The Best Events in Los Angeles this November


It’s November in Los Angeles and there are plenty of special events coming up, from ice skating rinks to tree lighting ceremonies to food and wine festivals and much, much more. Check out the best events in Los Angeles this season!


Tuesday, November 1 through Sunday, November 27 – Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Pantages Theatre
Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell. Darren Criss stars in the title role. See the show Rolling Stone calls, “the best rock musical ever.”


Thursday, November 3 through Monday, January 16 – ICE at Santa Monica, Santa Monica
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica with a 8,000 square foot rink. ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private cabana, enjoy a first date, or sign up for skate lessons.


Monday, November 7 – Rustic Canyon Dinner Series, Rustic Canyon
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen celebrates ten years of business. For their 10th anniversary, they will be holding a celebratory dinner series, which consists of a six-course dinner from chef Jeremy Fox and Los Angeles chef friends, including Walter Matzke (République), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Ori Menashe (Bestia), and Josef Centon (Orsa & Winston).


Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, December 18 – The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mark Taper Forum
A darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. Garry Hynes, who won a Tony Award for her direction of The Beauty Queen of Leenane on Broadway, revisits this black comedy by Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) with the renowned Druid theatre company.


Thursday, November 10 through Thursday, November 17 – AFI Fest, Hollywood
The AFI Fest celebrates its 30 anniversary this year with gala screenings including La La Land, Miss Sloane, Jackie, and much more. Get your free tickets now!


Thursday, November 10 through Monday, January 16 – Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, Pershing Square
Glide into the holidays in Pershing Square! The Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity and the impressive city skyline, the outdoor ice rink lets you enjoy entertainment and ice skating in Los Angeles under the sun and stars.


Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13 – Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend, Pasadena
In its 25th year, Pasadena Heritage will present the Annual Craftsman Weekend on November 11-13, 2016. The Weekend will mark a quarter century of honoring the Craftsman movement, featuring house tours of notable Craftsman properties, along with bus and walking tours of the surrounding neighborhoods. Other events scheduled include a Show and Sale with over 50 exhibitors of antique and contemporary furniture and decorative arts, a silent auction, workshops and presentations. In recognition of its 25th year hosting the event, Pasadena Heritage will be offering exclusive receptions at historic locations throughout the weekend.


Saturday, November 12 – Bitters Workshop, Poketo at the Line Hotel
Craft your own bitters while learning about traditional and modern uses of bitters in cocktails and herbal remedies. In this hands-on workshop you’ll sip a cocktail, taste a variety of bitters for inspiration, and play with botanicals like herbs, roots, seeds, bark, and flowers to create your own unique blend. You will make and take home a personalized bottle of bitters and a jar of versatile citrus bitters.


Tuesday, November 15 – Wine + Cheese Series, Grand Central Market
Lydia Clarke of DTLA Cheese and David Rosoff of Bar Moruno offer a three-part cheese and wine tasting series. Week one is goat cheese, followed by cow and then sheep. All featured cheese will be from the magical DTLA collection. They will be paired with interesting and affordable wines from the Bar Moruno list so you can learn which pairings work, and which ones don’t!


Tuesday, November 15 – Marina Abramović: Walk Through Walls, Getty Center
Celebrated performance artist Marina Abramovic discusses her new memoir, Walk Through Walls, an epic account of her career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain, and exhaustion in a quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.


Tuesday, November 15 – An Evening with David Sedaris, Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. Including his last releases, the New York Times’ Bestselling books, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, David Sedaris’ wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs.


Friday, November 18 through Wednesday, January 8 – L.A. Zoo Lights, Los Angeles Zoo
L.A.’s brightest holiday tradition shines more brilliantly than ever as they “ZooLAbrate” their 50th year! Explore a dazzling wonderland of light with magical Golden Anniversary touches throughout. View real reindeer (including two babies!), visit with Santa on select dates, and enjoy seasonal treats and goodies, all under the stars at the beautiful Los Angeles Zoo.


Saturday, November 19 – Stouts N Staches Fest, Venice
Stouts N Staches Fest returns to Venice Beach on Saturday, November 19, bringing the community and local bars and restaurants together to celebrate the culture and history of great mustaches and raise awareness for the Movember Foundation, and funds for the Venice Family Clinic. Starting at Danny’s and taking over Windward Ave., mustache lovers will flood the streets sporting their MOs, and receive exclusive food and beer specials at participating locations. Live Entertainment, DJ, Photo Booth & more!


Saturday, November 19 – The Vessel and the Void – Scrying 101, Otherwild
There are few exercises that can get us into the oracular state as deeply as scrying – come learn the history and the art of this ancient divination practice. Scrying comes from the Old English word descry meaning “to make out dimly” or “to reveal” – it is an auto-deepening trance practice traditionally achieved by staring into a smooth black surface. Ancient Egyptians used bowls filled with ink, oil, or blood, Aztecs used slabs of obsidian, Ancient Persians used a chalice filled with water, the Celts used darkened brass plates, and many contemporary diviners simply paint a mirror black.


Sunday, November 20 – Mariachi Festival, Mariachi Plaza
The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation was formed in 2010 and is comprised of local organizations that have been involved with the Mariachi Festival for the past 24 years.  Their mission is “To celebrate the heritage of Mariachi Culture, nurture it’s presence in our community and invite new audiences to experience its intricate magnificence.”


Saturday, November 26 – Holiday Marketplace, Craft & Folk Art Museum
CAFAM Shop’s annual holiday shopping event features our favorite Los Angeles makers. Find special one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry, art, textiles, housewares, and other beautiful hand-crafted gifts for your loved ones.


Sunday, November 27 – Hollywood Christmas Parade, Hollywood
This is the 85th edition of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. Leave the car at home and take public transit to enjoy performers, food, and grand marshal Olivia Newton John.

Happy November!

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