The Best Events & Things to Do This November in Los Angeles (2019)

Just as October ends and you think it is safe to stay home for an evening, November in Los Angeles rolls around and it appears to be just as full of amazing events and things to do as last month’s Halloween-fueled and festivity-filled month. There’s Friday Night Jazz at LACMA, Structure Exhibition at Neutra Museum, Coco Live, the L.A. Coffee Festival, the Burbank Wine Walk, and no shortage of Thanksgiving and fall celebrations. Read on for the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this November!

2019 Art+Film GalaNovember 2, 3, 10
LACMA is busy this month: First it’s honoring filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón with a career retrospective gala on the 2nd. Then it’s opening a midcareer survey of large-scale abstractionist Julie Mehretu (the 3rd), in addition to a dreamy walkthrough of installationist Do Ho Suh’s New York apartment (the 10th).

Friday Night Jazz at LACMAEvery Friday throughout November
Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz performances on Fridays through November. Concerts take place at the main entrance, near City Lights, and every performance is free.

The Gobble Gobble by CHLOE  – November 4-30
November is World Vegan Month, and all month long the eatery brings back the popular Thanksgiving-inspired burger, which includes lemon-caper seitan, sautéed kale, rosemary gravy, harvest stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce, served on a potato bun. For every Gobble Gobble sold, the restaurant will donate $1 to North Shore Animal League America; the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization.

Liz Phair November Residency at Largo at the Coronet November 4, 11, 18 and 25.
The veteran rocker begins a special series of Monday dates this month. The nights are divided into two sessions, with the first part beginning at 7:30 p.m., dedicated to a discussion of her book, Horror Stories: A Memoir, followed by an audience Q&A. After an intermission, guests will return for part two, which features a live performance. Ticketing options include the Q&A + Book Release (includes a copy of the book) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and/or a ticket for the live show from 9 to 10pm. Phair also performs on
COST: $49 – $69

An Evening with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at Wilshire Ebell Theatre November 5
Book Soup presents an evening with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Maria Shriver. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience is the first book that Secretary Clinton and Chelsea have written together, and they are excited to welcome readers into a conversation they began having when Chelsea was a little girl. Join them as they discuss the women throughout history who have had the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done.

Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalNovember 5–24
Summer isn’t over—in fact, it’s coming to the Pantages via Broadway. Grab a seat (starting at $39) for this jukebox musical (one hour and 40 minutes), which charts the eponymous legend’s journey from gospel choir crooner to pop-culture goddess.

Structure Exhibition at The Neutra MuseumNovember 5-16
SOVO//Magazine is a South L.A.-based, independent, quarterly art publication. Work from Issue 6 will be on view at the museum. Curated by Dulce Stein, the exhibition focuses on urban planning and “spatial relationships and how our built environment defines and influences cultural development and, ultimately, self-awareness.” It features still photography and film as well excerpts from the editorials.

Live Read: SinglesNovember 5
The second season of the Film Independent Presents series offers a live reading of Cameron Crowe’s 1992 classic, Singles. The cast so far includes Jay Duplass, Kelly Marie Tran, Lynn Shelton and Mamoudou Athie. A defining work of the early 90’s, SINGLES was Crowe’s love letter to the Seattle grunge music scene. The film’s iconic soundtrack, featuring Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and a newly minted Pearl Jam, went two-times platinum on its initial release.

ICE at Santa Monica Until January 20, 2020
Get into the winter spirit when returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2019 through January 20, 2020.

Poilâne Bread Supper ClubNovember 6
Apollonia Poilâne, of the famed Poilâne Bakery in Paris, joins Phuong Tran, executive chef of Second Home’s new restaurant, Andrew’s Place, to celebrate the release of her new book, Poilâne: The Secrets of the World-Famous Bread Bakery. Taste sourdough, flown straight from Paris, as well as a feast created by Phuong (who also owns Croft Alley).

wayOUT Los Angeles Gayla 2019 at Globe TheatreNovember 7
This new event celebrates queerness while raising money for OUTMemphis, an advocacy group that empowers LGBTQ+ youth in Memphis and the Mid South. Ticket prices include unlimited food, an open bar, live auction, music, dancing and performances. Hosted by Eureka O’Hara in collaboration with Project Contrast.

Evening for the Station: A Night of Wonder November 7
The night of entertainment and performances doubles as a benefit for Union Station Homeless Services. The lineup includes Tony-award winning ventriloquist Jay Johnson, the Little Brazil Trio and magician Christopher Hart. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and the show.

Coco LiveNovember 8–9
Disney and Pixar’s Oscar-winning Coco gets the live concert treatment at the Hollywood Bowl (starting at $38). The in-house orchestra will perform the soundtrack as the film plays on the jumbo screen. Special guests include Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Miguel, and the Mariachi Divas.

L.A. Coffee FestivalNovember 8–10
Caffeine heads, make tracks for Magic Box @ the Reef for L.A.’s second Coffee Festival. Tickets ($35 to $125) give access to a tasting lab, an innovation zone, and Coffee Masters USA—the fest’s fierce centerpiece competition, which for the first time is moving from the East Coast to the West. Ten percent of all profits from the event benefit Project Waterfall.

American Indian Arts MarketplaceNovember 9-10
The largest Native American arts fair in SoCal is back at The Autry on Nov. 9-10. The American Indian Arts Marketplace brings 200 artists from more than 40 Native nations together for a two-day event where guests can peruse and purchase work from top artists including works of sculpture, pottery, beadwork, basketry, photography, paintings, jewelry, textiles, wooden carvings, and mixed-media works.

Griffith Park Harvest FestivalNovember 10
Celebrate autumn with a lively family-friendly festival including food trucks, a beer garden, live music, a Kids Zone, and more. Admission is free.

Camp Flog Gnaw CarnivalNovember 9-10
Rapper Tyler, the Creator takes over Dodger Stadium for two days to throw this leaner but potent Coachella rival. Ride the Ferris wheel and gorge on bacon-wrapped hot dogs between sets by Willow Smith, Solange, Brockhampton, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), and, of course, Tyler. All ages welcome—kids five and
under get in free.

Beside the Edge of the WorldNovember 9–February 24
Thomas More’s seminal Latin text Utopia will be the jumping-off point for five creatives working with the Huntington Library. Artists Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, plus author Dana Johnson and L.A. poet laureate Robin Coste Lewis will create utopias all their own as part of this exhibition, which will be in the Chandler Wing and around the gardens.

The Amazing Story of Stan LeeNovember 10
Join Danny Fingeroth (A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee) and animation historian Jerry Beck at the Skirball Cultural Center ($10) as they discuss the successes and controversies of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee. An audience Q&A and book signing to follow.

Sleater-KinneyNovember 14
Sleater-Kinney may have lost its drummer, but the show must go on for singer-guitarist Corin Tucker and Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein. The indie rock pioneers will take the stage at the Palladium, and with the purchase of two tickets (from $41), concertgoers will bring home a copy of the group’s latest St. Vincent–produced release, The Center Won’t Hold.

L.A. Zoo Lightsstarts November 15
The Los Angeles Zoo’s brightest annual tradition is back on Nov. 15 with the return of L.A. Zoo Lights. As in year’s past, L.A. Zoo Lights transforms the zoo grounds into a world of light and holiday magic. The after-hours event offers brightly lit displays, seasonal treats, visits with Santa, and festive family-friendly experience every night throughout the entire holiday season.


Burbank Winter Wine WalkNovember 16
Celebrate the season with a stroll in Downtown Burbank to wine tasting stations, enjoying live music, holiday lighting and even snowfall along the way. Plus, the Hilton Garden Inn is offering discounts to wine walkers.

Enchanted: Forest of Lightat Descanso Gardensstarts November 17
Enjoy another year of Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted light show, where beloved parts of the grounds are lit up by giant, sometimes interactive displays. New this year is sculptor Tom Fruin’s stained glass installation at Descanso’s beloved Mulberry Pond.

The 14th Annual Great Los Angeles WalkNovember 23
On Nov. 23 a longstanding bi-pedal tradition returns with a journey from the SGV through Northeast L.A. and all the way to City Hall in Downtown. The 14th annual Great Los Angeles Walk starts in Arcadia, continues in Pasadena along Colorado Blvd. and then winds down Figueroa St. through Highland Park all the way to DTLA.

Adult Swim FestivalNovember 15–16
Adult Swim brings a mix of music (Jamie XX, Vince Staples, Lil Nas X) and comedy (Conner O’Malley, Three Busy Debras, The Eric Andre Show Live!) to downtown’s Banc of California Stadium. Partygoers ($49 to $499) should also keep their eyes peeled for the Meatwad Dome, where they can ride a mechanical hot dog (instead of bull) and get a special sneak peek of season 4 of the network’s animated breakout hit series Rick and Morty.

Holiday Cooking ClassesNovember 17-27
Let the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica help you flex your culinary muscles with its
special holiday-themed courses—sides (on the 17th, $125), vegetarian options (24th, $125), and a bake-and-take pie class (27, $25)

DesignerConNovember 22–24
Since 2006, DCon has put the spotlight on toys and collectibles. The tradition continues this year at the Anaheim Convention Center, where attendees ($20 to $70) can check out more than 500 vendors and 300 artists via booths, panels, and signings.

LA Tofurky Trot Fun Run and Vegan Food Fest– November 25
Take part in a seasonal 5k fun run through Crystal Springs Recreation Area in Griffith Park, followed by a huge Vegan Food Fest with an abundance of vendors!

BEVERLY HILLS, CA. Dec. 04, 2018. LOVE ACTUALLY in Concert, “For The Record” performs the soundtrack to one of the most entertaining holiday movies of all time at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. (Photo Credit: Lawrence K. Ho)

Love Actually Live at The Wallis– starts November 27
The team behind LA’s award-winning series For The Record has a new production coming to The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater. Richard Curtis’s Love Actually will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind multimedia screen and stage event starting Nov. 27. The film and live blend together as the story unfolds throughout the London setting. Performances continue through Dec. 29.


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