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Things To Do This Veteran’s Day Weekend in L.A. [11-11-2022 to 11-13-2022]

November 10, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo of Lightscape via the L.A. Arboretum

First, a quick note: The Ice Santa Monica skating rink opening celebration scheduled for today (November 10) was pushed back to November 16 because of this week’s rain. If you caught that event in this past Monday’s round-up, we just want to make sure you have the latest info. Now, with that bit of housekeeping out of the way, on to the weekend…

This November 11-13 in Los Angeles, you’ll find plenty of Veteran’s Day festivities, Lightscape at the Arboretum, a SurfSkate Festival in Venice, Inglewood Open Studios, Vulture Festival, the Korean Kimchi Festival, The Groundling’s Diversity Festival, Sunday Funday at The Wallis, and more. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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Things To Do This Weekend

Veteran’s Day Festivities -> Veteran’s Day is observed on Friday, and there are numerous free public events and tributes honoring U.S. Armed Forces members throughout the county, including a free screening of the new Jennifer Lawrence film Causeway held aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro.

Lightscape at The L.A. Arboretum -> Starting Friday, 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.

Chocolate & Art Show -> On Friday Local artists and photographers showcase their work amidst an atmosphere of local vendors, face and body painting, live music, and free chocolate. Starts at 8 p.m. at The Vortex in DTLA. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Night Market at Ivy Station -> The Culver City Arts District Night Market at Ivy Station is a monthly event featuring over two dozen vendors and and plenty of local bites for purchase. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. this Friday. More info here.

PCH Movies & Moonlight -> Long Beach’s 2nd & PCH screens Disney’s Monster’s Inc this Friday as part of the, free PCH Movies & Moonlight. The event also includes pre-show entertainment and face-painting. for kids. Starts at 5 p.m. More info here.

Burbank Winter Wine Walk -> Celebrate the season with a wine stroll in Downtown Burbank this Saturday featuring wine tasting stations, live entertainment and a street lined with vendors to help you shop for the holidays. More info here.

SWIRL SurfSkate Festival -> This Saturday, skate collective GRLSWIRL teams up with ROXY and Carvers Skateboards for first-ever SWIRL SurfSkate Festival and concert in Venice. Spectators can enjoy the daytime events for free, which includes a morning surf paddle out and SurfSkate style competition with judges and prizes, alongside live music, food, drinks and art booths. A ticketed ($45) concert headlined by Roge begins at 6:30 p.m. Get more details here.

The Pickwick Vintage Show -> On Saturday, 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 -> This Saturday, 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.

We ARe Here: A Celebration of Legacy -> This Saturday and Grand Park, The Music Center in conjunction with the artist collective For Freedoms and KinfolkDiscover present an afternoon festival honoring the cultural legacy of L.A.’s BIPOC peoples. Expect spoken word performances, art-making, food, and live music, including a performance by Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles. Runs noon to 4 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

2022 Los Angeles Brewsology -> Los Angeles Brewsoloy returns to the California Science Center this Saturday with a selection of 150 beers and 50 breweries. GA tickets start $50 per person. Get more info here.

Los Angeles Taco & Margarita Festival -> The Taco and Margarita Festival takes over The Torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this Saturday 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.

Patchwork Show Long Beach Makers Festival -> 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.

Korean Kimchi Festival LA -> The Korean Kimchi Festival comes to the courtyard of Ovation Hollywood this Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. The free event features kimchi making demos, tastings, kid friendly activities, influencer segments, stand up comedy and more.

Vulture Festival -> On Saturday and Sunday, 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.

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Autumn Festival at The Aquarium -> This two-day (Saturday + Sunday) 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.

Inglewood Open Studios -> 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. this Saturday and Sunday. Get more info here.

The Groundlings 5th Annual Diversity Festival -> The Groundlings annual Diversity Festival returns this Saturday and Sunday 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.

2nd Annual Making Memories Festival -> 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 Sunday’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.

Waterwise Community Festival at CalBG -> This Sunday, 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.

Sunday Funday at The Wallis  -> 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.

Self Care Yoga at CAAM -> This Sunday, 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.

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Dining & Drinking

Picks by Christina Champlin
Holy Basil Thanksgiving package
Holy Basil Thanksgiving package. Photo courtesy of Holy Basil.

Planning Your Thanksgiving Options -> Clearly there’s no shortage of takeout and dine-in Thanksgiving specials in Los Angeles, but in the spirit of pointing you in the right direction I’ve put together a round-up of 10 standouts that I think need to be on your radar. Options include a whole Jidori chicken from Holy Basil, a wood-smoked turkey from Maple Block, and glazed beeler’s heritage ham f(rom Superba. Check out our full list and all the details here.

Looking Ahead

Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World -> The seventh annual Week of the Italian Cuisine in the World is a global movement put together by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to promote “Made in Italy ” brands abroad, with a particular focus on the Italian agricultural food chain. From November 14-20 celebrate all things Italian with in-person cooking classes, wine tastings, pizza tastings, a film screening and special dinners. Events are both free and ticketed. More info here

Life & Thyme Night Market -> To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Life & Thyme the publication is throwing a futuristic night market in Los Angeles on Tuesday November 15. Step into the year 2050 with bites designed by Kodo, Banh Oui, Hanchic and Ganchic. Sip on drinks by Jinro Soju and dance the night away in this immersive culinary event. Tickets cost $75 GA and $95 VIP. More info here


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