Los Angeles events November 2020. Things to do in LA.
Los Angeles events November 2020
November 1, 2020
Beverly Hills (10.1 miles west)
Join a pet parade (12:15 p.m.) and talent show (1 p.m.), watch disc catching dogs (2 p.m.), 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 a free shuttle bus.
November 1, 2020
(begins Oct. 31)
Marina del Rey (14.6 miles SW)
Marina Spooktacular offers “kid-friendly fun by day, and spine-tingling spooks by night [for age 13+]” with haunted pirate ships, a blackout maze, a treasure hunt, and food vendors at Burton Chace Park. Free online registration includes a waiver form, or you can print it from the website. Parking is not free.
Giant fair near Oceanside
November 1, 2020
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.
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 6 - 7, 2020
Ontario (41 miles east)
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Ontario Convention Center.
Shop from artists, hear music on multiple stages, check out the kids’ zone, and visit the beer garden at Mar Vista Music & Art Walk, which is focused on sustainability and located on Venice Boulevard (from Inglewood Blvd. to Lyceum Ave.). Repeats four times per year. Free.
Family farm fair
November 7, 2020
(9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Fall in the Farm has gardening workshops, kids’ crafts, corn grinding, live music, and rope making at the Fairplex. Free, including parking.
November 8, 2020
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. Sells out.
Food festival in San Diego
November 8 - 15, 2020
San Diego (122 miles south)
San Diego Bay 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, 2020
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 13 - 15, 2020
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 500 vendors, art and custom shows, panel discussions, and a Saturday night party at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Wine walk + street fair
November 14, 2020
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 holiday street fair from noon to 8 p.m. is free.
Vintage sale at Disney
November 14 - 15, 2020
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.
November 20 - 21, 2020
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.
November 20 - 29, 2020
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
See 1000 new vehicles, test drive nearly 100 models, and admire customized and exotic cars at Los Angeles Auto Show at Los Angeles Convention Center. Open every day.
Christmas at Knott’s Berry Farm
Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021
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.
November 21, 2020
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.
Walking in L.A.
November 21, 2020
Downtown (21.9 miles NE)
Join hundreds on The Great Los Angeles Walk, a leisurely 18-mile trek on sidewalks from Arcadia County Park to Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, followed by a get-together at a restaurant. Free.
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 except grandstand seats.
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+.
Day of the Dead exhibits
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
Día De Los Muertos fills the open spaces of Grand Park with 40 fantastic altars and art exhibitions to honor the dearly departed. Free.
Futuristic transport expo
Downtown (2.3 miles SE)
Check out cool new ways to get around the city at the LA CoMotion Mobility Festival, including “cutting edge hyperloops and flying vehicles, amazing new EVs and autonomous cars, and the latest in scooter, bike, and micromobility technology” at Row DTLA. Free.
Music & comedy festival
Exposition Park (2.5 miles SW)
Watch dozens of comedians and music artists on four stages during Adult Swim Festival at Banc of California Stadium for age 18+.
Underground art show
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.
Day of the Dead festival
Boyle Heights (3 miles NE)
The popular Día De Los Muertos Celebration features lots of live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s workshops, a traditional ceremonial blessing, and a short procession at Self Help Graphics & Art. A similar event is Día De Los Muertos at 24th Street Theatre (6 to 10:30 p.m.). Both events are free.
Day of the Dead at the cemetery
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.
American Indian fair
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.
L.A. Rams tasting event
Universal City (10.2 miles NW)
“Meet your favorite Rams players and taste the best food in Los Angeles” made by top chefs with your $150 ticket to Taste of the Rams in the Globe Garden at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Asian-Pacific pop culture
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.
Art & music festival
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.
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.
The people’s parade
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.
Holiday train ride
Take a one-hour roundtrip train ride to the North Pole as you drink cocoa and eat a cookie with Santa and entertainers on the Polar Express, which departs from two locations. Closed Dec. 25.
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.
Pop-culture music festival
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Starring Kid Cudi and Lil Kim, Complexcon “brings together pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism, and education launches,” with live performances and trendy shops in Long Beach Convention Center.
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Festival of Flight features parked airplanes on display, a 1980s tribute band, food trucks, and beer trucks at Long Beach Airport, 3590 E. Wardlow Road. No pets. Limited parking. Free.
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.
Get painted as you run
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.
Wine tasting in Del Mar
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+. Derby attire is suggested.
Jazz in San Diego
San Diego (119 miles south)
Billed as “the crown jewel of jazz festivals,” San Diego Jazz Fest features 25 bands playing a variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles at Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. Dancing is welcome.
Creepy tour at Paramount
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.
Halloween at Universal Studios
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. Recommended for age 13+. Do not wear a costume or mask. Attractions like Harry Potter and Minion Mayhem will not be open.
Creative horror show
NoHo Arts District (12.4 miles NW)
Urban Death Tour of Terror walks you through a twisted maze with eerie scenes to reach your seat, and then presents a show with creepy actors and alien creatures at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre for age 16+.
Disturbing haunted house
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
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. Recommended for age 13+.
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.
Haunted house in Westminster
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. Recommended for age 13+. Expect lines.
Halloween wedding party
Downtown (2.6 miles east)
“As you walk down the aisle, stunning stage production and infectious DJ dance sermons will steal your soul and commit you to a lifetime on the dance floor” at Til Death Do Us Part, with artwork, interactive installations, and food for sale at Lot 613 for age 21+.
Halloween at Six Flags
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 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Ticket includes 4 shows, 6 scare zones, 9 rides. Extra cost for 6 mazes. See schedule.
Thanksgiving aquarium lunch
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.
Christmas tree lighting
Watch a free tree-lighting ceremony with music. Additional events are listed on the December page.
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 “dazzling sets, beautiful costumes, and more than 80 dancers on stage” in Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, and Riverside.
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. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
Dr. Seuss at Universal Studios
Hollywood (10.2 miles NW)
Fans of Dr. Seuss books will enjoy Grinchmas. The characters of Who-ville sing carols around the Christmas tree and put on a theater show, while Cindy Lou Who tells stories. Meet Max the Dog and get your photo taken with the Grinch at Universal Studios.
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 [website has sound], with lots of entertainment, holiday foods, and select rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Open every day.
Veteran’s Day tasting
Manhattan Beach (16.8 miles SW)
A ticket to Vetfest includes “unlimited craft beer tastings & all-you-can-eat Texas style BBQ” with ice cream, mellow rock, dancing, and a corn hole tournament at Kinecta Federal Credit Union in Manhattan Beach for age 21+.
Veterans Day parade
Long Beach (19.3 miles SE)
Salute those who serve at Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, which begins at Houghton Park and goes south on Atlantic Avenue to Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, where there is a street fair with kids’ activities, food, and a beer garden until 1 p.m. Free.
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