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     This page contains information on arts and special music/performance-related events and activities. Artwalk information and the listings of free museum days have been carried over from the summer "Extras" page, along with a couple of other categories of other "freebies." Additional materials and the most current updates can be found on the site's Twitter and/or Facebook pages. PLEASE REMEMBER: Although every attempt is made to bring you the most current event information possible, ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CONFIRM ANY EVENT YOU WISH TO ATTEND. A phone number and web link are included if available. Also, if you'd like information on other free events, products and activities on an ongoing basis during the year, plus the latest site updates, follow on Twitter and/or Facebook. Visit and/or (the information also can be viewed near the top of the concert pages). And . . . if you'd like an event posted, please send an e-mail with the information along with a contact name and phone number to Thanks!

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December 1 and 29 - 14th Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival. The 14th Annual LA International Children's Film Festival will take place in December on two separate days in two locations. There will be nearly 50 films from around the world - full length and short animation, live action, and documentary films. The festival is organized for different age groups, from toddlers through teen agers. Select filmmakers and actors will be present for Q&A sessions after the screenings. On December 1, short films and animation will be screened from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education in Lincoln Park, 3540 N. Mission Road in Los Angeles. Additional screenings will take place on December 29 from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Festival screenings will continue in March 2019. Information:

December 7, 8, and 9 - Show and Prove 2018 Hip Hop Studies Conference. Show and Prove (S&P) is a biennial Hip Hop Studies conference series that is interdisciplinary in practice and international in scope. It began in New York in 2010 and after a brief hiatus resumed in Riverside in 2016. The conference engages various formats, including traditional paper panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, master classes and performance. The conference is free and open to the public. The conference will take place Friday December 7 from 5 - 9 p.m., Saturday December 8 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday December 9 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the UCR Culver Center for the Arts in downtown Riverside. See website for additional details, schedule information and registration links. Information: (951) 827-3245, (951) 827-4787 or

December 12 - Jim J's Jukebox at the Beverly Hills Library. The 22nd season of the lectures by American Songbook buff Jim Jimirro (founding president of The Disney Channel and current Chairman of the Board of National Lampoon) continues at 7 p.m. in the Beverly Hills library 2nd floor auditorium, 444 N. Rexford Drive. Lectures cover facts, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and music from his collection. Information: (310) 288-2244 or

January 11 - UCLA World Music Lecture/Symposium/Performance. Documenting the Sounds of Africa: Archiving, Instruments, and Researching the Local. The day-long program will begin at 8 a.m. with a symposium celebrating the re-opening of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and honoring the work of Jacqueline Cogdell DjeDje, Director of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive from 2000 - 2007. The symposium will take place in the Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Music Building, on the UCLA campus. The day will conclude with a 5:30 p.m. concert featuring members of the UCLA West African and Afro-Cuban Ensembles and the Wondem Band. See additional details on website, and use the RSVP link to make reservations. Information: (310) 825-5947 or

CONCERT SHARE 2019. Concert Share is the annual event at which bands and vendors can meet with the city representatives booking summer concerts. The event is not free, but so many of you ask about it each year that the information will be posted here and on the site's Facebook page. The event will take place on January 30, 2019 at the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex, 13000 Clarkdale Avenue. Registration for bands/vendors is currently open online at http:/ If you to to this site, click on "Register for Classes and Activites" and scroll through the alphabetical list until you reach "Concert Share." Contact the City of Norwalk Parks and Recreation department for additional information by phone. Additional information will be posted here when it is available. Information: (562) 929-5702

LONG BEACH - KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND (TURN)TABLE. Knights of the Round (Turn)Table is a new monthly event modeled after a book club. Each month a different historically significant album is chosen, and participants listen to both sides and discuss it. Back in the day, people used to listen to the records while staring at the album artwork and liner notes. The programs seek to recreate this experience in the company of other music lovers. The November program will take place on November 29 and will feature the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Beatles. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Petroleum Club, 3636 Linden Avenue. December program TBA. Leading the discussion will be Chris Schlarb of Big Ego records. Information: (562) 595-0081 or

LONG BEACH - SHAKESPEARE ALOUD. "Shakespeare Aloud." Each month Shakespeare Aloud hosts readings of Shakespeare's plays. Community members are invited to participate as readers or audience members. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. and readings begin at 11 a.m. in the CSULB Theatre Arts Department Arts Building, corner of 7th Street and East Campus Drive. Though some copies of the materials will be available, readers are encouraged to bring their own copies of the plays. Upcoming readings will be: December 1 - Henry V, 1st half, and December 15 - Henry V, second half. Information: (562) 985-7000 or

LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - LA OPERA COMMUNITY OPERA PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY. Every year the LA Opera presents a large-scale community opera production performed at Our Lady of Angels Cathedral in downtown LA. The 2019 production will be the world premiere of "Moses," and it will ake place on March 22 and 23. Youth principal auditions for girls ages 11 - 17 and boys with changed voices ages 13 - 17 on December 4 and December 9 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Read more and request an audition using the link at the website listed. Information: or

LOS ANGELES COUNTY(VARIOUS LOCATIONS) - L.A. OPERA "OPERA TALKS." "Opera Talks" are 50-minute inte ractive presentations led by members of LA Opera's speakers bureau. The talks take place monthly at a number of Los Angeles County libraries, and upcoming dates are listed here. Phone numbers included are for the library in which the lecture takes place. December programs will include: December 11 - Platt Library, Woodland Hills, at 6:15 p.m. Topic: Hansel and Gretel, (818) 340-9386. Information: (213) 972-3157 or, go to "Community."

TORRANCE - ARTFUL DAYS LECTURES. The lectures on a variety of art-related topics take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m. at either the Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, or the George Nakano Theater, 3330 Civic Center Drive at the Torrance Civic Center. Lectures are presented by art historian Mary Drobny. Upcoming topic will be: December 4 - Caravaggio and his followers. Information: (310) 618-2376 or, search "Artful Days."

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - TARGET FREE MUSEUM DAYS. Target generously sponsors many free museum day programs throughout Southern California. The following locations offer free museum days sponsored by Target: In Los Angeles, there is the First Sundays program at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park (Information: (213) 744-2132 or and the Target Free Second Saturdays program at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo (Information: (213) 625-0414 or Similar programs are also offered at the Children's Museum in La Habra, the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, and the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach. The Children's Museum, 301 S. Euclid, offers Target Free 1st Saturdays. Information: (562) 905-9793 or At the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos, Target Free Sundays are every Sunday of the month with free admission and special programs. Information: (562) 437-1689 or The Orange County Museum of Art offers Target Free Second Saturdays, with free admission and family-friendly activities. Information: (949) 759-1122 or Also, check the LACMA website for the next Target Free Holidays Monday at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Information: (323) 857-6000 or


The following is a partial listing of art walks. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events prior to attending since days and times may change periodically.

  • ANAHEIM - Downtown Anaheim ArtCrawl Experience. This event takes place quarterly on the second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. The progressive art walk will begin at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 Center Street. The next event will take place in February. Information: (714) 956-3586 or, go to "Events" or "ArtCrawl Experience."

  • CLAREMONT - Art After Hours at Pomona College Museum of Art. The event takes place most Thursdays at the Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Avenue, from 5 - 11 p.m. May include entertainment, special exhibits, student presentations or other programs, and the event is usually during the school year. Information: (909) 621-8283 or

  • COVINA - First Saturday Citrus Art Walk. The new First Saturday Citrus ArtWalk will take place on the first Saturday of each month from 3 - 7 p.m. on Citrus Avenue in downtown Covina. There will be art displays and a variety of dance/music performances. Information:

  • FULLERTON - First Friday Art Walk. Every first Friday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in Downtown Fullerton. Art events and exhibition openings; map available on website. Information: (714) 879-1993 or

  • HUNTINGTON BEACH - Third Wednesdays Art Walk. ArtWalk will take place every third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street, Fifth Street and a number of individual locations. Maps will be available at each art stop. Information: (714) 536-8300 or

  • LAGUNA BEACH - First Thursdays Art Walk. Every first Thursday of the month from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown Laguna. Information: (949) 683-6871 or

  • LONG BEACH - Second Saturday Art Walk in the East Village Arts District. Every second Saturday of the month from 4 - 10 p.m. Art, street performances, and music in the East Village Arts District area, Linden Ave., 1st Street, Broadway, Elm. Information: (562) 682-9735 or

  • LONG BEACH (BIXBY KNOLLS) - First Fridays on Atlantic Avenue. Art, a variety of entertainment and other exhibits along Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls on the first Friday of each month. Information: (562) 595-0081 or

  • LONG BEACH - 3rd Thursday Artwalk at Shoreline Village. Shoreline Village, 423 Shoreline Village Drive, holds an artwalk every third Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m. The event includes art, music, and food and drink specials at participating restaurants. Information: (562) 437-3734 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN) - Downtown L.A. Artwalk. Every second Thursday of the month from noon - 9 p.m. Information: (213) 624-6212 or

  • LOS ANGELES (DOWNTOWN AND VICINITY) - Leimert Park Village Art Walk. The Leimert Park Village Art Walk takes place every last Sunday of the month along the streets of 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard from 2 - 8 p.m. Local cultural spaces, art studios and storefronts will host art exhibits, spoken word and music programs, children's activities and more. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (MID-WILSHIRE/MUSEUM DISTRICT) - Miracle Mile Art Walk. More than 40 galleries and museums hold the ArtWalk four times a year. See website for quarterly details. Information: (323) 651-3512, or

  • LOS ANGELES (NORTHEAST) - Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) Artwalk. Every second Saturday of the month in the Highland Park area of Northeast Los Angeles from 7 - 10 p.m. Information:

  • LOS ANGELES (WEST) - Annenberg Space For Photography. Not an artwalk, but regular exhibits, lectures and slide shows in a space "dedicated to exhibiting digital and print photography in an intimate environment." Located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. Current exhibit through the summer is on country music. Information: (213) 403-3000 or

  • ONTARIO - Ontario Emporia Arts District ArtWalk and Studio Tour. The ArtWalk and Studio Tour takes place the third Saturday of every other month from 6 - 10 p.m. at 211 - 223 Emporia Street and 119 W. Transit Street in Ontario. No information yet on upcoming dates. Information: (909) 437-6962

  • POMONA - Metro Pomona Art Walk. Music, food and art every second Saturday of the month in the Pomona Arts Colony off Garey Avenue between Holt and Mission Boulevard. Hours are from 6 - 9 p.m. Information: (909) 261-5004 or

  • RIVERSIDE - First Thursdays Arts Walk. Arts Walk is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the downtown Riverside area; includes Riverside Museum. Information: (951) 682-6737, (951) 826-5273, or

  • SAN CLEMENTE - Village Art Fair. First Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. along Avenida Del Mar. Information: (949) 218-5378 or

  • SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Second Saturday Art Fair. Over 50 juried fine artists, craftsmen and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown SJC from the Mission to Los Rios Street, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Information: (949) 493-4700 or

  • SANTA ANA - Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village Open House. Every first Saturday of the month from 7 - 10 p.m., Second and Broadway area. Exhibits and occasional performances vary from month to month. Information: (714) 564-5625,,

  • SANTA ANA - Santiago Art District ArtWalk. Artwalks are on the third Saturday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in the Santiago Art District at Santiago Street Lofts, Santa Ana Boulevard between Santiago Street and Poinsettia Street. Parking at Santa Ana Train Depot. Information:

  • SAN PEDRO - First Thursday ArtWalk. On the first Thursday of each month, open galleries and studios, street vendors and entertainment in the downtown San Pedro arts district. Event is from 6 - 9 p.m. in downtown San Pedro between 4th and 8th Streets. There also are periodic Third Saturday artwalks from 2 - 6 p.m., with more than 30 galleries and studios plus guided tours. Information:

  • TEMECULA - First Friday Art Showcases. First Friday programs in 2018 will take place on Oct. 5 and Nov. 2. Artist meet and greet from 6 - 7 p.m., plus display of featured artist works at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, and Art Off the Walls from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Temecula Civic Center, 41000 Main Street. Information: (951) 694-6480 or

  • UPLAND - Artists on "A" Street. Over 20 different types of art for show and sale every last Saturday of the month at the corner of "A" Street and 3rd Avenue. No time listed. Information: (909) 931-4100, (909) 204-4465 or

  • VENICE - Venice Art Crawl. The Venice Art Crawl takes place quarterly on the third Thursday of month from 6 - 10 p.m. at locations north and south of Windward Avenue. Visit site for current locations and upcoming dates. Information:

  • WHITTIER - Whittier Art Stroll Uptown. The Whittier Art Stroll Uptown takes place from 5 - 9 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The event includes art from more than 40 artists, plus live music, treats, a variety of vendors and more. A variety of events are hosted primarily at local businesses. The event takes place in Historic Uptown Whittier, Greenleaf Avenue and vicinity (a map is available on the Facebook page). Information: or

If your city has a monthly or regularly-scheduled arts open house/art walk you'd like listed, please send an e-mail message to the site using the link at the bottom of the page. Information will be posted as it is received!

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The following is a partial listing of free museum days. It is recommended that you confirm the availability of all events/open days prior to visiting the museum since free entry days and times may change periodically.

  • BOWERS MUSEUM - First Sunday of the month - family programs are generally from about 12:30 - 3 p.m. (see concert pages). Museum address is 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Please note: museum admission is no longer free during the first Sunday programs. Information: (714) 567-3100 or

  • BROAD MUSEUM - The Broad is LA's new contemporary art museum. It is located in downtown Los Angeles on Grand Avenue next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The museum is closed on Monday; hours vary on other days of the week. Advanced tickets may be reserved online, or there is an onsite standby line each day for admission on a first-come basis. See website for additional details. Information: (213) 232-6250 or

  • CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM - Target Sundays are every second Sunday of the month. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live programs generally begin about 1 p.m. General admission to the museum is also free. Museum address is 600 State Drive in Exposition Park (Los Angeles Coliseum area). Information: (213) 744-2132, (213) 744-7432 or

  • CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER - There is free admission to all permanent exhibition galleries at the California Science Center (excludes IMAX and special exhibits). The museum address is 700 Exposition Park Drive (Los Angeles Colisum area). Information: (323) 724-3623 or

  • CHINO YOUTH MUSEUM - The Chino Youth Museum offers Free First Friday programs from 3 - 5 p.m. Programs include art projects, snacks, time to explore the museum, exhibits and entertainment. Also for July, first 1000 people at Museum get in free. The museum is located at 13191 6th Street in Chino, one block north of the Chino Transit Center. Information: (909) 464-0499.

  • FIRE STATION/MUSEUM OPEN HOUSES - Two area historical fire stations offer free tours on Saturdays. In San Pedro, Old Fire Station 36 (located at 638 Beacon Street) is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. In Hollywood, Old Fire Station 27 is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both offer a variety of artifacts and exhibits. Information: (323) 464-2727 or

  • THE GETTY CENTER - Free admission; parking is $15, but $10 after 5 p.m. The museum does not require parking reservations. Off the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. There are a variety of art-related and storytelling activities for children and families, free programs, lectures and movies, and more. See the museum's calendar for listing of events and programs. Information: (310) 440-7300 or

  • GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY - There is no admission charge to enter the observatory, but a fee for planetarium shows. Monthly public star parties offer the public a chance to try out telescopes and talk with amateur astronomers from 2 - 9:45 p.m. Check for upcoming star party dates. Information: (213) 473-0800 or

  • HOMESTEAD MUSEUM - Free admissions and programs like behind-the-Scenes tours and children's storytelling hours. Some programs require reservations. The museum is at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Information: (626) 968-8492 or

  • HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS - Free admission the first Thursday of every month. Tickets are required and reservations become available on the first date of the month prior to the visit (i.e. reservations for the first Thursday in August become available starting July 1). Reservations for free days fill up quickly. Also, check monthly schedules for free lectures and other presentations. Information: (626) 405-2100 or

  • THE IRVINE MUSEUM OF ART - The Irvine Museum of Art is a small OC museum dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890 - 1930). 18881 Von Karman Street, Irvine, Ground Level. Admission policy had changed; admission is free now only for seniors, students and children. Information: (714) 476-2565 or

  • LA HABRA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - The Children's Museum at La Habra offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month for the Target Free Saturdays program. Check website for upcoming dates. Information: (562) 905-9793 or

  • LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART - Admission to the Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday. Museum address is 2300 East Ocean Boulevard. Information: (562) 439-2119 or

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) - Admission to the museum's regular exhibits is free every second Tuesday of the month and to LA County residents with ID after 5 p.m., 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. A schedule of Target Free Holiday Mondays can also be found on the museum website, as well as information on other free lectures and performances. Information: (323) 857-6000 or

  • MULTIPLE LOCATIONS - BANK OF AMERICA "MUSEUMS ON US" PROGRAM - Over 70 museums nationwide are now offering free admission on the first weekend of every month for anyone showing a Bank of America check, ATM or credit card. Visit website for list of museums. Information:

  • MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA). Admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art is free on Thursdays from 5 - 8 p.m., 250 S. Grand Avenue. Information:

  • THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART - LONG BEACH Free Target Sundays programs include special activities each month with a variety of family-oriented art workshops and/or music. Address is 628 Alamitos Avenue. Information: (562) 437-1689 or

  • NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - The Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Boulevard at Exposition Park in the downtown Los Angeles/USC campus vicinity, offers free museum admission every first Tuesday of the month. Information: (213) 763-3466 or

  • NORTON SIMON MUSEUM - The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, offers free admission from 6 - 9 p.m. on every first Friday of the month. Information: (626) 449-6840 or

  • ONTARIO MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART - The Museum is located in the Historic Old City Hall Building, 225 South Euclid. Hours are noon - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free. Also a variety of art and public programs. Information: (909) 983-3198 or

  • ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART - The Orange County Museum of Art offers free admission on Fridays. There also are Target Free Second Saturday programs with free admission and family-friendly activities. The Museum is located at 850 San Clemente Drive near the Fashion Island shopping center. Information: (949) 759-1122 or

  • PAGE MUSEUM AT THE LA BREA TAR PITS - The Page Museum allows visitors to watch fossil excavation and assembly and has interactive displays of the Tar Pits and Southern California during the Ice Age. Free admission day is the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August). The museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (323) 934-7243 or

  • SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER - The Skirball Cultural Center is open with free admission every Thursday, and also a variety of both free and fee performances and activities. Includes Passport Screenings of films one Saturday per month. The Center is located off the 405 Freeway at the Skirball Drive exit. Information: (310) 440-4500 or

  • SOUTHWEST MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - The Southwest Museum of the American Indian, part of the Autry Museum system, is open to the public from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m on Saturdays. The Museum is located in the Mt. Washington area at 234 Museum Drive. Information: (323) 667-2000 or

  • UCLA FOWLER MUSEUM - The museum regularly offers free admission and a variety of free music, film and art-related programs. The Fowler Museum is located on the UCLA campus. Information: (310) 825-4361 or

  • UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM The museum offers a wide selection of lectures, poetry readings, music and other programs and performances. See the event calendar on museum website for a full schedule of events. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard at Westwood. Information: (310) 443-7000 or



Having a birthday soon? Why not celebrate? Many organizations offer free food or other goods on your birthday if you give them an e-mail address/join their e-clubs. Examples of some available offers are listed below. Be sure to read all the details/conditions on the company/organization's website before agreeing to any offers. Offers may change periodically without notice.

  • ACAPULCO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the Acapulco e-mail club. Information:

  • BASKIN ROBBINS - Free ice cream on your birthday at Baskin Robbins when you sign up on their website. Information:

  • BENIHANA RESTAURANTS - Birthday Dinner Offer. Sign up for Benihana's "Chef's Table" newsletter with an e-mail address, get a certificate for $30 free toward your birthday dinner. Policies for the offer have changed recently in that your offer is only good if other paying customers are dining with you; check website for most current information. Information:

  • BJS RESTAURANTS - Get a free Pizookie dessert on your birthday at BJs Restaurants when you join their e-club. Information:

  • BOOMERS PARKS - Get a free unlimited 4-hour play pass good on all attractions when you join the Boomers discount club. The pass is good on any day during your birthday month. Go to the website, pick a location, and enroll online. Information:

  • CINNABON - Sign up for Cinnabon's e-mail list and get a free Minibon now plus an iced coffee on your birthday. Information:

  • DEL TACO - Get two free chicken soft tacos now plus a birthday shake for joining the Del Taco Raving Fan eClub. Information:

  • EL TORITO RESTAURANTS - Free guacamole now, free entree on your birthday when you sign up for the El Torito e-mail club. Free birthday meal no longer advertised, so you'll have to wait until your birthday to see if a free entree coupon arrives. Information:

  • FAMOUS DAVES - Get a free burger or sandwich on your birthday when you sign up for the P.I.G. (Pretty Important Guest) e-mail club. Information: or

  • FARRELL'S ICE CREAM PARLOR - Sign up for Farrells Fan Club e-mail and receive a free small sundae on your birthday. Information:

  • GOLDEN SPOON YOGURT - Get a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for Golden Spoon Yogurt's G Club. Information:

  • HOOTERS - Join Hooters Hoot Club, get special e-mail offers and a free entree (up to $7.99 value) on your birthday. Information:

  • JERSEY MIKE'S - Join Jersey Mike's e-mail club, get special e-mail offers and a free sub and a 22 oz. drink on your birthday. Information:

  • PANERA - A "My Panera Rewards" card can be picked up at any location, or sign up online for the program. Free pastry on your birthday. Information:

  • RA SUSHI - Sign up for RA Sushi's "The Hook Up" e-mails and get a certificate worth $20 during your birthday month. Information:

  • RED ROBIN RESTAURANTS - Free burger on your birthday. Stop in any Red Robin and pick up a Red Royalty card, then register the card online. Information:

  • RUBIOS - Rubios offers a free taco upon sign-up to their Beach Club e-mail, plus a free birthday meal. Also news on free products testings, other events. Information:

  • SAN MANUEL CASINO - Go to San Manuel on your birthday and get a $10 food credit and a chance to spin the wheel for up to $100 in free slot play (but also can be $5). Club Serrano membership required, but membership is free. Information:

  • SCHLOTZSKY'S DELI - Free small sandwich or 8" pizza on your birthday when you sign up for their e-club. Information:

  • SONIC DRIVE IN - Sonic will give you a choice of one of three items for your birthday. Sign up on website for Sonic Cruisers e-club. Information:

  • SPRINKLES CUPCAKES BIRTHDAY CLUB - Sign up online for Sprinkles Birthday Club and get a free cupcake on your birthday. Information:

  • TGI FRIDAYS - Free dessert or appetizer now plus free line pass; free birthday treat when you join TGI Friday's "Give Me More Stripes." Information:


  • "ALOUD" AT THE LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY - Lecture series. Most programs begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium. Wide variety of topics. Reservations required. Fall listings are now available. Information: (213) 228-7025, or

  • "DISTINCTIVE VOICES AT THE BECKMAN CENTER" AT UC IRVINE - Insights on Science, Technology and Medicine lectures. Events usually run September through June. Lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Beckman Center on the UCI campus and open to the public. Programs are by reservation only and fill up quickly. Visit the website listed and join the e-mail list to receive notices for each session and invitations to register online. Seating is limited. Information: (949) 721-2266 or

  • "IRIS NIGHTS" LECTURE SERIES AND OTHER EVENTS AT THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. - Photography-related lectures and events. Thursday night IRIS Lectures, Slide Shows and other events are at the Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City. Reservations recommended. Information: (213) 403-3000 or

  • LAMPS PLUS FREE WORKSHOPS - Lamps Plus offers a variety of free 1-hour workshops throughout Southern California (Basic lighting, room makeovers, etc.). Register online by visiting the Lamps Plus website. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click "Workshops." Participants will also receive a $20-off coupon for Lamps Plus merchandise. Information:

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD: CALARTS WHAP! LECTURE SERIES - Lectures in the CalArts WHAP! Series are presented by CalArts and the City of West Hollywood Arts Division. Lectures take place from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 W. San Vincente Boulevard. Upcoming programs will be: November 16 - Aimee Bahng presents "Toward a Transpacific Undercommons," and November 23 - Lisa Nakamura presents "Automating Racial Empathy: Virtual Reality and the Undercommons." Information: (323) 848-6360, or, go to arts.

  • WILLIAMS-SONOMA - Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of classes in cooking techniques and junior chef sessions. No set time; check website listed for most current information. Information:

  • ZOCALO PUBLIC SQUARE LECTURE SERIES - Series of public lectures in a variety of locations throughout the Los Angeles area and on a variety of topics. Reservations are required for most events. Information:


Many local and national companies and organizations provide special free offers during the year. Some are open to all; some are open only to specific audiences. Check for availability. Most, but not all, require some type of online registration or submitting an e-mail address to qualify. Read all details/conditions of offers before accepting, as offers may change periodically without notice. Some of the recently-available offers/products/services include:

  • BEN AND JERRYS - Free scoop of ice cream when you join Ben and Jerry's "Chunk Mail" online. See site for store locations. Also, follow Ben and Jerrys on Twitter to find our where their Scoop Truck will be dishing up free ice cream treats. Information:

  • BRUEGGERS BAGELS - Get a free bagel with cream cheese, plus a birthday treat, when you sign up for the e-mail newsletter at Brueggers Bagels. Information:

  • BUCCA DI BEPPO - The Italian restaurants offer a free pasta on your next visit plus other special offers for joining their e-mail club. Information:

  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN - Enroll in CPK's Pizza Dough Rewards and get a free small plate now, plus a birthday treat. Information:

  • DENTAL CARE - Dentistry from the Heart provides free dental care for those in need at specific locations on specific days. Some events take place locally. See website for location and other information. Information:

  • DER WIENERSCHNITZEL - Get a free original chili dog from Der Wienerschnitzel when you sign up for their Wiener Lover's Club. Information:

  • FREECYCLE.ORG - The Freecycle Network is a grassroots/nonprofit movement of people in local communities giving/getting stuff for free. Information:

  • GODIVA CHOCOLATES - Get a free piece of Godiva Chocolate every month when you sign up for their Rewards Club. Information:

  • IHOP - Get a free meal now, plus one on your birthday, plus another on your first anniversary of joining IHOP's Pancake Revolution. Sign up online. Information:

  • MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) - Take MIT courses from home. Over 1900 courses are offered through the web in their open university program. No registration is required. Information:

  • OPERATION SAUCE DROP - Free gift box of specialty sauces to U.S. military with an APO or FPO address. See details at "Operation Sauce Drop" on website. Information:

  • POLLY'S PIES - Get a free slice of pie plus cup of coffee for joining Polly's e-mail club. Information:

  • SEA WORLD - Admission to Sea World is free for active military and up to three dependents. Registration is required; see details on website. Information: or


     As has been a tradition on the site, a few other free holiday events and offers are always included here even though they are not necessarily music-related events per se. Information for 2018 will be added through the end of December as information becomes available, beginning with Veterans Day and Thanksgiving events in November. Since information on these events can be changed up to the last minute, it is recommended that you confirm all events prior to attending or redeeming an offer. Check the Twitter/Facebook page information for ongoing updates or the websites listed for the sponsors/organizers of events.

BUENA PARK - KNOTT'S BERRY FARM HOLIDAY TRIBUTES/RECOGNITION DAYS. Knott's Holiday Tribute admissions programs begin in November. From November 1 - 15 and November 26 - December 21, Knott's pays tribute to past and present U.S. Armed Forces personnel during Military Tribute Days. The Tribute Days include free park admission for active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel plus one guest with proper ID presented at the turnstile. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased for $39 each from November 1 - November 15, and for $45 each from November 26 - December 21. Fire and Law Tribute Days will take place November 26 - December 21 and January 7 - 26. Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, with ID will receive complimentary admission for themselves and one guest. (A complete list of professions eligible for the offer can be found on the Knott's website). Additional tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth at a discounted rate. Visit, Tickets/Promotions, for further information.

BEVERLY HILLS - HOLIDAY TIME IN PALYELAND (PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA). The Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, will present Holiday Time in Paleyland from November 24 - January 6. The program features daily screenings of classic holiday TV programs (like Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, etc.) from the Paley Archive playing continuously Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. There also will be family-friendly activities, visits with Santa (see schedule on website), and complimentary hot cocoa. See schedule and additional details on website. Information: (310) 786-1000 or

LIGHT SHOWS/DISPLAYS & MISCELLANEOUS FESTIVITIES. This category includes miscellaneous celebrations and other events not included on the concert pages. The Riverside Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside includes more than three million lights illuminating the historic Mission Inn. There also are a variety of events including holiday entertainment and ice skating (fee for skating) along Main Street. Lights on the Mission Inn will remain lit until January 6th. Hours and performance schedule available online. Information: In downtown Los Angeles, Grand Park's "Winter Glow" will light up the park for the holidays through December 25 from sundown - 10 p.m. "Winter Glow" is a 12-acre art, projection and light display, exhibit and installation. Information: The city of Beverly Hills is celebrating "BOLD Holidays" with light displays, visits with Santa and weekend entertainment. See the schedule of events at Also, Marina Lights will light up Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey nightly from 4 - 10 p.m., with additional activities during the month of December. See more information at

NORAD SANTA. Have you been incredibly naughty or just plain nice this year? Wondering if Santa is on his way to your house? If you want to track his trip from the North Pole, let NORAD help you. The NORAD Santa website is available to all to track Santa on his way to your neighborhood. Visit the website listed; will be online beginning December 1. Information:

SHOPPING CENTERS/MALLS. The number of events at shopping centers/malls including acoustic holiday performances, carolers and other seasonal entertainment grows each year, but schedules vary. If you're out shopping a need a break, check the website of your local mall or shopping center before going for any listed/advertised entertainment or holiday activities. When possible, an indication of some times/locations of mall/shopping center performances not included in the listings will be posted to this site's Facebook page.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS - HOLIDAY BOAT PARADES. The LA Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade in San Pedro/Los Angeles Harbor will take place at 6 p.m. on December 1 in the Port of LA East Basin. Viewing areas will be in Wilmington, the San Pedro waterfront, Port 'O Call and other locations (see map on website). Information: or The Dana Point Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will take place on December 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. along the Dana Point waterfront. This year's theme is "A Western Wonderland." Info: or The Marina Del Rey 56th Annual Holiday Boat Parade will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. on December 8 with fireworks at 5:55 p.m. This year's Grand Marshal is LA Supervisor Janice Hahn, and the theme is "Holiday Water Wonderland." There also wil be a Snow Wonder snow festival in Burton Chace Park from noon - 6 p.m. prior to the parade. Information: (310) 670-7130 or Also on December 8, the King Harbor Redondo Beach Boat Parade in the main channel of King Harbor will take place at 5:30 p.m. (with paddle craft at 4:30 p.m.). This year's theme is "Deck the Hulls With Love." Information: (310) 376-2459, or And also on December 8, the Naples Boat Parade (in the Long Beach/Naples area) around the canals of Naples Island will take place on at 6 p.m. The theme is "Star Spangled Christmas." Information: On December 9 the Villa Park Dry Land Yacht Parade will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m., with activities and live music at the Town Center from 4 - 9 p.m. See route on website. Info: (714) 998-1500, or Another dry land "Boat Parade" - the Chino Hills Boat Parade will take place on December 21 at 7 p.m. on Peyton Drive between Eucalyptus and Boys Republic Drive. Road closures in area begin at 5 p.m. Info: On December 15, the Parade of 1000 Lights at Shoreline Village in Long Beach will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Information: or The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade will take place Dec. 19 - 23 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. throughout Newport Harbor. See map on website. On opening night there will be fireworks from the Newport Pier at 6:15 p.m. and on closing night there will be fireworks from the Balboa Pier at 9 p.m. Information: or

WONDERLAND BY THE WATER. Wonderland by the Water will take place at the Santa Monica Pier through December. The Pier will be spreading holiday cheer through art, events and holiday magic. Programs will include: Puppet Shows with Bob Baker Marionettes on November 29 and December 6, 13, and 20 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Merry-Go-Round, Story Time and Photos with Holiday Mermaids on December 7, 14 and 21. Photos will be from 3 - 7 p.m. and story time at 4 p.m. There also will be a food festival with Smorgasburg LA on December 8 from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the Pier Deck. Information:

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