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The Best Things to do in Los Angeles in November

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This post covers the best things to do in Los Angeles in November and has been updated for 2021. It includes a top ten list, evening, free, and family-friendly activities. 

 

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TOP TEN EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

This section covers our top ten list for the month of November. 

For more ideas on popular activities and attractions in LA, see our popular posts here: 


1) Discover Los Angeles on a Walking Tour

If you’re interested in learning about the history of Los Angeles and seeing some of the most notable landmarks in the city, we offer a few different pay-what-you-want walking tours.

Our main tour covers Downtown Los Angeles and it includes sites such as the Walt Disney Music Hall, Pershing Square, the Bradbury Building and more.

 

 

We also have a Hollywood tour which will take you to several sites such as the walk of fame, the Capitol Records building, and the TCL Chinese Theatre.

In addition to those opportunities, we also have a few self-guided Los Angeles tours and GPS enabled audio tours which could be good for anyone who wants to avoid large groups.


2) Go to a Concert

Los Angeles is one of the biggest hubs for entertainment in the world, so you can expect a lot of notable musical artists to perform in the area throughout the month.

 

 

Here are a few of the best concerts to attend this November:

You can find all the concerts in LA here


3) Attend a Sporting Event

There are several professional sports teams in the Los Angeles area, and many of them will be performing at home this November.

If you’re a basketball fan, both the Lakers and the Clippers will have several games in LA this November.

 

 

Hockey fans can also look forward to several great games from the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings.

Football fans can look forward to at least a few games from both the Rams and the Chargers this month.

Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Chargers

You can find all professional sporting events in LA here.


4) See a Hit Musical

Los Angeles may not be the home of Broadway, but they do have several theaters that host off-Broadway musicals and other great performance art.

 

 

There are so many shows taking place during November that it’s hard to highlight just one of them. Instead, take a look at this list of musicals you can see in LA this month:

In addition to these musicals, the Los Angeles Opera will also be performing the tale of Cinderella at least a few different times in November.

You can find all the theatrical performances in LA here.


5) Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Grand Park

The tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated with a unique cultural experience in downtown LA’s Grand Park

Stroll through 50 altar displays and art installations created by local artists. Go through at your own pace or take a free guided tour to learn more about the holiday. 

 

 

This event will take place at Olive Court and the Performance Lawn. We don't yet know the official 2021 dates for this activity, but it's very likely they will be holding the event again this year.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Grand Park event calendar to find out when this celebration will take place.

If you’re looking for more activities that won’t cost a dime, make sure to read our free things to do section.


6) Take the Kids to the Turkey Trot

Before losing yourself in a Thanksgiving feast (or football game) come to DTLA for a 5k or 10k fun run for a good cause! 

The annual Turkey Trot benefits The Midnight Mission, which is dedicated to helping the homeless in a variety of ways. Both races will take place on November 25th from 8 am - 12 pm.

 

 

The race itself weaves through downtown and past a handful of notable landmarks. Even if you don’t feel like taking part in this activity, you can always come and cheer on participating athletes.

For more family-friendly activities, please read our things to do with kids section.


7) See Live Stand-up Comedy

If you’re in need of a good laugh, Los Angeles is home to some of the best comedy clubs in the world and there are a lot of notable comedians who perform here throughout the year.

 

 

During the month of November, you can expect the following famous comedians to host stand-up specials in the LA area:

You may also want to drop by the historic Comedy Store which has a long history of hosting some of the greatest comedians in the world.

Many of these stand-up performances will take place at around 7 pm - 9 pm, making this one of the best activities to enjoy after dark.

For even more great nighttime activities, please read our things to do at night section.


8) Go to a Music Festival

There are two major music festivals taking place in the Los Angeles area this November: Punk in the Park and Knotfest.

 

 

Punk in the Park will include performances from the following bands:

  • NOFX
  • Pennywise
  • Guttermouth
  • The Vandals
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
  • And more!

Purchase tickets or learn more.

Knotfest will also feature several notable bands including these performers:

  • Slipknot
  • Killswitch Engage
  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Code Orange
  • And more!

Purchase tickets or learn more.

Whether you prefer punk or hard rock, this is an excellent opportunity to hear some of the best names in the business.


9) See a Popular Children’s Show Live

During the month of November, Los Angeles will be hosting live performances of two notable kid’s shows: L.O.L. Surprise Live and Cinderella.

 

 

L.O.L. Surprise Live is the stage show adaptation of this popular franchise. This is a great live show for kids who love the characters of Lady Diva, Royal Bee, Neonlicious, and Swag.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

Cinderella is of course an adaptation of the classic fairy tale, and it will be performed by the Los Angeles Opera this November.

Purchase tickets or learn more.

For more family-friendly fun, please read our things to do with kids section.


10) Use a Tourist Pass to Save Money

There are several tourist attraction discount passes available in Los Angeles, and each one offers an opportunity to save money on the most popular activities in this city.

While all-inclusive passes provide admission to dozens of attractions over the course of a specific number of days, there are also services that allow you to pay one flat price for a set number of activities instead.

 

 

Alternatively, you can also “build your own pass” and save up to 20% off general admission prices at several popular locations when you purchase at least four tickets.

Here are some of the more notable attractions included with these tourist passes:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tours
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Sony Pictures Studio Tour
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • TCL Chinese Theatre Tour
  • Natural History Museum
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • OUE Skyspace
  • LEGOLAND
  • And more!

In addition to receiving general admission for these activities, you’ll also get skip-the-line privileges at a few of the more popular locations.

Depending on which service you use and how you plan out your itinerary, a Los Angeles tourist pass could save you anywhere from 20% - 50% off tickets.

For more details, make sure to read our post covering Los Angeles tourist passes.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN LA THIS NOVEMBER

There are a lot of free activities to enjoy during your time in LA. In this section, we will be covering some of the best things to do for free in November.

Some of the items we’ve mentioned like the Dia De Los Muertos display in Grand Park and self-guided walking tours are free of charge for everyone! 

 

 

If you’re looking for more ideas, check our post covering free things to do in Los Angeles.


Visit a National Park for Free

Spend some time at one of the National Parks that are a day trip away from Los Angeles without worrying about park admission fees. 

Pack the car and head to Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, or make your way to Yosemite instead. 

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Park Service will be offering free admission to all visitors on November 11th.

Free days can be busy but they are a big money saver!


Go to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Featuring a vast amount of contemporary and pop art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or MOCA, is a great place to spend an afternoon. 

Stroll through their galleries to see the artwork of names like Roy Lichtenstein, Franz Klein, Mark Rothko, and Jean Frautier among many others. 

Although this museum usually charges for entry, you can visit any Thursday from 5 pm - 8 pm and receive free admission.

This is just one of many museums in the city that offers free entry. If you’re interested in visiting other locations, please read our post covering free museums in Los Angeles.


See the Hollywood Sign

Located in Griffith Park, this historic sign is absolutely free to visit throughout the year – all you have to do is make the hike!

While the walk to this sign isn’t necessarily going to be easy for everyone, it won’t cost a thing to enjoy this activity and you’ll burn a few calories while you’re at it.

While you’re in the area, you may also want to enjoy one of the best views of Los Angeles at the Griffith Park Observatory.

If you don’t mind spending a few bucks, you can take a Hollywood hills hiking tour which includes a trip to the Hollywood sign.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check our post covering free things to do in Los Angeles.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN LA THIS NOVEMBER

This section includes some great nighttime activities in LA in addition to some that we’ve already mentioned in this post like concerts, musicals, sporting events, stand-up comedy and more.

 

 

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post, Things to do at Night in LA.


See a Show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

This unique venue is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will be holding several performances throughout the month of November. 

Whether you’re a fan of classical music or you just want to experience a show at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, there will be several opportunities to attend a live performance this month.

If you’re interested in a different kind of musical performance, make sure to check our list of Los Angeles concerts in November.


RESCHEDULED: Attend the AFI Film Festival

Film enthusiasts will love the annual AFI Film Festival! Taking place in Hollywood, the American Film Institute fall festival will feature red carpets, a number of special screenings, tributes, and panel discussions. 

The goal of this festival is to celebrate the international cinema created by emerging artists and modern masters.

 If you’re interested, you can purchase either passes to see several films or individual tickets for specific movies.

For more details, make sure to check the AFI Fest website.

NOTE: This event was rescheduled for October 2021 and turned into a virtual event.

For suggestions on other nighttime activities, see our post, Things to do at Night in LA.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES IN LA THIS NOVEMBER

Many attractions and activities in LA are fun for people of all ages. This section will cover a few of the best things to do with kids in November.

 

 

Some of the things we’ve already mentioned like the Turkey Trot, Sesame Street Live/Peppa Pig Live, and visiting a National Park for free are great activities for families.

You can find more family-friendly things to do here


See the LA Zoo Lights

Take the family to the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park and watch it come alive with thousands of twinkling lights for its annual Zoo Lights celebrations. 

Go on a stroll through the zoo to see special holiday animal-themed decorations & special light projections, spend time with Santa (on select dates), and see live reindeer. 

Zoo Lights runs from 6 pm - 10 pm most nights and begins in the middle of November each year.

NOTE: Official dates for November 2021 have yet to be announced, but they do have plans to bring back Zoo Lights this year.

TIP: Don’t forget that tickets to the LA Zoo are included at a discount with some Los Angeles tourist passes.


Get Ready for the Holidays at a Theme Park

Most of the popular amusement parks in Los Angeles hold special holiday-themed events beginning in November.

Holidays at Disneyland Resort features a holiday-themed parade, fireworks, and even augments to popular rides such as It’s a Small World and the Haunted Mansion!

Knott’s Berry Farm turns into Knott’s Merry Farm which focuses more on holiday stage shows and even an ice show featuring Snoopy.

There are similar events at the following locations:

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • LEGOLAND California

Admission to each of these theme parks is included with at least one major Los Angeles tourist pass.


Check out the Autry Museum of the West

Located in Griffith Park, the Autry Museum of the West covers an extensive history of the American West. Throughout the exhibits, see old western movie props, art, Native American artifacts, and more.

Best of all, admission to this attraction is included with some tourist passes, so you don’t even have to pay full price to get inside!

For more ideas on activities and attractions in the park, check out our Things to do in Griffith Park post!

 


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About The Author

Mel

Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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