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November 2010 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 1-2

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street

Pinata breaking, children workshops, face painting, strolling Mariachi bands and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy colorful, ancient Mexican ceremonies in honor of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, entertainment and Novenaria processions.

7 pm

Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.

Los Angeles,


Nov. 3

Free Family Night: Native Traditions

Experience the oral tradition of Native American storytelling. Jacque Nuñez will lead children and families on a journey into the lifestyle of the California Indian, in particular the Acjachemen Nation. Jacque shares through stories and songs her people’s indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing.

4-10 pm


480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 4-15

Circus Vargas

Acrobats, clowns, juggling, hula hoops, trampoline and more.


Del Amo Fashion Center

3525 Carson St., Torrance


Nov. 6-7

Autumn Festival

Celebrate a variety of Asian cultures through music, crafts, food, storytelling, dance, demonstration and more.  

9 am-5 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

$24.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-11.

Nov. 6

Discovery Day

Get revved up for Thanksgiving by making a Turkey Car. Kids also can enjoy a 2:30 pm story time too.

1-4 pm

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.

$10 adults, $5 students, $3 children 5-12

Nov. 6

Fall Festival of Nature Crafts for Kids

Create some Thanksgiving-related craft projects using items found on the preserve.

11 am-12:30 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5; Pre-registration is required. Call the Nature Center to register at; (310)782-3989

Nov. 6

International Cultural Day

Celebrate the many diverse cultures represented by Third Street School’s students. The event is open to the public and is fun for families with kids of all ages. Highlights include delicious food from more than 30 different countries and live world music and performances by professional artists, as well as Third Street’s student musicians and dancers.

11 am-4 pm

Third Street Elementary School

201 South June St., Los Angeles


Nov. 7

Fall Festival

Games, crafts, used book sale, silent auction and fun.

11 am-4 pm

Woodland Hills Elementary School

22201 San Miguel St., Woodland Hills

Free admission; cost for food and some activities

Nov. 13

Target Free Family Saturday: Fall into Fall

Participate in a weaving workshop, make “corny” Thanksgiving cookies, construct a gobbling turkey and make a placemat and a decorative centerpiece.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Nov. 13

2011 CORBA Fat Tire Fest

Celebrate CORBA's 24th year of advocacy, keeping and getting more trails open to bicycles. Ride in beautiful Malibu Creek State Park, and the Solstice Canyon and Latigo Canyon sections of the Backbone Trail in National Park Service property (recommended for experienced riders). After the ride will be lunch, beer provided by New Belgium Brewery, and a raffle with bikes and gear.

8 am-4 pm

Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas


Nov. 14

Family Flicks: Black Stallion

Carroll Ballard (Duma) made his feature debut with this gorgeous adaptation of Walter Farley’s classic novel about a boy and a majestic stallion who meet during an ocean voyage and bond while stranded on a picturesque desert island.

11 am

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; parking is $3

Nov. 14

Kids in the Courtyard: Textiles on the Table

Get ready for Thanksgiving by making festive block-printed table runners for your feast, inspired by the textiles in Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles


Nov. 17-22

Circus Vargas

Acrobats, clowns, juggling, hula hoops, trampoline and more.


Ports O’ Call, 76 Berth, San Pedro


Nov. 20

World City: Red Thunder

This show celebrates the unique heritage of the Plains Indians. Showcasing music, song, and traditional dance while re-telling the stories that have been passed through generations, Red Thunder entertains and educates audiences of all ages.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free; arrive early to get tickets

Nov. 20

Mexican Centennial Celebration

Theater production, Ballet Folklorico, Music, Artesanía,  and a children’s interactive workshop.

10 am-4 pm

El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument, Los Angeles


Nov. 20

Come Meet David Shannon

The author presents his new Christmas-themed book, It's Christmas, David.

10:30 am

Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 20

Performing Books Presents Two Belinda Stories

Two Amy Young stories - Belinda And The Glass Slipper and Belinda in Paris - are brought to life by mime Keith Berger, storyteller David Prather and synthesizer player Alan Steinberger.

2 pm and 3 pm

Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., L.A.


Nov. 20

Plaza El Segundo's Holiday Open House

The holiday spirit sweeps through Plaza El Segundo with free hay rides, music and a tree lighting; $10 VIP tickets (that benefit charities) include other activities.

6-9 pm

Plaza El Segundo

Sepulveda Blvd. and Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo.  


Nov. 20-28

Popups: A Musical

Entertaining and educational puppet show with lively music and audience interaction.


MiMoDa Dance Studio/Theater

5774 West Pico

Blvd., Los


$15; Purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

Nov. 21

A Turtle’s Race Around the Lake

Volunteer Naturalist Rebecca leads a leisurely walk around the Franklin Canyon Lake.

10-11:30 am

Sooky Goldman Nature Center, Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills


Nov. 21

Take a Walk on the Maira Side

Learn more about the exhibit Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World). Then join performance artists as they help visitors experience the everyday world as an artist does: as a source of creativity and beauty.

Ages 5 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult

1 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

$15 General; $10 Children ages 2–12

Nov. 26-27

Yo Gabba Gabba Live: There’s a Party in my City

It's a a great goofy time with DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Toodee, Brobee, and Plex performing.

2 and 5 pm

Nokia Theatre

777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles


Nov. 26-28

Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration

Holiday fashion show, tree lighting ceremony, letters to Santa, free photo with Santa, special discounts at the shops and more.

Fri.: 6-9 pm, Sat.: 12-8 pm, Sun.: 12-6 pm

Old Pasadena shopping district


Nov. 24-28

Turkey Day TV

Come enjoy a cornucopia of savory Thanksgiving-themed fare, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Wonder Years, The Waltons, and A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving.

2 pm

The Paley Center for Media

465 North Beverly Dr.,

Beverly Hills