes place on Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. (Also, don't forget that the Post It Show 15 is still up at GR2 Gallery.)
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
The Nutcracker
Alex Theatre — 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
The Red Chair's rendition of the holiday classic features young performers, ages 5 to 18, in key and supporting roles alongside adult performers. The cast of more than 100 brings to life the tale of a young girl's magical Christmas Eve. Shows are on Saturday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

Art Collector Starter Kit VI at Corey Helford Gallery features 12"x12" works from more than 100 artists. (Brandi Milne )

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
Art Collector Starter Kit VI
Corey Helford Gallery — 571 S. Anderson St. #1, Boyle Heights
The gallery presents its sixth annual group show with 12" x 12" works by 100 artists in the current art scene. The small works, which are affordable for beginning collectors, ae made by artists such as HUSH, Ben Frost, Soey Milk, Josh Agle (SHAG), Okuda San Miguel, Hikari Shimoda and Mayuka Yamamoto. The opening reception runs from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday night.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Echo Park Community Parade 2019
Sunset Blvd. between Vin Scully Ave. and Park Ave., Echo Park
Everyone's invited to take part in the revelry and celebrate the community spirit of the neighborhood. With the theme "Echo Park Holiday Wishes," the parade will include floats, classic cars, performances and Santa and his elves. The main stage at Echo Park and Sunset Blvd. features live entertainment and remarks by elected officials and special guests.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22; 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Artists & Fleas
Grand Central Market — 317 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The popular Brooklyn-based marketplace can be found on Abbot Kinney every Saturday but for the next two weekends (Dec. 14-15 and 21-22), Artists & Fleas pops up at Grand Central Market in DTLA for a special holiday edition, bringing together shoppers, makers, vintage collectors and vendors. Merchants include Crater Made, Planta Planta Esculturas Vivas, Yabisí, Elevate Jane and Rad Max Vintage.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The Hera Collective presents an all-women, all local vendor marketplace. (Courtesy of the Hera Collective)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 11 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Hera Collective LA Holiday Marketplace
The Ruby Street — 6408 Ruby St., Highland Park
This all-women, all local vendor marketplace returns. Vendors include 1 5 0 9, Amara Kitchen, Animal Theory, Bani, Berlinger Jewelry, Burners Candles, C & The Moon, Calle Del Mar, Colabo Collective, Dadybones, DAKOTA JINX and Polka-Dot Peanut Parade.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Holiday Makers Market
Playhouse Theatre Lot — 44 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena
More than 50 makers show off their wares. There'll also be free photos with Santa, art workshops, kid activities, pet adoptions, music and performances. Featured makers and brands include The Yarnover Truck, Hopf Chocolate, Purple Goat Apothecary, The Vegan Tamale Company and Revive Jewelry. The event is family and fur baby-friendly and takes place rain or shine.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Snow Wonder at Marina del Rey
Burton Chace Park — 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
MDR trucks in real snow for sledding and other winter activities. There are rides, arts & crafts and face painting, while everyone can enjoy a DJ and food trucks. Stick around for fireworks (5:55 p.m.) and the 57th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade (6-8 p.m.). For faster entry, RSVP through Eventbrite.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 12 - 8 P.M.
Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade 2019
Burton Chace Park — 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
There's a whole day of family-friendly activities planned for MDR's holiday parade. Snow Wonder takes over the park from noon onward. The fireworks usher in the parade at 5:55 p.m., and the boats take to the route between 6 and 8 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The Vincent Price Art Museum presents a holiday open house, celebrating the George Rodriguez: Double Vision exhibition with music and a book sale. (Monica Orozco )

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 2 - 4 P.M.
Holiday Open House
Vincent Price Art Museum — 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park
The museum hosts an open house to celebrate the exhibition George Rodriguez: Double Vision. The party features music, a book sale, a Las Fotos photobooth pop-up and a meet-and-greet with the octogenarian artist. The VPAM show is Rodriguez's first retrospective, spanning more than 40 years of images documenting L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15; 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Holiday Market on the Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier — 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Unique Markets pops up on the Pier for holiday shopping. Peruse the crafts, wares and products fromhundreds of indie designers, artists and local emerging brands selling clothing, jewelry, art, photography, ceramics, food, apothecary, kidsitems, stationery and home decor. Admission includes a free tote bag and free drinks from Califia, Harmless Harvest and Revive Kombucha.
COST: $12 admission, kids 12 and younger get in free; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 6 - 8 P.M.
Naples Island Annual Holiday Boat Parade
Naples Island — Long Beach
This boat parade takes place in two parts with the large boats shoving off at 6 p.m. and the small boats begining at 6:30 p.m. on two different routes. The best place to see the parade is along the Naples Canals, outer walks, Bay Shore Dr. north of 2nd St. or the Beach along Bay Shore Dr. south of 2nd St. or on East Bayshore Walk on the Belmont Peninsula. The large boat parade will stream by the restaurants in Seaport Village.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14; 9 - 11:30 P.M.
Gremlins + Holiday Party
Palace Theatre — 630 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Cinespia celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Joe Dante classic a little early. Watch Gizmo and company wreak havoc as they get wet or fed after midnight. Before the screening, take pics in the free custom photobooth in honor of the little monsters. A DJ plays sets before and after the film, and a full bar is available for liquid festivities. Holiday attire is encouraged. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Film screens at 9 p.m.
COST: $20 - $45; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
Marriage Story/Paterson Double Feature
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
American Cinematheque presents an Adam Driver double feature, starting with Marriage Story, whch co-stars Scarlett Johansson. It's followed by Paterson, in which Driver plays a poetry-writing bus driver. There's a discussion between films with the actor.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

Descanso Gardens presents the exhbition, 'Fruiting Bodies,' featuring the works of Jessica Rath. (Courtesy of Descanso Gardens and the artist)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 - SUNDAY, APRIL 5
Fruiting Bodies
Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens —1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge
This weekend marks the opening reception for the survey exhibition from L.A.-based artist Jessica Rath. Her works explore the human manipulation of agriculture and fruit production. Also included are new works from the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan and native bee projects with Robert Hoehn. Fruiting Bodies remains on view through April 2020 with various programming throughout the run. The opening reception takes place on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., with free admission from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
COST: Admission: $4 - $9; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15; 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Festival of Lights
Silverlake Independent JCC — 1110 Bates Ave., Silver Lake
The 17th annual winter block party returns with games, crafts, food and music for the whole family. Enjoy live performances by The Hollow Trees, Stoil Magic, Ms. Hellen's Silver Lake Ballet School and Sunburnt Mosquito Bite. Food and beverages will be provided by local favorites including The Espresso Trailer by FrankieLucy Bakeshop and Delmy's Pupusas. The SLJCC's epic bake sale offers tasty treats such as latkes, brownies, quiches and cupcakes.
COST: $20 for children 2 and older; adults get in for FREE; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15; 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Drunken Devil Brunch
El Cid — 4212 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
The Bloody Brunch is back with a holiday edition featuring themed cocktails and classic brunch offerings. The event also features a variety of performances, from burlesque and sideshow acts to magic and music — all with a holiday horror twist. Move over, St. Nick. Krampus is available for photos. The event is 21+. Costumes are encouraged.
COST: $30; MORE INFO