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Culture, Things To Do

A Big List of Things To Do This November in L.A. [2022]

November 1, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image of Lightscape via the L.A. Arboretum

Time to write out those monthly to-do lists.

This November in Los Angeles, you’ll find L.A. Arboretum’s Lightscape, Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, Inglewood Open Studios, The Groundlings Diversity Festival, the L.A. Auto Show, Venice Winterfest, the Great Los Angeles Walk, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and more. Hope you find something that’s right up your alley! Planning starts blow.

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Things To Do This November

Dia de los Muertos block party (November 2) -> 24th Street Theatre’s annual Dia de los Muertos returns on November 2 with free event day of dance performances, food vendors, face painting and altars. Musical headliners for the event include singer Angel Peaches with the Combi Darks band, duo Ampersan from Mexico City, and singer Margarita Luna de Guadalajara. The evening opens with a procession led by ceremonial dancers Comparsa de Chinelos Amigos de Morelos. All free to attend. More info here.

AFI Fest (November 2-6) -> The 2022 edition of AFI FEST brings a packed slate of features and shorts to the heart of Hollywood starting November 2. The festival opens with the world premiere of Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, and closes on Sunday, November 6 with a screening of The Fabelmans. Tickets for individual screenings start as low as $17, and fest passes (getting you into six screenings) are $100. Get more info here.

Fowler Out Loud Series (November 2, 9, 16, 30) UCLA’s Fowler Museum hosts multi-disciplinary, student-led Fowler Out Loud performances on select Wednesdays throughout the month, including the Fowler’s annual mariachi concert under the stars on November 2. All concerts/events are free to attend. Get more info here.

Eataly LA’s 5th Anniversary (November 3) -> Eataly transforms their marketplace into an “all-you-can-Eataly” event to celebrate their fifth year in Los Angeles. The ticketed affair ($125) includes endless food, Italian cocktails, live entertainment, a photo booth experience and live cooking demos. More info here.

Do We Even Need a City Council? (November 3) -> Zócalo Public Square and KCRW co-host a special panel featuring Public Access Democracy director Leonora Camner, California 100 executive director Karthick Ramakrishnan, and Weingart Foundation president and CEO Miguel Santana. KCRW’s All Things Considered host Janaya Williams moderates as the group dissects the current political turmoil afflicting Los Angeles, and ponders what the future holds for L.A.s most powerful legislative body. Like all Zócalo talks, the event is free to attend, and a reception with complimentary beverages will follows the talk. Starts at 7 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

San Pedro First Thursday Art Walk (November 3) -> The San Pedro Art Walk celebrates its 25th anniversary with a roaming Dixieland musician, gallery tours, and local vendors. Free to attend, and runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Lillias White & Seth Rudetsky at The Wallis (November 3) -> Are you the kind of person that can’t get Broadway off the brain? Tony, Obie, and Emmy Award-winner, and Hadestown star Lillias White makes her Wallis debut with a special evening of song and storytelling hosted by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky. Tickets run $39-$125. Show starts at 7 p.m. Get more info here.

Glendale Arts Solo Performance Festival (November 3-5) -> Glendale Arts’ inaugural Solo Performance Festival features three nights of performances by Los Angeles-based artists Ernie Silva, Ruthy Otero, and Eternal Mind. The shows will be held at Antaeus Theatre in Glendale, CA from November 3-5, 2022. Get more info here.

First Fridays in Chinatown (November 4) -> Galleries, restaurants and other creative businesses in L.A. Chinatown band together for an evening of extended hours every first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Read the full list of participants here.

Bixby Knolls First Friday Art Walk (November 4) -> The monthly Art Walk along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach hosts a special Dia de los Muertos edition of First Fridays featuring a community altar, mariachi, and Aztec dance performances. Free to attend. Runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Hungry Neko Food Festival (November 5) -> The Hungry Neko Food Festival at Party Beer Co includes a tight knit group of local vendors showcasing Asian culture through food and goods. The lineup features Buttery Popcorn Co, RAKKAN Ramen, Kuramoto Ice, The Plant Lab, Sunny Blue and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Craftoberfest (November 5) -> 40+ local breweries bring sips for sample to the Rose Bowl for a day of brats, live music, and beer. This year’s lineup includes Elysian, Frogtown Brewery, Golden Road, Three Weavers, Crown and Hops, Modern Times, El Segundo Brewing, and many more. GA tickets are $45, VIP cost $75. More info here.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Self-Help Graphics (November 5) ->  Self Help Graphics Dia de los Muertos celebration includes live music, a muertito art market, altars, food, and art from their newest exhibition, Canciones de ti. Runs 4 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

2022 Big Draw Festival (November 5) -> Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles hosts an afternoon of free, family-friendly art-making sessions in conjunction with the 2022 Big Draw Festival, a conglomeration of of creative events, activities, and workshops held at art hubs across the globe. The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required to secure space in the workshops. Get more info here.

On Air Open House (November 5) -> This November, dublab celebrates L.A.’s audio community at their brand new warehouse space with an afternoon of DJ sets, tapings, performances, food, drinks, and exclusive podcast merch for sale. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Los Angeles Choral Festival (November 5) -> This one-day event pops up at Lafayette Park with a series of short (up to fifteen minutes) choral performances aimed to celebrate AAPI cultures while also highlighting the rise in hate crimes and speech against those same communities. Lawn blankets will be provided for the first 60 guests to attend, but bringing your own is encouraged. Runs 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Brewery Artwalk (November 5-6) -> The bi-annual Brewery Artwalk is back this November, offering a free two-day showcase of over 100 participating resident artists. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. More info here.

Food Fight Fest (November 6) -> The first-ever Food Fight Fest brings an afternoon of family-friendly (if not a bit messy!) entertainment to Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne. The event kicks off at noon, but from 2 to 4 p.m. guests can participate in “food fight” themed games including pie throwing, egg race, donut hangman, and pasta relay race. Plus, you’ll also be able to purchase bites from a lineup of food trucks that includes Smash Burger, Hotville Chicken, and Coco’s Cupcakes.  Admission is free. More info here.

Lightscape at The L.A. Arboretum (November 11 – January 8) -> The L.A. Arboretum lights up the holiday season with a one-mile trail of installations and twinkling displays, taking place at the garden after-hours on select dates from November 11 through January 8. GA adult tickets range $37-$39, depending on the date selected for purchase. Get more info here.

Los Angeles Taco & Margarita Festival (November 12) -> The Taco and Margarita Festival takes over The Torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with more than just tacos and margaritas. The festival includes a tequila expo, music, entertainment and pro-wrestling. GA tickets are $15 for 13+ (kids 12 and under are free) GA VIP for 21+ are $59 and GA Hall of Fame Ultimate for 21+ are $99. More info here.

Burbank Winter Wine Walk (November 12) -> Celebrate the season with a wine stroll in Downtown Burbank where guests will enjoy wine tasting stations, live entertainment and a street lined with vendors to help you shop for the holidays. More info here.

The Pickwick Vintage Show (November 12) -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA on with over 45 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here.

Encuentro de Jaraneros de California (November 12) -> LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. brings together some of the finest regional Son Jarocho ensembles for an afternoon of music, dancing, and entertainment. Free to attend. Begins at noon. More info here.

2022 Los Angeles Brewsology (November 12) -> Sample over 50 breweries and 150 beers while exploring the California Science Center. GA tickets start $50 per person. Get more info here.

Patchwork Show Long Beach Makers Festival (November 13) -> The Patchwork Show brings 200+ local makers, DIY crafting, food trucks, and live entertainment to Marine Stadium in Long Beach. Admission is free. More info here.

Vulture Festival (November 12-13) -> The 2022 Vulture Festival returns to the Hollywood Roosevelt for two days of actors in conversation, special screenings and panels, rare performances and workshops. Highlights include A Henry Winkler Acting Class, Hedwig and the Angry Inch 24th-Anniversary Tour, A Super Troopers Reunion and much more. Tickets for individual sessions range from $30 to $45. More info here.

Autumn Festival at The Aquarium (November 12-13) -> Two-day event at The Aquarium of the Pacific celebrating Asian culture through traditional craft demonstrations, music, dance, cultural arts exhibits, and storytelling. Festival activities are included with general admission to the Aquarium, which starts at $36.95 for adults. Get more info here.

2nd Annual Making Memories Festival (November 13) -> November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row Alzheimer’s Los Angeles hosts a special benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for the cause. This year’s Making Memories Festival lineup features Los Lobos, Cut Chemist, Circle The Earth, Valley Queen, and DJ Monalisa. Expect food truck vendors, games, special activities, and an exhibitor area as well. Tickets are $30 in advance online, or $35 day-off. Get more info here.

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Inglewood Open Studios (November 12-13) -> This annual two-day Art Walk takes visitors on self-guided tours of art spaces and exhibition spaces in the City of Inglewood. All galleries will be free to enter, and some will offer special programming and workshops to accompany the art walk. There will also be free bus transport provided by the city during the two day event. Runs noon to 5 p.m. both days. Get more info here.

The Groundlings 5th Annual Diversity Festival (November 12-13) -> The Groundlings annual Diversity Festival returns with a mix of improv classes, performances, and online panels. 2022 festival honorees The Black Version will also give a special performance on Saturday (November 12). Classes are $10, and all shows will be free, with first-come, first-serve tickets distributed one hour before each performance. Proceeds from the event will help fund on-going diversity initiatives at The Groundlings. More info here.

Waterwise Community Festival at CalBG (November 13) -> This November, the California Botanic Garden in Claremont hosts a free community event focused on the conservation of water. Taking place on the gardens 86-acre land, the event will include informational booths, educational actives and workshops, musical performances, tours, food and more. More info here.

Self Care Yoga at CAAM (November 13) -> Yoga and meditation instructor Constance Hartwell leads a 60-minute yoga flow session as part of a monthly program at the California African American Museum. Free to attend. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. More info here.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis (November 13) -> The second Sunday Funday of the season at The Wallis features kid-friendly entertainment from Story Pirates and Spring Groove, followed by a Jazz dance instruction session from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy The event starts at 10 a.m. on the Promenade Terrace. Free to attend. No RSPV necessary. Get more info here.

The Back Room Shakespeare Project (November 14) -> Shakespeare along the L.A. River? This month, players from the Back Room Shakespeare Project come together for a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Frogtown Brewery. Come for the Bard, stay for the beer. Free to attend. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Get more info here.

33rd Annual Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting (November 16) -> Manhattan Beach kicks off the holiday season with a night on the pier featuring live community performances, carolers, and holiday activities including photo ops with live reindeer. Additionally, Roundhouse Aquarium will host an extended hours open house event with a complimentary hot chocolate and cookie station, games, and interactive touch tanks and marine exhibits. Free to attend. Event runs 5 to 9 p.m. More info here.

L.A. Auto Show (November 18-27) -> The nation’s top auto show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center for a ten-day affair featuring a a who’s who of automotive exhibitors, plus vehicle test drives, activations, and family-friendly entertainment. Single day tickets start at $22 for adults. Get more info here.

L.A. Zoo Lights ( November 18 – January 22) -> The Los Angeles Zoo’s brightest annual tradition will transform the zoo grounds into a world of light and holiday magic. The after-hours event offers brightly lit displays and festive family-friendly experience every night throughout the entire holiday season. Adult tickets range from $34-$39, depending on the desired date to attend. More info here.

Jackalope Pasadena (November 19-20) -> Indie craft market Jackalope returns to Central Park in Old Pasadena for a two-day, pop-up marketplace with over 200 vendors. Free to attend. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. More info here.

Venice Winterfest (November 19) -> This one-day community festival takes over a three-block stretch of the Mar Vista Arts District with a selection of local vendors, art, music, food trucks, and more. Free to attend. More info here.

Complexcon (November 19-20) -> Complexcon returns to the Long Beach Convention Center for two-day event featuring a food experience curated by First We Feast and Tasty, a streetwear and sneaker marketplace, plus a live musical performance headlined by Japanese designer and record producer Nigo. GA passes for single day attendance start at $117 (including fees). More info here.

Great Los Angeles Walk ( November 19) -> The longstanding bi-pedal tradition returns with a journey that starts in the rose garden of Exposition Park, then traversing through West Adams, Culver City and then on to the final destination in Venice. Free to participate. Walk starts at 9 a.m. More info here.

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Enchanted: Forest of Light (November 20 – January 8) -> Descanso Gardens’ annual light is back this November with a range of wondrous, illuminated installations, including a magical “stained glass” creations built in the Rose Garden by contemporary sculptor Tom Fruin. The one-mile walk also features geometric installations from HYBYCOZO on the Main Lawn; Flower Power lights, and sparkling adornments added to Descanso’s Ancient Forest. Tickets cost $34-$40 for non-member adults. More info here.

Modern Makers Market (November 26) -> Stop by Manhattan Beach Village to shop locally made goods in a festive outdoor market place. Food, treats and live music will also be part of the fun. Free to attend. More info here.

Yoga on the Mountain (November 26) -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

The Hollywood Christmas Parade (November 27) -> The Hollywood Christmas Parade brings its annual float-tastic spectacle to the heart of Hollywood on the last Sunday of November. The route takes over portions of Hollywood Blvd, Vine St., and Sunset Blvd. Starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, but expect a crowd. More info here.

Topanga Vintage Market (November 27) -> Every fourth Sunday of every month at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, the Topanga Vintage Market pops up with close to 200 sellers offering everything from antiques to vintage clothing and local artisan goods. Runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry is $5. Get more info here.

Poetry in Color Live! (November 30) -> LACMA hosts a live edition of the virtual slam poetry event, Poetry in Color, at Smidt Welcome Plaza. The lineup of poet performers includes Jireh Deng, Kito Fortune, Fisseha Moges, Yesika Salgado, Yazmin Monét Watkins, and Avery R. Young. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.


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