33 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [11-21-16 to 11-25-16]

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 morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, Nov. 21 to Friday, Nov. 25, features the DTLA Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Hike in Griffith Park, CHILL at the Queen Mary, Lights on Display in Sherman Oaks, Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens 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!

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Lights on Display Sherman Oaks
Lights on Display in Sherman Oaks. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday November 21st, 2016

1. Every third Monday of the month head to Santa Monica to the gorgeous Victorian at The Basement Tavern to see top comedy headliners for free! This Monday Amir K and and Jessica Michelle Singleton will take the stage. FREE

2. Largest outdoor ice skating rink returns to Pershing Square for its 19th winter run. The 7,200 square-foot Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square will be open every day of the holiday season through Jan. 16.

3. The LA Auto Show is every car enthusiasts dream with close to a thousand cars on display. From Nov. 16 to 27 experience various car exhibits, model debuts and more at the LA Convention Center.

4. Shakespeare in the Shed: The Macbeth Variety Hour at Angel City Brewery. FREE

5. Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen at The Virgil. The Nov. 21 lineup features John Howell Harris, Emily Heller, Eddie Pepitone, Beth Stelling and Rana May

6. “What is an aphrodisiac food? – and what should you do with it?” a conversation hosted by Amy Reiley, Creator of EatSomethingSexy.com at the Museum of Broken Relationships.

7. The Alchemist’s Lab is an escape room experience putting you right in the shoes of a junior detective at Scotland Yard in the 19th century. Do you have what it takes to uncover the devious plans of the alchemist? Happening throughout the week. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. ICE at Santa Monica is back! Get into the winter spirit by going ice skating, sip on hot chocolate and listening to festive tunes. Happening now till Jan. 16, 2017.

9. Runway Playa Vista presents Music Mondays a free weekly concert and music series. This week they are throwing a kiddie Silent Disco. FREE

10. The 12th edition of Cinema Italian Style (Nov. 17-22) showcases some of the most acclaimed Italian movies of the year in a film festival environment.

Tuesday November 22nd, 2016

11Broadway Sings Disney is a powerhouse concert developed from the Walt Disney catalog’s 80-plus years of magical music. From Steamboat Willie, to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” happening at the Rockwell Table & Stage. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

12. The Lincoln presents “For the Record,” a weekly series where guests bring in their own vinyl for a unique DJ set from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. This week’s theme is Panamajack’s Hidden Gems, featuring a rare collection of international funk records. FREE

13. Food truck night at the California Heritage Museum features a big selection of tasty food trucks (5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) FREE

Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

14. The Queen Mary’s signature winter attraction, CHILL, returns this Wednesday with a holiday theme of Alice in Winterland, promising an interactive and immersive experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Check for discounted tickets all week before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. LA Zoo Lights is back! Now in its third year, the after-hours event showcases animal-themed LEDs, lasers, 3D projections, and animated displays throughout the zoo.

16. Tails from the Crypt: Animal Ghosts and Apparitions, a lecture and slideshow by Dr. Paul Koudounaris at Hyperion Tavern. FREE

17. El Capitan Theatre will screen Disney’s Moana. There will be a live concert of classic Disney music by The Side Street Strutters Jazz Band and a live appearance by Moana! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

18. Darren Criss stars in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. John Cameron Mitchells groundbreaking rock musical is revived by Criss, Tony Award Winner Lena Hall and Tony Award wining Director Michael Mayer. Check for discounted tickets all week before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

19.Escape Room LA The Alchemist has you locked in a room forced to uncover the hidden power of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to escape from the mad Alchemist. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)


20. The NASA’s Pavilion sound experience is now of view at The Huntington Library. A “soundscape” experience that represents the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites the shell like sculpture emits sounds each interpreting one of the satellites’ missions. Open to the public till Feb. 27, 2017.

Thursday November 24th, 2016

21. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

22. The 4th 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.

23. Ranger Ernie Thanksgiving hike across Griffith Park (10 mile-hike). FREE

Friday November 25th, 2016

24. Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens will offer visitors a colorful one-mile path route through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within the garden. Happening Nov. 25 and runs through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski takes his Christmas decorating very seriously. From DMX controlled intelligent light, animatronics and a Snowman DJ called DJ Jingles the free display is a beloved tradition in Los Angeles worth driving to. FREE

26. Snow Los Angeles has arrived with L.A.’s first-ever snow tubing park which also includes nine acres of winter wonderland featuring an hourly blizzard and a Giant Snowman Forest Light Show.

27. Every Friday of November, Greenbar Distillery in Downtown Los Angeles will host cocktail classes featuring seasonal, holiday and prohibition era drinks. This weeks theme is Holiday Cocktails.

28. Postmodern Jukebox brings their pop retro sounds to the Microsoft Theater this Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Celebrate Record Store Day! Check out the official site here for the dull schedule of events happening around Los Angeles.


30. On Fridays Royce’s Arcade Warehouse hosts ‘Threeplay Fridays’ from 4 to 7 p.m. For $3 you get three hours of unlimited play of games such as Donkey Kong, Street Fighter 2, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and many more.

31. The Virus: An Immersive Escape Room Experience happening Thursday and Friday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Red Bull Sound Select return for 30 Days in LA, a month-long series of events featuring concert, dance parties, movie nights and more. Tickets are still available on select days check out the line up and schedules here.

 33. Free admission days this Friday for: Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

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