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November 2019 events calendar for Los Angeles

Plan your month with our November 2019 events calendar of the best activities, including free things to do, festivals and our favorite fall concerts

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Photograph: Michael Juliano
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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 2019 events calendar.

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Day of the Dead 2013 at Hollywood Forever.
Things to do, Festivals

Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever

icon-location-pin Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery claims to host the largest Day of the Dead celebration in California, and we wouldn’t doubt it: The cemetery grounds are covered with art exhibitions, dance rituals, musical performances, children’s arts and crafts projects and food vendors (and crowds) aplenty.

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Photograph: Courtesy Tim Street-Porter
Things to do, Festivals

Grand Ave Arts: All Access

icon-location-pin Various locations in L.A.,
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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.

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HARD Day of the Dead
Photograph: Courtesy Jamie Rosenberg
Music, Music festivals

HARD Day of the Dead

icon-location-pin Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown
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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. The fest follows up its 2018 return with another year of huge acts, including Dog Blood (Skrillex + Boys Noize), the Martinez Brothers, Zhu’s BLACKLIZT project, TOKiMONSTA, Damian Lazarus, Elohim, Justin Martin and more.

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Sara Bareilles
Photograph: Courtesy Shervin Lainez
Music, Pop

Sara Bareilles

icon-location-pin Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
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If you tuned out after “Love Song,” you may have penciled in Bareilles as a one-hit wonder. But instead, the singer-songwriter’s profile has only grown over the years, most notably with her turn on Broadway, penning the music and lyrics for Waitress. See her perform at the Hollywood Bowl this fall on the back of her latest album, Amidst the Chaos.

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Day of the Dead
Photograph: Rafael Cardenas
Things to do, Festivals

Self Help Graphics & Art Día de los Muertos Celebration

icon-location-pin Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights
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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.

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Things to do, Festivals

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

icon-location-pin Old Zoo, Griffith Park
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Like seemingly all pop culture horror experiences right now, this year’s Haunted Hayride will set the action in the mid-’80s in the ficticious town of Midnight Falls.

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Stranger Things
Photograph: Courtest Ken Kinzie/Universal Studios
Things to do, Festivals

Halloween Horror Nights

icon-location-pin Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk, Universal City
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Confront familiar foes at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween festivities, where big-budget scares meet iconic horror movie characters.

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Nights of the Jack
Photograph: Courtesy Nights of the Jack
Things to do

Nights of the Jack

icon-location-pin King Gillette Ranch, Santa Monica Mountains
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Stroll across the scenic King Gillette Ranch as the Santa Monica Mountains hideaway is illuminated with thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns.

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Noche de Ofrenda
Photograph: Courtesy Grand Park
Things to do, Festivals

Grand Park Downtown Día de los Muertos

icon-location-pin Grand Park, Downtown
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Join Grand Park and Self-Help Graphics & Art—which hosts its own Day of the Dead celebration—for a nine-day display of altars erected within the park alongside large-scale art installations curated by LORE Media and Arts. The altar displays kick off on October 26 with a traditional Noche de Ofrenda ceremony to pray for and honor the dead, featuring a communal circle and blessing led by the indigenous community. The festivities culminate in Selena for Sanctuary, a free concert on November 1 that features Empress Of, San Cha, Ceci Bastida and more.

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Afropunk Brooklyn 2017
Photograph: Nicole Fara Silver
Music, Music festivals

ComplexCon

icon-location-pin Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
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Pop culture mag Complex has put together a world’s fair-like assembly of cutting-edge brands, art, food and music. Performers include Kid Cudi, Anderson .Paak, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more.

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Julie Mehretu, Conjured Parts (eye), Ferguson
Photograph: Courtesy the Broad Art Foundation/Julie Mehretu/Cathy Carver
Art, Painting

“Julie Mehretu”

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile
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This co-presentation with New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art takes a mid-career look at the Ethiopian-American’s striking large-scale abstractions, with 30 paintings and 32 works on paper. The first-ever retrospective of the artist spans two decades of pieces that examine geopolitics and displacement through abstraction, architecture, landscape, movement and figuration.

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Photograph: Courtesy Live Nation
Movies, Animation

‘Coco’ A Live-to-Film Concert Experience

icon-location-pin Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
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If, like us, you openly weeped in theaters during Coco, then brace yourself for hearing “Remember Me” backed by an orchestra—and a few glasses of wine deep—at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Gesaffelstein
Photograph: Courtesy Coachella
Music, Dance and electronic

Gesaffelstein

icon-location-pin Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center, USC/Exposition Park
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French producer Gesaffelstein stops by the Shrine Expo Hall to blast out his irresistible dirty dancefloor electro to the sweaty masses.

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

Tropicália Fest

icon-location-pin Pico Rivera Sports Arena, Southeast Cities
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Celebrate Mexican heritage and music of all genres during this year’s Tropicália Fest, with headlining sets from Los Tigres del Norte, Caifanes, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman and Cuco. The two-day music fest arrives at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena grounds in November.

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Photograph: Courtesy Vulture
Things to do, Conventions

Vulture Festival

icon-location-pin Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood
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See Q&As, sneak peeks and table reads during this celeb-filled pop culture fest from New York Magazine’s Vulture.

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29Rooms
Things to do, Exhibitions

29Rooms

icon-location-pin Location T.B.A.,
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We may complain about the oversaturation of Instagram-friendly funhouses, but whenever 29Rooms rolls into town, we take notice. Yes, it’s full of whimsical, colorful selfie opportunities, but it regularly executes them with an admirable level of polish—and often with something meaningful to say.

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Solange at FYF 2015, day 2
Photograph: Mallory Turner
Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B

Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

icon-location-pin Dodger Stadium, Echo Park
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With its tongue exercise of a title, the Tyler, the Creator–curated hip-hop fest returns to Dodger Stadium for two days of live tunes, carnival rides, games, food trucks and more. This year’s blindingly star-flecked lineup of headliners includes Solange, YG, Brockhampton, Juice WRLD, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Blood Orange and a to-be-announced headliner.

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Christian Marclay, The Organ (detail), 2018, installation photograph, Christian Marclay x Snap: Sound Stories at Le Centre d'art La Malmaison, Cannes, © 2019
Photograph: Courtesy Benoit Florencon
Art, Film and video

Christian Marclay: ‘Sound Stories’

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Miracle Mile
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Marclay has created five immersive audiovisual installations (two of them interactive) that use millions of publicy-posted Snapchat videos.

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Moonlight Forest
Things to do

Moonlight Forest

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
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This nighttime event, held across the grounds of the Arcadia botanical garden, returns for its second year with two additional themes: “polar dreams” and “ocean visions.”

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Madonna brought her Rebel Heart tour to the United Center on September 28, 2015.
Photograph: Chris Sullivan
Music, Pop

Madonna

icon-location-pin The Wiltern, Koreatown
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How does the Queen of Pop outdo her already larger-than-life performances? By scaling down: Madonna is embarking a small-ish theater tour, including two weeks in L.A. at the Wiltern this November.

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