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November 2023 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our November 2023 events calendar of the best activities, including concerts and free things to do

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

There are plenty of things to do in our November events calendar before you need to start thawing that turkey—or, you know, just tapping a button to secure your fully-cooked dinner order. Balance the upcoming holidays with equal parts generosity (try one of these volunteer opportunities) and gluttony (gorge on the best pies in Los Angeles). So bundle up for an early peek at Christmas lights or some festive screenings and take advantage of all there is to do in our November 2023 events calendar.

RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2023

This November’s best events

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  • Markets and fairs
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  • Downtown Arts District

Every Sunday you can find dozens of food vendors at this market at ROW DTLA, with a mix of much-loved pop-ups and future foodie stars. Look out for this year’s new vendors, including The Golden Skewer, Shlap Muan and Thai Town's Rad Na Silom.

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  • Westwood

In the name of keeping Angelenos sane—and who couldn’t use some sanity right now?—the Hammer Museum holds free weekly drop-in sessions on mindful awareness, which is defined as “the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences.” The 30-minute sessions are held on-site at the Hammer, as well as streamed on the museum’s website. If you can’t make it to a program (held Thursdays at 12:30pm), you can listen to the archives. Sessions are led by instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Think of them as your experts in stress reduction and overall health improvement.

  • Music
  • Classical and opera

Hatched by the music directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, this two-week statewide fest celebrates the most innovative classical and jazz music composed in the past five years. From November 3 to 19, you can expect a to-be-announced slate of performances in concert halls and clubs across the state—and, of course, here in L.A.

  • Art
  • Film and video
  • Miracle Mile

See how the Hairspray and Pink Flamingos writer and director’s delightfully filthy style has redefined the possibilities of independent cinema—as well as what exactly goes into making an indie movie—during this career-spanning exhibition at the Academy Museum. “John Waters: The Pope of Trash” includes costumes, props, photos, handwritten scripts, correspondence and memos, scrapbooks and more. Look out for related screenings as well as an adjoining installation on the American Avant-garde and New Queer Cinema.

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