While it may be cooling off around the city, the events continue to heat up! Check out our list of Top Picks for the month of November, featuring a Cartoon Network exhibit, free fishing clinics, snow days (in LA!), and much, much more!
Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Studio Ghibli Fest, Spirited Away [Varies]: dubbed and subtitled versions of the beloved anime movies come to big screens throughout LA.
Friday, Nov. 3 – All Space Considered [Free]: the Observatory explains the most talked-about subjects in astronomy and space science every first Friday of the month.
Weekends, Nov. 4-19 – 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity [Free]: the Paley Center in LA celebrates 25 years of cartoon animation, with special exhibits featuring Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and The Powerpuff Girls.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – DOPIUM.LA [Free]: local artists take over Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown, creating an experience that explores the intersection of creativity and collaboration. Reservation through Eventbrite is strongly encouraged.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Discovery Cube Pumpkin Launch [Free]: pumpkin launch contestants build trebuchets that send pumpkins soaring during this family-friendly event.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Dia de Los Muertos in Boyle Heights [Free]: this annual celebration features children’s workshops, a procession, food and craft vendors, and much more!
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Grand Ave Arts All Access [Free]: arts organizations like the LA Opera, Colburn School, Center Theatre Group, and other institutions along Grand Ave. open their doors to the public for an afternoon of cultural exploration.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Long Beach Airport’s Festival of Flight [Free]: is your Little crazy about airplanes? Check out this free community celebration of flying, featuring static aircraft and vehicle displays.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Feastown at Eastown [Free]: this pop-up night market along Hollywood Blvd. features up-and-coming local food vendors the first and third Saturday of each month.
Saturday, Nov. 4 – 826LA The Music of the Neighborhood [Free]: Explore Mar Vista before creating a poem inspired by neighborhood sounds. This workshop is led by author Brent Armendinger.
Every Sunday, Nov. 5-26 – Kids fish free @ Dana Wharf [Free]: introduce your Little to fishing with a free dockside clinic at Dana Wharf.
Every Sunday, Nov. 5-26 – Paws & Pages [Free]: improve your Little’s literacy and hang out with adoptable pets by reading with them at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Fall in the Farm [Free]: enjoy this family-oriented event highlighting farm activities for kids at the Pomona Fairplex!
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Exploring Your Universe [Free]: UCLA’s annual science festival educates and inspires youth by launching bottle rockets, making comets, and doing chemistry and physics experiments.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Escenas Latinas: Changing the Narrative [Free]: the Hammer presents a panel of writers discussing the importance of bringing new narratives about women of color to the screen.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Snowfest [$5]: experience snow in LA at Rancho Madera Community Park in Simi Valley, featuring snow activities, food trucks, entertainment, and vendors.
Sunday, Nov. 5 – Woofstock 90210 [Free]: enjoy a pet parade and talent show, doggie entertainment, photo booth, and pet adoptions at Roxbury Park. Free parking!
Wednesday, Nov. 8 – ICE at Santa Monica Grand Opening [Free]: enjoy free ice skating and delicious food from local restaurants, along with captivating performances by elite ice skaters.
Saturday, Nov. 11 – Chicano International Film Festival [Free]: the longest-running film festival in LA features discussions with prominent industry leaders and showcases special screenings of films from international filmmakers.
Saturday, Nov. 11 – Bike Ballona Creek [Free]: join Heal the Bay for a casual bike ride along Ballona Creek.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 11-12 – American Indian Arts Marketplace [Free-$14]: the Autry showcases the largest Native American arts fair in SoCal. Enjoy food, film, performances, and family activities all weekend.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 11-12 – Designer Con [$10-35]: collectible toys, customs, plush, and designer apparel take over the Pasadena Convention Center.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 11-12 – Inglewood Open Studios [Free]: artists of all forms of media open their doors to the public, allowing you to tour their private working studios.
Sunday, Nov. 12 – Tofurky Trot & Vegan Food Fest [Free-$37.92]: this family-friendly 5k at Griffith Park culminates in a vegan food fest!
Sunday, Nov. 12 – Patchwork Show Long Beach [Free]: local emerging artists and crafters shine at this bi-annual makers festival, featuring DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks, and indie music.
Tuesday, Nov. 14 – UCLA Game Art Festival 2017 [Free]: the UCLA Game Lab partners with the Hammer Museum to showcase new games and game art, live performances, and music!
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Flix at Fig, screening of Elf [Free]: enjoy dinner and a movie at TASTE Food Hall. DJ starts at 6 pm, and the classic holiday movie Elf starts at 7 pm.
Friday, Nov. 17 – Public Star Party [Free]: try out a variety of telescopes and learn about the sky and astronomical equipment at the Observatory.
Weekends, Nov. 17- Dec 16 – Snow Day LA [$12-49]: it’s not every day that it snows in LA! Enjoy tubing, ice skating, a light path, and a giant gingerbread house just minutes from Downtown.
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 18-19 – Chocolate Wonders at Kidspace Museum [$11-13]: are you and your Little chocoholics? Learn about the history of chocolate and its connections to cultures. You can even make your own Mexican hot chocolate mix!
Saturday, Nov. 18 – The Great Los Angeles Walk [Free]: ever felt a strong desire to walk from one side of LA to the other? So have other Angelenos! Disprove the idea that “nobody walks in LA” with hundreds of other community members.
Saturday, Nov. 18 – Feastown at Eastown [Free]: this pop-up night market along Hollywood Blvd. features up-and-coming local food vendors the first and third Saturday of each month.
Saturday, Nov. 18 – Home Depot kids workshop [Free]: Kids 5-12 can learn basic safety while building a decorative holiday shelf.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Screening of Babe at the Hammer [Free]: enjoy this family-friendly classic at the Hammer.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – Pasadena Doo Dah Parade [Free]: Pasadena’s annual classic Doo Dah Parade features irreverent frolicking along the streets. You and your Little can watch or march!
Sunday, Nov. 19-Jan. 7 – Descanso Gardens Enchanted: Forest of Light [$23-30]: experience an interactive nighttime attraction along a one-mile stretch of the most beloved areas of the Descanso Gardens.
Sunday, Nov. 19 – The Wende Museum Community Open House [Free]: explore the newly-moved Wende Museum’s exhibitions on the Cold War, the Russians, and the Malta Summit during this community open house in Culver City.
Monday, Nov. 20 – Guerrilla Tacos Q&A [Free] attend a Q&A and book signing with famed LA chef Wes Avila, and learn a thing or two about how he became a taco truck star in our community.
Tuesday, Nov. 21 – Sunset Walk & Talk [Free]: learn about the history of Griffith Park with a park ranger and museum guide around the Observatory grounds. This moderate walk covers about half a mile over the course of an hour.
Thursday, Nov. 23 – LA Turkey Trot [$25-60]: help raise money for the Midnight Mission on Thanksgiving Day during this annual race, featuring a 5k and 10k along the streets of LA.
Saturday, Nov. 25 – Arroyo Seco Market Place [Free]: looking for holiday gifts? The Audubon Center at Debs Park features local vendors, food, music, and activities for kids and adults.
Saturday, Nov. 25 – Home Depot kids workshop [Free]: Kids 5-12 can learn basic safety while creating their own tree ornament.
Sunday, Nov. 26 – Topanga Vintage Market [Free-$3]: check out over 180 vintage and antique vendors, plus food trucks and live music.
Sunday-Wednesday, Nov. 26-29 – Studio Ghibli Fest, Howl’s Moving Castle [Varies]: dubbed and subtitled versions of the beloved anime movies come to big screens throughout LA.
Monday, Nov. 27 – LA County Tree Lighting [Free]: LA’s annual tree lighting ceremony in Grand Park features performances by local music artists and community groups.
Thursday, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 – Cuba: Antes, Ahora/Cuba: Then, Now [Cost TBA]: this cultural event features 48+ Cuban artist performances and free Afro-Cuban dance and percussion workshops.