L.A. Eats: The Best Holiday Cocktails Around Town

Whether you’re planning a festive social event, romantic holiday celebration, or a fun night out with friends, what could be more tempting than a delicious holiday cocktail? Savor seasonal flavors and get into the holiday spirit at these awesome Southern California establishments.

Miracle @ The Ordinarie

Location: Long Beach

The Ordinarie at Long Beach is a cool olde-worlde seaside tavern at all times of the year, serving hearty comfort food and a range of thirst-quenching drinks. From November 26th to December 30th, however, the bar takes on a veritable Christmassy ambiance thanks to the Miracle pop-up cocktail bar. Open Tuesday through Sunday from noon until midnight, sample holiday cocktails galore, including Jingle Bells Nog, SanTaRex, On Dasher, and Christmapolitan. If you prefer your festive drinks warm, sip on a Bad Santa. The holiday kitsch and vibrant atmosphere really make for a fun night out.

Big Bar @ Alcove Café and Bakery

Location: Los Angeles

Open year-round Sunday to Thursday between 9am and 10pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9am until 11pm, the cozy and nostalgic Big Bar @ Alcove Café and Bakery always has great seasonal offerings. Warm up with an Irish coffee or hot toddy cocktail, try eggnog with added strawberry flavor, or sample warm apple cider with a tequila kick. It’s one of the best places for a romantic holiday cocktail with that special someone.

Bar Bohemien

Location: Culver City

Located in Citizen Public Market in Culver City, Bar Bohemian exudes a luxury vibe and has a choice of cozy indoor bar seating or seats on the rooftop overlooking the streets below. The bar opens daily at 3pm. For the holidays, try the Winter Solstice, a tantalizing mix of vodka, spiced pear liqueur, pear juice, lemon, and soda.

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Location: Santa Monica

Head down to Santa Monica Beach for a night of festive revelry at Loews Hotel. The Cocktails, Live Music, and Holiday Magic event is scheduled for December 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th, featuring holiday entertainment and festive cocktails. The Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum and Sticky Pudding Old Fashioned are sure to get you in the holiday mood. If you can’t make the special holiday events, check out Cocktails and All That Jazz instead. Held each Thursday evening during the holiday season, it features laid-back cocktails and live jazz music by the beach.

Polo Lounge @ The Beverly Hills Hotel

Location: Beverly Hills

From Thanksgiving through to January 10th, Polo Lounge has an exciting holiday cocktail menu created by expert mixologists. There are several decadent signature cocktails as well as traditional favorites. You can also feel festive with a glass of spice-laden mulled wine, all in a swanky setting.

The Green Room

Location: Burbank

Fun can always be had at Castaways reservation-only cocktail bar. This weekend through January 2, you can expect to find a true Winter Wonderland upon entry. The bar will be decked out in stylish holiday decor with delicious drinks fit for the occasion. Cozy up by the bar’s outdoor fireplace and enjoy a bevy of beverages from Grinch inspired to everything in between.

El Granjero Cantina

Location: Los Angeles

For a relaxing holiday cocktail to break up hours of holiday shopping, pop into the casual El Granjero Cantina at the Original Farmers Market in LA’s Fairfax neighborhood. The Mrs. Claus‘ Martini blends tequila with pumpkin spice syrup and coffee liqueur, while the tangy Tis the Season Margarita offers a festive twist on the popular Mexican cocktail.

Lanea

Location: Santa Monica

Nibble on tacos in Santa Monica’s laid-back Lanea and treat yourself to a shot or two of tequila. As well as their usual range of cocktails, order a Mistletoe Mule for more holiday cheer. With a sprig of mistletoe on top, the cocktail is made from vodka, mezcal, lime, and ginger.

Oak & Iron

Location: Thousand Oaks

While Thousand Oak’s favorite local hangout has not yet unveiled its winter cocktail menu, we can surely expect nothing but the best. This bar set the bar for tasty fall drinks and we know the winter selection will be just as enjoyable. For fantastic holiday cocktails in Conejo Valley, look no further than Oak & Iron.

Blitzen’s @ Here and Now

Location: Los Angeles

Located in downtown LA’s cool Arts District, Here and Now offers a trip back down memory lane all year round. Throughout December, however, Blitzen’s pop-up adds a whimsical holiday-themed twist. Make your way through the fake snow outdoors to step inside and admire the numerous Christmas and Hannukah decorations. Pop-out the back for a seasonal selfie on the sled and enjoy the diverse events and entertainment. When it comes to cocktails, drinks like the Baby It’s Cold Outside and the Get Blitzen’d disappoint.

 

Casa Vega

Location: Sherman Oaks

The famed Casa Vega will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate the holiday season this year. Think tons of tinsel, reindeer, and more. For appropriate holiday ‘spirits’, you can make your pick between a Mexican coffee, snowball margarita, or hot chocolate in a fun Santa mug.

 

Out & About: New Year’s 2022 Events Around Town

We may be just getting into the December holiday season but NYE is not too far away! Find the perfect spot around town at one of these New Year’s 2022 events. We have you covered whether you live in Los Angeles itself, the Westside, San Fernando Valley, or Conejo Valley.

Los Angeles

Gatsby’s Penthouse Tickets

The most upscale NYE party in Los Angeles will be held at the penthouse of L.A.’s tallest skyscraper. Enjoy the Gatsby’s Penthouse celebration for a truly memorable evening.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $89.00 – $3,000.00

 

AVALON presents NYE2022 Markus Schulz

For those who really want to party with one of the biggest trance DJs, join Markus Schulz at AVALON for a high-energy New Year’s event.

When: 9:00PM – 6:00AM

Cost: $90.00 – $160.00

 

 

New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini

If you’re looking for one of the classiest, high-society events, then join Pink Martini and the little orchestra.

When: 7:00PM – 2:30AM

Cost: $69.00 – $164.00

Westside

New Year’s Eve 2022 @ SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

Enjoy an extravagant formal event at the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel. Cocktails, dancing, and a midnight balloon drop will ring in the new year in style.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $108.00 – $1,063.00

 

SHOREbar NYE ’22

For a more relaxed, cozy experience, join the SHOREbar for a charming, seaside night with hand-crafted cocktails and live DJs.

When: 9:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $80.00 – $3,000.00

 

New Year’s Eve by the Sea Celebration

The luxurious Hotel Casa del Mar is available for a New Year’s celebration like no other. Tickets include a three-course dinner, three premium drinks, complimentary parking, and party favors.

When: 9:00PM – 1:00AM

Cost: $175.00 – $5,000.00

 

San Fernando Valley

New Year’s Eve near Yosemite

If you want to enjoy some peace and serenity for the New Year, then a 3-day trip to Yosemite from Encino may be just the thing. Enjoy the winter park, beautiful winery, as well as skiing or snowmobiling.

When: Dec 31, 8:00PM – Jan 3, 3:00AM

Cost: $479.00

 

Universal CityWalk New Year’s Eve Celebration

Universal Studios offers a special New Year’s Eve experience that you’ll never forget. Enjoy the park’s nighttime transformation and a midnight fireworks display.

When: 9:00PM – 12:30AM

Cost: $99.00 – $134.00

 

Keep it Local New Year’s Eve Karaoke Extravaganza

For a local Sherman Oaks affair, enjoy the Keep it Local karaoke party at the Oaks Tavern. General Admission is free, but tables can be reserved as well.

When: 8:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: Free – $72.00

 

Conejo Valley

New Year’s Eve at the Reagan Library

If you’d like to celebrate the New Year in stately style, then you need to do so at the Reagan Library. Ring in the New Year under the wings of Air Force One, with a gourmet dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight.

When: 8:00PM – 1:00AM

Cost: $165.00 – $195.00

 

Sound New Year’s Eve: Nicole Moudaber

If you’d be more interested in partying with the new age style of radio personality and DJ Nicole Moudaber, then head over to DICE for one of the best nights out.

When: 10:00PM – 2:00AM

Cost: $62.15

 

Broadway at the Seaside 2 NYE Dinner Show

For those who’d like their evening to end a little earlier so they can enjoy midnight privately, the Poinsettia Pavilion offers a Broadway show and a lovely catered dinner.

When: 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Cost: $125.00 – $899.00

Weekend Events: December 3-5, 2021

With the first weekend of December here, we have your pick of the best holiday and winter events around town. From L.A. to the Westside and SFV to Conejo Valley we have you covered with the best December events this weekend.

LOS ANGELES DECEMBER EVENTS

Yuletide Cinemaland

When: Dec 4-Dec 26, 2021

Where: Heritage Square | Montecito Heights

What: If you want old-fashioned vibes this holiday season, you’ll enjoy the outdoor screenings being offered at Heritage Square. Enjoy Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, and more while you sip hot cocoa and mulled wine. The month-long event will feature a range of screenings from Elf, to Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, and more.

Los Angeles Comic Con

When: Dec 3-Dec 5, 2021

Where: South Park

What: Comic book fans unite as it’s time for this year’s Los Angeles Comic-Con event. The local annual convention heads to DTLA for one amazing three-day expo. Don’t miss must-see panels and screenings with celeb appearances from the likes of Zachary Levi, Tom Welling, and more!

She & Him

When: Dec 3-Dec 4, 2021

Where: Downtown Historic Core

What: What better way to kick off your holiday season than with She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. Listen to breezy pop renditions under a cool night sky and just the right amount of December-approved tunes.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES DECEMBER EVENTS

 

Ever Present

When: December 4, 2021

What: The Getty | West Los Angeles

Where: The Getty is bringing the experience of Fluxus scores to life this Saturday only. As you roam the grounds of the museum, you’ll find musicians, dancers, and artists interpreting the 1963 publication An Anthology of Chance Operations. As it is an avant-garde afternoon, be prepared for the unexpected. 

Angel City Chorale Holiday ConcerT

When: December 4-5, 2021

Where: Royce Hall | Westwood

What: We’ve gone full festive with our December events and there is no turning back. Break out your bestHoliday garb and head to Royce Hall for Christmas and Hanukkah classics. The 160-member Angel City Chorale will be singing a range of familiar festive tunes from classical to pop, world, contemporary, and gospel. 

Skating by the Sea

When: December 4-December 31, 2021

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: This takes skating and sites to new heights. The rink at the RPV Civic Center offers you the chance to skate around atop a bluff overlooking the ocean at this Rancho Palos Verdes rink. Stop by on the weekend and plan ahead for themed nights throughout the month.



SAN FERNANDO VALLEY DECEMBER EVENTS

Movies on the Roof

When: December 3-18, 2021

Where: Sherman Oaks

What: More holiday film series? Yes, please. Enjoy a series of holiday screenings alfresco at Westfield Fashion Malls’ holiday film event. Every Friday and Saturday of December you can catch flicks like Bad Santa and Batman Returns with ticket sales going towards a good cause.

Sensory Friendly Event

When: December 5, 2021

Where: Westfield Fashion Square | Sherman Oaks

What: Take part in this Saturday’s Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience. The entire community is invited to this sensory-friendly event in partnership with Autism Speaks.

 

Tujunga Village Holiday Street Faire

When: December 4, 2021

Where: Moorpark Street | Studio City

What: Holiday fun is heading to Tujunga this weekend. The community-hosted annual faire will feature a night of festivities that the entire family will enjoy! 


CONEJO VALLEY DECEMBER EVENTS

 

Malibu Foundation Holiday Fest & Market in Agoura

When: December 3, 2021

Where: Cornell School Road | Malibu

What: Find delight at the Malibu Foundations Holiday Fest and Market. Enjoy holiday lights, live music, and more at the German-inspired holiday fest. The market will also include snow, train rides, local vendors, and more!

 

Oxnard Christmas Parade

When: December 4, 2021

Where: 500 South C Street, Oxnard

What: Oxnard will be kicking off the holidays early with this weekend’s holiday parade. Come out and enjoy marching bands, local school groups, and special floats at the annual Christmas Parade!

 

Chanukah Family Festival at Janss Marketplace

When: December 5, 2021

Where: Janss Marketplace | Thousand Oaks

What: Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Janss Marketplace this Sunday! The Thousand Oaks shop is hosting its Chanukah Family Festival with a plethora of fun and food. Enjoy delicious bites like jelly doughnuts and hot latkes while you sip on cocoa and listen to the DJ spinning sounds.

Out & About: The Best Holiday Light Displays Around Town

With the holiday season finally here, there is one thing we can all look forward to enjoying. Holiday Light Displays! In SoCal from botanical gardens to drive-throughs and residential streets, we take the crown on a truly lit holiday. Read on below for the best holiday light displays happening throughout LA and beyond!

Marina del Rey Boat Parade | December 11, 2021

If you have ever wondered what the festive spirit looks like on a boat, wonder no more. The annual Marina del Rey Boat parade returns this year for a cheery fete at sea. Bundle up and bring the entire family as you watch a range of boats small and grande showcase their best holiday decor. Just make sure you pencil in the date because MDR’s boat parade is for one night only!

South Coast Botanic GLOW | Until January 17, 2022

The illuminated wonder of South Coast Botanic Garden’s holiday display returns to light up your festive season. Walk through the Palos Verdes Peninsula garden, set to a genre-spanning mix of music for an evening like no other. For this year’s event, you’ll find additional lit areas like the lavender garden, koi pond, Fuschia garden, and lower meadow. 

L.A. Zoo Lights | Until January 9, 2022

Journey on foot through the twinkly lights at the L.A. Zoo where wild resident-inspired displays await. The whimsical projections and mosaic-like multicolors of the giraffes, elephants, and more are sure to bring joy to all. Get into the holiday spirit as you pursue past a multitude of shimmering lights, twinkly tunnels, and Chinese lanterns galore.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

Yes, there is a Sleepy Hallow and no it has nothing to do with the Tim Burton classic film. The seaside neighborhood in Torrance invites you to cruise down Robert Road for a truly delightful holiday display. With home after home showcasing their very best holiday light displays, you’ll feel immersed in the festive atmosphere. Kicking off in early December, the display runs in the evening through New Year’s Day with walkable areas for those not keen on driving bumper to bumper.

Hikari: A Festival of Lights at Tanaka Farms | Until December 30, 2021

If you happen to be a fan of Tanaka Farms pumpkin patch, you’ll love their holiday set-up equally. The Irvine fields are open to vehicles for a joyful after-dark wagon ride and walk-through of their holiday light displays. Festive lanterns will guide you along the way where you’ll see holiday-themed scarecrows, tractors, and trees. Enjoy a wagon ride or make your way to the holiday market for fun that the entire family can enjoy!

Candy Cane Lane

Woodland Hills Candy Cane Lane has been celebrating the holiday season for over 60 years. The appropriately named Valley neighborhood offers a joyful holiday light displays that is bound to make for a merry evening. Make your way down the eight blocks centered around Lubao Avenue and Oxnard Street for just the right amount of holiday cheer.

Weekend Events: Thanksgiving Weekend | Nov 26-28

Make the most of your Thanksgiving Weekend whether you are with family or friends. From music to museum exhibits, holiday fun, and everything in between, we have you covered. Read on for a list of fun that all can enjoy!!

LOS ANGELES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

‘House of Gucci’ Exhibition

When: Until December 4th, 2021

Where: FIDM | South Park

What: If you’ve been counting down the days until The House of Gucci hits theaters, get ready to immerse yourself in the film’s best fashion. Check out the ‘House of Gucci’ Exhibition at FIDM for a photography and costume exhibition dedicated to the Ridley Scott flick. From Lady Gaga’s après-ski look to Adam Driver’s turtleneck sweater, you’ll find a mix of designer Janty Yates’s costumes.

Dodgers Holiday Festival

When: November 26-December 31, 2021

Where: Echo Park

What: Tis the season for some festive fun on center field. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend kicking off the holidays at Dodger Stadium. From seasonal decor to food, merch, and an ice skating rink, there is plenty of fun to be had at the home of our boys in blue.

For the Record: Love Actually Live

When: November 27-December 31, 2021

Where: Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts | Beverly Hills

What: This Thanksgiving weekend For the Record kicks off their month-long performance of Love Actually Live. The cult-favorite musical series will be performing shops topping numbers based on the beloved holiday movie. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

 

Shop Smal Business Saturday

When: November 27, 2021

Where: Runway Playa Vista

What: Support small businesses this Thanksgiving weekend! On Saturday head to Runway at Play Vista for a family-friendly fun-filled day of goods from local makers, tasty grub, live music, and more!

Beach Yoga on Santa Monica Beach

When: November 27-28,2021

Where: Lifeguard Tower 26 | Santa Monica

What: Find your inner zen amongst the sand and waves. This Thanksgiving weekend you can take part in one of two hosted beach yoga sessions. Feel refreshed, grounded, and ready to take on Cyber Monday with ease.

Seaside Cinema Holidays

When: November 26-28, 2021

Where: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel | Santa Monica

What: Catch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Polar Express, or Elf this weekend for a seaside cinema treat. Tis the season for FREE holiday movies…beachside. Seaside Cinema Holidays features timeless classics, seasonal culinary treats, and more.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND


Golden Friday 5K Fun Run

When: November 26, 2021

Where: Glendale

What: Supporting dogs with your dog and you get a free beer! Need we say more? This Friday make your way to Golden Road’s Atwater Village brewery for a dog-friendly 5K in support of Wags and Walks. Your registration includes beer (of course) and a t-shirt. 

Hope Of Valley Rescue’s Drumstick Dash LA – Thanksgiving 2021

 

When: November 25, 2021

Where: NoHo Arts District | North Hollywood

What: The Annual Drumstick Dash returns to NoHo for its 6th year! Take part in this year’s event and help provide over 200,000 hot meals for the unsheltered. Run or walk in this marathon for a cause with the option to participate in their 5K or 10K.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party…with Billy Stritch!

When: November 28-29, 2021

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City

What: Taking to the stage at Feinstein’s for two nights only, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party returns to the West Coast. The “extreme open mic” will mark the 14th Southern California appearance for the beloved Manhattan mainstay, hosted by Caruso and musical director Billy Stritch.


CONEJO VALLEY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Santa Claus to Parachute into Janss Marketplace 

When: November 26, 2021

Where: Janss Marketplace | Thousand Oaks

What: Santa Claus is coming to town via parachute landing at Janss Marketplace this Thanksgiving weekend. Thousand Oaks free holiday celebration will feature fun for the entire family, from live music to storytime and more!

Chanukah Celebration in Newbury Park

When: November 28, 2021

Where: 350 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park

What: Celebrate the Festival of Lights at Chabad of Newbury Park’s annual Chanukah Celebration. The family-friendly event will feature live musical performances, exciting circus acts, latkes and donuts, crafts, and the great Gelt drop. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!

“Wild Lights & Disco Nights” 

When: November 28, 2021

Where: America’s Teaching Zoo | Moorpark College

What: Head to America’s Teaching Zoo this holiday season for the first-ever holiday light event. Wild Lights & Disco Nights invite you into a sparkling disco ball forest for a truly groovy evening.

 

Weekend Events: November 19-21, 2021

Enjoy a fun weekend in your neighborhood with our round-up of the top events happening throughout town! Read on for the best events happening in Los Angeles, the Westside, San Fernando, and Conejo Valley!!

LOS ANGELES FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

Renegade Craft Fair

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: Nov 20-Nov 21, 2021

Where: Chinatown

What: if you’re a lover of all things DIY then make your way to Chinatown this weekend for Renegade! The craft fair of all craft fairs has everything you could want from homemade must-have buys to classes and of course food trucks. Get your holiday shopping done early or just buy a few things for yourself at this fun weekend event.

Since Unveiling: Selected Acquisitions of a Decade

When: Nov 20, 2021-Apr 3, 2022

Where: Downtown

What: As the Broad museum marks a decade since its opening, you are invited to explore key pieces from their vault. Of the works on display, art aficionados can excite over the return of Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, a mesmerizing, nine-screen video installation of musicians performing simultaneously in separate rooms of a farmhouse. What a way to celebrate!

LA Zoo Lights

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: Nov 19, 2021-Jan 9, 2022

Where: Griffith Park

What: Open late and festive, need we say more? The L.A. Zoo’s light-up holiday tradition returns through January for an evening the whole family can enjoy. See whimsical projections inspired by the zoo’s most notable residents from elephants to twinkling butterflies and more!

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

South Coast Botanic Garden’s GLOW

When: Nov 20, 2021-Jan 17, 2022

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

What: Don’t miss South Coast Botanic Garden’s illuminated after-hours installation GLOW. The twinkly evening experience kicks off ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and will stick around until after New Year’s.

“Picasso Presents Gernika”

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: November 20, 2021

Where: Santa Monica Playhouse

What: At the Santa Monica Playhouses’s “Picasso Presents Gernika”, the connections between war, art, and humanity are all under consideration. Don’t miss this one-night-only production in support of the Santa Monica Playhouse Keep the Doors Open Campaign.

Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra Presents Awakening

When: November 20, 2021

Where: Culver City Veterans Memorial Auditorium | Culver City

What: After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the award-winning Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns. Enjoy an enriching show where music and celebration combine for a performance like no other.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

Stranger Things pop-up shop

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: until December 5, 2021

Where: Glendale

What: Make a visit to the upside-down for some cool swag and a fun weekend event! Hawkins comes to Los Angeles for this Stranger Things-inspired pop-up store. The limited engagement will be at the American until December 5 and of course features a photo op.

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view.

2021 JEXA Awards Gala

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: November 21, 2021

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City
What: You’re invited to attend this year’s 2021Jazz Excellence Awards (JEXA) Gala! The evening will honor music community leaders that support and mentor aspiring musicians and vocalists. Sunday’s event will be ​​an elegant evening of celebration in music and entertainment you won’t want to miss!!

 

CONEJO VALLEY FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

Fun Fridays Californios Night at Stagecoach Inn Museum

When: November 19, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Stagecoach Inn Museum | Newbury Park

What: Take part in a celebration of California’s Hispanic heritage at a fun evening filled with music, food, and history. Fun Fridays Californios Night at Stagecoach Inn Museum is a fun weekend event the entire family can enjoy. 

Postmodern Jukebox at B of A Performing Arts Plaza Thousand Oaks

FUN WEEKEND EVENTS

When: November 19, 8pm – 10pm

Where: B of A Performing Arts Plaza | Thousand Oaks

What: Don’t miss the time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox and there their stylized remixes of pop music hits. The concert will feature an ensemble of multi-talented singers and musicians making a truly thrilling live music experience.

Community Holiday Boutique in Westlake Village

When: November 21, 9:30am

Where: Water Court Complex | Westlake Village

What: With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time for a fun weekend at the community Holiday Boutique! Likewise, Westlake Village’s festive pop-up will feature handcrafted earrings/jewelry, holiday wreaths, home décor, and more!

Visiting San Diego | Out & About

You live in LA for a reason; you love the vitality of the city, the action, its vibrancy. But there are times you feel the need to get away, to recharge, to step back just a little. Come to San Diego, “The Birthplace of California.”

Stay a While in San Diego

San Diego has some of the highest-rated stays in the world. Here are two we recommend.

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar – On a hillside close to downtown SD, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a Mediterranean-style resort sure to meet your every need. Relax in the heated pools, private cabanas, and outdoor pool bars before enjoying exquisite French dining at the Addison Restaurant. Afterward, enjoy whirlpools at the Five-Star The Spa with its marble and wood accents.

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines – If your soul is crying for the ocean, consider the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Nestled into a cliff that overlooks the Pacific, Torrey Pines offers pristine beaches and a Champion golf course. Each room has a fireplace, and the lodge is right next to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

What To See in San Diego

There’s much to see in San Diego. We find these two recommendations particularly enjoyable.

  • Chauffeured Winery Tour – What better way to relax and unwind than a chauffeured winery tour. Spend an afternoon visiting three family-owned wineries and sampling 18 different wine varieties accompanied with fruit and cheese platters, and conclude with a delicious dinner overlooking a winery.

  • The San Diego Museum of Art – In Balboa Park and one of the nation’s finest, the San Diego Museum of Art regularly features major international exhibitions, and its collection of Spanish and Italian old masters is a must-see.

Where To Dine And Sip in San Diego

  • As previously mentioned, The Addison, in the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort, offers the finest in French dining. A Michelin two-star restaurant, the Addison features the creations of Chef William Bradley. They suggest wine pairings and are open for dinner only.

  • For exceptional dining and sipping with a view, it’s hard to beat Mr. A’s in Banker’s Hill. Recipient of the 2019 Diner’s Choice Award, and recognized as one of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America, Mr. A’s offers elegance with bay and skyline views.

Time To Shop in SD

When visiting, make time to enjoy luxury shopping. The Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley has over 200 stores including Hermès, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragamo, Girard Avenue and Prospect Street offer upscale boutiques, including Cartier and Alexia Maria, and La Plaza in La Jolla has upscale shops in an open Moroccan and Spanish themed setting.

Weekend Events: November 12-14, 2021

We’re midway through November but right on time for this week’s round-up of November weekend events! Don’t miss out on all the fun in your area. From Vulture Festival to Thousand Oak’s Kids’ Swap Meet, we have you covered with fun!!

LOS ANGELES NOVEMBER WEEKEND EVENTS

Vulture Festival

When: Nov 13-Nov 14, 2021

Where: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | Hollywood 

What: Make your way to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for this year’s Vulture Festival! New York’s celeb-filled culture fest lands in LA for Q&As, sneak peeks and table reads. 

Griffith Park’s 125th Anniversary

When: November 13, 2021

Where: Griffith Park

What: It’s time to celebrate 125 years of Griffith Park! The L.A. Conservancy will be marking the occasion with 30 other organizations. Find out the unique history of Griffith Park, the Fern Dell, and more this November weekend! 

BritWeek

When: Nov 14

Where: Miracle Mile

What: If you happen to be a fan of British motor vehicles, you’ll want to be in Miracle Mile this November weekend. Sunday will celebrate all things British including an automotive invasion of Beverly Hills. See 75 iconic British cars along the way, including Steve McQueen’s 1956 Jaguar XKSS and one of only two 1947 Rolls Royce Inskips ever handmade!

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES NOVEMBER WEEKEND EVENTS

Designer Con

When: Nov 12-14, 2021

Where: Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim

What: Toy fans unite for this weekend’s Designer Con. The event includes 500 vendors and artists who will showcase toys, art, design, and collectibles. All of this will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center!

RESET: An Art Event

When: November 13, 2021 

Where: Manhattan Beach

What: Join local artists Monique, Robin, and Joanne as they express their RESET emotions on canvas. This November weekend event is perfect for art lovers as a way to enjoy your Saturday evening. The art event will feature a special DJ and is free to attend!

In-Person Culver City Tai Chi for Beginners

When: November 14, 2021

Where: Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park | Culver City

What: Take some time to celebrate your health this Sunday with Tai Chi for beginners in Culver City. Learn all about this ancient practice and how to do the graceful meditative movements of Tai Chi on your own!

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY NOVEMBER WEEKEND EVENTS

Women Painters West: A Century of California Women Artists

When: Nov 13, 2021-Jan 8, 2022

Where: Brand Library and Art Center | Glendale

What: Celebrate Women Painters West for its centennial at this Glendale exhibit of over 100 works from current members. The Laguna Beach-based women’s art organization will also feature 25 paintings of past members to view.

 

Ilene Graff’s Making The Song Your Own Vocal Workshop -Fall BRUNCH Showcase

When: November 13, 2021

Where: Feinstein’s at Vitello’s | Studio City

What: If you have ever wanted to improve your singing skills, this Saturday is your chance! Join Grammy nominee Ilene Graff for this exciting workshop alongside ASCAP Award-winning composer Ben Lanzarone. This class will be for students of all levels as a way to explore the joy of singing.

Mindfulness Meditation

When: Nov 12, 2021 @ 10:00a

Where: Online – Studio City Branch Library

What: Enjoy some inner zen with the Studio City Branch Library! This weekend’s virtual meditation will help you connect mind and body to the present moment. The mindfulness meditation is led by John Kneedler and brought to you by the Friends of the Studio City Branch Library.

CONEJO VALLEY NOVEMBER WEEKEND EVENTS

Kids’ Swap Meet in Thousand Oaks

When: November 13, 2021 

Where: Thousand Oaks

What: If you have a young entrepreneur, they won’t want to miss this Saturday’s Kids’ Swap Meet! Kids who participate will be able to sell toys, supplies, and equipment at this family swap meet with local family vendors. 

Wildlife Day at Chumash Indian Museum Thousand Oaks

When: November 13, 2021

Where: Thousand Oaks

What: In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, take some time this Saturday to learn about the Chumash Indians. Join the Chumash Indian Museum for storytelling, presentations, and guidance on how to co-exist with wild animals.

Air National Guard Band of the West Coast Free Concert

When: November 14, 2021

Where: Oceanview Pavilion | Port Hueneme

What: In recognition of Veterans Day weekend, the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast invites you to enjoy an afternoon of live music. The event will also feature the Wounded Warrior Project as a special guest speaker.

Out & About: A Guide to Visiting Pasadena

If you are looking to move to an area outside of Los Angeles but would like to stay in the southern California region, then Pasadena is a good place to start exploring for a new home. Before you start your new journey in Pasadena or other surrounding areas, you may want to try visiting Pasadena to get a feel for the city first. You will want to explore different things to see, where to dine, places to shop, and things to do for fun.

What to See

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

This library is stunning, and it has amazing works of art. When you’re done looking at the art inside the museum, you can take a stroll through the botanical gardens and look at beautiful flowers. It’s very relaxing and peaceful.

The Craftsman Style Homes

Once you have had a fun-filled day of sightseeing including checking out museums, taking a drive, and looking at the craftsman-style homes. These could be the type of home you would want to live in when you move. These houses are very cute and are found in bungalows. These houses were built with the focus of detail on the outside.

Where to Dine

Bistro 45

Bistro 45 is the definition of luxury dining. It is in the French cuisine category. They are only open for dinner, and they hold events there occasionally, and they have an outstanding menu filled with delicious food. They have a little bit of everything ranging anywhere from seafood to pizza to pasta.

Sushi Roku

If you’re in the mood for Japanese, this luxury dining restaurant is the place to be for a date night or a family night. The food is incredible, and the presentation is immaculate. It looks like it came straight out of a magazine. Their menu items consist of steak, salmon, sushi, and more.

Places to Shop

Colorado Boulevard is what’s known as Pasadena’s main street in Pasadena, California. It has all sorts of places to shop for a relaxing outing solo or with a group of your closest friends.

The Paseo

The Paseo has lots of your favorite shops as well as food court options. This is a great place to shop and eat and you can also check out some of the events they have scheduled there. For example, they host a yearly tree-lighting ceremony before Thanksgiving.

Old Town Pasadena

If you’re wanting to support small businesses, then go to Old Town. They have lots of cute little stores such as All Love Collections, Blick Art Materials, and C’est La Vie Clothing.

Places for Fun

Regency Theatres

Everyone loves going to the movies. This theatre is located off of Pasadena’s main street. On Tuesday nights they have a special selection of movies known as classic films. They also have a game room where you can send your kids to play after the movie lets out.

The Rose Bowl

If you’re a sports fan, you will love coming here to watch the latest sports events live. Not only do they have sports, but they also have performances. For example, they host a music and arts festival in November that is definitely worth checking out.

When you’re visiting Pasadena, you get an idea of how the locals live, what they do for fun, and what they like to eat. It’s becoming more and more clear to you that this is the place you can see yourself moving to.

Weekend Events: October 29-31, 2021

It’s the last weekend of October which means it’s time for our round-up of Halloween weekend 2021 events. While not all of our usual haunts have returned, there are still plenty of ways to have fun this weekend. Read on for all of the spooky, ghoulish, and haunting fun happening near you!

LOS ANGELES HALLOWEEN WEEKEND 2021

Cemetery Lane: Trick-R-Treat Experience

When: October 27-31, 2021

Where: Heritage Square Museum | Montecito Heights

What: Make your way to Heritage Square for family-friendly Halloween weekend 2021 fun. Enjoy 13 themed trick-or-treating stops at Heritage Square Museum. Just beware of spooky characters that lurk in the shadows as you pursue along.

 

‘Get Out’ with Live Orchestra

When: Oct 29-31, 2021

Where: Ace Hotel | Downtown Historic Core

What: Don’t miss a truly haunting showing of the Oscar-winning film ‘Get Out’ Composer Micael Abels conducts the LA Opera Orchestra for a live score of Jordan Peele’s hit film.

 

Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Live with Danny Elfman

When: October 29-31, 2021

Where: USC/Exposition Park

What: Celebrate Halloween weekend 2021 with the Skeleton King for truly spooky fun! The O.G. Jack Skellington will be reprising his iconic role for a live performance and screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas. This exciting performance will also feature Grammy-winner Billie Eilish as Sarah with the duo on stage at the Banc of California Stadium.

 

WESTSIDE HALLOWEEN WEEKEND 2021

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents: Beetlejuice

When: October 29 | 7:30P

Where: The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport | Santa Monica

What: “It’s Showtime!”, so don’t miss the 1988 Halloween classic, Beetlejuice’ starring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Catherine O’Hara. Enjoy this Halloween weekend 2021 event under the starry sky in Santa Monica.

Howl-O-Thon

When: October 30 | 11:00A

Where: Wallis Annenberg Petspace

What: Don’t miss a howling good time at the Annenberg Petspace! This Halloween weekend 2021 bring the entire family for an afternoon of games and activities that both kids and pets can enjoy. Featured activities include the pup-kin patch, interactive trick-or-treat trail, and more! Costumes are encouraged.

Playa Vista Monster Dash 5K

When: October 31 | 9:00A

Where: Randy Johnson Park Bluff Creek Fields | Playa Vista

What: There’s always time to walk for a good cause and this Halloween is no exception. Make your way to Playa Vista this Halloween weekend 2021 for the Monster Dash 5K. This Halloween-themed and family-friendly event will also feature an after-party hosted by Runway. Enjoy a live DJ, Candy Coach, performances, and more!

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND 2021

Halloween Spooktacular Comedy Show

When: October 31 | 6:00P

Where: The Comedy Chateau | North Hollywood

What: Have a hauntingly good time at NoHo’s favorite Comedy Chateau! For a well-deserved laugh enjoy an evening at the Halloween Spooktacular. The Halloween set will feature Esther Povitsky, John Campanelli, and more! There is a two-drink minimum and gourmet American Bistro cuisine available for purchase.

San Fernando Valley Halloween Trunk-or-Treat

When: until Oct 30, 2021

Where: Westfield Fashion Square | Sherman Oaks

What: Hosted by everyone’s favorite Drive-In theatre, MyValley Pass presents Trunk-or-Treat at Westfield Fashion Square. Enjoy the magic of costumes, creativity & candy at this family-friendly Halloween weekend event. 

Haunt’oween LA

When: until October 31, 2021

Where: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd | Woodland Hills

What: It’s spooky season so you know there’s a bounty of Halloween fun around town. Enjoy this family-friendly on-foot adventure in Woodland Hills. ‘Haunt’oween LA will feature a pumpkin patch, a scarecrow garden, trick or treating, and more!

 

CONEJO VALLEY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND 2021

Haunted Housing Run 5K and Kids Dash in Ventura

When: Oct 30, 2021

Where: San Buenaventura State Beach | Ventura

What: Make your way to San Buenaventura State Beach for the 6th Annual Haunted Housing Run this Saturday. The annual Haunted Housing Run is a Halloween-themed 5K and Kids Dash that supports the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura.

CineMalibu Outdoor Movie Night Presents COCO

When: October 30 | 5:30P

Where: Malibu Bluffs Park | Malibu

What: Enjoy a family-friendly evening under the stars with CineMalibu’s screening of the Disney hit film COOC. Come in costume and enjoy giveaways and fun at this Halloween weekend 20201 event. 

Halloween Carnival in Oak Park

When: October 31 | 3:00P-5:00P — (Must Pre-Register by 10/30)

Where: Oak Park Community Center and Gardens | Oak Park

What: If you are in search of a fun Halloween weekend event head to Oak Park for a fun-filled day of spooky festivities. Hosted by the Rancho Simi Park District, the Halloween Carnival, will feature games, food, and more. Just make sure to register ahead of time as same-day tickets will not be available.