Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend, from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, features Late Night Notorious RBG!, Grand Ave. Arts: All Access, Tropicália Music & Taco Festival, Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Midterms Ballot Party, Griffith Park Harvest Festival 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 weekend!
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Friday November 2nd, 2018
1. Late Night Notorious RBG! is an after hours party at the Skirball Cultural Center celebrating the exhibit that highlights the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This event will allow guests to explore the museum till 10 p.m. and enjoy food trucks, a cash bar, DJ sets by Dublab’s Mamabear and more. Guests are also invited to support RBG by coming dressed in costume or anything else related to the Supreme Court justice. This exhibit runs October 19, 2018 to March 10, 2019.
2. Head down to The Velaslavasay Panorama on Friday for a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Various spots throughout the venue will offer special audio and visual auras including the garden, theatre and Nova Tuskhut. On top of that, guests will be able to enjoy live performances, altars, crafts, food and drink. FREE
3. The Triforium is a huge public art piece with colorful glass panels located in Fletcher-Bowron Square. It was meant to perform light and music shows but due to a plethora of issues, it was never executed, and it has stood silent for decades… until now. Experience The Triforium restored and modernized to react to real time live performances. This Friday will be the final in a series of three events. FREE
4. 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.
5. The Unknown is a haunt put on by ABC Interactive that explores the horror in what we can not see, predict or understand. Written and directed by Annie Lesser, the event primarily takes place in darkness and the viewer (you) makes the decisions advancing into the storyline. The Unknown takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 2-4 at a private residence that will be revealed to ticket holder the day before it occurs.
6. 24th Street Theatre will host a free Dia de los Muertos celebration with a traditional procession, face painting, altar building, live music, dancing, food and more. FREE
7. 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
8. Gather your most ambitious and driven friends to bring to the Power Women Summit, taking place at InterContinental Hotel DTLA on Thursday and Friday. The event will host some of the most influential women in sports, media, entrepreneurship, entertainment and more for a largely inspiring conference. Participants will be able to take workshops, panels, sit in on keynotes, networking gatherings and more.
9. L.A.’s Grand Park will host a week-long celebration of Día de los Muertos starting on Saturday, Oct. 27 and running until Sunday, Nov. 4. The event will hold a variety of events with 50+ altars and art installations up in the park the entire time. FREE
10. Unbound Productions’ site-specific Wicked Lit returns to the Mountain View Mausoleum, offering the perfect setting for all new tales of horror. This year, guests will enjoy two theatrical adaptations: Charles Dickens’ The Chimes: A Goblin Story, and Ernest Rhys’ Teig O’Kane and the Corpse. Happening Wednesday through Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. Critically acclaimed, avant-garde haunt Creep returns with ‘Awake.’ The walkthrough thrusts participants through a 75-minute series of horrific situations in a shockingly cinematic fashion. As a result, you are placed face-to-face with your worst fears, presenting an incredibly unique and intimate horror experience. Happening at ROW DTLA Wednesday through Sunday.
12. The Getty Villa’s newest exhibition, Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife highlights the desire for a blessed existence after death with depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. Underworld is on view now through March 18.
13. Madre in Torrance has a slew of activities on Friday. Starting at 5 p.m. the space will be transformed for a Day of The Dead celebration. Oaxacan staples like traditional Pan de Muerte (Mexican Day of The Dead bread) will be served throughout the day, face painting will be held from 5-8 p.m. and live music starts at 7 p.m. Guests dressed in costume between 7-10 p.m., will receive a complimentary cocktail (one per guest) and Siete Leguas will be on-site holding tastings of their specialty tequilas.
14. Take a first 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
15. Merchants on Olvera Street will celebrate Dia de los Muertos for nine days through November 2. The festival will include altars on display, children’s workshops, face painting, and live entertainment. FREE
16. Jurassic Quest is considered our country’s largest dinosaur-centric event. Fun for all ages, activities include meeting a dinosaur expert, dinosaur rides, fossil digging, the largest dinosaur replicas in the world and more. Taking place at the L.A. Convention Center Nov. 2 – 4.
17. 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 29. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
18. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood presents their annual Halloween iteration of Urban Death. Guests will wind through a short maze before entering a darkened theater where series of disturbing vignettes will be presented one after another. Happening on Halloween, Friday and Saturday.
19. Stop by the Alexandria Hotel in DTLA and walk into The Wolves, Los Angeles’ most interesting cocktail bar to date. The ever-changing menu has a whole host of ingredients made in-house including bitters and vermouths.
20. Pumpkin Nights feature over 3,000 carved pumpkins across eight pumpkin-themed lands accompanied with special pumpkin fire and magic shows, carvings, and plenty more. Happening October 12 through November 4.
21. 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.
22. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Pretty Women, Never Been Kissed and more.
23. Visit the Annenberg Space for Photography as it welcomes its newest exhibit The National Geographic Photo Ark, a multi-year project led by Joel Sartore to photograph every living species throughout the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. The exhibit opens on October 13 and continues through January 13. Hours for the space are Wednesday and Friday through Sunday. FREE
Saturday November 3rd, 2018
24. Enjoy a free pass to all things arts and culture along Grand Ave. in DTLA during Grand Ave. Arts All Access. The day-long event will offer workshops, activities, tours, musical performances, and more, all along Grand Ave. from Temple to 5th. Participating cultural partners include The Broad, Central Library, L.A. Opera, and MOCA. FREE
25. Tropicália Music & Taco Festival takes over Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach (Nov 3-4) for two music filled days plus some of the best tacos in town. Morrissey, Cardi B, Mac Demarco, Mazzy Star are just a few names on the eclectic bill. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
26. Complexcon returns to the Long Beach Convention Center (Nov. 3-4) for a music festival and convention showcasing the best in art, food, style, music and more. The musical lineup includes acts like Rae Sremmurd, Future and Vince Staples.
27. Big Adventure Festival has something for everyone. A music stage with Cold Wars Kids, Empire of the Sun to name a few and a comedy stage with Patton Oswalt, Jim Jeffries and more, plus a dance stage! There will be live podcasts, panels, Comic Con exhibits, video gaming and loads more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
28. Smorgasburg Meltdown at Santa Anita Park is a tasty day dedicated to everything cheese, and all the gooey goodness it brings. Vendors include Big Mozz, Cheezus and more.
29. Non-profit PS Science will host their first annual Tap Into (PS) Science fundraising event at Boomtown Brewery to raise money for science lessons to thousands of children living at or below the poverty. Guests will enjoy unlimited beer, artisan wines, a taco bar, DJ tunes, games and interacting with PS Science instructors as they demo dry ice, inertia and gravity games.
30. The Los Angeles Pancakes and Booze Art Show returns with over 500 pieces of work by 150+ local artists as well as unlimited free pancakes and a bar. Music, live body painting, and a zombie fashion show will also take place.
31. LACLA presents Cine Nepantla at the Vincent Price Art Museum. The free annual will include a screening of Phillip Rodriguez’s The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo (2018), a Q&A with the director, live music by San Cha, and an intergenerational panel discussion on Chican(x)/Latin(x) activism. This event is open to all ages. FREE
32. Dapper Day Expo returns to the Disneyland Resort (Nov. 3-4) for another year of celebrating the refined styles of the past. The event features a marketplace, a barber experience, live musical performances from The San Andreas Sisters and Jennifer Keith, plus special dance lessons.
33. The Hammer will host a conversation on Deconstructing the Truism of Race as a Social Construct with philosophers Naomi Zack of the University of Oregon, Rebecca Tuvel of Rhodes College, and Diarmuid Costello of the University of Warwick commenting on Adrian Piper’s racially focused art currently on view at the museum. FREE
34. Enjoy an immersive murder mystery party with high tea takes place at Pasadena’s Madeline Garden this Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
35. Greater Palm Springs Pride (Nov. 3-4) promises to be a grand time with a street party, a wide variety of activities and offerings including food, several beer gardens, shopping and live entertainment.
36. immerse(d) takes over Live House Hollywood for a day of learning how music positively impacts humanity and health. Powered by SUBPAC, a wearable wellness technology, attendees will experience sound installations, audio-visual performances and participate in discussions with professionals in the physical and therapeutic aspects of sound.
37. Explore art, mingle with artists and art lovers during the 5th annual Wine+Art. Featuring original works from 125+ artists, wine and spirit tastings, small bites from local eateries the event will take place in the Arts District. All proceeds will benefit CASA/LA’s program.
Sunday November 4th, 2018
38. Head over to Griffith Park Harvest Festival this Sunday. A seasonal gathering, the festival will include live music, as well as a children’s area with a bounce house, games, rock climbing wall and more. The L.A. County Brewers Guild will curate a special selection of local seasonal beers for the occasion. FREE
39. On Sunday enjoy the first dinner-party concert put on by A Wild Honey Pie featuring the band NEIL FRANCES. The intimate event will offer a three-course meal, complimentary drinks and a performance by NEIL FRANCES, who draws airy guitar and vocal delivery, similar to the likes of Chromeo or Tame Impala. Taking place at Checker Hall.
40. Angel City Brewery will host a Midterms Ballot Party in collaboration with Shepard Fairey’s design studio, Studio Number One. The party will celebrate democracy and try to help educate people about what’s on the ballot.
41. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
42. The Skirball’s new exhibit “The Notorious RBG,” continues their celebration of the Supreme Court Justice this Sunday with a special screening of Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s documentary “RBG.” After the showing, a Q&A with the film’s two directors will be held.
43. The Rock and Roll Flea Market returns to The Regent for a one of a kind flea market featuring 50 vendors offering vintage and handmade crafts, including clothing, jewelry, memorabilia, instruments and more, as well as vinyl. In addition the event will host two full bars, a brunch menu, DJ’s all day, and “boozy bingo,” with prizes like tickets to concerts at The Regent. Admission is free.
44. Bender LA’s monthly yoga event takes guests to the rooftop of ROW DTLA for a 75-minute silent disco yoga class. After the class guests are invited to check out Smorgasburg’s Sunday open air food market.
45. Enjoy a 100% vegan friendly marketplace taking place every Sunday in North Hollywood. A wide variety of vendors and food trucks will be on hand a each week vendors will vary. Admission is free.
46. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of Bridesmaids.
Food Pick for the Week
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Join us for Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican custom of honoring departed loved ones with an abundance of good cheer, refreshing drinks, and delicious food! Our special menu debuts today through 11/6 at both #bordergrilldtla and #bordergrilllasvegas Thank you @orchidsfloraltouch for the beautiful flower arrangement for our #diadelosmuertos altar 🥀
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
This weekend stop by Border Grill in DTLA for their special Day of the Dead menu which includes Blood Sausage Tacos; ebony Ceviche Negro made of squid ink in a citrus marinade; Black Mole Duck Taquitos and Pan De Muerto & Café De Olla with crème fraiche and hibiscus sauce. In Day of the Dead tradition of honoring those who have left us, the restaurant will have an ofrenda (alter) and offer guests four cocktail tributes that include the below.
- Anthony Bourdain/El Mexicano: aperol, El Silencio Mezcal, agave, and soda
- Robin Leach/El Royale: Chambord, champagne, topped with pomegranate seeds
- Jonathan Gold/MariGOLD Margarita: Viva Reposado Tequila, Araceli Marigold liqueur, combier, fresh lime juice, agave, tajin, and garnished with micro marigold
- Joel Robuchon/Robuchon 75: Tres Gen Silver, lime juice, and champagne
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