Holy holidays, batman! November has us hitting the ground running with a whole host of holidays – this weekend begins with Dia de los Muertos and Diwali, and we’re already ramping up to Veterans Day next weekend (start booking those long weekend getaways now) and then it snowballs into Hanukkah and Thanksgiving. But don’t get overwhelmed, get excited, as all these holidays just means more family fun. Here are our picks for music, celebration, lights, family, and even calacas (Day of the Dead skeletons) this weekend.



Dia de Los Muertos Concert at Grand Park
Altars, food trucks, free face-painting, awesome bands (and for parents, a full bar by La Cita) en el centro de Los Ángeles, makes this the perfect place to play for Dia de Los Muertos. Sat., 3:00 pm – 12:00 am. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Defending Liberty at California African American Museum
Let your little ones lift their voices in spoken word, song, storytelling, music and dance, to celebrate the contributions and sacrifices made by our ancestors and veterans in creating and defending our liberty. Sun., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Stan Lee’s Comikazee
Nerds, geeks and fanboys/girls unite – it’s a weekend of comics, video games, sci-fi, fantasy and all things pop-culture. Comikaze is full of silly fun pop that parents and kids alike will have a blast exploring. Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. Downtown. $25 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.


Hollywood Forever Dia de Los Muertos
We find this to be the most atmospheric Day of the Dead celebrations, with altar settings, a procession, incense, and food and rituals from cultures around the world all taking place in the cemetary. Kiddos enjoy and learn by storytelling, making altars, face painting, dancing, and playing music. Sat., 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. Hollywood. $15 per person, 8 and under free until 4:00pm. All ages. Event details.


The Intergalactic Nemesis
It’s a comic book come to life! The Intergalactic Nemesis is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic books, making it a perfect performance experience for kids (and kids-at-heart). Sat. & Sun., Various times. Westwood. $20-$30. Ages 4+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Flamenco Vivo
Spanish flamenco dancing will inspire and transport kids – bring the little ones to the shorter morning show, and the big kids, who can’t skip school, to the evening performance. Fri., 10:00 am & 8:00 pm. Pasadena. $10-$32. Ages 4+. Event details.

Festival of Light and Family
Diwali is the Hindu Festival of Light. With an emphasis on sharing and family tradition, people light small lamps to remind themselves to live moral lives. At the Norton Simon Museum this weekend the whole family can learn about the holiday and create candleholders. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Pasadena. $10 adults, kids free. Ages 4-10. Event details.


The Hound of the Baskervilles
Meet Shirley Holmes and Jennie Watson. With their uncles (Sherlock and John) away on vacation, it’s up to these precocious girls to go sleuthing and solve the case. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $13.50-$15. Ages 6+. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Harvest Festival at Riley’s Farm
For a fantastic out-of-town escape, you can spend the day in the crisp orchards, with colorful leaves underfoot. Then have a Colonial dinner at the public house, meet some old time characters, and take part in the festivities and games of an old fashioned Harvest Festival. Sat., 6:00 pm. Oak Glen. $27.95-$32.95. All ages. Event details.

What of the November holidays (Day of the Dead, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or Hanukkah) are you most looking forward to celebrating? And what are you doing? Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: LA Day of the Dead via website and Meghan Rose