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November 2014 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 1

Dia De Los Muertos Family Art Festival

Art workshops, shadow puppet show, sugar skull decorating, folklorico dancers, refreshments and more!

5-8 pm

Canoga Park Youth Arts Center

7222 Remmet Ave., Canoga Park


Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street

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

10 am-8 pm

El Pueblo Historical Monument

Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.,

Los Angeles


Nov. 2

Pumpkin Launch

Excite your family with flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets. You can also participate in hands-on activities and challenges.

10 am-2 pm

Cal State Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton


Nov. 2

Day of the Dead Celebration

Enjoy music, dance and theater performances. Design calavera masks, assemble an herb sachet and more.

12-4 pm

Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main St., Los Angeles

(213) 542-6200


Nov. 5

Free Family Night: Native Traditions

Through stories and songs, learn about the local people’s indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing. Make your own Native American art piece.

4-8 pm


480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 8

Target Free Family Saturday: Giving Thanks

Design a hanging leaf decoration, bring home a caramel apple or pumpkin pie, write a letter of thanks to the US military, create a origami peace dove and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Nov. 8

Los Angeles Veterans Celebration Event

An event for honoring veterans and the community. Music, children’s activities, a resource fair and free food.

10 am-4 pm

Port of Los Angeles, Berth 87

Adjacent to the USS Iowa Battleship

250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro


Nov. 8-9

Japanese Garden Festival

Taiko drummers, Ikebana flower arranging display, garden walk, cultural family activities and a kimono fashion show.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $9, Seniors/Students: $6, Children: $4

Nov. 8-9

Autry Explorers: Native American Cultures

This event includes Native American dance, music, storytelling, and a special performance by world champion hoop dancer Terry Goedel. There will also be make and take workshops with traditional flint knapping, weaving, and basketry.

11 am-5 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $10, Students: $6, Children: $4

Nov. 8

Art in the Park

Enjoy the work of local area children whose work was inspired by nature.

Includes video, photography, painting, and comic books. There will also be kid-friendly workshops.

3-5 pm

Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center

26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas

Free with two hours free parking.

Nov. 8

World City

This month’s performance brings together the Git Hoan Dancers. The show celebrates the music and dance of the Alaska and Pacific Northwest coast by bringing traditional legends to life with visual artistry and mechanical devices.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Nov. 9

Simi Valley SnowFest Arts and Crafts Fair

Bring your kids to the snow in Simi Valley! Sled runs, games and crafts.  

10 am-4 pm

Rancho Madera Community Park

556 Lake Park Dr., Simi Valley

Free admission, $5 all day wristband for the activities.

Nov. 9

Latin Festival

Celebrate the grand opening of the special exhibit,  Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art. Enjoy a wide variety of live performances, drop-in crafts and activities and face painting.

9:30 am-5 pm

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

900 Exposition Blvd.,

Los Angeles

Adults: $12, Students: $9, Children: $5

There is a separate cost to view the new exhibit the the festival is free with general admission.

Nov. 9

Cultural Workshop

Hupa Native, Kat High will demonstrate how to

make acorn crafts and discuss the acorn game

that is practiced from her people. Materials will be


10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm

Satwiwa Native American Indian Cultural Center

4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


Nov. 11

Veterans Day Commemoration

North American AT-6 Flyover, live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military.

10 am-3 pm

Ronald Reagan Library

40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

Free for all special activities. Regular admission rates apply for museum entrance.

Nov. 15

Reading is Magic! with Magician Tony Daniels

This highly entertaining magic and comedy show will amaze and excite all members of the family.

1 pm

Lomita Library

24200 Narbonne Ave., Lomita


Nov. 15

Little Red Riding Hood

A new, playful take on an old tale. Join a funny wolf, granny and of course Little Red Riding Hood on a musical adventure filled with audience participation.

1 pm

Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West, North Hollywood

Adults: $12, Children: $10

Nov. 15-Dec. 14, weekends only

Annabelle and the Snow Queen Express

A magical train, special effects, music, dance and quirky modern plot combine for a fun family show that highlights the spirit of the season.

Saturdays: 2 pm and Sundays: 12:30 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St., Santa Monica

Adults: $15, Children: $12.50

Nov. 16

Family Jam: City Sounds’ Beat Boxing

Artist Pascale Marthine Tayou will inspire your family with sounds of urban life layered over visual materials in his installation Favelas. Learn about the beat boxing art form and make your own music using your mouth and a handmade microphone.

2-4 pm

Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles

Free; parking at the nearby UCLA lot is $12 for the day

Nov. 16

Andell Family Sundays

Art Can Tell the Story of a City

Explore LACMA’s  special exhibitions Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice and The Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan and then paint a mural inspired by Venice and Teotihuacan in this workshop.

12:30 pm


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with museum admission. Register to be a NexGen member and admission is free for each child/adult pair.


Salt Marsh Open House

Join aquarium educators to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Your family will enjoy a view the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides.

10 am-12 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro



Holiday in the Park

A joyful evening of in-store events, street caroling, gifts and prizes. Enjoy community entertainment, photos with Santa, roving choirs, musicians, food trucks, tons of fun for kids and lip-smacking treats for everyone.

5-9 pm

Magnolia Blvd. between Buena Vista and the city limits, and on Hollywood Way between Chandler and Clark.


Nov. 22-Dec. 21 weekends only

Winter Sawdust Festival

Visit booths to view and purchase handmade crafts, jewelry and art. For kids, there are art projects, a real snow play field, live holiday entertainment, daily visits with Santa.

10 am-6 pm

935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Adult: $7, Children ages 6-12: $3, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Making

Children will use ceramic bisque tile, beads, jewels and stones to create a unique design for a Thanksgiving centerpiece.

2-4 pm

Fig at 7th

735 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles



Cultural Workshop

The whole family can take part in a leather shield workshop led by Steven Garcia, a Tongva Native.

10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm

Satwiwa Cultural Center

4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park



Nature Walk

Take a guided walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve and learn about the flora and fauna that live in our captivating vernal marsh. You'll see how living things interact in their habitat and learn the value of wetlands in our urban environment.

10 am-12 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance



Snow on Via Rodeo

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Via Rodeo and experience the magic of snow falling from the rooftops on Via Rodeo!

3-7 pm

Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way, Beverly Hills


Nov. 28

Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration

Snow playground, live holiday music performances, kids craft village, photos with Santa and more.

4-8 pm

Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues in Pasadena


Nov. 28-Jan. 4

LA Zoo Lights

This is an all-new holiday light event with high impact sets and design to celebrate the season. Stroll through the zoo to see glowing light animals and real reindeer and purchase holiday treats. There are also select dates to visit with Santa.

6-10 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

$9.15 through Dec. 11, then the price jumps to $13 for adults and $11 for children


Last Weekends of the Month

Enjoy screenings of animated shorts from the 1940s and 1950s and art projects in the Family Art Studio.

11:30-3 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blv., Los Angeles



Holiday Open House

Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum and live entertainment.


Stagecoach Inn and Museum

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park