(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


This week brings with it an exciting array of artsy activities as well as outdoor exploration, movie screenings and an impressive car show that will get you revved up. So, get ready for some fun. This is the definitive list of the best things to do this week.

(credit: Hungarian Film Festival LA)

(credit: Hungarian Film Festival LA)

Monday, November 18

13th Annual Hungarian Film Festival

Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 762-4600
www.hffla.com

Although the 13th Annual Hungarian Film Festival officially began on November 13, it continues through November 21 with a number of award-worthy feature films. The film festival presents an opportunity for cinema enthusiasts to view these foreign films, and in some cases, interact with directors during Q&A sessions. Tickets for individual screenings may be purchased online.

(credit: Louise Rishoff)

(credit: Louise Rishoff)

Tuesday, November 19

Culture In The Canyons

Temescal Gateway Park
15601 West Sunset Boulevard
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 858-7272
www.lamountains.com

This Tuesday, follow the footsteps of animal trainer and author Jim Lowery as he shows you how to interpret animal activity by their respective prints in the wild. Walk with the Animals: Secrets from a Veteran Mammal Tracker is a free event for the public where you will find out about the behavior and personality of animals like the badger, gray fox, coyote and the black bear. Parking at Temescal Gateway Park is also free for the evening’s event, which begins at 7:30p.

(credit: California African American Museum)

(credit: California African American Museum)

Wednesday, November 20

Films at CAAM

California African American Museum
600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 744-2024
www.caamuseum.org

The California African American Museum offers free movie screenings during select months of the year, and this Wednesday is the final November film. A screening of Middle of Nowhere, winner of a 2012 Best Director Sundance Film Festival award, will be free to the public. Reservations are preferred, so call now to save yourself a seat.

(credit: Javier Guillen)

(credit: Javier Guillen)

Thursday, November 21

Grand Park’s Got Moves

Grand Park
200 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
www.grandparkla.org

Grand Park serves up another free lunchtime performance for anyone near Downtown L.A. on Thursday. This week’s show features students from the UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures and the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Landscape Architecture, and it will combine entertainment that highlights the landscape of Grand Park itself. Enjoy lunch as well with food trucks parked on Olive Court between Grand and Hill and Marketplace between Spring and Broadway. Avoid traffic, and hop on the Metro, which conveniently stops very close to Grand park.

(credit: L.A Auto Show)

(credit: L.A Auto Show)

Friday, November 22

L.A. Auto Show

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151
www.lautoshow.com

The L.A. Auto Show kicks off on November 22, setting up shop in Downtown L.A. through December 1. With new vehicle debuts, concept car displays, and luxury rides on exhibit from around the world, as well as manufacturer-sponsored test drives, this event promises to appeal to any car lover. Tickets for children and adults are on sale online from $6-12. Hours for the show vary depending on the day.

(credit: Shana Ayame Nishinaka Skelton)

(credit: Shana Ayame Nishinaka Skelton)

Saturday, November 23

Friends/Family/Dance/Festival 2013

St. James Methodist Church
2033 East Washington Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91104
www.nancyevansdancetheatre.com

The Nancy Evans Dance Theatre will host two shows over the weekend featuring members of its own ensemble plus invited guests from L.A., Santa Barbara and Germany. One special performance includes work from the acclaimed Nikolaos Crist Doede of Germany’s Ballett Kiel. Tickets are on sale for both the Saturday and Sunday shows through the website, or at the door.

(credit: Leimert Park Art Walk)

(credit: Leimert Park Art Walk)

Sunday, November 24

Leimert Park Art Walk

St. James Methodist Church
Leimert Park
4343 Degnan Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008
www.leimertparkartwalk.com

About three years ago, Ben Caldwell, owner of Kaos Network, and several community members started the Leimert Park Art Walk. Every last Sunday of the month, the free community event shares the musical, cultural and artistic experience and expression of the neighborhood. Enjoy live performances and music, grab a bite from one of the food trucks or local restaurants, and be sure to do a bit of shopping at one of the nearby boutiques. The art walk runs from 3-8p, encouraging attendees to make their way through all of the businesses centralized near the Kaos Network and along 43rd Place and Degnan Boulevard.

Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.