Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [12-9-2022 to 12-11-2022]

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For December 9-11 in Los Angeles, catch Astra Lumina at South Coast Botanic Garden, the Black Comics Festival at CAAM, Inspiring Walt Disney at The Huntington, a Beastie Boys EXHIBIT at Beyond the Streets, the Marina Del Rey Boat Parade, holiday tours at the Gamble House, Sunday Funday at The Wallis, and more. Hope you have a good (and healthy!) weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend

[ADVISORY: Looks like there is some rain forecasted for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. If your plans involve outdoor events, make sure to keep an eye out for weather-related cancellations]

Astra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Amongst The Stars -> ​​Starting this Thursday, the South Coast Botanic Garden morphs into a multi-sensory celestial pathway where guests will walk amongst the stars thanks to brilliant lights, cosmic visions, and astral song. Astra Lumina is the 17th experience in the Lumina Night Walk series created by Moment Factory. Adult tickets start at $29 and there’s an additional fee for parking. Astra Lumina runs through January 15, 2023. More info here

Kindred: A Gallery Through Time -> A two-day pop-up event takes inspiration from the new FX original series Kindred (adapted from the novel Octavia E. Butler), which streams on HULU beginning December 13. The experience bridges the temporal gap between modern day Los Angeles and nineteenth-century Southern United States through a collection of works from emerging black artists and designers, contrasted again a presentation of historic culinary items. Free to attend. Runs this Thursday and Friday only. RSVP and get more info here.

Holiday Road -> Continuing this Thursday to Sunday, Holiday Road at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas offers a 1-mile walking trail of immersive scenes and holiday-themed activities for all to enjoy. The experience runs on select dates through December 30. Tickets range from $29.99-$44.99. Get more info here.

In Motion: Andy Warhol 1974 – 1986 -> For one weekend only (this Friday to Sunday) SIZED STUDIO hosts an exhibition featuring never-before-seen photographs taken by Andy Warhol. The collection of black and white snapshots offers an intimate glimpse into the artist’s life, with subjects including collaborators and contemporaries like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs, and Bianca Jagger. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Get more info here.

The Groundlings’ Cozy Winter Cabin The Holiday Show ->  Grab tickets for Cozy Winter Cabin and laugh your way through the holiday season. The all-new comedy sketch show takes place every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets range between $22-$28 each. More info here.

Holiday Night Market at Ivy Station -> The monthly night market in Culver City  gets a holiday makeover this Friday to include locally-made gifts from artisan vendors, plus food trucks, craft beer, games, a photo booth, face painting, and music. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

100th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Lighting Ceremony and Winter Festival -> Every year, Altadena’s one-mile stretch of Deodar Cedars gets decked out in holiday lights, and to mark the beginning of the 2022 transformation, there will be family-friendly festival at Altadena Library this Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Expect food, drink, and arts and crafts vendors, and a lightning ceremony to take place at 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Marina Del Rey Holiday Boat Parade -> More than 40 boats are expected to participate, each adorned with holiday lights displays for this Saturday’s boat parade in MDR. The public can enjoy from viewing spots at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. Parade starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Annual Redondo Beach Holiday Concert on the Pier -> The 12th Annual Redondo Beach Holiday Concert on the Pier pops up at Fisherman’s Wharf this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include kid friendly activities, live holiday music, giveaways, selfie stations and a charity toy drive. Free to attend. More info here

Black Comics Festival -> A keynote conversation between Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and screenwriter/novelist Aaron Covington headlines California African American Museum’s Black Comics Festival. taking place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can expect an all-day comics marketplace, children’s activities, and food trucks with bites for purchase. Entry is free. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation’s 2nd Annual Holiday Arts & Music Festival -> On Saturday, the Valley Cultural Foundation hosts a 2nd Annual Holiday Arts & Music Festival. There will be plenty to do including free photos with Santa, snow play, small business shopping, food trucks, crafts for kids, holiday music and a special “Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz” performance by nationally renowned Judy Garland impressionist Elaine Horn. Runs 1 to 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here

Come Up Markets -> Come up Markets will host a holiday market at FIGat7th in DTLA this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m . Get ahead of your holiday shopping while supporting Black businesses this season. Expect vintage goods, handmade gifts to plant-based self care. Free to attend. More info here.

Beastie Boys EXHIBIT at Beyond the Streets -> Beyond the Streets and CONTROL Gallery have teamed up to create the most comprehensive Beastie Boys exhibition ever assembled in Los Angeles, which includes never-before-seen historical artifacts, ephemera, and photographs. EXHIBIT will be on view at the BTS flagship location on La Brea Ave starting starting this Saturday (through January 13) and is free to visit. However, you’ll have to reserve advance tickets here.

Inspiring Walt Disney at The Huntington -> Beginning this Saturday, an international traveling exhibition comes to The Huntington which explores Walt Disney’s fascination with European art and the use of French motifs in Disney films and theme parks. Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts includes 50 works of 18th-century European decorative art and design showcased alongside hand-drawn works from the Disney archive. Access is included with general admission, which starts at $29 for adults on weekends. The exhibition runs through March 27. More info here.

Miracle on Main Street -> This Saturday, the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica hosts an afternoon of holiday fun featuring kids activities, carolers, a Santa appearance and tree lighting ceremony on the Heritage Museum grounds. Festivities run 3 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Conscious Holiday Market -> Shop 40+ local vendors right on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade this Saturday. The pop-up market includes goods from sustainability focused brands, free workouts with Fit Girl Club, holiday tunes and Santa. Runs. Free to attend. More info here.


Jackalope Burbank -> Indie craft market Jackalope heads to Downtown Burbank for a two-day pop-up marketplace featuring over 180 vendors offering indie goods, accessories, jewelry, art, home decor, and more. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

LA3C -> This two (Saturday and Sunday) takes over Los Angeles State Historic Park with dozens of performances including TOKiMONSTA, Megan Thee Stallion, Cuco and Snoop Dog. The food lineup includes locals GOGO’s tacos, Heritage LA, Ramen Hood and more. Tickets start at $99. More info here.

El Segundo Holiday Parade -> This Sunday, the 58th Annual El Segundo Holiday Parade is taking it back to the groovier times of the 70’s with a magical display of festive cheer from local schools and organizations, marching bands, vintage cars, businesses and floats. The parade takes place from 1 to 3 p.m., with a route that begins on Main Street at Imperial Avenue and proceeds south to El Segundo Blvd. Free to attend. More info here

Ugly Sweater Party at ACB -> Angel City Brewery amends their weekly Sunday vinyl session with an Ugly Sweater theme-out that’s sure to draw out the best (aka most obnoxious) holiday garb. Head over starting at 3 p.m. wearing your holiday worst and enjoy chill tunes along with a brew or two. Free to attend. More info here.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis  -> [UPDATE: Due to the rain forecast, Sunday Funday has been postponed] The third Sunday Funday of the season at The Wallis features kid-friendly entertainment by Klezmer band Mostly Kosher, followed by a African dance instruction session from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy The event starts at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. Get more info here.

Holiday Tours at the Gamble House -> This Sunday, the Gamble House gets festive with decorations and live seasonal music, along with special tours of the historic home. Reservations are required for docent-led tours from noon to 2:30 p.m. and cost $15 for adults and $12.50 for Seniors, students, and children 13-18 years old. Free self-guided tours of the first floor take place 4 to 7 p.m. and are stand-by entry only. More info here.

Meet Me Under The Fig Tree -> On Sunday, stop by the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica for ‘Meet Me Under The Fig Tree.’ The annual event is free to attend and includes complimentary festive drinks, small bites, live entertainment and holiday activities. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Pizza at Grandmaster Recorders. Photo courtesy of Grandmaster Recorders.

Dollar Pizza Slices for Grandmaster Recorders Birthday -> [UPDATE: The anniversary party has been postponed until December 18 due to rain] Grandmaster Recorders celebrates their one-year anniversary with a rooftop pizza party this Sunday. From noon to 3 p.m. stop by for $1 Schiacciata style Italian pizzas by the slice and $5 spritzes. 

Winter Wonderland Pop-Up at The Green Room -> Starting Thursday, TGR transforms their speakeasy into a winter dream from gold and white décor to a Christmas tree and photo activation on the patio. Each guest will be greeted with a complimentary holiday-inspired welcome cocktail from the Winter Wonderland cocktail fountain upon entering. Holiday additions to the menu include sweets and specialty craft cocktails like a Home Alone 2 inspired “Lost in The Big Apple” drink featuring apple brandy, krupnik bitters, and crushed streusel, and a delectable Grinch-inspired Whoville Holiday Cream Puffs made with roasted apple, caramel and spiced cream. The seasonal activation runs through January 15. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Reservations and more info here

Lunetta’s Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive -> Lunetta’’s annual holiday party and toy drive takes place on Friday, December 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Stop in for a fun evening of giving, featuring a live DJ, and Santa handing out treats from Lunetta’s Bakeshop. Bring an unwrapped toy and enjoy a complimentary cocktail or an item from the golden hour menu courtesy of Lunetta’s team. 

Looking Ahead…

Vegan Pop Up at JAPAN HOUSE -> JAPAN HOUSE’s next culinary popup welcomes Chef Katsumi Kusumoto’s innovative vegan Japanese restaurant SAIDO to Los Angeles on January 6 – 8 and January 12 – 15. There are two different seating options, guests can choose from either a three-course lunch for $30 or go big with a six-course dinner for $70. Highlights on the menu include SAIDO’s signature grilled unagi eel over rice; saimen noodles in chilled tomato consommé; and an adorable cheesecake served in a pot with a sprouting edible tree. Reservations are already booking up fast for this experience. I suggest grabbing tickets asap. More info here

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