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 25 to Friday, November 29, features Love Actually at The Wallis, Queen Mary Christmas, Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s 56th birthday celebration, Black Friday free adoptions at NKLA and the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center, Green Friday at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden 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!
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Monday November 25th, 2019
1. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, L.A. Zoo Lights returns November 15, 2019 through January 5, 2020 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights illuminating the zoo. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
2. You can get free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Monday night if you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to their holiday toy drive. One toy = one admission.
3. The Scenario Studio is offering a free pop-up photo experience on Rodeo Drive daily through December 22. FREE
4. The Sofitel Los Angeles hosts a Jazz Eclectic night every Monday at Riviera 31 with Ryan Cross and his band starting at 9 p.m.
5. The Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from Nov. 14, 2019 to Jan. 2, 2020 featuring a 7200 square foot outdoor ice-skating experience. A wide variety of events will take place throughout the duration of the rink.
6. LA Auto Show returns with thousand cars on display. From November 22 to December 1 experience various car exhibits, model debuts and more at the LA Convention Center.
Tuesday November 26th, 2019
7. Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted Forest of Light returns for another installment with a host of interactive displays and nighttime activities from November 17 through January 5, 2020. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
8. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1, 2019 through January 20, 2020.
9. G&B Coffee located in Grand Central Market is cupping Go Get Em Tiger’s current coffee lineup every Tuesday at 2 p.m. FREE
Wednesday November 27th, 2019
10. The team behind LA’s award-winning series For The Record has a new production coming to The Wallis’ Bram Goldsmith Theater. Richard Curtis’s Love Actually will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind multimedia screen and stage event starting November 27. The film and live music blend together as the story unfolds throughout the London setting. Performances continue through December 29. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. 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 from November 9 through January 12, 2020. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. Over The Hump Karaoke at Club Tee Gee is a sing til you drop occasion with the help of Hi Ho Karaoke every Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
13. WISHLIST, Gabba Gallery’s annual holiday show runs November 16 through December. Now in its seventh year, the event is a great way for folks getting into art collecting. Prices start at $50 and nothing is over $1000. Artworks are a mixed bag of local and international artists. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Thursday November 28th, 2019
14. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy today in the comfort of your own home or dine out at the many restaurants open on Turkey Day. See the Food Pick section for our top favorites. .
15. 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 40 years. FREE
16. The 49th 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
17. Guests of Cafe Gratitude Venice 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). FREE
18. The 7th Annual Day of Thanks & Giving 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.
Friday November 29th, 2019
19. Dive right into the holiday season during a Queen Mary Christmas. Kicking off this Friday, the special event will see Christmas spirit lining the famous Long Beach vessel until January 1, 2020. Activities include a 26 feet tall Christmas tree, variety of holiday activities, an outdoor skating rink, live entertainment and much more.
20. It’s Black Friday at NKLA and the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center where all pet adoption fees will be waived thanks to sponsors Petco Foundation and BOBS from SKECHERS. Each pet is spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and vaccinated so you’ll get to take them home! FREE
21. Bob Baker Marionette Theater will commemorate their 56th birthday with a grand opening event with puppet shows on the hour, special exhibits, activities, walk-around puppets throughout the day and a virtual reality Bob Baker experience.
22. “Block Friday” at Maple Block Meat Co is a Black Friday deal everyone can get behind of. From 10 a.m. to noon their new breakfast burrito will be offered at just $5. Normally $14, the burrito is served in a grilled flour tortilla with scrambled eggs, brisket machado and served with house-made salsa. The other deal takes place during lunch from 2 to 3 p.m. where their brisket will be offered at $5 a pound until they are sold out. Brisket is normally $25 a pound and Maple Block Meat Co expects this to be a busy time, so come in early.
23. Instead of Black Friday, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont will celebrate Green Friday with free admission to the garden and a special sale at their garden store. FREE
24. 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 November 29 through December 30.
25. Enjoy a special performance of The Nutcracker (November 29 to December 24) by the American Contemporary Ballet at Metropolis Los Angeles.
26. The Roadium Drive-In returns with a screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in a classic 1950’s drive-in setting.
27. Two Bit Circus will open early for a Black Friday Happy Hour from 3-9 p.m. where you’ll score $6 beers, drinks and bites.
28. The Magical Chinese Lantern Festival returns to Fairplex starting Nov. 21 with a new theme for 2019-2020: Blooming Seasons. This year’s festival offers lantern displays as large as 30-feet high and 85-feet wide, highlighted by a 100-yard-long breathtaking Ceramic Chinese Dragon. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
29. Golden Road LA and OC will both host a Golden Friday Fun Run. The 5k will will be followed by a party.
30. There’s a midnight showing of Pulp Fiction in 35mm at New Beverly Cinema to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic cult film.
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 a massive Thanksgiving feast? We’ve got you covered with seven great ideas for where to eat out in Los Angeles on this upcoming holiday Thursday. Enjoy the food (but not the mess!). Read here for the picks.