LA Weekend Events Roundup 11.23.16

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 11.23.16

Edited by Christina Xenos

Turkey Trot Los AngelesEVENTS
Turkey Trot Los Angeles
Nov. 24. Spend Thanksgiving morning in downtown LA, partaking in a scenic 5K or 10K route through the area’s historic streets. The race starts at City Hall and takes runners past Grand Park and Walt Disney Concert Hall. There is also a Widdle Wobble 1K for kids. Proceeds benefit charity the Midnight Mission. 5K 8 a.m.; 10K 8:30 a.m.; Widdle Wobble 10 a.m. $20-$60. 200 N. Spring St., downtown, 310.821.7898.



Seu Jorge, A Life Aquatic-A Tribute to David BowieSeu Jorge, A Life Aquatic-A Tribute to David Bowie
Nov. 26-28. In commemoration of David Bowie’s recent passing, Brazilian singer Seu Jorge performs a special tribute to him while recreating the set to the film A Life Aquatic on stage alongside screens crafted as boat sails that will be displaying images from the film. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 933 S Broadway, downtown, 213.235.9614.



Enchanted: Forest of LightEnchanted: Forest of Light
Nov. 25-Jan. 8. Visit Descanso Gardens for the inaugural interactive, nighttime experience that features a one-mile walk through 10 festive lighting displays. Highlights include Pool, an interactive light sculpture by artist Jen Lewin in which people manipulate colors by walking over lighted pads, and Symphony of Oaks which invites visitors to control the sounds and lights in the Oak Grove. On-site restaurant Maple also serves dinner from 5-10 p.m. each night. 5-9 p.m., closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200.



Hollywood Christmas ParadeHollywood Christmas Parade
Nov. 27. Celebrate the season with the 85th annual parade hosted by Grand Marshal Olivia Newton-John. The event’s telecast will be hosted by Laura McKenzie, Erik Estrada, Dean Cain and Montel Williams and will air on the CW on Dec. 16. The parade winds through Hollywood and features floats, balloons, costumed characters, bands, equestrians and celebrities. Parade starts on Hollywood Blvd at Orange, the U-shaped parade route will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange. Grandstand tickets on sale.



Chill at the Queen MaryChill at the Queen Mary
Opening Nov. 23. The Queen Mary hosts this annual winter wonderland, which features outdoor ice skating, ice tubing and more. This year’s immersive Alice in Winterland experience reimagines Lewis Carroll’s classic story with color and light. Check website for hours. $29.99-$59.99. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0752.



Teddy Bear Tea at The LanghamTeddy Bear Tea at The Langham
Nov. 26-27. Get in the holiday spirit with the little ones at The Langham’s annual tea. Enjoy the hotel’s signature afternoon tea—along with child-friendly sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate, milk and other tasty goodies—paired with holiday decorations, a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers and pictures with Santa. Also held Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17-24, check website for times. $52/pp, $42/pp children under 12. 10 a.m. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., 626.568.3900.



snow-los-angelesSnow Los Angeles
Nov. 17-Dec. 23. Los Angeles turns into a winter wonderland at the new snow-themed attraction, which offers 10,000 square feet of snow tubing across nine acres of snowfall. Also frolic with giant singing snowmen in a snowman forest, enjoy an interactive light show and find food trucks, drinks and more. Stadium Way and Scott Ave., L.A.



L.A. Zoo LightsL.A. Zoo Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 8. The holiday light experience combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the enchanting environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a fantastical wonderland populated by glowing light animals and gold touches in celebration of the Zoo’s 50th anniversary. 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200.



Los Angeles Auto ShowLos Angeles Auto Show
Nov. 18-27. Test-drive over 100 cars and explore more than 1,000 vehicles in the show’s four exhibit halls. New this year: a showcase of cutting-edge mobility tech. Check website for hours. $5-$15, under 6 free. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.444.1850.



Free Thanksgiving at Café Gratitude
Nov. 24. Every year, hundreds head to Café Gratitude on Thanksgiving for a free meal and a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is invited to stop by Café Gratitude Arts District for a plate of food, live music from local performers and to hang out with friends, family, neighbors and more. 300 S Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 213.929.5580.



Craft LACraft LA
Nov. 24. Chef Andrew Gavalla and pastry chef Shannon Swindle offer a prix-fixe feast that blends traditional holiday plates with classic Craft favorites. Highlights include selections like gruyere and caramelized onion tart; entrees like organic free range turkey, diner scallops and king salmon; sides like sausage and raisin stuffing and Brussels sprouts; and an array of desserts like pumpkin chiffon pie. $130/pp. 1-8 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180.



Nov. 24. Forego the meat without sacrificing the feast at Santa Monica’s latest destination for plant-based dining. Erven’s Thanksgiving menu includes highlights like kale cavatelli with squash, mushroom, Asian pear and sage; onion bread pudding; and farro and black eyed pea “Hoppin John.” $45/pp. 514-516 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 310.260.2255.

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Citadel OutletsSHOPPING
Citadel Outlets
Nov. 24-25. Cap off your Thanksgiving with a little shopping as LA’s only outlet center stays open for 27 consecutive hours. The stores at Citadel Outlets will offer Black Friday deals from 50- to 70 percent off entire purchases. Also find the world’s tallest live-cut Christmas tree, and Santa will be on-site for photos starting on Friday. 100 Citadel Dr. #480, L.A., 323.888.1724.



Dine on Italian cuisine, inspired by the Amalfi Coast, in Beverly Hills. The new two-story 4000-square-foot restaurant from the Toscana Restaurant Group features plush BG Lounge upstairs and an airy dining room below. Menu highlights include spaghetti alla Nerano with sautéed zucchini, squash blossoms, provolone and basil; crudo di Ricciola with Pacific yellowtail, crispy capers, Fresno chili and citronette; housemade ricotta and spinach gnudi with chanterelles, toasted sage and black truffles; and roasted fish and meat dishes like bone-in prime rib-eye with charred treviso and whipped fingerling potatoes. 9960 South Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.405.0155.



Spider PavilionMUSEUMS
Spider Pavilion
Through Dec. 11. This year the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County takes its spiders outside to a new roomier pavilion. Observe the daily lives of spiders like the pink toe tarantula and the jumping spider in enclosed habitats, walk through orb weavers and their intricate webs and learn about all these amazing arachnids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown.




Through Dec. 18. See the world premiere of Alena Smith’s (The Affair, Newsroom) Silver Lake-set comedy about aimless 30-somethings. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454.



Merrily We Roll AlongMerrily We Roll Along
Opening Nov. 22. This rarely staged Stephen Sondheim work (based on the 1934 play of the same name) navigates the bumpy history of three friends who began their careers in show business together and features songs like “Good Thing Going” and “Our Time.” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000.



queen LeenaneThe Beauty Queen of Leenane
Through Dec. 18. This dark comedy follows protagonist Maureen Folan and her aging mother, who meddles in her daughter’s romantic relationship with horrific results. Tony winner Garry Hynes helms this production by the renowned Irish Druid Theatre Company. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772.



Hedwig and the Angry InchHedwig and the Angry Inch
Through Nov. 27. Glee’s Darren Criss stars alongside Tony winner Lena Hall in the L.A. premiere of this genre-bending rock musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Recommended for mature audiences. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770.