November 2018 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our November 2018 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 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 L.A., after all) with affordable, essential fall fashion and take advantage of all there is to do in our November 2018 events calendar.

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Day of the Dead
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Things to do, Festivals

Self Help Graphics & Art Día de los Muertos Celebration

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Boyle Heights’ Self Help Graphics & Art has presented this Day of the Dead celebration for over four decades. The event begins at Mariachi Plaza, where a handful of theater groups lead an animated procession to Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School (across the street from Self Help) where you’ll find local food and craft vendors. In addition, the arts center hosts free community art workshops on Saturdays in October as well as a Day of the Dead theme art exhibition.

Triforium
Photograph: Courtesy NOW Art LA
Things to do, Performances

Triforium Fridays

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See Downtown’s critically derided, dysfunctional sculpture shine again during this performance series. The YACHT-curated event includes the likes of Reggie Watts, the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, the Institute for Art and Olfaction and more. Gather at the base of the light and sound sculpture (corner of Temple and Main) from 6 to 10pm.

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Jim James
Photograph: Neil Krug
Music, Rock and indie

Jim James

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Jim James, leader of Louisville psych-roots-pop juggernaut My Morning Jacket, steps out for a gig in support of the recent Uniform Distortion—the most old-school MMJ-sounding record James has put together in years.

Chicano Batman
Photograph: Courtesy Josué Rivas/Chicano Batman
Music, Music festivals

Tropicália Fest

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Celebrate Mexican heritage and music of all genres during this year’s massively expanded Tropicália Fest, with headlining sets from Morrissey, Cardi B, Chicano Batman, Kalu Uchis, Mac DeMarco and Mazzy Star. The two-day music fest arrives at the Queen Mary events park in November.

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Justice
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Music festivals

HARD Day of the Dead

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A Day of the Dead celebration in name only, this fall edition of EDM mainstay HARD is back from, well, the dead for another year at L.A. State Historic Park. And what a return: Justice, Die Antwoord and Knife Party top the lineup, with additional performances from Cashmere Cat, Shiba San, Lee Foss, Felix Da Housecat and more. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 27 at noon.

Things to do, Festivals

Old Pasadena Day of the Dead

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Walk among a mix of traditional and contemporary altars outside of businesses across Old Pasadena at this three-day Day of the Dead celebration. This year’s event includes face painting, a salsa dance party, live music and more.

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Photograph: Courtesy LA Opera
Things to do, Festivals

Grand Ave Arts: All Access

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While the rest of the country scoffs at the idea of Grand Avenue becoming L.A.’s Champs-Élysées, we’re too busy making the most of the Downtown street’s cultural treasures. For one afternoon, 11 institutions will celebrate their Bunker Hill home with free performances, exhibitions and tours. Most of the action takes place on Grand Avenue between Temple and Sixth Streets.

Empire of the Sun
Photograph: Rozette Rago
Music, Music festivals

Big Adventure

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Put every sort of large-scale event into a blender and you might get something like Big Adventure. The self-described music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, comic-con festival hits Costa Mesa this November with a mix of, well, all those things. Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram and Cold War Kids top the music side of the two-day fest, with comedy from Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Hari Kondabolu, Kristen Schaal, Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches and more.

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Dirty Projectors
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Music, Rock and indie

Dirty Projectors

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Dave Longstreth spent the past few years writing hooks and harmonies for Kanye West and Solange in Los Angeles before releasing last year’s self-titled Dirty Projectors, an avant-pop affair filled with polyrhythmics, jarring turns and heartbroken lyrics. Continuing the band’s ever-fluctuating lineup history, that album found the band turning into Longstreth’s solo project of-sorts. The project is a bit of a lonelier, more solemn beast than before, but we expect sparks on this year’s upcoming Lamp Lit Prose nonetheless.

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