38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [11-28-16 to 12-2-16]

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. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2, features the L.A. County Christmas Tree Lighting, The Contenders Film Series at The Hammer, LA Weekly Sips & Sweets, a Silent Disco in DTLA, First Fridays, 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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The Griffith Observatory with Downtown Los Angeles in the background
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Monday November 28th, 2016

1. Check out the official ceremony for the lighting of L.A. County’s Christmas Tree at The Music Center Plaza in Downtown Los angeles. FREE

2. 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 now through Jan. 8. Check for Discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Sherman Oaks resident Mike Ziemkowski takes his Christmas decorating very seriously. Ziemkowski’s Lights on Display is a beloved local tradition worth driving to. Starts nightly at 5 p.m. through the start of the new year. FREE

4. 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.

5. Hot Tub With Kurt & Kristen at The Virgil. The Nov. 28 lineup features Derrick Brown, Ian Karmel, Hari Kondabolu, Bill Kottkamp, Frankie Quinones and Iliza Shlesinger.

6. 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. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets all week before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

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. 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.

9. 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.

10. Runway Playa Vista presents Music Mondays a free weekly concert and music series. This week they are throwing a School of Rock dance party. FREE

Tuesday November 29th, 2016

11. 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

12. Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA: The Cavern. Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

13. Escape Room LA: The Detective has you inside a 1940’s film noir set up where you have to solve a slew of mysteries in order to escape. Happening Tuesday and Thursday. DISCOUNTED via Goldstar.

14. Escape Room LA presents The Theatre. Guests are trapped inside an old haunted theater, in order to get free they’ll have to ban together to help free a ghost, fail to do so and risk being trapped forever inside the haunt. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15.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)

16. LACMA’s Costume Council will host a panel discussion, moderated by Cameron Silver, founder of Decades and fashion director for H by Halston. Silver and six L.A. based designers will examine the landscape of fashion, issues facing independent designers and the future of high fashion.

17. 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 So 80’s. FREE

Wednesday November 30th, 2016

18. Enjoy complementary mixology classes, beer and wine seminars and tastings during Liquid Intelligence at The Mixing Room. Wednesday theme is “Hot Cocktails for Cool Nights.” FREE

19. 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! Happening all week. 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 December 1st, 2016

21. Starting this Thursday The Contenders film series comes to The Hammer Museum. Curated by The Museum of Modern Art the films selected are new films believed to stand the test of time in influence. This week they will screen Loving along with a Q&A with Jeff Nichols and Joel Edgerton.

22. Celebrate the holidays with musical performances and the lighting of a 22-foot Christmas tree during Downtown Culver Citys Tree Lighting Ceremony. FREE


23. 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)

24. 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. Happening all week.

25. Union Station’s Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on the South Patio will be accompanied by the All-American Boys Chorus and L.A.’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. This event kicks off a month-long series of free “Cocoa Concerts” at the historic downtown destination. FREE

26. Rockwell: Table & Stage present the unauthorized musical parody of John Hughes classic Home AloneDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. Jenni Kayne is having a Holiday Sample Sale Dec. 1- 2 at the Cooper Design Space. The sale will include a mix of apparel, shoes, accessories, home and seasonal gifts. Happening 9:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m. at the Mezzanine Level.

28. The Riviera Village Holiday Stroll is a festive, family friendly gathering at Redondo’s shopping district. Expect a holiday parade, live music and Santa Claus! FREE

29. Free admission days this Thursday for: MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen, Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art.

Friday December 2nd, 2016

30. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

31. L.A. Weekly Sips & Sweets will offer a bounty of the city’s best cocktails and desserts all under one roof at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Check for discounted tickets all week before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. The folks at Quiet Clubbing are bringing their act to FIGat7th for a special holiday-inspired dance party this Friday. FREE

33. Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show comes to the Pomona Fairplex with a large selection of quality handmade arts and crafts just in time for the holiday shopping season.


34. There’s a free classic Movie Screening Series at Union Station this Friday they will screen the noir classic Too Late for Tears. FREE

35. 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.

36. The Groundlings Holiday Show pokes fun at the holidays with all-new sketches and some improvisation.

37. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

38. Free admission days this Friday for: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 pm), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 – 8 p.m.) FREE

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