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November 2016 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.

4-8 pm

El Pueblo Historical Monument

Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.,

Los Angeles


Nov. 1st

Free Family Night

Experience a Day of the Dead traditions from around the world. There will be a self-face-painting station, a cultural performance and all visitors are encouraged to add the the alter.

4-8 pm


480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 5th

Fall Alpaca Festival

Meet the animals and learn about raising them! There will be an educational show, mini lessons, a sit and spin area, an obstacle course class, a fiber arts show and a alpaca costume class.

10 am-4 pm

Alpacas at Windy Hill

7660 Bradley Rd., Somis


Nov. 5th

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. 6th

Simi Valley SnowFest Arts and Crafts Fair

Bring your kids to the snow in Simi Valley! Sled runs, games, stage entertainment 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. 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. 12th-13th

Autry Explorers: American Indian Arts Marketplace

This event includes Native American dance, music, storytelling, children's activities, demonstrations, and a short play festival from Native Voices, the Autry’s award-winning resident theatre company.

10 am-5 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $14, Students: $10, Children: $6

Nov. 12th

Family Festival

This day-long event is inspired by the current exhibits: The Art of Alchemy, The Alchemy of Color in Medieval Manuscripts, and The Shimmer of Gold: Giovanni di Paolo in Renaissance Siena.

Explore the world of color through multi-dimensional workshops and demonstrations. There will be a DJ, evocative theater featuring life-sized puppets, and an opportunity to conduct science experiments.

10 am-6 pm

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

Free admission. Parking is $15.

Nov. 12th

Target Free Family Days: Incredible Ink

Learn more about Polynesian culture and the art of tattoos with live Polynesian cultural performances, a tattoo station and a face-painting station. Try designing your own tattoos and motifs using traditional Samoan techniques and learn to fold origami sharks. This is held in conjunction with the exhibit Tatau: Marks of Polynesia.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Nov. 12th

FIGat7th Kids Club: Cornucopia

Children will celebrate the autumn harvest by creating a Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

2-4 pm

Fig at 7th

735 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles


Nov. 18th

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. 18th-Jan. 8th

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

$9-18. The cost varies by the day.

Nov. 19-Dec. 18 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 and daily visits with Santa.

10 am-6 pm

935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach

Adult: $8, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

Nov. 19th

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. 20th

Andell Family Sundays

Famously Printed in LA

Get inspired by world-famous artists, such as David Hockney, Jasper Johns, or Robert Rauschenberg, along with the current exhibition that showcases designs from  renowned Los Angeles print workshop Gemini G.E.L., and learn several simple printmaking techniques in art workshops.

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. 20th

Gourd Necklace Workshop

Family craft opportunity! Get creative with Potawatomi artist Nadiya Littlewarrior as she presents a workshop on making and decorating gourd necklaces. All ages welcome.

10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm

Satwiwa Cultural Center

4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


Nov. 20th

Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Celebration

Get in the holiday spirit with live musical performances, holiday themed theatrics, and a countdown to the lighting of Rodeo Drive.

5-8 pm

200 Block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills


Nov. 23-Jan. 8

There are a few weekdays that the event is closed.

CHILL at The Queen Mary

Be immersed in Alice in Wonderland, enjoy rides on a giant rocking horse, careen down a hill while ice tubing, take in a majestic view while on a swing ride, glide while ice skating and much more.

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

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach

Price varies: $29.99-$39.99

There are special offers through Groupon and Living Social.

Nov. 25th

Griffith Park Hike

Celebrate friends, family and getting outside! Park rangers will lead a hike through Griffith Park's meandering hills. Learn about the different plants that make up this urban park. This hike is 2 miles round trip. #OptOutside

10 am-12 pm

Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles


Nov. 26th

Sleeping Beauty

A new, playful take on an old tale with a princess, a prince and a jealous fairy. A fun, interactive experience for ages 3-10.


Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West, North Hollywood

Adults: $12, Children: $10

Nov. 26th-27th

Tidepool Walk

Join aquarium educators to tour the Point Fermin tidepools. Attend an informative slide show in the John M. Olguin Auditorium, then come along on the naturalist-led stroll on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat.

12:30-2 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Nov. 27th

Family Tour

Learn about our area's native plants and how to grow them! Visit the Dirt Doctor’s laboratory to learn about the uses for mulch, tour the urban watershed garden for a live demo of how rainwater flows in our city  around the our park. You can also plant a native tree seed to take home.

10-11:30 am


12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills