Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is officially in full swing. Take this weekend to see a parade or lights display or take the kids to see Santa. If you're procrastinating on shopping, you can check out the L.A. Auto show or learn to rumba dance instead. Check out our list.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Plaza Park, Oxnard MAP
Those savory and sweet corn-husk bundles of goodness are the stars of the show at the Oxnard Tamale Festival. There will be 14 tamale vendors, including Tex Mex and Filipino fusion versions of the popular Mexican dish. You can also showcase your own tamales by competing in the Best Tamale Contest. Kids can play in human hamster balls or the 805 Game Truck, a mobile gaming truck with PS4 and Xbox consoles.
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 1 - Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday until 6 p.m.
WHERE: Fairplex, Pomona MAP
COST: $9 for general admission, $7 for seniors, $4 for teens, free for kids under 13 Get tickets
The Fairplex in Pomona is hosting a huge market this weekend. If you're looking for handmade arts and crafts for some friends and family on your shopping list, this would be a good bet. There will be tons of vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, glass, metalwork, woodwork and specialty foods.
CULTURE VULTURE PICK
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance MAP
This is as close as you can get to a Scandinavian-style Christmas celebration in L.A. There will be dancing and music, including a choir performance of traditional Scandinavian Christmas songs. You can also try treats like hot "glögg," a glass of mulled and spiced wine. For the little "Frozen" movie lovers in your family, this event could be more magical (and less expensive) than a trip to Disneyland.
CAR LOVERS PICK
Whether you're in the market for a car or not, the L.A. Auto Show is worth a visit if you love being behind the wheel. The L.A. car culture is strong at this massive show, which takes over the entire convention center. See, sit in and test drive the different models from many top carmakers, get a peek at new technology coming to the roads and discover some cool car customizations. You can get an early taste of what's on offer from Take Two.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: South Lake Avenue, Pasadena MAP
Pasadena has an annual holiday celebration that takes over South Lake Avenue, where businesses are offering special deals for the day. Parents can enjoy live music and carolers while the kids go on a scavenger hunt. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides and photo opportunities with Santa.
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 30 - Saturday, Dec. 2
WHERE: The Music Center and Grand Park, DTLA MAP
The showcase of Latin American art in L.A., PST:LA/LA, continues this weekend with a focus on the vibrant dance and musical traditions of Cuba. Some of the events are free, like the Rumba workshop and dance party in Grand Park on Saturday. Other events require tickets, such as the Malpaso Dance Company performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or the after-hours party at the Music Center on Friday.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
WHERE: East 2nd Street, Long Beach MAP
Holiday revelers have a lot of parade options this weekend. This one in Long Beach is in its 35th year and features marching bands, floats and the jolly old man himself. There is also a holiday parade in San Pedro on Sunday afternoon. If you've never seen a floating parade before, check out the boats all lit up in the Parade of Boats in Los Angeles Harbor.