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The Venice Fest

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Shop local at this celebration of Mar Vista businesses, which brings together over 100 vendors typically once a season. Hatched by the Gym Venice and Shop Morpheus, you’ll find artisans, food and DJs on Venice Boulevard between Centinela Avenue and Grand View Boulevard.

Parks After Dark Winter Wonderland

Sledding and playing in the snow: Not exactly typical L.A. activities, but they will be come this December. On Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas, L.A. County Parks and Recreation will be dumping tons of snow across 31 parks in the county, and hosting holiday crafts, hot cocoa stations, filled stockings and visits from Santa. Find the full list of parks on the county’s website; snow sessions are held from either noon to 4pm or 4 to 8pm.

Santa Monica Pub Crawl

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You’ve walked, donated and volunteered all in the name of charity. Now, here’s your chance to drink for those in need. Gather your friends and join other do-gooders at the annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl. A $20 admittance fee, benefitting the Westside Food Bank, allows you to participate in one of three routes around Santa Monica to experience drink and food specials at some of the city’s best spots, including the Victorian, Jameson’s Irish Pub and more. Sign up online and collect a wristband on the day of the event, then crawl from spot to spot on foot for single-digit-dollar food and drink deals.

Rose Parade

The first Rose Parade in 1890 was staged to show off California’s sun-kissed climate. The tradition is still going strong, complete with elaborate floral floats, musical performances and marching troupes (not to mention the crowning of the fresh-faced Rose Queen and her court), but the celebration now draws more than a million spectators who line the streets of Pasadena. The big Rose Bowl football game follows the parade. Later in spring, the event is spoofed with a day of costumed mayhem at the Doo Dah Parade. The parade—held on January 2 this year since New Year’s Day is on a Sunday—kicks off at 8am at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard before making its way east onto Colorado Boulevard. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street, where you can see the floats showcased.  Bleacher seats are available—about $120 in the TV zone and closer to $70 farther east—but you can grab a spot on the sidewalk for free. People traditionally camp out overnight, but if you’d rather show up the morning of, head east of Lake Avenue and you’ll have an easier time.

Desert X

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The desert-spanning biennial is back, with premieres of site-specific works from a slate of to-be-announced artists. For its third iteration, Desert X will once again stage outdoor installations across about 40 miles of the Coachella Valley from March 4 to May 7, 2023.

L.A. 2028 Summer Olympics

  • Sport events

Get ready: In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympic Games. After initially vying for a bid in 2024, L.A. was awarded the ’28 Games back in 2017.

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