It’s actually COLD in Southern California! Even though temperatures warm up again this weekend, it feels like December today which is enough to get us in the holiday spirit. Add some cheer to your weekend with these fun happenings in Los Angeles:

2014 Harvest Festival at Fairplex 

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show (Fri – Sun): The arrival of the Harvest Festival is a sure sign that the holidays are here. Enjoy the atmosphere of festive lights, deliciously warm winter treats and row upon row of handmade gifts all weekend at Fairplex. For more information, visit

Village Holiday Promenade & Tree Lighting (Friday): Head over to downtown Claremont tonight after work for entertainment, Mr. & Mrs. Claus visits and the annual tree lighting ceremony.

First Fridays Los Angeles: First Fridays are a big deal in all parts of L.A. Unwind from the work week with one of these great events:

  • Pasadena Art Museums: The Pasadena Museum of California Art starts their weekend early with free museum admission from noon – 5 p.m. After that, consider visiting the nearby Norton Simon Museum is also free on the first Friday of each month after 5.
  • First Fridays Long Beach Holiday Edition: Stroll the art walk, live performances from local musicians, dining and shopping tonight. Say hi to Santa Claus and his elves, watch the annual tree and Menorah lighting, sip on hot cocoa and sing along with carolers.
  • Venice Beach First Fridays: On the Westside, Friday nights are all about Abbot Kinney Blvd. Pick your dinner from tons of food trucks, browse open galleries and take advantage of extended shopping hours.

Holiday Lights at the Getty (Saturday): No museum does the holidays better than The Getty. Get there by magic hour (sunset) and check out the lights and festive displays through 9 p.m.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sunday): It’s the last swap meet of the year! Shop thousands of auto parts and stock up for the month, check out the classic car show and chat with fellow car lovers from all parts of Southern California. Visit for more info.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at

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