November 2013 events calendar for Los Angeles
Plan your month with our November 2013 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite fall concerts.
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There are plenty of things to do in our November 2013 events calendar before you need to start thawing that turkey. Balance the upcoming holidays with equal parts generosity—try one of these volunteer opportunities—and gluttony—gorge on the best pies in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving. So bundle up (or strip down; it's still LA, after all) with affordable, essential fall fashion and take advantage of all there is to do in our November 2013 events calendar.
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And they're off! On Friday and Saturday, the grand finale of the thoroughbred horseracing season makes its way to Santa Anita Park. Cheer on your favorite horses during the two-day celeb-studded championship races. Grab a bite to eat at the Taste of LA food court, and catch a post-race concert in the infield at Songs in the Saddle. And make sure to dress to impress for the Fascinators & Fedoras contest: The lady with the best fascinator (that's a fancy phrase for a headpiece) and the man with the best fedora could each win a $10,000 Westfield Mall gift card. Race hours vary, check the schedule for details.
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This is one of our favorite events, not just during Halloween, but of the entire year. Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California, with art exhibitions, musical performances, children's arts and crafts projects and food vendors aplenty. You'll see altars to the dead created by community artists, and can either watch or participate in the calaca (skeleton) costume contest. This year, the festival reaches back to the pre-Aztec roots of Día de los Muertos and explores Mayan gods and rituals through dance, music and crafts. It's sure to be a spectacular display, as always. And there's something to be said for a Halloween event that respects and celebrates the very (and often forgotten) roots of the holiday.
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HARD is back at LA State Historic Park for a two-day fest featuring some pretty badass headliners including Skrillex, Gaslamp Killer, Deadmou5, Cut Copy, Pretty Lights and Calvin Harris. The most exciting throwback of the event will be godfather of disco Giorgio Moroder's headlining set on Sunday, closing out the fest on a high note.
Calling all Etsy-fans! Lovers of DIY arts and crafts should check out this fair, located at the Pehrspace in Echo Park. Shop stalls showcasing fine arts, crafts and other goods by local artists and craftspeople (most under $50), plus enjoy food and drink at this free community-centric event.
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No matter how good your Halloween costume was this year, you've got nothing on Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Justin Timberlake as a '60s folk singer. Come get a free preview of two of the biggest films of the season—as well as many others—at the 27th annual AFI Festival.
Saving Mr. Banks will open the eight-day gala on November 7 at the Grauman's Chinese theater with a screening and red carpet event. Each day, a mix of films, lectures and special discussions will be offered at a variety of venues, including Grauman's Chinese Theater, the Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre. The complete schedule of events is listed online, but highlights include centerpiece galas for August: Osage County, Out of the Furnace and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; special screenings for Her, The Invisible Woman, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Jodorowsky's Dune; as well as a world cinema, short films, breakthrough films and a competition for first- and second-time filmmakers. Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by the Coehn Brothers, will close the festival on November 14 with a special screening at 7:30pm.
All film tickets are free, but limited. Special packages that include such privileges as priority access, reserved seats, access to the VIP lounge and invitations to festival parties are available for $120-$5,000.
A complete roundup of film screenings, ticket information and more can also be found here.