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60 amazing things happening in L.A. this November 2016

By
Michael Juliano
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Plan out your month with the city's best concerts, culture, cuisine and more. 

THINGS TO DO

Oct 30-Dec 11
Spider Pavilion; Natural History Museum

Face your fears and observe approximately eight local and exotic species of spiders in an open, landscaped area where arachnids can wander freely.

Nov 2
Self Help Graphics & Art Día de los Muertos Celebration; Self Help Graphics & Art

Celebrate the Day of the Dead at the four-decade-old Boyle Heights tradition.

Nov 3-6
WestEdge Design Fair; Barker Hangar

Interior design-lovers, unite, for this market that brings some of the best modern furniture and home accessories to the masses.

Nov 4, 5
Breeders' Cup; Santa Anita Park

Cheer on your favorite horses during the two-day celeb-studded championship races.

Nov 5, 6
Dapper Day at Disneyland; Disneyland Resort

Put on a bow tie and suspenders or pull together a parasol and pearls for this old-timey meet-up and expo at the happiest place on earth (and its adjoining hotel).

Nov 5, 6
Festival of Flight; Long Beach Airport

Get up close and personal with some aircraft at this annual LGB open house.

Nov 11-13
Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend; Pasadena

Explore Pasadena's unparalleled collection of American Craftsman homes with a weekend of walking, bus, self-guided and drive-yourself tours.

Nov 17-19
Airbnb Open; Downtown L.A.

Get to know Airbnb hosts and enthusiasts at this "festival of hosting," a three-day conference featuring Ashton Kutcher, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden and more.

Nov 18-27
L.A. Auto Show; Los Angeles Convention Center

Tokyo drift into the Convention Center for a 10-day expo with cars that would even make 007 drool.

Nov 19
The Great Los Angeles Walk; Various locations

Debunk all of those cliches about walking in L.A. during this 17-mile urban hike across the city.

Nov 19, 20
Designer Con; Pasadena Convention Center

Find your inner child as more than 150 vendors and artists showcase toys, art, design and more.

Find more things to do in our November 2016 events calendar.

FOOD & DRINK

Nov 7
Rustic Canyon Dinner Series; Rustic Canyon

Celebrate Rustic Canyon's 10th anniversary with a six-course dinner from chef Jeremy Fox and friends, including Walter Manzke, Jessica Koslow and more.

Nov 1, 15
Wine + Cheese Series; Grand Central Market

Pair wine from Bar Moruno and cheese from DTLA Cheese at these two decadent Downtown sessions.

Nov 4
Diner en Blanc; Location T.B.A.

Dress in your finest white linens, pack a picnic and join adventurous Angelenos in this annual pop-up dinner held in a secret location.

Nov 4-6
Taste Talks; Various locations in L.A.

Learn from the best in the biz at this three-day festival featuring seminars, demos and food from some of L.A.'s best chefs.

Nov 12
Bitters Workshop; Poketo at the Line Hotel

Craft your own bitters at this spirited workshop while sipping on cocktails for a splash of liquid inspiration.

Nov 19
Stouts N Staches Fest; Venice

Don your fake mustache or grow out a real one in time for this bar crawl fundraiser that benefits the Movember Foundation.

ARTS & CULTURE

Nov 3
Pop-Up Magazine; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

See a selection of writers, artists, photographers and filmmakers premiere new works at this live magazine experience.

Nov 5-Mar 19
Creature; The Broad

Examine different approaches to figuration and self-representation through more than 50 post-'80s works.

Nov 11
Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours; Music Center

Spend a late night at the Music Center and watch as the beloved Downtown cultural space transforms into an interactive performance space.

Nov 11
John Cleese + Eric Idle; Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Look on the bright side of life as the Monty Python members team up for this part-scripted, part-improvised tour.

Nov 15
Marina Abramović talk; Getty Center

Listen to the performance artist recount an emotional career that's pushed her body past the limits of fear, pain and exhaustion.

Nov 15
David Sedaris; Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Hear the esteemed essayist dish on the oddities of daily life.

Nov 17
Maria Bamford; The Novo

Witness Bamford's understated stage presence and wickedly good voice work as she tapes her next Netflix special.

Nov 18, 19
Bridget Everett; El Rey Theatre

Catch a cabaret of raunchy rock songs from the lascivious and surprisingly sweet comedian.

Through Nov 27
Last Chance: Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters; LACMA

Explore 500 startling, horrifying and beautiful objects from the Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director's personal collection.

FILM

Nov 10-17
AFI Fest; Hollywood

See future box office hits as well as niche, indie gems at the 30th annual free film fest.

Nov 11-13
Pacific Media Expo; Pasadena Convention Center

Discover the newest anime from Japan and the most disturbing horror films from Asia at this convention from the founder of the Anime Expo.

Nov 10
The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller; Skirball Cultural Center

See indie legends Yo La Tengo live score this narrated film about the 20th-century futurist and geodesic dome pioneer.

Nov 4
Film Noir at Union Station; Union Station

Catch the 1949 film Criss Cross—which was partially shot at Union Station—screened inside of the historic train depot.

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

Nov 1-30
Red Bull Sound Select 30 Days in L.A. ; Various locations

Catch cheap (or free!) live music events every night this month from the likes of HAIM, Pusha T, Charli XCX, Car Seat Headrest and more.

Nov 1
Jens Lekman; The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

Listen to Lekman's reggae beats, shimmery Afropop guitar hooks and droll delivery at this charming concert.

Nov 1, 2, 23
Kanye West; The Forum, Honda Center

Stretch your hands as West's suspended stage continues its run as one of the most impassioned, self-indulgent and over-the-top concert experiences to date.

Nov 4, 5
Ty Segall; The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

Catch a solo acoustic set of the young singer-songwriter's trademark garage-rock riffs at this intimate show.

Nov 4, 9
Morrissey; Bren Events Center

Listen to British national treasure Morrissey bring his Smiths and solo hits to O.C. for two nights of tongue-in-cheek crooning.

Nov 5, 6
ComplexCon; Long Beach Convention Center

See Skrillex, Pharrell Williams and artist Takashi Murakami lead this world's fair-like assembly of cutting-edge brands, art, food and music.

Nov 12, 13
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival; Exposition Park

Attend Tyler, the Creator’s tongue twister of a fest for a mix of hip-hop stars (Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q and Chance the Rapper) and indie darlings (Sleigh Bells, Pretty Lights, Toro y Moi and Action Bronson).

Nov 13
In This Together Festival; Avalon Hollywood

Respectfully celebrate those who have struggled with mental illness and adversity at this comedy, podcast and music fest featuring Deqn Sue, Kimya Dawson and Daniel Johnston.

Nov 14
Temple of the Dog; The Forum

See the long-dormant grunge group dust off its sole Chris Cornell–fronted, Pearl Jam–backed album for a 25th anniversary tour.

Nov 20
Mariachi Festival; Mariachi Plaza

Step into Mariachi Plaza to be dazzled by this local musical tradition.

Nov 25, 26
Dreamstate; NOS Events Center

Dance along with Paul van Dyk and a slew of others at this fledgling trance fest in San Bernardino.

Nov 26-28
Seu Jorge ; The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Listen to the Brazilian singer-songwriter pay tribute to Ziggy Stardust with acoustic David Bowie covers pulled from his Portuguese-sung contributions to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack.

Find more shows in our November 2016 concert calendar.

THEATER

Nov 1-27
Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Pantages Theatre

Rock out with Darren Criss in this rock 'n' roll odyssey of self-discovery.

Nov 2-6, 11-13
TORUK – The First Flight; Citizens Business Bank Arena, Staples Center

See the CGI spectacle of Avatar translated to the acrobatic stage at Cirque du Soleil's latest touring production.

Nov 5-27
Akhnaten; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Witness the tale of the man behind ancient Egypt's most anomalous period ever in this L.A. Opera production.

Nov 9-Dec 18
The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Mark Taper Forum

Glimpse inside this mother-daughter relationship in a dark, yet funny, production directed by Garry Hynes.

Through Nov 20
Vicuña; Kirk Douglas Theatre

Dive into the political season with this world premiere satire about a TV star who runs for president and somehow becomes a major party’s nominee—sound familiar?

Nov 23-Dec 18
Merrily We Roll Along; The Wallis

Sing along to Stephen Sondheim's songs in this production about three friends who get into show biz together.

SHOPPING & STYLE

Nov 4-6
The Handmade Pop-Up; Online

Shop locally curated global goods from the comfort of your own home during this online-only, one-weekend sale.

Nov 11-13
DIY Fall Wreaths; CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles

Wrap pine cones, ribbons and fall leaves in this family-friendly DIY wreath workshop.

Nov 19
The Vessel and the Void - Scrying 101; Otherwild

Put yourself in a meditative trance during this workshop on the ancient art of "scrying" (i.e. fortunetelling).

Nov 26
Holiday Marketplace; Craft & Folk Art Museum

Have a crafty start to the Christmas shopping season at CAFAM's annual Miracle Mile marketplace.

HOLIDAY

Nov 3-Jan 16
ICE at Santa Monica; Santa Monica

Bundle up and glide around an ice rink just blocks from the beach as the Santa Monica rink celebrates its 10th season.

Nov 10-Jan 16
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square; Pershing Square

Skate around a warm-weather winter wonderland with the Downtown L.A. skyline as your backdrop at this seasonal ice rink.

Nov 10-Dec 23
Snow Los Angeles; Elysian Park

Explore nine acres of magical winter wonderland just minutes from Downtown.

Nov 18-Jan 8
L.A. Zoo Lights; Los Angeles Zoo

Stroll through the Griffith Park zoo grounds as the festive tradition returns with more lights and an exclusive cocktail party.

Nov 23-Jan 8
Chill; Queen Mary

Cozy up to the Queen Mary for a waterfront winter wonderland featuring ice-skating, tubing, sculptures and all sorts of other holiday performances and surprises aboard the Art Deco ocean liner.

Nov 24
Turkey Trot Los Angeles; Grand Park

Celebrate Thanksgiving with this catchall family-friendly event along Downtown's Spring Street.

Nov 25-Jan 8
Enchanted: Forest of Light; Descanso Gardens

Stroll through the La Cañada Flintridge botanical garden as a one-mile stretch of its hillside property is transformed into 10 distinctly themed sparkly displays.

Nov 27
Hollywood Christmas Parade; Hollywood

Watch floats and bands make their way through Hollywood during this 84-year-old tradition.

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