It’s the month when Halloween simmers down and we begin to gear up for the winter 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 multisensory experience, November is set to be a month to remember.
1. Save Hawkins and save the world at Stranger Things: The Experience, an interactive exhibit that pulls you into the Upside Down
This fall, 1345 N Montebello Blvd. will become a portal to an immersive Stranger Things mini-verse, filled with epic audiovisual sets, supernatural mysteries and pulse-racing encounters that will bring the cult TV sensation to life. Get your tickets and brace yourself for a radical adventure!
The roving Water Lantern Festival is making its way to Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on November 5 to November 6. This spectacular celebration of light has been voted the top Cultural Festival in 2019 & 2020 by USA Today, and it’s easy to see why. Residents gather at scenic locations to write their heartfelt messages and create unique designs on paper lanterns. Each one is lit with LED candles before they set sail, illuminating the dark waters as participants reflect upon their hopes, dreams, struggles, and losses in a shared moment of tranquility. Find out more here.
BRESH is a vibrant and diverse party that has become a hive for artists, actors, musicians, and influencers across the world. With roots in Argentina, the fiesta has traveled to 80 cities in 12 countries, and it makes its LA debut Friday, November 11th. Get your tickets and prepare for glitter, balloons, flowers, and the absolute best dance music.
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.
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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.
A Forest for the Trees is an exciting exhibition where the beauty and vulnerability of nature with a technological twist meet for the greater good. As soon as you step into its space, you are transported to a rich mystical forest that is bound to change the way you navigate through the world and honor nature. Without forests, without trees—there is no us. Japanese-American artist Glenn Kaino wants to remind us of that. Grab your tickets here!
Sip on over 50 carefully-curated craft breweries from the Southern California area and sink your teeth into delicious Bratwursts and fresh pretzels at this food and drink festival. Each guest will get a memorable experience influenced by the world’s largest “Volksfest” (beer festival) in Germany for one weekend only. Get your tickets and brace your Dirndl or Lederhosen for endless pours, music and more at The Greens on front of the Rose Bowl Stadium.
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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.
18. Get Tickets To Astra Lumina And Discover A Mythical Realm Of Brilliant Lights, Sound And Astral Pathways
This enchanting nighttime experience is illuminating the South Coast Botanic Garden from December 8, and tickets are already on sale. Astra Lumina pulls the solar system down to earth to create a magical galaxy of lighting displays, soundscapes and motion graphics to immerse yourself in. This night walk series has already blown audiences away around the globe and it promises to be a truly out-of-this-world experience for all. Book your visit ahead here and be on of the first to see what it’s like to roam amongst the stars.
Starting November 17th at the Beverly Event Venue, you can walk across the promenade deck of the most famous ship to ever sail the seas. Titanic the Exhibition dives 2 ½ miles below the Atlantic’s surface to uncover the liner’s captivating story like never before. Get your tickets here and embark on a moving journey.
‘Eataly Restaurant Fest’ is making its way to LA with a delicious seasonal menu full of never-before-seen guilty pleasures and comforting fall favorites. For two weeks only (November 4-20), you can experience an Italian food fest like no other. All three Eataly restaurants – Capri, Terra and La Pizza & La Pasta – will be serving up mouthwatering, two-course dining experiences starting at $19 that you don’t want to miss out on. Find out more here.
Quentin Tarantino’s leading ladies have become some of the most enduring characters in all of cinema, and this show brings them together under one roof. Kill Bill’s Bride, From Dusk Till Dawn’s Santanico Pandemonium and her unforgettable foot-to-mouth beer pour, Death Proof’s nonchalant, cooler-than-y’all Butterfly—the girl gang’s all here!
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!
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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.
From the Michelin-star establishments helmed by celebrity chefs to the sizzling delicacies offered at food trucks, it’s virtually impossible not to be inspired to eat. It seems the Times agrees as three local spots made their 2022 Restaurant List of “50 places in America we’re most excited about right now” which is the second-highest number of eateries per city on it. Find out where you need to making dinner reservations here.
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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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.
Through January 6, ‘Netflix at The Grove’ is offering a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at L.A.’s most iconic shopping and entertainment destination. People of all ages are invited to browse limited-edition items from Netflix’s most beloved shows, from a Bridgerton book written by Shonda Rhimes herself to the Stranger Things merch we’ve all been trying to get our hands on (I checked and yes, they have the Hellfire Club shirt). This spot has it all and more so don’t miss out. Find out more here.
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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.