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Los Angeles events November 2018

Asian films

November 1, 2018
Culver City (8.4 miles west)
Watch 40 films from throughout Asia during Asian World Film Festival at ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City.

Haunted ship

November 1 - 2, 2018
Long Beach (26.2 miles south)
Dark Harbor promises 7 haunted mazes, monsters, a 4D theater, immersive attractions, entertainment onstage, themed bars, and concession food at the Queen Mary. Expect lines.

Day of the Dead exhibits

November 1 - 4, 2018
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.

Nightmare theater

November 1 - 4, 2018
Glasswell Park (5.9 miles north)
Creep LA: Awake is a “multi-sensory, 75-minute walk-through experience with moody rooms, intimate encounters (you will be touched), and terrifying scenarios” in groups of 25 at Row DTLA for age 18+.

Day of the Dead festival

November 2, 2018
(5 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.

Creative horror show

November 2 - 3, 2018
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+.

Holiday art fair

November 2 - 3, 2018
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.

Scrapbook Expo

November 2 - 3, 2018
Ontario (41 miles east)
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Ontario Convention Center.

Halloween at Universal Studios

November 2 - 4, 2018
Universal City (10.4 miles NW)
Halloween Horror Nights offers eight haunted mazes, a stage show, a terrifying tram ride, a zombie attraction, and scare zones at Universal Studios Hollywood. Suggested age 13+. No costumes or masks. Schedule.

Underground art show

November 3, 2018
(8 p.m.)
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+.

Night of Altars

November 3, 2018
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.

Haunted house

November 3, 2018
Thousand Oaks (43.5 miles NW)
Reign of Terror Haunted House promises “105 bone-chilling rooms and 8 terrifying attractions” with lots of props and gore at Janss Marketplace. See schedule.

Pet convention in San Bernardino

November 3, 2018
San Bernardino (60 miles east)
It’s OK to bring your pet (on a leash with proof of vaccinations) to SoCal Pet Con, which offers vendors, entertainment, agility demonstrations, microchip services, and adoptions at National Orange Show Event Center.

Vintage sale at Disney

November 3 - 4, 2018
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 4, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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 4, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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 4, 2018
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.

Giant fair near Oceanside

November 4, 2018
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.

L.A. Rams tasting event

November 5, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Spanish wine tasting

November 8, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
Beverly Grove (7.4 miles NW)
Taste 200 world-class wines from Spain paired with chef-made tapas at Spain’s Great Matchat SLS Hotel.

Film festival

November 8 - 15, 2018
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.

Comedy festival

November 8 - 17, 2018
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 May and November.

Veterans Day parade

November 10, 2018
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.

Pirates & beer festival

November 10, 2018
(noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
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.

Coffee festival

November 10 - 11, 2018
(private Nov. 9)
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.

Visit art studios

November 10 - 11, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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 10 - 11, 2018
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.

Country music - Orange County

November 10 - 11, 2018
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.

Hip Nutcracker

November 11, 2018
(7 p.m.)
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.

Vegan desserts

November 11, 2018
(11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
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.

Free national park day

November 11, 2018
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.

Food festival in San Diego

November 11 - 18, 2018
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. Schedule.

Christmas tree lighting

November 15 - Dec. 8, 2018
multiple locations
Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music.

Whisky tasting

November 16, 2018
(7:30 to 10 p.m.)
Downtown (1 mile NE)
The Whisky Extravaganza includes unlimited tastes of more than 100 whiskies, culinary pairings, and master classes at Millennium Biltmore Hotel for age 21+.

Gift fair

November 16 - 17, 2018
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.

Ski and snowboard sale

November 16 - 18, 2018
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Shop for snow merchandise at the Ski Dazzle ski and snowboard show at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Motorcycle show

November 16 - 18, 2018
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.

Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm

November 16, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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.

Ticket deal $42

Futuristic transport expo

November 17, 2018
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.

Walking in L.A.

November 17, 2018
(9 a.m.)
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 17, 2018
Pasadena (11.8 miles NE)
The U.C.L.A. Bruins host the U.S.C. Trojans at Rose Bowl Stadium to determine a winner in one of college football’s greatest rivalries.

Wine walk + street fair

November 17, 2018
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 17 - 18, 2018
Pasadena (11 miles NE)
Shop from 200 artisans and food trucks at Jackalope Pasadena in Central Park. Held in April, August, and November. Free.

Designer convention

November 17 - 18, 2018
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.

Surfing Santa

November 17 - 18, 2018
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.

Christmas at Magic Mountain

November 17 - Dec. 30, 2018
Santa Clarita (35.9 miles north)
See holiday lights and decorations, falling snow, and Christmas characters during Holiday in the Park [sound], with lots of entertainment, holiday foods, and select rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Not available Dec. 3-7 & 10-14.

Mariachi Festival

November 18, 2018
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.

The people’s parade

November 18, 2018
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.

Family farm fair

November 18, 2018
(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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.

Lights in the garden

November 18, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
(preview Nov. 17)
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.

Ticket deal $18 to $26

Lights at the zoo

November 19, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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. Closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 24 to 25.

Ticket deal $12 to $18

Jazz in San Diego

November 21 - 25, 2018
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 22, 2018
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving garden brunch

November 22, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
La Cañada Flintridge (14.3 miles north)
Thanksgiving Brunch is “a traditional buffet including everyone’s holiday favorites” at Descanso Gardens.

Thanksgiving aquarium lunch

November 22, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
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 23 - Dec. 2, 2018
Norco (52.5 miles SE)
Holiday Craft Fair features 100% handmade arts, crafts, and foods at Hillside Farm.

Christmas on the Queen Mary

November 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
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.

Ticket deal weekdays $13 to $26

Nutcracker ballet

November 24 - Dec. 24, 2018
multiple locations
The Nutcracker by The Los Angeles Ballet is a holiday classic with outstanding choreography and dance.
  • Nov. 25 - Cerritos Center
  • Dec. 1 to 2 - Alex Theatre, Glendale
  • Dec. 8 to 9 - Dolby Theatre, Hollywood
  • Dec. 15 to 16 - Redondo Beach PAC
  • Dec. 22 to 24 - Royce Hall, UCLA

Christmas parade

November 25, 2018
Hollywood (9.2 miles NW)
Music at the grandstands begins at 5 p.m., and the Hollywood Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m., with giant balloons, floats, costumed characters, bands, equestrians, and celebrities leaving Orange Drive (east on Hollywood Blvd., south on Vine St., west on Sunset Blvd.). Free.

Jingle Ball concert

November 30, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
Inglewood (9.8 miles SW)
KIIS FM 102.7 radio brings big-name music artists to the annual Jingle Ball at the Forum.

Arts & crafts show

November 30 - Dec. 2, 2018
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Shop for handmade items from 300 vendors at the Harvest Festival, which offers entertainment, food booths, and a children’s activity center at the Fairplex.

Auto show

November 30 - Dec. 9, 2018
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.

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