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November 2015 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 1st

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. 1st

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Activities include day of the dead face painting, hands-on craft activities and a traditional Day of the Dead altar installation. The Aztec Fire Dancers will provide an authentic ritual performance.

1-4 pm

Mercantile Place (between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues), Pasadena


Nov. 3rd

Free Family Night

Explore Japanese culture at Kidspace. Activities include an investigation of the art of Suminagashi, a Japanese paper marbling technique. Families can also create a one-of-a-kind Gyotaku painting, and enjoy rich cultural performance at 6 pm.

4-8 pm


480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 5th

Fall Alpaca Festival

Meet the animals and learn about raising them! Ask the staff to explain about the fiber art, how to care for alpacas, shearing, spinning and showing alpacas.

10 am-4 pm

Alpacas at Windy Hill

7660 Bradley Rd., Somis


Nov. 7th

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. 7th-8th

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. 7th-8th

Autry Explorers: American Indian Arts Marketplace

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, including making a clay pinch pot.

11 am-5 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $12, Students: $8, Children: $4

Nov. 8th

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. 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th

(all Saturdays until Feb. 27th)

The Emperor's New Clothes

A new, playful take on an old tale. Join a sweet princess, two not so evil crooks, and a very lovable Emperor on a fun adventure.

1 pm

Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West, North Hollywood

Adults: $12, Children: $10

Nov. 7th and 14th

Dorothy's Adventures in Oz

A grown up Dorothy returns to visit the enchanted Oz. New adventures but the familiar themes of love, friendship and family highlight this musical comedy.

2 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St., Santa Monica

Adults: $15, Children: $12.50

Nov. 11th

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. 14th

Target Free Family Saturday: Pop Mania

Join the community for a day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4. Fold an origami dinosaur, take part in a drawing workshop to design a giant lizard, decorate funky glasses, contribute to the mural wall and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Nov. 14th

STEM Starts Festival

Experience hands-on, interactive exhibits in a collegiate atmosphere while meeting professionals in STEM related fields. Exhibitors include California Science Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Tesla and Space X.

10 am-2 pm

West Los Angeles College

9000 Overland Ave., Culver City

Free with free parking

Nov. 14th

FIGat7th Kids Club: Metalwork

Children will emboss a beautiful design into craft metal using stippling and coloring techniques.

2-4 pm

Fig at 7th

735 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles


Nov. 15th

Kids in the Courtyard: Digital Disguise: Lights, Camera, Action!

Explore the exhibit Disguise: Masks and Global African Art to view the exciting new media art. Then, experiment with simple technology to make a symbol that lights up and represents what makes you special. After creating your own avatar, take a picture of yourself and watch it transform.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles

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

Nov. 15th

Andell Family Sundays

Art Feast

Plan for the holidays by wandering through LACMA's galleries and looking for decorative plates, abundant still life paintings, and a large feast bowl. Then make your own celebratory art. Also, DJ Zach Cowie will be spinning kids' music.  

12:30-3:30 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.

Nov. 15th

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.

2-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Nov. 20th

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. 20-Jan. 10

CHILL at The Queen Mary

Be immersed in A Christmas Tale through the magic of dazzling ice sculptures, race down ice slides, careen down a hill while ice tubing, glide while ice skating and much more.

Most days: 10 am-10 pm. See website for details.

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach

Price varies: $18.99-$39.99

There are special offers through Groupon and Living Social.

Nov. 21-Dec. 20 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: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Nov. 21st

Nature Origami

For experts and beginners. Each session is unique featuring different skills. All supplies are provided. Please be on time! Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To register and for more information please contact the Madrona Marsh Nature Center at 310-782-3989.

1:30-3:30 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance


Nov. 22nd

Cultural Workshop

Navajo-Pueblo of Isleta native Rowan Harrison will be teaching and demonstrating how to create small hand-coiled pottery. Materials provided.

10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm

Satwiwa Cultural Center

4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


Nov. 23rd

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. 28th

Old Pasadena Holiday Celebration

Listen to fun pop-up holiday concerts by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, enjoy surprise and delight programming, tour holiday window decor and take photos with Santa.

4-8 pm

Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues in Pasadena


Nov. 28th-Nov. 29th

(through March 20th, 2016)

Life, a Journey Through Time

Enjoy four mini films and a photographic interpretation of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. This exhibit is by National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting.

11 am-6 pm

Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles


Nov. 27th-Jan. 3rd

LA Zoo Lights

This is a fun 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