9 Actually Fun Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in LA

What to do when you actually get off your couch.

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Photo courtesy of Prosperity Market

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, which means that most of your time’s gonna be spent nursing a hangover, eating leftover stuffing, and probably nursing another hangover. But just in case you do manage to get off the couch, there is some great stuff going on on this sleepy weekend in LA, including pop-up markets, Black Friday food specials, and some awesome openings. As always, be sure to double-check COVID-19 protocols and vaccination status requirements for all events you plan to attend and stay safe out there.

Ongoing starting this week
1201 Abbot Kinney (Venice)
The team behind Butcher’s Daughter is back with the just-opened Only The Wild Ones—a natural wine and cocktail bar with killer vibes and an equally killer snacky food menu. The plant-based menu includes options like meatless meatballs with burrata, cheese boards, and arugula pizzetas; they’ve also got a to-go bottle shop focused on smaller producers and women-owned wineries.
Cost: Varies.

Friday, November 26–Friday, December 31
Dodgers Stadium (Elysian Park)
The boys in blue are opening up their home to the public for the winter, installing an ice skating rink, booking nightly entertainment, and offering up photos with Santa to attendees. There’s also going to be shopping and food setups, and a vax card or recent negative COVID test is required to attend.
Cost: $16 per person.

Grab a Black Friday food or drink special

Friday, November 26
All over the city
A bunch of restaurants and bars are offering up specials for Black Friday, with notable options including a discounted Thanksgiving themed gobbler sandwich and half-off everything rub at Maple Block, 50% off All Daisy cocktails at Lunetta, and $6 bloody marys and mimosas all day at all the locations of Eureka!.
Cost: Varies

Friday, November 26
Your House
If you can’t get yourself off the couch on Friday, hey, you can still participate in a strictly-LA cultural moment anyways: tune in to KCRW at 6 pm for the first radio show from Pee Wee Herman, who promises visits from Pee Wee’s Playhouse favorites like Chairy, Magic Screen, and Miss Yvonne as well as super famous surprise guests.
Cost: Free

Saturday, November 27–Sunday, November 28
Row DTLA
The shops and restaurants at ROW are really blowing it out this weekend, with a block party featuring live music and vendors, as well as sales and specials at most of the shops in the outdoor mall, including free wine and 25% off storewide at Jonny Cota and 20% off at tokyobike. On Sunday, double your pleasure with Smorgasburg’s Holiday Market, which will be set up in their usual location at ROW but is offering more vendors and gift-wrapping stations.
Cost: Free to attend, other costs vary.

Saturday, November 27
Runway Playa Vista
If you never make it West of La Cienega and can’t get to ROW, you’re in luck if you want to support local businesses while getting your shopping done this weekend; Runway Playa Vista is hosting a small-vendor market on Saturday, with candles from Banter & Bliss and toys from Huzzah!, as well as a slew of food vendors, face painting, live music, and kids activities.
Cost: Free

Opens Saturday, November 27–Friday, December 31
The Wallis (Beverly Hills)
Love Actually may be the most polarizing Christmas movie this side of Die Hard, but if your season’s incomplete without watching the dude from Walking Dead admit his love to Keira Knightly using a series of poster boards, this show is for you: a full-blown live musical recreation of the movie, performed by For The Record, the crew that’s also responsible for musical odes to Tarantino and the Coen Brothers.
Cost: $85+

Historic Windsor Hills-View Park
Virtual marketplace and mobile pop-up farmers market Prosperity Market has created several fun and easy ways to shop local and Black-owned this holiday season. For Small Business Saturday, the market has partnered with Shop Slauson on a Small Business Saturday event that highlights local Black-owned and other small businesses. Grab gifts from spots like One of a Kind Hats, Pamper U! Products, Windsor Wines and Spirits, and fuel up in between breaks at spots like Simply Wholesome, Orleans & York Deli, and Hilltop Coffee. You can also shop directly from all of the farmers and vendors featured on Prosperity Market. Stop by anytime between 12–4 pm to take part in the fun; there will also be live music and raffles with winners announced over IG live at 4 pm.
Cost: Free to attend; other costs vary.

Sunday, November 28
2nd and PCH (Long Beach)
The first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, and Long Beach’s having a candle-lighting blowout to celebrate: they’ve partnered with Shul By The Shore for a party that includes a live band, a stilts walker, crafts for kids, and gelt for everyone.
Cost: Free

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Jeff Miller always cries when he watches Love Actually even though he understands that it’s problematic. What can we say, he’s a sucker for airport reunions. Follow him at @jeffmillerla on Insta.