Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas for hipsters

With the holidays rapidly approaching (when did it become December??), there are lots of cool parties/shopping events/random fun things to do around the city. I probably won't have time to do most of these, but by writing about it, it makes me feel like I'm a part of the action somehow...

In chronological order:

Recessionista Holiday Sale
Sat Dec 6th 12-8pm

2900 Rowena

I always like to buy clothes/accessories/gifts that aren't readily available at "da mall" and this place has an extensive lineup of local designers selling neat jewelry/clothes/accessories/gifts. The chances of there being free libations is high since one of its sponsors is Honest Tea :)

Downtown LA Block Party
Sat Dec 6th 6pm-midnight

Old Bank District
401 S. Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Since I just came back from Paris, I'm a sucker for anything Parisian. There will also be a beer/wine garden (my favorite!!!)

From yelp: Come out to this FREE Block Party!!! There will be lots of live music, an art bazaar (perfect for gifts!), restaurant specials, a beer and wine garden and a Parisian-style light display on 4th Street. And since it's the season for giving, local proceeds will donate to Downtown charities. Have fun and do a good deed while you're at it!

Rock n Bowl Holiday Party
Wed Dec 10th 9pm-1am

All Star Lanes
4459 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles CA

This event is sponsored by Toyota Matrix, Filter Magazine, and the Antics team, so you know that you're guaranteed to have plenty of free booze and hipster-watching. I've gone to this event when they had their summer version and indeed it was plenty fun. This one includes free bowling, t-shirt silk printing (get in line for this part early so you don't wait an eternity), and free Asahi beer from 9-11pm. RSVP soon before space runs out!

From Antics website: ANTICS is teaming up with FILTER and erockster to present our Rock 'N' Bowl Holiday Party at All Star Lanes, where we'll be partying with a special DJ set from CSS! The Brazilian wonders will be joined by DJs Lord Nelson and Pants Off, and we'll have free beer courtesy of Asahi, a photobooth from Polite In Public, free bowling and live screenprinting. Entry is free, all you need to do is RSVP.

Apartment3 Gift Sample Sale
Sat dec 13th (and sunday dec 14th) 1pm to 7pm

Apartment 3
1855 industrial street loft 103
La Ca 90021

Yet another holiday sale with prices mostly below $50. And of course, in true hipster fashion, there will be free mimosas and a DJ spinning throughout :)

Free Knotts Berry Farm Admission

December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 (each weekend in December before xmas)

Knotts (duh)
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA 90621

Free Knotts admission! I'm not a big amusement park fan, but if you wanna spend some hair-raising quality time with the little ones in your life (or the ones that just act like it), this is a fun and cheap way to do it! :D Also, one of my favorite local bands, The Airborne Toxic Event, will be performing there live on Sunday Dec 14th at 5pm. woohoo!!

From yelp: Bring a brand new toy valued at $10 or more(not gift wrapped) to donate to Toys for Tots and you'll receive free admission to Knott's


Daily Candy also just put out their sample sale listing and it's really extensive. My particular interest is in the Rebecca Minkhoff one since those are THE bags carried by NYC fashionistas and my NYC gf who always hangs out at the purse forum. I may have to make some time for that one :P

flickr photo by reneeblanchard

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