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Los Angeles events November 2019

Free: America’s Funniest Home Videos

November 1, 2019
Manhattan Beach (16.5 miles SW)
Join the studio audience watching hysterical videos and funny commentary by host Afonso Ribeiro during the filming of America’s Funniest Home Videos at Manhattan Beach Studios for age 16+ with ID. Read the dress code and free parking instructions.

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Party at the aquarium

November 1, 2019
(7:30 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Night Dive features live bands, DJs, cocktails for sale, a beer patio, food trucks, and artwork at Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+. Repeats every few months.

Creative horror show

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 4)
NoHo Arts District (12.4 miles NW)
Urban Death walks you through a twisted maze with eerie scenes to reach your seat, and then watch short performances by creepy actors and alien creatures at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for age 16+.

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Disturbing haunted house

November 1 - 2, 2019
(also Oct.)
Fullerton (24.1 miles SE)
The 17th Door tells a gruesome story as you navigate its prison maze for 37 minutes in a group of 6 to 8, at 1851 W. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton (enter behind the building). Actors may touch you, and you may get wet. To buy tickets, click a date on their calendar. Free parking.

Knott’s Scary Farm

November 1 - 2, 2019
(also Oct.)
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Knott’s Scary Farm is an evening event with dozens of attractions that include mazes, shows, scare zones, and rides, plus 1,000 monsters roaming the grounds of Knott’s Berry Farm, for age 13+.

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Haunted ship

November 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Sept. 26)
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 200 monsters, six haunted mazes, live entertainment, secret bars, and exciting rides at the Queen Mary. Expect lines.

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Haunted house in Westminster

November 1- 2, 2019
(begins Oct. 4)
Westminster (33.3 miles SE)
A ticket to Mist gets you “free rein to roam a dark, fog filled town looking for 13 artifacts while being hunted by terrifying creatures” for 30 minutes near Westminster Mall for age 13+. Expect lines.

Day of the Dead exhibits

November 1 - 3, 2019
(begins Oct. 26)
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.

Halloween at Universal Studios

November 1 - 3, 2019
(also Oct.)
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers 10 haunted mazes, 5 scare zones, a stage show, and thrilling rides at Universal Studios Hollywood for age 13+. Do not wear a costume or mask. Attractions like Harry Potter and Minion Mayhem will not be open.

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Art & music festival

November 1 - 3, 2019
Venice (13.4 miles west)
Family-friendly Venice Afterburn offers art, music, interactive installations, and decorated cars & bicycles near the ocean in Windward Plaza until 10 p.m. Free.

Model airplanes & cars

November 1 - 3, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Watch radio-controlled airplanes fly, rockets take off, and cars & trucks race during AMA Expo West, with vendors and speakers in the Fairplex.

Halloween at Six Flags

November 1 - 3, 2019
(also Oct.)
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
Enjoy pumpkin painting & trick-or-treating in daylight, but beware of ghosts, ghouls, and zombies at night during Fright Fest [website has sound] at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Ticket includes 4 shows, 6 scare zones, 9 rides. Extra cost for 6 mazes. See schedule.

Day of the Dead festival

November 2, 2019
(4 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Day of the Dead at the cemetery

November 2, 2019
(noon to midnight)
Hollywood (6.7 miles NW)
Join the costumed crowds viewing elaborate altars and colorful displays that honor the departed at Dia de Los Muertos, with live music, arts & crafts vendors, and Mexican food at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Seniors & children age 8 and younger enter free until 4 p.m.

Night of Altars

November 2, 2019
(12 to 9 p.m.)
Santa Ana (33 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 Flower Street & Santa Ana Boulevard. Free.

Vintage sale at Disney

November 2 - 3, 2019
Anaheim (29 miles SE)
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.

Japanese food

November 3, 2019
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.

Dog day

November 3, 2019
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.

Malibu run

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.

Nutcracker ballet - Inland Empire

November 30 - Dec. 22, 2019
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by Inland Pacific Ballet tells the traditional story of Clara’s journey to a land of snow and a kingdom of sweets with the addition of a dancing 40-foot Chinese dragon in Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside.

Asian films

November 6 - 14, 2019
Culver City (8.4 miles west)
Watch 40 films from throughout Asia during Asian World Film Festival at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City.

Basketball drama

November 6 - Dec. 1, 2019
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
The Great Leap is a “funny, urgent, and contemporary” sports drama about the collision of cultures and generations when an American basketball team plays in China, at Pasadena Playhouse.

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Underground art show

November 8, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Downtown (2.7 miles east)
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 150 artists, with free pancakes, live music and DJs, live body painting, and a bar at Lot 613 for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Spanish spectacular

November 8, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Thousand Oaks (41 miles NW)
Fuego! Spirit of Spain features Roni Benise playing nouveau flamenco on the guitar with an international cast of musicians and dancers who “take the audience on an escape to Spain” at Fred Kavli Theatre.

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“Coco” with live score

November 8 - 9, 2019
(8 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.5 miles north)
Watch the Disney Pixar film Coco while an orchestra and singers perform the score live, and special guest stars appear on stage at the Hollywood Bowl. You are welcome to wear a Day of the Dead costume.

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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).

Coffee festival

November 8 - 10, 2019
Downtown (1 mile south)
Choose a 3-hour session to attend The Los Angeles Coffee Festival, which offers coffee tastings, workshops, barista demonstrations, food, coffee cocktails, live music, and art in Magic Box at The Reef.

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Creepy tour at Paramount

November 8 - 16, 2019
(also Oct.)
Hollywood (6.5 miles NW)
The $99 After Dark Tour: Tales from the Other Side is a 2.5 hour flashlight walk behind the gates of Paramount Pictures to the graves of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, with stories about the dearly departed, complimentary champagne, movie candy, popcorn, and free parking for age 16+. Bring ID if you are age 18 or older.

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Tasting event

November 9, 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles north)
Watch cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs at 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+.

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Veterans Day parade

November 9, 2019
(10 a.m.)
Long Beach (21.8 miles south)
Salute those who serve at the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade [website has sound], which goes east on South Street and north on Atlantic Avenue. Free.

Wine tasting in Del Mar

November 9, 2019
(1 p.m., VIP noon)
Del Mar (102 miles south)
Taste 150 wines and champagnes, shop from gourmet food trucks, and watch the races at Uncorked Wine Festivals: Derby Days at Del Mar Racing for age 21+. You are welcome to wear derby attire.

Visit art studios

November 9 - 10, 2019
Inglewood (9.9 miles SW)
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.

Asian-Pacific pop culture

November 9 - 10, 2019
Glendale (11.9 miles north)
Focused on Asian entertainment, Pacific Media Expo offers films, anime, cosplay, an artists’ market, live performances, a fashion show, game tournaments, panel discussions, and workshops at Hilton Los Angeles North.

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Lantern art

November 9, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
Arcadia (17.5 miles NE)
Take a one-mile walk through a wonderland of “exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons...” at the Moonlight Forest with food for sale at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. No pets or bikes.

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Daredevil dogs

November 10, 2019
(2 & 6 p.m.)
Long Beach (28.1 miles south)
You’ve seen the famous dogs of Chris Perondi on the Tonight Show. Now watch them live during Stunt Dog Experience at Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

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Food festival in San Diego

November 10 - 17, 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.

Free national park day

November 11, 2019
Nationally
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.

Film festival

November 14 - 21, 2019
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.

Christmas tree lighting

November 14 - Dec. 8, 2019
multiple locations
Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.

Gift fair

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.

Lights at the zoo

November 15, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
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.

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Wine walk + street fair

November 16, 2019
(4 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Get painted as you run

November 16, 2019
Huntington Beach (40 miles SE)
Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch as you run the 5K Color Run at Huntington State Beach.

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.

Lights in the garden

November 17, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
(party Nov. 16)
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.

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L.A. Rams tasting event

November 18, 2019
location uncertain
“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.

Motorcycle show

November 22 - 24, 2019
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 in the Long Beach Convention Center.

Designer convention

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.

Auto show

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.

Walking in L.A.

November 23, 2019
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
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.

College football

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.

Family farm fair

November 23, 2019
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.

Surfing Santa

November 23, 2019
Dana Point (62.7 miles SE)
Surfing Santa Competition has competitors dress like Santa or holiday characters and surf the waves at Salt Creek Beach.

Craft market

November 23 - 24, 2019
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
Renegade Craft Fair has independent craft makers and artisan food at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Free.

Christmas at Magic Mountain

November 23 - Dec. 31, 2019
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.

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.

Thanksgiving dinner

November 28, 2019
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving aquarium lunch

November 28, 2019
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Thanksgiving Lunch is a traditional Thanksgiving buffet in Café Scuba, and the cost includes admission to the exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Arts & crafts on a Corona farm

November 29 - Dec. 8, 2019
Norco (52.5 miles SE)
Holiday Craft Fair features 100% handmade arts, crafts, and foods at Hillside Farm.

Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Buena Park (24.6 miles SE)
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.

Holiday market

November 30 - Dec. 1, 2019
Downtown (1 mile east)
Shop from 400 curated designers and artists at the Unique L.A. Holiday Market, which also has DJ music, free drinks and snacks, do-it-yourself projects, and a kids’ play area at California Market Center.

Nutcracker ballet

November 30 - Dec. 29, 2019
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by The Los Angeles Ballet is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance.
  • Nov. 30 - Dec. 1: Cerritos Center
  • Dec. 7 - 8: Alex Theatre, Glendale
  • Dec. 13 - 15: Royce Hall, UCLA
  • Dec. 20 - 24: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
  • Dec. 28 - 29: Redondo Beach PAC

Christmas on the Queen Mary

November 2019
(undated)
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.

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