Shop for vintage clothing, accessories, and home decor at the Dapper Day Expo, with live bands, dance lessons, and entertainment at the Disneyland Hotel. Held in April and November.
November 3, 2019
Malibu (35 miles west)
Enjoy breathtaking scenery on Malibu Half Marathon & 5K at Zuma Beach. You must pick up your packet a day early, or send a delegate, or pay for mail delivery, following the instructions on the FAQ page. Register on March 1 because it sells out every year.
Giant fair near Oceanside
November 3, 2019
Carlsbad (93 miles south)
Carlsbad Village Faire features 800 booths of arts & crafts, antiques, and clothing, plus kids’ rides, a beer and wine garden, and an international food center on Grand Avenue (from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street). Held in May & Nov. Free parking shuttle.
Holiday art fair
November 8 - 9, 2019
Irvine (40.4 miles SE)
Shop from more than 100 juried artists for jewelry, ceramics, glass ornaments, and hand-sewn items at the Holiday Faire at Irvine Fine Arts Center. Children age 12 and younger are free. Video (5 minutes).
November 8 - 10, 2019
Downtown (1 mile south)
Choose a 3-hour session to attend The Los Angeles Coffee Festival, a new event offering coffee tastings, workshops, barista demonstrations, food, coffee cocktails, live music, and art in Magic Box at The Reef.
Martha Stewart event
November 9, 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles north)
Watch Martha Stewart do a cooking demonstration and then answer questions at the Wine & Food Experience, which showcases “the best food, wine, beer and spirits from local & national chefs and mixologists” at Los Angeles Center Studios for age 21+.
Visit 50 artists in 15 studios on self-guided walks from Residency Art Gallery during Inglewood Open Studios. See their map. Free.
American Indian fair
November 9 - 10, 2019
Griffith Park (10.1 miles north)
American Indian Arts Marketplace has handmade works from 40 tribes (sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, and carvings), performances, kids’ activities, films, and short plays at Autry Museum of the American West.
Free national park day
November 11, 2019
Admission is free at national parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon). Expect more people and less parking than usual.
November 15 - 16, 2019
Brea (35 miles SE)
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling handcrafted holiday gifts, decorations, food, and collectibles at the Nutcracker Craft Boutique inside and outside Brea Community Center. No strollers. Free parking.
Futuristic transport expo
November 16, 2019
Downtown (2.2 miles east)
Check out cool new ways to get around the city at the LA CoMotion Mobility Festival, including autonomous shuttles, electric scooters, and avant-garde bicycles at The Container Yard, and hear talks. Free registration.
Wine walk + street fair
November 16, 2019
Burbank (12.8 miles north)
A ticket to Burbank Winter Wine Walk [sound] gets you two-ounce samples at 30 shops on San Fernando Boulevard (from Magnolia Boulevard to Orange Grove Avenue). The street fair from noon to 8 p.m. is free.
Pasadena art fair
November 16 - 17, 2019
Pasadena (11 miles NE)
Shop from 200 artisans and food trucks at Jackalope Pasadena in Central Park. Held in April, August, and November. Free.
Food festival in San Diego
November 17 - 24, 2019
San Diego (122 miles south)
San Diego Wine & Food Festival is “an international showcase of the world’s premiere wines and spirits, and the nation’s trendsetting culinary masters” with dozens of tastings, discussions, and dinners.
November 22 - 24, 2019
Pasadena (30 miles SE)
DesignerCon “incorporates everything in the world of design, including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and art ranging from fine to urbane” with 400 vendors, art and custom shows, panel discussions, and a Saturday night party at the Anaheim Convention Center.
November 22 - Dec. 1, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Check out the latest new vehicles, test drive nearly 100 models, and see exotic cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show at Los Angeles Convention Center.
Join hundreds on The Great Los Angeles Walk, a casual 17-mile trek on sidewalks from Pershing Square downtown to the ocean, followed by a get-together at a restaurant. See their web page to get on the email list. Free.
November 23, 2019
Exposition Park (2.5 miles south)
The U.S.C. Trojans host the U.C.L.A. Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to determine a winner in one of college football’s greatest rivalries.
Renegade Craft Fair has independent craft makers and artisan food at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Free.
The people’s parade
November 24, 2019
East Pasadena (17 miles NE)
A colorful alternative to the formal Rose Parade, the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has zany participants like the shopping-cart drill team, kazoo band, banana car, and motorized furniture, circling E. Colorado Boulevard (between Altadena Drive & San Gabriel Boulevard), with food trucks and post-parade parties. Free.
Jazz in San Diego
November 27 - Dec. 1, 2019
San Diego (119 miles south)
Billed as “the crown jewel of jazz festivals,” San Diego Jazz Fest features 30 bands playing a variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles at Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. Dancing is welcome.
November 28, 2019
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.
Knott’s Berry Farm is adorned with Christmas decorations for Knott’s Merry Farm. It has an ice skating show starring Snoopy, a Charlie Brown Christmas show with classic songs, real falling snow, holiday treats to eat, a Christmas market, Santa Claus, and plenty of rides. Closed Dec. 25.
Day of the Dead exhibits
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Día De Los Muertos fills the open spaces of Grand Park with 50 fantastic altars and art exhibitions to honor the dearly departed. Explore on your own (5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or take a 30-minute lunchtime tour led by artists.
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Enjoy food samples (ramen, sushi, soba, and tempura) plus sake and beer tasting at Sushi & Sake Festival. Entertainment includes taiko drums, tuna filleting, and cultural performances at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
Underground art show
Arlington Heights (3.8 miles west)
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 150 artists, with free pancakes, live music and DJs, live body painting, a bar, and a zombie fashion show at 4067 W. Pico Boulevard for age 21+.
Day of the Dead festival
Boyle Heights (3.7 miles NE)
The popular Día De Los Muertos Celebration features lots of live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s workshops, and a traditional ceremonial blessing at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School. A short procession begins at Mariachi Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Free.
Boyle Heights (4.2 miles east)
Mariachi Festival promises lively bands playing traditional mariachi music, colorful dancers, and food and crafts vendors at 1831 E. First Street. Free.
Spanish wine tasting
Beverly Grove (7.4 miles NW)
Taste 200 world-class wines from Spain paired with chef-made tapas at Spain’s Great Match at SLS Hotel.
West Hollywood (8.4 miles NW)
Los Angeles Comedy Festival includes live stand-up performances, short films, and a web series, at 916 N. Formosa Avenue. Held in April and November.
Hollywood (9.2 miles NW)
AFI Fest, presented by the American Film Institute, screens “international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers” at multiple theaters.
Jingle Ball concert
Inglewood (9.8 miles SW)
KIIS FM 102.7 radio brings big-name music artists to the annual Jingle Ball at the Forum.
Beverly Hills (10.1 miles west)
Join a pet parade and talent show, visit 35 pet-related vendors, meet adoptable pets, and shop from food trucks during Woofstock 90210 at Roxbury Park. Free, and free parking at Beverly Hills High School with shuttle.
Lights in the garden
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Buy tickets in advance for Enchanted: Forest of Light, a one-mile walk through lighting displays, including some that are interactive, at Descanso Gardens. Food is for sale. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
L.A. Rams tasting event
Studio City (15.2 miles NW)
“Meet your favorite Rams players and taste the best food in Los Angeles” made by 15 top chefs with a $150 ticket to Taste of the Rams at Sportsmen’s Lodge.
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Find sport bikes, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs, expert advice, live entertainment, and family activities at the International Motorcycle Show [website has sound] in the Long Beach Convention Center.
Long Beach (24.3 miles south)
The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, and an electric violinist in an urban setting, at Long Beach Performing Arts Center.
Long Beach (27 miles south)
Sample and buy vegan cookies and other treats during Vegan Sweets Con, which includes a baking contest and demonstrations at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.
Family farm fair
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Attend gardening talks and workshops, watch demonstrations, make crafts, watch cow milking, and hear turkey calling during Fall in the Farm at the Fairplex. Free.
Night of Altars
Santa Ana (34 miles SE)
Celebrate a Mexican tradition by viewing 100 beautiful altars in memory of the deceased at Noche de Altares, which has cultural performances, live music, kids’ art making, food vendors, and craft booths at W. 4th Street & N. Birch Street. Free.
Pirates & beer festival
Santa Clarita (35 miles NW)
A ticket to Pirate Festival includes unlimited craft beer samples, a souvenir glass, live entertainment, and food for sale, at Vista Valencia Golf Course, age 21+. Costumes are welcome. Free with military ID.
Country music - Orange County
Dana Point (61 miles SE)
Driftwood is an all-ages country music concert with headliners Chase Rice and Big & Rich, plus craft beer tasting and BBQ for sale at Doheny State Beach.
Thanksgiving garden brunch
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Thanksgiving Brunch is “a traditional buffet including everyone’s holiday favorites” at Descanso Gardens.
The Nutcracker by The Los Angeles Ballet is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance.
Alex Theatre, Glendale
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
Redondo Beach PAC
Royce Hall, UCLA
Lights at the zoo
Griffith Park (10 miles north)
See dazzling colored lights, meet real reindeer, hear live music on the weekend, and visit Santa some nights at L.A. Zoo Lights at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Christmas on the Queen Mary
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Queen Mary Christmas has “thousands of twinkling lights, carolers and musical performances, an outdoor skating rink, and Santa” onboard the Queen Mary.
Christmas at Magic Mountain
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
See holiday lights and decorations, falling snow, and Christmas characters during Holiday in the Park, with lots of entertainment, holiday foods, and select rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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