You don't have to spend this weekend counting down the days until Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead, start celebrating because there's tons of holiday events already getting started, from Veterans Day parades to Christmas tree lightings and tofurky trots. What is that, you ask? Keep reading.
Veterans Day Parade and Festival
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach
Veterans and their families are the stars this weekend. Long Beach is celebrating with a street festival and parade on Saturday. Last year they had marching bands, old vehicles and some air demonstrations, so watch out for how they entertain this time around. Other patriotic events going on around L.A. include a San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade featuring more than 20 veterans groups and a Veterans Day Music Festival in front of the Battleship USS Iowa.
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MOCA Day Party
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, DTLA MAP
If you've been to LACMA and you couldn't get tickets to the Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Broad, this might be the next best thing. In honor of the the recently opened exhibition, "Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance," MOCA is offering free admission to their location in a former police garage. There will be food trucks, DJ sets and family-friendly activities.
Sherman Oaks Art Walk
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 12, 12:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks MAP
Sherman Oaks has undergone a bit of an artistic transformation. If you haven't seen the new murals yet on Ventura Boulevard, check it out this weekend. The Sherman Oaks Art Walk will have meet-and-greets with some of the artists, plus food trucks, vendors and dog photo booths. Dog photo booths! (It's unclear whether you're taking photos with dogs at the photo booth or vice versa.)
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 9 - Thursday, Nov. 16
WHERE: Various locations in Hollywood
You live in La La Land. Take advantage of your proximity to Hollywood and see one of the classic or new films screening at AFI Fest this year. You can get free tickets online or hop in the standby line to score a seat. Some films to check out include the James Franco-directed "The Disaster Room" and the Margot Robbie-starring "I, Tonya."
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach MAP
COST: $17.95 for non-members, free for members Get tickets
It's an adults-only night at the aquarium. Rock out to local bands and DJs, sip cocktails and sample food from food trucks, and get your face painted in glow-in-the-dark colors. While you're at it, check out the jellyfish, which always look like they're having a party in their backlit tanks.
2017 L.A. Tofurky Trot
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Griffith Park, Los Angeles MAP
COST: $15 - $40 Get tickets
This is a true L.A.-style Thanksgiving: tofurky and lots of dogs. Get the family, friends and furry friends together for this annual 5K, which is moving to Griffith Park this year. Every entrant gets a tote bag full of swag and can compete for prizes for the best costumes. After the race, feast at the vegan food fest with local vendors.
A California Christmas at the Grove
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Grove, Los Angeles MAP
Christmas comes earlier every year and this weekend is one of the first opportunities to get in the spirit. Check out the annual lighting ceremony at the Grove, one of L.A.'s most festive and photogenic spots during the holiday season. Not only can you spot Santa, you might even see snow.
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