43 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [11-12-18 to 11-16-18]

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday through Friday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16, features Cole’s 110th Anniversary, Free Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on World Kindness Day, Moonlight Forrest, Bai Holiday Ice Rink, DesignerCon, LA Zoo Lights, Beautycon POP and MUCH more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

LA Zoo Lights
Photo Credit: Jamie Pham // LA Zoo

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Monday November 12th, 2018

1. Cole’s LA’s oldest restaurant and bar turns 110 this year! On Monday celebrate National French Dip Day with the originators of the sandwich and take advantage of the $10 French Dip & Martini combo special served all day.

2. California State Parks will honor veterans, active duty and reserve military by offering free admission to 144 state parks this Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Just show a valid military ID to receive free admission.

3. The annual AFI FEST (Nov. 8-15) returns to Hollywood for 2018 with an eight-day run featuring tons of film screenings, world premieres, and panels.

4. Yogis and animal lovers finally have the perfect workout activity thanks to Golden Road Brewery. Goat Yoga on the Lawn is going down this Monday at their L.A. location.

5. Head to Frogtown’s artist-run space Tin Flats every Monday and Tuesday now until Nov. 27 for a night of curated special programming. Presented by The France Los Angeles Exchange, this project presents films, performances and exhibitions from artists in the program, as well as a film that echoes their own work. FREE

6. There’s a Wizards and Witches themed game night going down at Scum and Villainy Cantina this Monday in Hollywood.

7. RAW WINE Los Angeles is the world’s leading natural, low-intervention organic and biodynamic wine fair. Taking place in DTLA, over 100 vendors, makers and growers will be in attendance.

8. Take a look into renowned architect Sou Fujimoto’s work at the Japan House’s new exhibit “Futures of the Future.” The showcase will explore the award winning ideas and themes used throughout Fujimoto’s career. Over 100 live scale replicas will be present. The exhibit will run from Oct. 27 – Dec. 12. FREE

Tuesday November 13th, 2018

9.Milk Bar turns 10! To celebrate a decade of magical sweets creations, Chef Christina Tosi will offer an anniversary special from Nov. 13-30 at the recently opened West Hollywood flagship. The special is a Fruity Cereal Milk Soft Serve, an homage to the OG Milk Bar menu that debuted in New York 10 years ago. Milk Bar LA will kick things off this Tuesday Nov. 13  serving Fruity Cereal Milk Soft Serve and Cereal Milk Soft Serve for just $1.

10. LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series will feature world premiere performances with concerts curated by Andrew Norman, Susanna Mälkki, Herbie Hancock, and John Adams as part of the music halls centennial celebration. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. We all need a little kindness after the rough weekend we’ve all had with the fires. So on World Kindness Day — Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Wescom will be picking up the tab at 23 locations of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® up to $15 per transaction until $1,900 worth of bills are paid at each location.

12. DTLA’s Micro-Amusement Park Two Bit Circus will release PING! a Modal VR’s virtual reality game where you are inserted into the 3D world of Pong, as the paddles in the game. To celebrate this launch Two Bit Circus will host a Pong tournament this Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m.

13. 260LA will host a 3.1 Phillip Lim sample sale from Nov. 13-18 in their Beverly Hills location.

14. L.A.’s pop-up museum catalogue is growing larger this fall with The Pizza Experience – a multi-sensory pizza themed walkthrough. Explore giant installations, an oversized cheese pool, a pizza hall of fame, pizza theme-flavored snacks throughout, actual pizza slices and more. The Pizza Experience runs through January 7. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include The Sixth Sense, Clueless and more.

16. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry National Center of the American West

Wednesday November 14th, 2018

17. Head down to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for an immersive theatre experience titled The Bitter Game. Written and performed by Keith A. Wallace the play touches on themes of race and police brutality in America and is put on in an unconventional setting on The Wallis’ Promenade Terrace. After the show, a discussion will be held on the nature and themes of the story and its base in reality.

18. Support a good cause and fill your belly during Chefs Stand Up happening at The Standard in DTLA. The series invites some of the best, award-winning chefs from across the country to create a one-time-only meal and artwork combination. This month Nick Perkins and Katie Jackson from Hart’s in NYC will host.

19. The Super Serious Show is a comedy event produced by CleftClips featuring both established and up-and-coming talent performing an array of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. Happening at The Virgil.

20. The Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden presents Moonlight Forest, where crafted lanterns line the garden grounds, some depicting animals, shimmering exotic flowers, and figures from Chinese legends. Happening Wednesdays through Sunday till November. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The Hammer will host a conversion titled HOT!HOT!HOT! touching upon the current climate in Los Angeles which is drier with longer fire seasons. Part of the series Future LA: Engineering a Sustainable Supercity the discussion will feature researchers from the city and county. FREE

22. Kali’s Kollabroation Dinner Series welcomes Chef Fernando Darin from Ray’s Stark Bar and Chef Varatan Abgaryan from 71 Above to create an exclusive seasonal five course tasting menu with Kali Chef Kevin Meehan. Tickets cost $95 per person or $135 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made over the phone.

23. The Edison presents an Evening of Magic with special guest magicians Liz Del Sol and El Ropo. The show is free and begins at 9 p.m.

24. Get in the Christmas spirit during Manhattan Beach’s Holiday Open House. Santa will be making an appearance, a festive pier lighting will take place and boutiques will be open late to encourage holiday shopping.

25. It’s trivia night at Grand Central Market this Wednesday on the Broadway side of the food hall.

26. Every Wednesday The Continental Club in DTLA features live jazz hosted by Matthew Yeakley plus complimentary mini cupcakes from Big Man Bakes. No cover!

27. This Wednesday Terry Crews comes to the California African American Museum for a night of Radical Self Care!, as the actor will discuss opening up his past in the age of #MeToo. Admission is free. Parking is $12. FREE

Thursday November 15th, 2018

28. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 15, 2018 to Jan. 21, 2019 featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink, including the Icebreaker Opening Celebration this Thursday with live performances and more.


29. Every first and third Thursday of the month Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey hosts their famous turtle races. Since 1974, this tradition brings these little speedsters out of their sanctuary (located in the bar) for an exciting game that support charities. Race starts at 9 p.m.

30. Chinese Lantern Festival (November 15-18) is a huge showcase of over 1,000 handcrafted lanterns put up together to create a beautiful display of color and light at the Pomona Fairplex. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

31. Be in the presence of greatness when the former first lady Michelle Obama stops by The Forum in Inglewood to discuss her memoir, Becoming.

32. Learn to craft beer cocktails for the up coming holidays during Beer Lab at Dry River Brewing. You’ll leave with tips and tricks to make delicious micheladas, mimosas and an exclusive new holiday cocktail designed just for this event.

33. On Thursday the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration will take place along the streets of Beverly Hill ushering in BOLD Holidays a weekly event featuring after hours shopping, art pop ups, live performances and more every Friday and Saturday until Dec. 22.

34. Notorious RBG explores the life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg through a collection of contemporary art, archives, interactives, archival photographs and more. Each gallery section will allude to a song by the Notorious B.I.G. as the name of the exhibit suggests, and will playfully bring out the similarities between the two. Happening at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibit runs until March 10. The museum is free every Thursday.

35. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center  (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m,)

Friday November 16th, 2018

36. Bestselling author David Sedaris will be reading unpublished newly written work at Royce Hall this Friday. An annual tradition for Sedaris and UCLA, the author’s first reading at the university took place in 1998, making this his 20th anniversary visit.

37. Fans of toys and artistic design will find something to love at this year’s DesignerCon, taking place from Nov. 16 – 18 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event sees a wide array of collectible designer apparel, customs, toys, and more for participants to explore and shop.

38. Beautycon is offering a pop up expereince titled Beautycon POP from Nov. 16 through Dec. 16 featuring immersive galleries, makeup brands, vendors, a salon and other beauty related activities.

39. Party With is Los Angeles’ new Instagram-ready experience. Opening it’s doors on Friday Nov. 16 in Westfield Santa Anita Mall, folks can expect 15 premium photogenic installations like an infinity rainbow and a room filled with sparkling disco balls. Party With runs through January 27 and is open Thursdays through Sundays.

40. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. The Whiskey Extravaganza will have you sampling over 100 of the world’s best whiskies straight up or in craft cocktails along with whisky inspired bites. For those really serious about whiskey there will be curated masterclasses to sit in on too.


42. WILDFOX is having a warehouse sale this weekend (Nov. 16-18) at the Cooper Building with up to 75% off selected items.

43. A Conversation with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr. will take place at The Geffen Playhouse. The father and son duo will discuss the long-term recovery of Puerto Rico, advocacy, and Hamilton’s run in Puerto Rico. The conversation is moderated by Soledad O’Brien. 100% of proceeds will benefit UNIDOS and the Geffen Playhouse Education and Community Engagement programs.

Food Pick for the Week


This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Atrium is a stunner. Tucked inside a brick path way off Vermont Avenue, string lights zig zag above the narrow courtyard leading into the restaurant. Once inside you’ll be escorted to a pink velvet booth or table, either providing a view to the glass-enclosed show kitchen and illuminated half-moon bar. On the menu you’ll find a commixture of ethnic flavors inspired by Los Angeles’ eclectic cultural landscape. Beef Carpaccio is modified to resemble carne asada fries topped with avocado crema, salsa and thin crunchy potato sticks. Pork chops are prepared Japanese Katsu style and steaks are accompanied with Szechuan au poivre sauce. This is not fusion food. This is L.A. food culture carefully executed by a five star culinary team that includes Executive Chef-Partner Hunter Pritchett (Melody, Son of a Gun, Waterloo & City), Beverage Director Jordan Young (Kettle Black, Sawyer) and General Manager Cameron Dodge White (Little Dom’s). On the sweets spectrum Pastry Chef-Partner Gregory Baumgartner (71 Above, E.P. & L.P.) has dreamed up an ambitious menu. You will marvel at the Avocado Mousse decorated with edible basil flowers before snapping a picture for your Instagram. The mousse lays on top of layers of sorbet, granita, cake, puffed rice and coconut foam each with its own distinct texture and sensation. This is not so much dessert as it is a conversation piece. You can’t help but dissect every little ingredient you’re spooning into your mouth. If avocado is not your thing, another stand out is the Lemongrass Custard paired with sweet tangy passion fruit gelee topped with candied cashews. It is a sweeter choice than the aforementioned mousse, but it stands out in its own right. If you have the chance, get both.

Atrium is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles, CA 90027

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