(Credit: Jamie Pham )

(Credit: Jamie Pham )


The holiday season is officially upon us. And while November’s main event comes at the end of the month, there’s still lots to do before you put on your stretchy pants and feast on turkey. Check out our list of the best ways to eat, drink, and entertain your way through the month.
November 1, 2016 – November 27, 2016
(Credit: Jamie Loeb)

(Credit: Jamie Loeb)


Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Pantages Theater
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
www.hollywoodpantages.com

After playing to record-breaking, sell-out crowds on Broadway, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is ready to take Los Angeles by storm. The amazingly innovative and wickedly funny musical tells the story of one of the most unique characters created, played by Glee’s Darren Criss. The Tony Award winning musical smashes the fourth wall, bends genres, and leaves audiences breathless with a pulsing rock score and electrifying performances. Parents take note, the musical is recommended for mature audiences due to strong language and adult themes.

November 1, 2016
(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)


Kanye West
The Forum
3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
www.ticketmaster.com

Tonight is the last night to catch Kanye West live. Having performed some shows at the end of October, Kanye is sure to put on a show that you won’t want to miss. With unique set designs, he always keeps you on your toes on what to expect. West is on tour in support of his “Saint Pablo Tour” for his album “The Life Of Pablo.” Sure, you can expect the Kardashian clan, including Kim, to be there, but all eyes will be set on West and his unique antics. Expect hits from his newest album, as well as some of his classic songs from albums like “Yeezus,” “Watch The Throne,” “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” “808s & Heartbreak” and older albums.

November 2, 9, 16, & 30, 2016
(Credit: Connor Hansen)

(Credit: Connor Hansen)


Liquid Intelligence Series
The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 765-8600
www.lalive.com

Almost every Wednesday this month, The Mixing Room is offering complimentary mixology classes from 7pm – 9pm. Check out the ultra cool bar, and take part in an interactive seminar about beers, wines, and other libations. Local experts will lead tastings that will teach you all you need to know about Savory Flavors (November 2), Syrah (November 9), Sam Adams Winter Beers & Cookie Pairings (November 16), and Hot Cocktails for Cool Nights (November 30).

November 3, 2016
Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images


Weezer
El Rey Theatre
5515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.theelrey.com

Remember the alt-rock band Weezer? Well, they’re back! To support their newest “White” album, Weezer will be playing the historic El Rey Theatre. The album is the first in almost 2 years, so expect to hear a mixture of their older and newer hits, including “Thank God For Girls,” off their “White Album,” as well as oldies but goodies like “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly,” and many others.
 
Related: November / December 2016 Concert Calendar For Los Angeles

November 3, 2016
(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)

(credit: Downtown Santa Monica)


Santa Monica Ice
Corner of 5th Street & Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
www.turkeytrot.la

Returning on November 3, 2016 until January 16, 2017, ICE At Santa Monica is one of the holiday’s favorite activities to take part in. Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into an outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. Admission is just $15.

November 4, 2016
(Credit: Union Station)

(Credit: Union Station)


Film Noir Movie Screening at Union Station: Criss Cross
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 683-6729
www.unionstationla.com

Today, celebrate the excellent cinematic art known as Film Noir at the historic Union Station in downtown L.A. This free of charge event will expose visitors to the excellent work of director Siodmak, whose film Criss Cross still remains one of the most well-known and storied film noir pictures. The story follows Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea as they plot a daring heist, while trying to get Yvonne DeCarlo.

November 4 & 5, 2016
(credit: Universal Studios)

(credit: Universal Studios)


Halloween Horror Nights
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Haven’t had enough of Halloween and scares, yet? Well, on November 4, and 5, you can experience this exciting Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights event one last time this year. Halloween Horror Nights has taken over Universal Studios Hollywood once again, providing thrills and chills with an assortment of terrifying mazes and other scream-worthy attractions.
 

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


2016 Breeders Cup
Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 574-7223
www.santaanita.com
On Friday, and Saturday, celebrate the 2016 Breeders Cup at the iconic and legendary Santa Anita Park for some thrills! This will be the finale of the horseracing season, so make sure not to miss out on this excitement. Head on down to the idyllic park with charm and mountains in the background and cheer on your favorite horses during the two-day championship races. Celebrities will surely make appearances also, and also make sure to dress in your finest!

November 5, 2016
(Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2016)

(Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2016)


New Collection Installation: Creature
The Broad Museum
221 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 232-6200
www.thebroad.org

Starting today, The Broad’s first floor will be taken over by more than 50 works on approaches to figuration and representations of self. Guests will be greeted by local artist Thomas Houseago’s 15-foot-tall Giant Figure, and continue on to an exhibit of pieces ranging from slick avatars and popular icons, to images rooted in mythology and animal instincts. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Georg Baselitz, Takashi Murakami, and Andy Warhol are just a few of the 25+ artists who will have works on display that offer an array of lenses through which we view the human experience.
 

November 5, 2016
(Credit: Marina Chavez)

(Credit: Marina Chavez)


An Evening with Joan Baez
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3034
www.laphil.com

Recent 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominee, Joan Baez, will perform tonight as part of the LA Phil’s Songbook series. Join Baez for an intimate evening as she performs the music that made her a true influencer of her time. In addition to marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, and protesting the Iraq War, the legendary folk singer also introduced Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan to the world in 1963.
 

(credit: Everett Historical/shutterstock)

(credit: Everett Historical/shutterstock)


Festival Of Flight
Long Beach Airport
4100 Donald Douglas Dr
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 570-2600
www.lgb.org

Today, come and celebrate the Festival of Flight, a free celebration which is open to all, to commemorate brilliant aircraft, automobiles and American heroes. Food trucks, aircraft, and vehicles will be on display, as will a great beer garden and plenty of entertainment.

November 8, 2016
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)


Vote!
Multiple Locations
www.lavote.net

Regardless of who you support, make sure to visit one of the many locations around the city. This year, is one of the most exciting and thrilling elections of our lifetime, so make sure to get out there and exercise your democratic rights today!
 

(Credit: Courtesy of Cornerstone Theater Company)

(Credit: Courtesy of Cornerstone Theater Company)


Celebrate Election Day at Cornerstone Theater Company
1001 Arroyo Ave.
San Fernando, CA 91340
(800) 578-1335
www.cornerstonetheater.org

It’s election day, and Cornerstone Theater Company is doubling as not only a polling place for the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District community, but an after party location. Partnering with RENT Poet, the Melrose Poetry Bureau, and The Pie Hole Los Angeles, the theater is throwing a party at the polls, complete with poetry, art, conversation, and treats. Whether you’re in the mood to celebrate or drown your sorrows, they’ll have poetry and pie waiting for you.

November 10, 2016 – December 23, 2016
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(Credit: Syda Productions/shutterstock)


Snow Los Angeles
The Old Lodge
Montecillo De Leo Politi
Stadium Way & Scott Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.snowlosangeles.com

Snow in Los Angeles may seem like a pretty crazy thought, but it’s true! Snow L.A. will be the city’s first annual introduction to their snow tubing park. Set just a few minutes from downtown Los Angeles, this winter wonderland offers over 10,000 square feet of synthetic snow, which gives guests the chance to experience a taste of winter. With snow tubing, food trucks, drinks, singing snowmen, trees decorated with icicles, and much more to signify winter, you’ll feel like snow has finally come to L.A.!

November 10-17, 2016
(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)


AFI FEST
Various Locations
www.afi.com

Check out all the best festival films of the year at the weeklong AFI FEST. Celebrating global cinema, the event creates an opportunity for master filmmakers to come together with emerging artists in the movie capital of the world. Screenings, galas, and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt. World Premieres of The Comedian and Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply will be screened, and a special honoring of Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert will occur. Free individual screening tickets are available to the public.

November 11, 2016
(Credit: The Music Center)

(Credit: The Music Center)


Sleepless at the Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.musiccenter.com

Nightowls take note – Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours is back for another late night experience of art, music, and behind-the-scenes access. The multi-sensory event invites guests to see The Music Center’s iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion transformed sonically, visually, and spatially in a fully immersive experience from 11:11pm – 3am. Soulful tunes and a curtain of real snowfall welcomes guests, as they venture inside to multimedia performances, chill lounges, dancing, and video installations. Tonight’s experience creates a dreamlike state of surreal wonder, full of ethereal awakenings. The event is free, with cocktails and small bites available for purchase.
 

(Credit: Rod Millington)

(Credit: Rod Millington)


John Cleese + Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
www.cleeseandidle.com

Monty Python founding members John Cleese and Eric Idle have teamed up once again to tour the country with a live comedy show you won’t want to miss. Blending scripted and improvised bits with musical numbers, storytelling, exclusive footage, and even a little “aquatic juggling,” the duo will create an experience unique to every show. Their irreverent and absurd comedy stylings will have you wanting more, which is perfect since there is also an extended audience Q&A at the end.
 

(credit: Cheryl Casey/shutterstock)

(credit: Cheryl Casey/shutterstock)


Celebrate Veterans Day
Multiple Locations

Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to publicly honor our country’s veterans including members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard. This official holiday, which was originally known as Armistice Day to commemorate World War I vets, is now nationally observed each year on November 11. This year is no different, and there are plenty of ways to commemorate our troops. For a full list of parades, and events, visit our list of the Best Veterans Day Activities & Parades Across Los Angeles

November 12, 2016
(Credit: Scott Jarvie)

(Credit: Scott Jarvie)


Love Me Run
Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
www.lovemerun.com

Looking for love before facing your family this holiday season? Look no further than the Love Me Run, LA’s first singles-only fun run. The event is putting a new spin on speed dating, as participants are paired up with five matches throughout a 5K course. Jogging and no-running-zones are equipped with conversation prompters to get you and your partner to get to know each other. And even if you don’t find that special someone to bring home to mom, a swag bag and freebies are included with your admission.

November 13, 2016
(Credit: Jackob M. Layman)

(Credit: Jackob M. Layman)


L.A. Food Studios
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(877) SCC-4TIX
www.skirball.org

Six leading Los Angeles-based chefs will gather this afternoon from 2pm – 5pm in a unique “open studio” setting for a special food event that will get your mouth watering. Some of the city’s most creative and adventurous chefs will demonstrate how they create their signature dishes, and offer samples along the way. The event is an all access pass to finding out how these culinary greats make their masterpieces, as they will be answering questions and conversing with attendees. Pickled veggies, kombucha, assorted kimchi, dumplings, ahi tuna tostadas, punjabi-style chickpeas, and jam tarts are just some of the bites you’ll be able to enjoy as you stroll the studios at your own pace.

November 15, 2016
(Credit: Hugh Hamrick)

(Credit: Hugh Hamrick)


An Evening with David Sedaris
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 795-9311
www.davidsedarisontour.com

David Sedaris is bringing his unique brand of humor and wit to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for one night only. After a series of charmingly quirky jobs, Sedaris has settled into the role of one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. A master of satire and political correctness (or lack thereof), he addresses the human condition with a poignancy that has made him a public radio staple. Don’t miss this chance to hear Sedaris tell stories drawn from his middle-class upbringing, Greek heritage, obsessive behaviors, and time spent in Europe.

November 17, 18 & 20, 2016
(Credit: Alberto Arvelo)

(Credit: Alberto Arvelo)


in/SIGHT Film Screenings with Live Orchestra
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3034
www.laphil.com

It’s obvious that the Walt Disney Concert Hall is an amazing place to hear a performance, but the in/SIGHT series proves it’s also a great place to see one as well. The Los Angeles Philharmonic will present staged performances, video projections, and other creative visual elements alongside three classic films this month. The world premiere of the film Rebel Without A Cause accompanied by live orchestra will be conducted by Scott Dunn (November 17), while David Newman will conduct the orchestra alongside the complete films of On The Waterfront (November 18), and Casablanca (November 20).

November 18, 2016
(Credit: Jamie Pham)

(Credit: Jamie Pham)


L.A. Zoo Lights Opening Day
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
www.lazoolights.org

Now through January, the L.A. Zoo will be a little brighter with the return of L.A. Zoo Lights. With more lights and more nights of dazzling magic, the zoo continues its tradition of being the brightest holiday tradition in the city. This year, the zoo will be kicking off a “ZooLAbration” of its 50th anniversary with Golden Anniversary touches throughout the park, as well reindeer viewing, visits with Santa (select dates), seasonal treats, and a menagerie of animals brought to life with led lights. Glittering twinkle tunnels, a new waterfall feature, and disco ball forest make it a must for your Holiday To Do List.

November 18, 2016 – November 27, 2016
(Credit: Laura Bonnell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

(Credit: Laura Bonnell/WWJ Newsradio 950)


2016 L.A. Auto Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151
www.lacclink.com

Whether you love cars or are just an interested spectator, the Los Angeles Car Show is always something jaw dropping to see. Expect to find car debuts from leading world car brands like Porsche BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and many more. Get behind the wheel of futuristic cars, and see celebrities all around. Families will get to enjoy a kids fun zone, with bounce houses, video games, face painting and much more, too.

November 20, 2016
(Credit: Cruz Hernandez, Photographer. Barrio Planners Inc., Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation)

(Credit: Cruz Hernandez, Photographer. Barrio Planners Inc., Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation)


26th Annual Mariachi Festival
Mariachi Plaza Station
1831 E 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
www.mariachiplazafestival.com

Mariachi Plaza Station lives up to its name today as the historic mariachi gathering place celebrates its 26th year as home to the Mariachi Festival. Local bands come together to embrace the heritage of Mariachi Culture, as well as invite new audiences to it, with performances throughout the day. Performances by America’s first all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles; platinum selling mariachi band, Sol de Mexico; Latin Grammy nominated Angelinos, Trio Ellas; and more are included in the free day of entertainment.

November 23, 2016
(Credit: Courtesy of Queen Mary)

(Credit: Courtesy of Queen Mary)


CHILL Opening Day
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(800) 437-2934
www.queenmary.com

It’s still fall, but winter is in the air at the Queen Mary with the return of CHILL. This year will feature a new holiday adventure with Alice in Winterland, a re-imagining of the Lewis Carroll classic. A visually stunning, fully immersive 14,000 square foot area will tell the story through striking colors, light fixtures, and more. For more holiday thrills, head to the outdoor ice skating rink or ice tubing luge, take a spin on the Swinging Sleigh Ride or Giant Rocking Horse, or play Prancer’s Paintball. CHILL opens today and runs through January 8.

November 24, 2016
(credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


Volunteer on Thanksgiving Day
Pasadena Central Park
219 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 240-4550
www.unionstationhs.org

It always feels good to do good, so before you enjoy a feast with your family, why not head to Central Park in Pasadena and be a part of someone else’s celebration. Union Station Homeless Services will once again host their annual Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park, providing thousands of holiday meals for all who attend. The dinner has been going strong for 45 years, and is a great way to help those in need. You must register ahead of time, and if you can’t make it but would still like to help, store bought pies will be accepted before the event, or dropped off at the park Thanksgiving morning.

November 24, 2016
(Credit: Runner Buzz Media)

(Credit: Runner Buzz Media)


Turkey Trot LA
166 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.turkeytrot.la

Before you eat so much you’re too full to move, head downtown for the annual Turkey Trot. The family-friendly event is a time-honored tradition, as participants walk, jog, or run their way down Spring Street. Both 5k and 10k routes are available, as is a Widdle Wobble for kids 10 and under. In addition to the course, a costume contest, potato-sack race, and turkey-calling contest will also take place, and a special kid zone with face painting, arts, and crafts will be set up as well. All trotters receive a coveted Turkey Trot Trucker Hat, and the race benefits The Midnight Mission.

Article by Kellie Fell.

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