35 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [11-19-18 to 11-23-18]

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 19 to Friday, November 23, features Winterfest at Santa Anita, Enchanted: Forest of Light, Way Back Wednesday at The Autry, the 6th annual Turkey Trot, Lights on Display in Sherman Oaks, the Queen Mary Christmas, and LOTS 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!

Enchanted Forest of Light Sign
The Enchanted Forest entrance up close. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday November 19th, 2018

1. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 18 through January 6, 2019. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. 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)

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

6. Head to the Golden Road Brewery this Monday for Trivia Night presented by Geeks Who Drink.

7. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include The Big Lebowski and Armageddon.

Tuesday November 20th, 2018

8. It’s that time of the year to celebrate the holiday season, which is the main purpose of Fa La Land, a pop up museum at Row DTLA. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of installations like a Jingle Bell Toy Factory and a fluorescent “Fa La Forest.” Fa La Land runs Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, 2019.

9. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 3, 2018 through January 21, 2019.

10. 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

11. 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)

12. Free museum days: Los Angeles County ArboretumSouth Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday November 21st, 2018

13. Enjoy a time warp during Way Back Wednesday at The Autry, where museum admission will be the same as it was in 1988 when they opened opened. Adults can enter the museum for $4.75, kids for $2, and seniors/students for $3.75. Attendees are invited to dress in 80’s attire for the chance to win a special prize.

14. Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month led by a Park Ranger and museum guide. FREE

15. The Foodie Space (Nov. 21- Dec. 30) is the latest interactive pop-up museum designed for serial foodie photo-taker’s. Located in Pasadena the museum claims to poke fun at society’s obsession with social media and #foodporn. Food-themed exhibits include a giant bowl of phở, glitter fries that you can
marry and more.

16. Stop by Salazar every first and third Wednesday from November to February for a Mezcal Tasting Series with select mezcal brands. You’ll hear the history and culture of each brand and taste different expressions paired with snacks.

17. 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)

Thursday November 22nd, 2018

18. This Thanksgiving the Laugh Factory in Hollywood welcomes all those who are living in L.A. away from home, homeless, or simply in need of a good meal and hearty laugh. Top comics will join other celebrities to serve guests a turkey dinner with all the trimmings free of charge. This tradition has been going strong for 39 years. FREE

19. Guests of Cafe Gratitude Larchmont will receive a free Thanksgiving inspired vegan plate. Like every year the deal is on a first come, first serve basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or while still available).

20. Head down to The Fairplex at Pomona for the Chinese Lantern Festival where the theme is “The Wild,” featuring animals represented in lanterns from five different areas of the world, Antartica, Asia, Oceania, Africa and America. Some of the larger pieces stand all the way up to 23 feet tall. The festival run every Thursday through Sunday from Nov. 15 – Jan. 16.

21. 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.

22. The 6th annual Thanksgiving turkey meal at MacArthur Park has a goal to serve all 700 expected guests. On top of that, they’ll also be accepting clothing donations. All volunteers for food prep must rsvp ahead of time.

23. The 6th Annual Turkey Trot returns to DTLA this Thursday! From City Hall to Bunker Hill and Spring Street, turkey trotters can get a dose of physical activity prior to their Thanksgiving feasts.

24. The 48th annual Dinner in the Park at Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena will feed thousands of homeless and low-income individuals and families this Thanksgiving. The event brings members of the community together to share holiday cheer with those who have nowhere to go this holiday. FREE

Friday November 23rd, 2018

25. Winterfest at Santa Anita Park kicks off the holiday season in style. This family friendly event includes a visit from Santa Claus, horse drawn carriage rides a Santa’s Village and petting zoo, carolers, seasonal foods, 80+ vendors and much more. Winterfest continues Thursdays through Sunday from November 23 through December 2. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Celebrate the holiday season during a Queen Mary Christmas (Nov. 23 – Jan. 6) The special occasion will see Christmas spirit lining the famous Long Beach vessel including an 80-foot Christmas tree, a variety of holiday activities, an outdoor staking rink, musical performances, a 4D showing of The Polar Express, and dinner shows on select dates.


27. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski’s elaborate Christmas themed animatronic characters will return once again with Lights on Display a dazzling light show with a playlist of holiday tunes. Free to the public, the 13-minute show runs nightly 6 to 10 p.m. from November 23 through January 1, 2018. FREE

28. Instead of Black Friday, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont will celebrate Green Friday with free admission to the garden. Guests can experience Origami in the Garden exhibition, explore 86 acres of California native plants and more. FREE

29. The Holiday Light Festival Train Ride at Griffith Park is a festive one mile ride on the tracks with tens of thousands of lights to get you in the Holiday spirit. Running Nov 23 through Dec. 23 and then again from December 26 to December 30.

30. The LA Phil brings iconic Stanley Kubrick film clips to life through haunting live scores from Nov. 23-25 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

31. It’s Black Friday at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center where all pet adoption fees are just $10 for the first 100 people. NKLA Pet Adoption Center will also have select pets for $10 for the first 100 adopters as well. The promotion ends Sunday. Each pet is spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated.

32. 260 Sample Sale will host a Black Friday shopping event featuring Rebecca Minkoff and D.L. & Co. from Friday through Sunday with discounts up to 75% off of women’s wear and accessories, men’s accessories from Rebecca Minkoff and home goods from D.L. & Co.

33. Catch George A. Romero’s Dawn of The Dead in 3D at the Aero Theatre this Friday.

34. Golden Road LA and OC will both host a Golden Friday Fun Run. The 5k will will be followed by a party.

35. 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.

Food Pick for the Week


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

No interest in cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner? Here are a few options for eating out for the Thursday holiday:


Lunetta Dining and The Moon Bar offers a Thanksgiving three-course dinner for $74 per adult and $34 per child 10 and under. On the menu you can find Pancetta Wrapped Diver Sea Scallop, Roasted Chestnut Soup, Red Deep Sea Crab, Maple Herb Turkey, Six-Hour Slow Cooked Osso-Buco, Classic Bouillabaisse and an option to choose between the Chocolate Banana Cream Pie, Dutch Apple Pie + Vanilla Ice Cream, or Pumpkin Spiced Mascarpone.

Playa Provisions’ Thanksgiving special will be offered from 3 to 8 p.m. Entrées include either Turkey or Honey Mustard Crusted Ham, and a variety of dinner sides including Chicory Salad, Roasted Acorn Squash, and cranberry sauce. A children’s menu of similar entrée choice and sides plus a scoop of ice cream from Small Batch.

Dekkadance at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will host a buffet and bottomless sparkling rose or mimosas from 12-6 p.m. for $95 per adult and $45 for children ages 5-12. The buffet includes Creamy cauliflower-bacon soup, Roasted duck, Beef tenderloin, Belgian waffle Station, Carving station with roasted turkey and ceviche bar, Caramel apples and homemade holiday pies. A la carte menu will be offered from 6-10 p.m.

BOURBON STEAK Los Angeles is offering guests a three-course menu of seasonal and inspired takes on holiday classics. For $85 per person, the meal will feature options such as Short Rib Wellington, Mediterranean Branzino, American Angus Filet and Roasted Heritage Turkey. Four shareable sides will also come with the meal.

Enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch buffet at Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Choose from a live breakfast station, a farmers market station, fresh seafood bar, sushi, dim sum, a carving station and plenty of desserts. The elaborate Thanksgiving buffet cost $135 per adult and $69 for children ages 5 to 12 years.

The Raymond 1886 will host a Thanksgiving three-course dinner menu. For $79 per person you ‘ll feast on items like Herb & Garlic Crusted Prime Rib, Turkey Breast & Classic Gravy and a handful of classic sides and sweets like Mashed Potatoes,  Sweet Potato Pie with Toasted Marshmallow, Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie.

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