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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Photograph: Courtesy MOCA
Art, Painting

‘Laura Owens’

icon-location-pin The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Little Tokyo
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L.A. artist Laura Owens mixes touches of personal craft with styles that engage the history of painterly techniques. The Geffen has assembled 60 of her paintings, from the mid-1990s through today, in this mid-career survey.

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Photograph: Courtesy MOCA
Art, Photography

‘Zoe Leonard: Survey’

icon-location-pin Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Downtown
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This large-scale overview provides a career-spanning look at the New York artist’s photographs and sculptures.

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Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
Photograph: Courtesy Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

icon-location-pin Pershing Square Park, Downtown Financial District
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L.A. doesn’t typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and L.A. icons. Come glide and pretend there’s snow on the ground at Pershing Square’s outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city. Look out for special events throughout the season, like curling lessons, a silent disco skate and DJ nights. RECOMMENDED: The best places to go ice skating in Los Angeles

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Things to do

LA Zoo Lights

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Zoo | Los Angeles, CA, Griffith Park
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Whether you like your holidays on the traditional side or served with a twist, you’ll find plenty of eye-popping, jaw-dropping wonder at L.A. Zoo Lights, which is delivering seasonal sights, sounds and delights nightly into January.

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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Things to do, Festivals

Enchanted: Forest of Light

icon-location-pin Descanso Gardens, La Cañada
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Descanso Gardens’ light-up experience has ditched the kitsch in favor of a whimsical, wondrous, curiosity-driven display that’s among L.A.’s most stunning and, more importantly, most fun. The interactive, nighttime program has set up 10 illuminated installations around the botanical garden grounds, from luminescent forests to free-standing hands-on art pieces.

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Invader
Photograph: Courtesy Invader
Art, Street art

‘Invader’

icon-location-pin Over the Influence, Downtown Arts District
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You’ve undoubtedly seen Invader’s work. The prolific (and anonymous) street artist has affixed is video-game–inspired tile mosaics on the side of buildings across the globe, including 200 works that’ve been installed in L.A. since 1999. Now, Invader’s work is heading inside for a career-spanning survey at Over the Influence. The solo exhibition, L.A.’s first in over a decade, will feature over 50 mosaics alongside a new series of canvas paintingsfrom the artist’s studio practice.

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The Nutcracker
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Ballet
Dance, Ballet

The Nutcracker

icon-location-pin Royce Hall, Westwood
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Relive your childhood theatergoing experiences this Christmas with Uncle Drosselmeyer, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker at the L.A. Ballet. The timeless show will travel all over L.A., from Glendale to Northridge, from Westwood and Hollywood to Redondo Beach over the holiday season, performing their classic pirouettes and Mouse King battles for all L.A. County to see.

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Things to do

Moonlight Forest

icon-location-pin Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Arcadia
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The first-ever timed-ticket, nighttime event to be held across the grounds of the Arcadia botanical garden includes a slew of Chinese lanterns—but not the small, hanging type. A field in the Arboretum is covered with parade-float–sized structures, with other themed archways and playful creatures lining the pathways around the grounds.

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Photograph: Courtesy the Peninsula Beverly Hills
Things to do

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Thanksgiving in Los Angeles can be tough like an overcooked turkey—especially if you're without plans. Make sure that doesn't happen with our Thanksgiving guide.

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