With Fall now if full swing, we’ve put together a guide to all of the best activities to give you a full month of fun this November. Whether you are exploring the apple farms of Oak Glen of ice skating Downtown, it will be full of lasting memories. Here are 15 awesome things to do in LA in November 2017!
Few things make you feel like you’ve entered Fall than going apple picking. Head to Oak Glen and not only will you be able to pick as many apples as your heart desires, you will be able to eat delicious apple desserts as well. Beautiful fall foliage of the oak trees will be all around and you’ll start to wonder if you are in Southern California anymore.
Descanso Gardens, located in La Cañada Flintridge, are a great way to spend a Saturday no matter what time of year, but the multicolored leaves populating the trees are a sight not to be missed. Head to the California Natives section of the gardens, and you will see the California black oak tree foliage.
Ready to try something new this Thanksgiving? Skip the stress of cooking a Thanksgiving meal, and head to the Aquarium of the Pacific and enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch amongst the sea life. Eat to your heart’s desire in the aquarium’s Café Scuba. After your meal, go explore and see the thousands of animals that call the aquarium home.
For all the LA girls worried about eating all those Thanksgiving treats, if you participate in this year’s Turkey Trot, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving meal guilt-free. Turkey Trot Los Angeles is a 5k or 10k route through the streets of Los Angeles. You will run through the historic streets of Los Angeles and receive a medal and t-shirt for participating.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have, and it is also be a time to help others. Thanksgiving Day, you can join volunteers and celebrities as they serve plates of turkey and gravy, garlic roasted mashed potatoes, green beans, and pie to those in need. Spend the day interacting with the homeless population in Los Angeles and learning from a population that is rarely heard.
It is safe to say Hamilton has become a cultural phenomenon. The patriotic musical has won several Tonys and has made the original cast, especially the star and creator of the show, Lin-Manuel Miranda, stars. If you’re anything like most of America, you have fallen in love with Hamilton and if you’re like most of America, you also cannot afford Hamilton tickets. This November, you’re in luck. You can experience the next best thing, Spamilton. Spamilton is a Hamilton parody has impressed theater critics and has a following of its own. Even Lin-Manuel Miranda has seen the show twice, singing its praises.
LA: One of the few places you see girls taking their dogs to restaurants and treating them to spa days. Us LA girls love our pets, and more than that we long animals. On November 18, you will be able to celebrate animal rights while enjoying yummy vegan treats for vendors such as Donut Friend and Alpha Foods. Not only will there be mouth watering food, but there will also be performers and speakers. You can enjoy a vegan donut while dancing Waka Flaka Flame, then grab a tamale from Mama’s International Tamales and listen to Kat Von D give a moving speech about her passion for animals.
While it’s a classic, if we’re being honest, the Nutcracker can feel a bit stale. This year, try something new and get tickets to the Hip Hop Nutcracker. The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score with hip hop choreography. Dancers command that stage as an on-stage DJ provides the tunes, bringing the Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York. Special guest, MC Kurtis Blow will also be taking the stage. This is an event not to be missed.
Head to Downtown Burbank on November 18 for the Burbank Winter Wine Walk and enjoy the kickoff to the holiday season with a free holiday street fair, tree lighting and live entertainment. At 4pm, guest ages 21 and over can enjoy the Wine Walk. The Wine Walk allows guests to sample wine and beer from local wineries and breweries. Tickets are $45 but the delicious assortment will be worth it. After enjoying your wine, be sure to stay for the other festivities.
Starting November 1 in Santa Monica and November 10 Downtown, Angelenos can enjoy the annual outdoor skating rinks, skating under the sun and the stars. Minutes away from the beach, Dowtown Santa Monica is transformed from a beach community to a winter wonderland with an 8000- square-foot iceskating rink. Head Downtown, and skate as you’re surrounded by high rise buildings in the middle of the city. It is a truly magical experience.
Get ready, because the 2nd annual Snow Day Los Angeles is almost here! The first weekend of the event is already sold out, but don’t worry, there are plenty more dates for you to get in on the fun. Every weekend from November 17 to December 16, you can head to The Old Lodge near Dodger Stadium and enjoy a day of snow-filled fun in sunny Los Angeles. You can go tubing down a large slow slope, explore the Penguin Animated Holiday Path, or go ice skating. If you purchase VIP tickets, you will also have access to a bar. Let your inner child shine through and explore the giant ginger bread house. There will also be a delicious holiday treats and snow globe photo booth to make a few lasting memories.
If you can make a quick recovery from your Thanksgiving food coma and are in need of a post-Thanksgiving activity, be sure to attend the Hollywood Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 5pm on November 26 and incredible performances and celebrity appearances. This year’s Grand Marshall is Dr. Oz. Enjoy free curbside viewing or purchase tickets for seats to this exciting parade.
Each year, the LA Zoo puts on a spectacular lights show. Everywhere you look, carefully thoughtout lights brighten this animal kingdom. From the brightly colored fountain to the lights in every tree, make holiday memories in this magical wonderland.
Every LA Girl knows it is never too early to start celebrating the holidays. From pumpkin spice lattes to Friendsgivings, there are always new ways to prolong the holiday season. This November, you can ring in the holiday season early by going to Holiday in the Park at Magic Mountain. Drink your fill of hot chocolate and cider while enjoying fudge and special holiday funnel cake. This winter wonderland will have carolers to entertain you as well as thousands of holiday lights and Santa’s helpers there to greet you.
The 27th Annual Mariachi Festival will take place on November 19 at Mariachi Plaza Station in Boyle Heights. The event is thrown by the Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation, a group that was formed in 2010. The foundation is comprised of local organizations that have been part of the Mariachi Festival for the past 24 years. Attendees will enjoy a full day of free performances and come together to celebrate Mariachi culture.