Next weekend, you might be stuck to the couch and full of turkey. But this weekend, you could be eating Texas BBQ or seeing reindeer or picking out new ski gear. We've got some ideas for how to spend the next few days before the Thanksgiving travel and festivities.
A new Texas BBQ joint is opening in downtown L.A. with a block party celebration. The restaurant is completely outdoors (all the better for taking in the smells of the smoker) and the whole operation is run from a silver Airstream trailer. Try their brisket, crack open a Shiner beer and enjoy the live music. Pearl's BBQ is also partnering with local vendors to offer fried chicken, mac and ice cream on Saturday.
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17 - Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Hermosa Beach MAP
No need to wait until Black Friday to get some holiday shopping done. Businesses in downtown Hermosa Beach are offering tons of discounts and deals this weekend as part of the Holiday Sidewalk Celebration. There will also be carolers and live music to entertain shoppers.
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WHERE: Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena
This parade isn't as much pomp and circumstance as the Rose Parade, and that's why people love it. The organizers call it "irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena." Anyone can enter to walk in the parade, so expect to see lots of homemade costumes and floats. This parade even has official and un-official after-parties at local bars.
The L.A. Zoo Lights is a holiday season tradition around here. Check out some incredible light displays throughout the zoo, including some interactive ones. There will also be Santa photo opportunities and the chance to see live reindeer and an exhibit featuring indoor-dwelling animals. For more animal encounters, though, you'd be better off going during the day when there are animal feedings featuring big gift boxes and reindeer crafts for the kids.
Gearing up for winter also means getting new snow gear for your upcoming mountain getaways. This show at the L.A. Convention Center will bring tons of vendors under one roof, offering deals on ski and snowboard equipment and vacation packages. You can also get a free lift ticket to an area ski resort just for attending the show.
This special exhibit at the Natural History Museum delves into the history and art of tattoo. Check out the silicone bodies commissioned for new works of ink and find out more about Long Beach's role in U.S. tattoo history. There are also photos and artifacts from around the world, and you can even sign up to get your own tattoo from a rotating crew of local tattoo artists at the pop-up parlor in the exhibit.
Your once-a-year trip (or a massive fall) onto the ice can begin this weekend. This outdoor rink is big enough for a spin and parking is pretty convenient underneath Pershing Square. Take in the lights and use this as a good excuse to hold someone's hand — or cling to the wall for dear life. It's fun!