As one of the busiest times of year with holiday dinners and events, there are a myriad of activities to enjoy. In addition to preparing for the upcoming holidays, it’s time to fill your calendar with the best Fall and Winter has to offer. Here are some of the best ideas to do this season.
Redbull Sounds Select 30 Days in L.A.
Date: Nov. 8, 2014 – Dec 13, 2014
30 days, 60 artists and more sums up this multi-day music bonanza that features up-and-coming local bands performing in venues throughout the city. From rock acts from LA to rap groups from the windy city, the Redbull Sounds Select 30 Days is sure to bring excitement to LA this Fall. L.A.’s underground music scene is strong, so grab your tickets before each show is sold out.
Holiday Ice Skating
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
532 Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Nov 13, 2014 – Jan. 19, 2015
Through January 19, 2015, the annual Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square will be open and feature skating under the sun, stars and skyscrapers. As LA’s largest outdoor skating rink, it also features a low admission price for the area. Make sure not to miss DJ Thursday nights, skating exhibitions, Snoopy on Ice, and themed skate sessions.
CityRace L.A. – Crosstown Rivalry Weekend
Locations Throughout L.A.
Dates: Nov. 15 and 16
On the weekend before the big USC / UCLA football game, the rivalry continues off the field in a clue-solving scavenger hunt on parts of both campuses. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 is all about competing throughout the UCLA campus and Westwood Village, while Sunday is dedicated to the USC campus and Exposition Park. CityRace Urban Adventure sends players on an exciting quest for clues where you’ll be challenged to solve puzzles, discover hidden secrets and more in this fun city hunt. Visit the CityRace website for ticket information.
Queen Mary Chill
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dates: Nov. 21 – Nov. 30
For the winter-loving East coast transplants and any Angeleno who love snow, the Queen Mary’s Chill event is a winter wonderland come true. Enjoy 13,000 square feet of icy igloos, complete with an ice cave, Santa’s Toyland, Fairytale Castle, and a 24-foot Ship and Slide. Tucker yourself out on the 100-foot tubing trail, or glide your way around the full-sized ice skating rink. If you miss it this month, the exhibition will return in December and in January 2015.
Stouts ‘n Staches
Venice, CA 90291
Date: Nov. 22, 2014 from 2-8pm
In celebration of Movember (the time when men across the nation will try their hand at growing a glorious mustache in support of prostate cancer research), local bars and restaurants as well as members of the community come together in Venice Beach to celebrate Stouts ‘n Staches. Boasting a roving block party with up to 500 attendees, it will feature craft beer, food, live music, dj’s, a photo booth, VIP lounge and entertainment, and of course, a ‘stache contest as part of the day’s activities. The only caveat: show up with a real mustache, fake mustache or mustache gear if you want a wristband for any of the good stuff.
Turkey Trot DTLA
Downtown Los Angeles
235 S Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Nov. 27, 2014
You’ll need another excuse to gorge yourself on Thanksgiving Day, and completing the Turkey Trot L.A.’s 5k or 10k race could very well be your reason. The annual event will be held in Downtown L.A. again this year, where you’ll make your way through historic sections of the city. Do one good deed for the day by bringing a few cans of non-perishable goods to be donated to the L.A. Regional Food Bank. Do another good deed (this time for the environment), and take the Metro. Register for the race online.
LA Zoo Lights
5333 Zoo Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Date: Nov. 28. 2014
After a five year hiatus, holiday lights return to Griffith Park this year as the L.A. Zoo hosts this popular holiday extravaganza, illuminating the park with a family-friendly, self-guided tour. Weave your way through the zoo, sipping hot chocolate and eating other sweet treats while checking out the LED displays of tunnels and animals. The show will run nearly every night through Jan. 4.
Prohibition Repeal Day Party
Angel City Brewery
216 S Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date: Dec. 5, 2014
If you love having a reason to enjoy adult beverages, Angel City Brewery invites you to celebrate Repeal Day at their beer hall speakeasy. Take it back to the 20’s in your best flapper girl or gangster attire, which you should definitely wear if you want to drink, dance and nosh the night away in style. There will be beer cocktails, passed appetizers and live music. Hop online to snag individual tickets, or book a full table.
Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.