Everything Fun You Can Do This Weekend in LA

Drinksgiving, FIFA watch parties, a chocolate pop-up, shopping, and more over the long weekend.

Photo courtesy of Holiday Road

It’s obviously Thanksgiving this weekend, and if your thoughts are with how terrible traveling is going to be, how terrible that argument with your uncle is going to be, or how dry your turkey is going to be…well, we understand. But if you’re looking for something to take your mind off all that stuff, we’ve got you covered. There’s actually a ton going on this weekend, including dance parties, crazy lighting displays, and—if you’re still hungry—pop-up dinners. And just in case you don’t have plans for the actual day yet, it’s not too late to start making reservations for large parties or a dine-in feast, and get those pie orders in, stat. There are also plenty of local options if you’re looking to stock up on holiday gifts for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday.

Wednesday, November 23
Catch One (Koreatown)
If you’ve got to untz it out on Wednesday night before seeing your family on Thursday, head to this Club Called Rhonda-presented bash: 17 DJs breaking it down in five rooms spread out over two floors. Work up a sweat, work up your appetite, or just work it.
Cost: $25+

Wednesday, November 23
3123 Beverly Blvd (Historic Filipinotown)
The Filipina-owned, critically-lauded bar Genever is teaming with a bunch of booze brands (Braulio, Russel’s Reserve, 1757 Vermouth, Biscuit, and Dubouche Cognac) to bring free self-help to customers on the night before Thanksgiving. Services include massages, manis, and self-care packages, all free with purchase of a cocktail, while supplies last.
Cost: Free with purchase of a cocktail.

Ongoing from Wednesday, November 23
Pickup and return in LA
In celebration of the debut of Netflix's new Wednesday series, the streaming giant teamed up with West Coast Customs to bring the Addams family's famous hearse to life and you can rent it on Turo for just $13/day—in case you really want to spook your conservative relatives over the long holiday weekend. The 1950 Cadillac Hearse Edition features themed modifications like a red glow LED grill insert and light installation, a vulture-shaped hood ornament, bat wing-shaped side view mirrors, and spider-shaped window coverings. 
Cost: $13/day

Opens Friday, November 25
1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
San Francisco’s beloved Dandelion Chocolate is opening with a sweet gifting pop-up right on Abbot Kinney featuring their single-origin sweets, including hot chocolate sets, virtual workshop gifts like a truffle-making class, and baking essentials, as well as in-store tastes of their bars and chocolate-making demos.
Cost: Varies

Friday, November 25
Gasolina Cafe, Woodland Hills
Ditch the Pilgrim themes and head to Spanish-inflected Gasolina Cafe for Rayn: Flamenco for a New World, a blend of traditional Spanish flamenco and innovative dance by Seattle-based dancer Savannah Fuentes and Seville-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Diego Amador, Jr. The show is from 8:30-10 pm, with the option of seats with a view or standing room.
Cost: $12 for children up to $42 for seats in the first two rows.

Get up early to watch the World Cup

Ongoing through Friday, December 2
Various locations
The FIFA World Cup is ongoing for the next couple weeks, with many of LA’s best sports bars opening early so you can watch the Qatar-hosted games. In Atwater Village, Golden Road is opening 30 minutes before each match, with drink specials that include a $10 cerveza bucket, $2 off micheladas, and $2 pints if you RSVP online ahead of time. In Hollywood, newly opened British pub The Chap is opening at 10 am ahead of each 11 am match and going all out for the USA vs England game on Friday, November 25. That evening at 8 pm, you can celebrate your team’s victory—or drown your sorrows—with the in-house fiddle band Fiddler & The Chaps, which will lead into a night of dancing, with tunes provided by Wade Crescent.
Cost: Varies

Opens Friday, November 25
King Gillette Ranch, Calabasas
Holiday Road is a festive, self-guided light display at the huge King Gillette Ranch in Malibu, with giant peppermint sticks, Christmas castles, and, of course, Santa. There’s also food trucks, interactive experiences, and themed cocktails.
Cost: $24.99+

Friday, November 25-Sunday, November 27
Zombie Joe’s (North Hollywood)
If you’re gonna take a chance on any Thanksgiving-themed musical comedy this weekend, you might as well make it one that poses the question, “Can these turkeys handle the truth about Thanksgiving?” This weekend is your only chance to find out.
Cost: $20

Saturday, November 26
20929 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills
This new multi-vendor spot in Woodland Hills is throwing a Holiday Night Market in collaboration with Fair Trade LA. They’ll have live music, tarot card readings, a henna booth, and more as well as shopping from Soto, Elfin, Lodge Bread, and treats from The Chopped Cheese Truck and Sure Good Soft Serve.
Cost: Free

Sunday, November 27
The Barish (The Roosevelt Hollywood)
In case you didn’t get enough food on Thursday, book a table for this one-night-only dinner from Italian meat master Dario Cecchini, who’ll be demoing how to butcher up some beef before serving a protein-centric, six-course dinner.
Cost: $200

Sunday, November 27
The Gamble House (Pasadena)
This all-day event at the architecture-focused Gamble House features not just shopping from a bunch of different artists and artisans, but a drag queen story hour, live guitar music, and crafting workshops from Remainder Pasadena.
Cost: Free

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Jeff Miller misses Sean Cooley. Jeff’s on Instagram at @jeffmillerla.