40 Things To Do In L.A. That Will Make Your November Unforgettable

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Make it a month to remember!

It’s the month where Halloween simmers down and we begin to gear up for the holidays, and L.A. is still brimming with exciting events to keep you busy this month. Whether it’s watching the greenery turn different shades of orange, yellow, and brown, seeing festive lights, or heading to an incredible immersive exhibition, November is set to be a month to remember.

1. Check Out The First-Ever Stranger Things Store LA

Step into an 80s kinda world where Demogorgon and vines wander—and become part of the gang… from your head to your toes! Hair-raising goodies featuring fan-favorite elements from the show will be available for a limited time—the perfect holiday gifts for that Stranger Things stan in your life. Reserve your spot here.

2. Get Tickets To This Magical Winter Adventure In Ventura

Dust off those winter jumpers and coats you never get to wear in sunny California and head to Ventura County Fairgrounds for Snow N Glow’s dazzling winter festivities. Wander through a dazzling trail of 1 million twinkling lights, build a snowman, go snow tubing, sip hot chocolate in an igloo and toast s’mores around the fire. Book your tickets here.

3. Get Tickets To The Exclusive Princess Diana Exhibit Heading To LA

Get ready to experience an exclusive and stunning visual journey through the life of the Princess of Wales at this unique Princess Diana Exhibition coming to LA. From Photographs by the world-famous Royal Photographers, Anwar Hussein and his two sons Zak and Samir, to art installations by the world-renowned multimedia artist, Pauline Loctin, this exclusive exhibit will give you an inside look into royal life. Book your tickets here.

4. Descanso Gardens’ Luminous ‘Enchanted Forest Of Light’

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The one-mile-long trail of illuminated installations, Enchanted: Forest of Light, will be returning this November 21 through January 9, 2022. After a year off, the beloved holiday tradition with charming artistic displays, promises to be brighter and more magical than ever. Find out more here.

5. Book Your Tickets The Sensational This ‘Love Actually’ Live Spectacle 

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While it might not be cold outside, it’s almost (almost) that time of year again where we partake in our favorite festive traditions; we dust off the garish knitted sweaters, eat enough food to hibernate for a month and rewatch Richard Curtis’ classic Christmas film, Love Actually. Except, this year, we get to switch our couches for a giant, 3-dimensional cinematic world with live actors belting out songs from the iconic soundtrack. The award-winning For The Record series in partnership with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will be bringing the glorious Love Actually Live back to audiences for a limited run this winter.

6. Go Ice Skating At Dodger Stadium

The Dodger Holiday Festival is back this year and it’s going to feature an ice rink for the first time ever. The recently-renovated Centerfield Plaza will be turned into a joyful holiday haven, starting November 26 through December 31. Find out more here.

7. Journey To ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ With This Epic Pink Floyd Exhibition Coming To L.A.

The iconic pig will be floating into Hollywood next month. Except, instead of packing into a stadium like sardines, fans will be taken on an audiovisual journey that transcends time and space. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains brings the visionary universe of one of the most successful bands to life like never before.

8-17. Keep An Eye Out For Festive Lights Going Up Around The City At One Of These 10 Spots

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As we clear away the cobwebs of the spooky season, the holiday spirit is already rolling in the form of shiny baubles and twinkling lights. From as early as mid-November, you can catch the festive displays and lighting popping up around the city. Here are 10 of the best places to see them.

18. Visit This Glass Chapel Overlooking The Pacific Ocean

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Credit: Amy Theilig via The Wayfarers Chapel

Tucked away in the lush cliffside woods of Palos Verdes is this stunning glass chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright—son of famed American architect Frank Lloyd. It looks like it’s straight out of The Enchanted Isles from The Lord of the Rings, but you don’t have to nerd out to appreciate this stunning place. Find out all the details of this architectural masterpiece here.

19. Immerse Yourself In The Magic Of Christmas At This Stunning Nutcracker Experience

Get transported to the magical world of the Nutcracker! From November 26 till December 31, The Immersive Nutcracker holiday experience is bringing Tchaikovsky’s timeless music to life in four different locations in LA—Beverly Center and The Village, Santa Anita and Valencia. Get your tickets here.

20. Get Tickets To This Enchanting Holiday Trail In Calabasas 

The beloved Holiday Road experience will transform King Gillette Ranch into a glittering wonderland from December 3rd. There’ll be oversized displays representing iconic holiday traditions from around the world, a souvenir shop, delicious treats from local vendors and tons of festive surprises. Find out more here.

21. See The Iconic Obama Portraits At LACMA

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The Obama POrtrait Tour has finally landed on West Coast shores and it’s opening at LACMA on Sunday, November 7. The tour is presented in conjunction with Black American Portraits and both are presented in adjoining galleries. The exhibitions are included in General Admission and you can make your reservations online here.

22. Visit This Sleek New Bar Inside The Historic Bradbury Building

Bradbury Building
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Grab a cocktail in the 128-year-old architectural landmark at the all-new Wyman Bar and catch a glimpse of the stunning atrium noted for its stunning ironwork. Don’t wait too long though, this elegant hangout forms part of the exclusive NeueHouse members club and it won’t be open to the public for long. Find out more here.

23. Enjoy A Fall Escape At One Of These Adorable A-Frame Cabins

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Wake up to the sound of hummingbirds and water rushing and watch sunsets from a hot tub in the mountains without traveling too far from the city. Here are three of our favorite spots with adorable A-frame homes to stay in. See the list here.

24-26. Stock Up On Late Summer Reading At One Of These 3 Incredible Libraries

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In Southern California, bookshops aren’t just about picking up a brilliant tale, they are a whole experience. Here are some of our favorite literary oases that make finding a book just as exciting as reading one.

27-30. Enjoy A Gourmet Feast And Pet Therapy In The Santa Monica Mountains

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The idyllic 29 Oaks Ranch is known for pairing delicious farm-style food and quality time with adorable farm animals. When it comes to creating irresistible experiences you didn’t know you needed, there is simply nothing that matches it. Here are 4 blissful outdoor experiences to do:

31. Enjoy An Enchanting Candlelight Concert

The wildly popular Candlelight concerts have never ceased to captivate audiences across the globe. The series brings you talented musicians who perform live concerts in beautiful settings, all bathed in Candlelight. While the virtual performances during the lockdown were just as magical, the exclusive event is now taking over iconic indoor spaces for a unique evening. Find all the incredible musical events here.

32. Discover The Secrets Of The Universe Through Jaw-Dropping Artworks

This Immersive Exhibition Reveals The Secrets Of The Universe Through Jaw-Dropping Artworks

Wisdome in Downtown L.A. will be transformed into a 24,000-square-foot, multi-dimensional wonderland from September 17, and it’s going to blow your mind. The cutting-edge exhibition ‘Mystic Universe’ delves into ancient cultures, philosophies, and architecture through a unique combination of mind-bending art, live performances, 360-degree technology, sculpture mapping, sound, and VR. Get your tickets here.

33. Dine At One Of The Best Restaurants In America, According To NY Times

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Los Angeles has 3 out of 50 of the best restaurants in America, according to the New York Times. And they’re not your typical upscale Michelin spots either. Take a look at the list here.

34. Snuggle Up And Catch A Movie Under The Stars With Street Food Cinema & Yuletide Cinemaland

L.A.’s largest outdoor movie series is back with Blockbuster hits, live music, food trucks, and great weather – what more can you ask for? This season you’ll get to enjoy the festive Yuletide Cinemaland pop-up with all your Christmas classics at the scenic Heritage Square. Book ahead to avoid missing out!

35. Head To This Twinkling Night Market At A Century-Old Lavendar Farm Near L.A

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The picturesque 123 Farm, known for its beautiful swaths of violet flowers over the summer, has a stunning night market. Its towering trees and fields have been 1,000 years in the making and you can continue to enjoy its beauty post the summer blooms. Every Thursday to Sunday through October 24, you can stroll through the lavender fields and olive groves draped with lights to enjoy food, live music, games and unique handmade goods. Find out more here.

36-40. Catch A Glimpse Of Fall At One Of These 6 Beautiful Spots

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Yes, fall does actually happen in L.A., if only for a brief moment. Celebrate the season in Los Angeles everywhere from the local mountains to botanical gardens. Everyone deserves to witness the vivid transition into (slightly) colder months, so check out our guide to the best places to catch a glimpse of fall foliage around L.A. Check out the full list here.

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