Things to do in Los Angeles in November

This post cover the best things to do in Los Angeles in November and has been updated for 2018. It includes a top ten list, evening, free, and family-friendly activities. For even more great ideas on what to do in the LA area, be sure to check out our master Things to do in LA post.


This section covers our top ten list for the month of November. When appropriate, we’ve made sure to mark items that are free or family-friendly.

For more ideas on popular activities and attractions in LA, see our walking tour and bus tour posts.

Some of the items listed below are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

Dia De Los Muertos in Grand Park – through November 4 (kid-friendly)

Celebrate the tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a unique cultural experience in downtown LA’s Grand Park. Stroll through 50 alter 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 is free and open to all ages!

LA Comedy Film Festival – November 8-18

LA is the best place to be to celebrate the art of film! For ten days in November, experience the LA Comedy Film Festival. This event showcases the best shorts, features, TV pilots, web-series, and more. Click here for more information as it becomes available.

Visit 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 galleries to see the artwork of names like Roy Lichtenstein, Franz Klein, Mark Rothko, and Jean Frautier among many others. Opening hours and ticket prices vary. Tip: Visit any Thursday from 5pm-8pm and receive free admission.

Celebrate Thanksgiving – November 22 (kid-friendly)

A day for coming together to celebrate all of the things you are grateful for, Thanksgiving is also a day to indulge in some serious eating! Look out for special menus for both brunch and dinner, drink specials, and additional seasonal treats at area restaurants!

See a UCLA Bruins Football Game

Cheer on the UCLA Bruins at their home stadium–the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena! The lively atmosphere is an exciting way to spend any fall afternoon! The home games for the Bruins in November are against USC and Stanford. For more information and tickets, click here.

Tip: For even more ideas on activities and attractions in Pasadena, check out our Things to do in Pasadena post.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot – November 22 (kid-friendly)

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. The race itself weaves through downtown and past a handful of notable landmarks. Check the website for more information and to register.

LA Zoo Lights – begins November 16 (kid-friendly)

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. Take a stroll throuhg the zoo to see special holiday animal themed decorations & special light projections, spend time with Santa (on select dates), and get to see & learn about live reindeer. Zoo Lights runs from 6pm-10pm; ticket prices vary.

Hollywood Christmas Parade – November 25 (kid-friendly)

Fun for all ages, the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade takes place Thanksgiving weekend and features a number of exciting spectacles (including Santa!). Enjoy marching bands, parade balloons, and a number of live performances. It’s a great place to keep your eyes peeled for celebrities too! This parade begins at 5pm; check the website for grandstand ticketing information.

Take a Bus Tour! (kid-friendly)

With so much to see in the City of Angels, getting around to see it all might prove difficult. A great way to cover all the bases is with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour where you’re able to tour the city and hop-off at areas that are of much interest to you. These guided tours provide a convenient way to see all that LA has to offer!

Watch a LA Kings Game (kid-friendly)

Ice hockey fans head to the Staples Center in downtown LA to watch the LA Kings take on another season! With a handful of home games to choose from in the month of November, this is a great way to spend the evening with the whole family! Check the website for more information and tickets.


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This section includes some great night time activities in LA in addition to some that we’ve already mentioned in this post like the Hollywood Christmas Parade and Zoo Lights.

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

See a Show! (kid-friendly)

Spend an evening at the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre and see a live stage performances of one of your favorite Broadway Shows! From November 6-25 see A Bronx Tale where “Jersey Boys meet West Side Story” and Wicked is back by popular demand starting November 28.

AFI Film Festival – November 8-15

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. Its goal is to celebrate international cinema created by emerging artists and modern masters.

Enjoy The Whiskey Extravaganza – November 16

Hosted by the Millenium Biltmore Hotel, The Whiskey Extravaganza brings together whiskey connoisseurs and brands through unique curated experiences. Take the masterclass or attend the tasting. More information and tickets are available on the website. This event is 21+.

Tip: For even more ideas, be sure to check out our master post on Things to do at Night in LA!


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There are a lot of free activities to enjoy during your time in LA. Some of the items we’ve mentioned like the Dia De Los Muertos display in Grand Park and Thursday evenings at the MOCA are free of charge for everyone! Here are a few more free ideas.

Free National Park Day – November 11 (kid-friendly)

Spend Veterans Day at one of the National Parks that are a day trip away from Los Angeles–for free! Pack the car and head to Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, or make your way to Yosemite. Free days can be busy but they are a big money saver!

Join The Great LA Walk – November 17 (kid-friendly)

For the 13th year, the Great LA Walk will begin downtown and end at the ocean! Open to people of all ages, the walk begins at 9am at PErshing Square, continues on down 6th Street, goes through Koreatown, and on to the ocean. Join for a few blocks or a few miles. More information is available here.

Consider Purchasing a LA Tourist Discount Pass (kid-friendly)

The actual pass does cost money but it’s so value packed that by the time you complete a couple of activities or visit a couple attractions, everything else won’t cost you a dime! It’s a great way to get a lot of free inclusions while you’re in LA. Be sure to check out our post where we compare the best tourist discount passes in Los Angeles and see what’s the best fit for you!


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Many attractions and activities in LA are fun for people of all ages! Some of the things we’ve mentioned like taking a bus tour or joining in the Turkey Trot fun run are great activities for families. Here are a few more ideas for November.

Visit Madame Tussauds

This classic wax figure museum is a big hit with kids and families! The Hollywood location of Madame Tussauds includes your favorite movie and TV stars, singers and other musicians, athletes are more.

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!

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

Visit the Santa Monica Pier!

Loaded with activity (and fewer crowds in November), the Santa Monica Pier is one of the best tourist attractions for families. Shop the souvenir kiosks, enjoy the view from the carnival rides at Pacific Park, or dine in one of the many restaurants.


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