37 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. [11-17-17 to 11-19-17]

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 in L.A. (November 17 – November 19) includes, Malibu ArtWalk Festival, LA Zoo Lights, a Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, the Great Los Angeles Walk, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.


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A luminous lawn makes for a fun game of hop-scotch. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Friday November 17th, 2017

1. The Malibu ArtWalk Festival returns for the 46th year in a row to Cross Creek. Taking place November 17-19 this annual community festival will feature local artists from the region displaying their art and guiding guests through their artistic processes.

2. One of L.A.’s most magical holiday traditions, LA Zoo Lights returns November 17 through January 7 with thousands upon thousands of LED lights glowing up the zoo. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Get ready for another season of ice-skating in Downtown Los Angeles when the Bai Holiday Ice Rink returns to Pershing Square from November 16 through January 15, 2018.

4. Getty Villa Theater Lab Presents Aeschylus’s ‘The Suppliant Women’, to show at select times from Nov. 17-19.

5. California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, opens to the pubic for a big sample sale this Friday (just in time for holiday shopping!).

6. UCB Dragrace is UCB’s version of RuPaul’s Drag Race! This season they’ll be introducing KINGS VS QUEENS the ultimate drag battle, hosted By Mano Agapion, Oscar Montoya, and Nicole Byer

7. Discover Los Angeles technology and innovation, participate in a hiring fair & hear from inspiring speakers at Techweek LA, Nov. 13-17.

8. Spamilton a parody that celebrates and roasts the Broadway musical will make its West Coast premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Happening all weekend. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

9. Get into the winter spirit when ICE at Santa Monica returns with a 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Running November 1 through January 5.

10. There’s going to be a midnight screening of Pulp Fiction at the New Beverly Theatre this Friday night.

11. Head to Grand Central Market for Fridays with dublab. Stroll the many food stalls and order up something tasty to nosh on while a killer soundtrack of DJ-spun tunes to play from 7 to 10 p.m. This is a free event (but not the food obviously!)

12. There’s a Night Market at Runway in Playa Vista. Check off your gift list and take a break at the beer garden with pours of Three Weavers and Indie Brewing. In addition there will be live music by the California Feetwarmers and bites from food trucks.

13. Check out free music this Friday at Union station as Metro Art Presents: Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble. FREE

14. The Groundlings: The Completely Different Late Show is a hilarious improv show by the cast of the Groundlings’ Main Company. Audience shout suggestions throughout the night for improvisational scenes performed by some of the best in the business. It’s also a testing ground for brand new material for the Groundlings’ main show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Enjoy live gypsy jazz and swing tunes at Villains Tavern with a performance by The Vignes Rooftop Revival. Starts at 10 p.m. FREE

16. There’s a Great Pumpkin Hunt happening at the South Coast Botanic Garden from October 1 through November 30 everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include an imaginative scavenger hunt, light hiking, a pumpkin shop and access to the gorgeous 87-acre grounds. Great for families. Halloween costumes are welcome.

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Saturday November 18th, 2017

17. Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair returns to Pasadena November 18-19. Check out over 200 handmade makers ranging in products from home décor, food and houseware, to fashion accessories and body products. FREE

18. Trek the streets of Los Angeles from downtown L.A. to the Westside during the 12th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk. Join other Angelenos on this free tour and see the sights and walk the streets of our city.

19. Noon to Midnight comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles this Saturday for 12 hours of pop-up performances featuring L.A.’s top new-music ensembles.

20. There’s a Mike Kelley symposium at the REDCAT focusing on Kelley’s last major project titled Kandors. This event will feature noted art scholars, curators, and artists.

21. Spaceland & Mercy for Animals present Circle V, a vegan music festival celebrating animal rights, at the Regent Theater in Downtown L.A. The festival will feature live music from artists like Moby and Reggie Watts along side speaker panels and a vegan vendor village. Ticket options range from $35–$150.


22. Downtown Burbank is hosting the 2nd Annual Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair. Walk through over 30 local shops and stores for wine and beer tastings, as well as small treats. The evening also includes local shopping, live musical performances and a magical snowfall moment. Participation in the Wine Walk is $45 while the street fair is free.

23. The BBQ & Beer Festival takes over Pearl’s BBQ in the Arts District for a day of music, barbecue and beer. Enjoy a plate of brisket, ribs, and chicken with ice-cold beers. Some vendors include Pearl’s BBQ, Taste of Pace Daddy’s Fried Chicken and Mad Miller BBQ. General admission tickets cost $17 and VIP tickets are $45 which includes your first drink free, samples of spirits and snacks, a Pearl’s BBQ tote bag, and a VIP area.

24. Stay cool while learning the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment is provided. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Feastown at Eastown, a new, bimonthly popup night marketplace featuring food vendors and live music, debuted in Hollywood October and now returns for two Saturdays in November with a Thanksgiving-theme. There is no cover to attend. Part of the proceeds from food purchases will go to help locals in need.

26. Catch a one of a kind reenactment of War of the Worlds at Walt Disney Concert Hall this Saturday. The story draws inspiration from Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast.

27. The 32nd Annual Elves’ Faire returns to the Pasadena Waldorf School in Altadena for an afternoon of shopping, crafting, dining, and playing medieval-style contests and games.

28. The 5th Annual Stouts N Staches Brew Fest returns to Venice Beach this Saturday to celebrate Movember with a mustache-themed block party. Guests will enjoy food and craft beer specials, live music, beer and whiskey tastings, complimentary beard and stache trims, men’s health screenings and more.

Sunday November 19th, 2017

29. Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens this Sunday offering guests a colorful one-mile path walk through 10 distinct light displays at unique points within Descanso Garden including the Oak Grove and the Japanese Garden. Be sure to grab discount tickets while supplies are still available! DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. See E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at Royce Hall when the American Youth Symphony performs John Williams award winning score live as the film plays on the big screen. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar) 

31. Get ready to dance all day long and celebrate the art of mariachi when the 27th Annual Mariachi Festival returns to Boyle Heights at historic Mariachi Plaza Station. FREE

32. See the Wende Museum’s new Culver City campus for free during their community open house this Sunday. The museum focuses on the history of the Cold War and currently have a new exhibit titled Cold War Spaces. FREE


33. The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade returns to celebrate 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The parade begins in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the original Route 66.

34. The East Los Angeles Christmas Parade & Festival comes to Whittier Blvd for an afternoon-long celebration with Christmas flair. Check out the amazing floats, marching bands, equestrian units, and loads more.

35. Comedy at The Friend is a weekly free show in Silverlake. This Sunday the lineup includes Rhea Butcher and Jak Knight. FREE

36. The Hammer hosts a Family Flicks series this Sunday with a screening of 1995 film Babe. FREE

37. Free admission at: Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can) and Museum of Latin American Art

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