Holiday Ale Festival, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Dec 1-4, Thurs-Sat 11 am-10 pm, Sun noon-6 pm, free

Well, the holidays are upon us and if you are craving a cup (or two, or 12) of festive, bubbly cheer, the 10th Annual Holiday Ale Festival is the place to be. Thirty-five potent winter ales will be available, as well as a few Belgian imports. Although admission is free, a purchase of a $4 mug is required in order to consume any beer. From there, each full mug of beer will set you back $4, while each tasting will only cost $1. CSB

Sessions, Aura Restaurant, 1022 W Burnside, Wed Dec 7, 7:45-10 pm, free

Take a deserved break from holiday madness at the Portland Art Museum's after-hours party with retro swingster/Frank Sinatra channeler Johnny Martin (PAM's Kridel Ballroom, 5:30-7:30 pm, $5-8). From there, stroll over to Burnside and swanky Aura for another installment of Sessions, their jazz after-hours party that follows PAM's after-hours party. There, guitarist John Stowell will provide a soothing background to your enjoyment of tender vittles like a plate of Greek swordfish skewers or a pot of aged cheese fondue. Or just live it up and get shitfaced; it's back to the shopping grind tomorrow. JWS

Portland's Big Martini Event, McCormick & Schmick's, 235 SW 1st Ave, Thurs Dec 1, 4-7 pm, 21+, free

This fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association offers three big martini-themed events. Starting off the evening will be the $10,000 Celebrity Olive Toss, featuring local celebrities winning money for charity. Then local bartenders will duke it out in the Mystery Martini Challenge. Each contestant will be given 10 mystery ingredients and 30 minutes to concoct an original cocktail. Only one winner will be deemed "Portland's Premier Mixologist." Finally, you will be given the chance to win big bucks in the Level $10,000 Olive Toss. Each raffle ticket you purchase will get you a shot at the 10-G prize. CSB