Veteran’s Day Weekend is a chance to show your support for the brave men and women in the military. From an appreciation festival on the Battleship IOWA and a patriotic celebration at Forest Lawn—Hollywood Hills to the annual celebration at the Ronald Regan Library, these are just a few of the ways you can get involved around town. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks.

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Veterans Appreciation Festival
The Battleship IOWA Museum also known as  “Battleship of Presidents will celebrate the day of our service people in uniform. The family-friendly day will include a variety of fun experiences for everyone to enjoy, including but not limited to: Live bands and DJ, Free food sponsored by Black Knight Patrol, Sailor’s Bar sponsored by West Coast Beverage, Vintage vehicles and a 5″ gun salute at 11-11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (Active battle ended at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918). Sponsored by American Legion. Sun. Event details.

JANM Family Day: Superheroes!
This full day of crafts, performances, and other activities will be inspired by real-life heroes as well as the fictional characters of Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys. Sat. Event details.

Magical Lantern Light Festival
A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and other themes create the mesmerizing experience of Moonlight Forest. Enjoy a delightful evening with family, friends or a date. If you’re looking for illuminating entertainment for your holiday guests, bring them to Moonlight Forest! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff
Enjoy a book launch and story time with bestselling author Andrea Portes as she reads from her new children’s book, “Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff.” This is appropriate for all ages over 4 but would be most enjoyed by the Harry Potter age rage, so, let’s say, 7-12. Andrea Portes is not only an author, but a mother as well. Rumor has it that she wrote the book to impress her son, who enjoys spooky things that are not too scary! The event is free and there will be snacks and laughter! Lots of other moms and younguns! Sat. Event details.

Veterans Day 2018 at Forest Lawn
In a spectacular and patriotic celebration, Forest Lawn Memorial—Parks & Mortuaries will honor veterans with the Veterans Day 2018 event at Forest Lawn—Hollywood Hills. The free event will recognize the dedicated service of the members of the United States military with a skydiving jump by Golden Stars Skydiving Team, a Veterans Day Flyover by The Condor Squad, patriotic music, a rifle salute by Officer Mike McCarty of the LAPD Honor Guard, a benediction by Monsignor Frank Hicks, a color guard, a wreath laying, and more. The pinnacle event at Forest Lawn—Hollywood Hills culminates celebrations at Forest Lawn—Cathedral City and Douglass & Zook Mortuary. Each guest will also be given a commemorative pin and can enjoy refreshments. Sun. Event details.

For over 20 years, the Dale Fielder Quartet (DFQ) has been a part of the jazz scene in Southern California and across the country. The multi-instrumentalist is best known for his baritone sax playing and as a leader, has recorded over 14 chart-topping CDs. Over the course of his career, Fielder has worked with Geri Allen, Robin Eubanks, and Eric Reed. Part of the Jazz at LACMA series. LACMA | Smidt Welcome Plaza. Free and open to the public. Fri. Event details.


The ultimate show-biz musical, “42nd Street” celebrates the magic of musical theatre. Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to NYC from Allentown, PA and lands her first job in a new Broadway show. But just before opening, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star? Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Join Kidspace all weekend long for a host of activities you and the kids will love. Sat.-Mon., Nov. 10 -12, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Find a constellation no matter where you are by making your very own planisphere! Customize your own star-finder, so you can identify constellations at home and make your own planisphere. On Sat., meet a Pasadena Department police officer and police K-9, 1:00 to 1:30pm. On Sun., Military/Veterans with ID receive FREE admission up to 4 guests. FYI: First Responders with their families can receive $4 off admission and 15% off family memberships. This may include firefighters, police, military, and/or paramedics. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Simi Valley

Veterans Day at Ronald Reagan Library
To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential  Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Mon., Nov. 12. The day’s activities include live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. Mon. Event details.

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