Festival season takes on a different meaning this November as the city hosts everything from a high-profile film festival to a food event devoted entirely to chicken tenders. The cultural pulse of Los Angeles is at a high this month and these events and activities are sure to satisfy a variety of interests at every budget.
Commissioned to complement the “Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge” exhibit on view at LACMA, Hauser & Wirth’s “Thomas Joshua Cooper: The Capes of California” exhibit features 19 massive photographs that showcase the natural beauty and grandeur of California’s coast. Admission to Hauser &Wirth is always free.
Calling all coffee lovers! The Los Angeles Coffee Festival takes over The REEF for a caffeine-fueled salute to all things coffee via tastings, workshops, and entertainment. Featured events include live latte art demonstrations, the Coffee Masters barista tournament, and a coffee-themed art showcase. If you want to stock up on gourmet grinds, be sure to sample and shop blends from more than 100 artisan coffee brands. Tickets $27-$125.
From Material Girl to Madame X, Madonna continues to be the queen of re-invention. The pop music icon marks a four-decade-long career by getting closer to her fans during an intimate theater concert experience for her Madame X Tour.
The AFI Film Fest has quietly emerged as L.A.’s premiere movie festival, screening international films, documentaries, shorts, and features from both emerging and established filmmakers. The fest returns with the highly anticipated premiere of Queen & Slim starring Jodie Turner-Smithand Daniel Kaluuya, and Clint Eastwood’s latest drama, Richard Jewell. Tickets and passes $12-$500.
Chicken tenders aren’t just for kids! The first-annual TenderFest debuts with a cooking competition between celebrity chefs Nancy Silverton, Wolfgang Puck, Timothy Hollingsworth, and Chris Oh, and enjoy unlimited beer and chicken tenders from restaurants like Raising Cane’s, Fuku, and Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken during the one-day event. Tickets $65-$175.
Comedy sets, musical performances, panels, and interactive installations are just the beginning of the two-day Adult Swim Festival held at DTLA’s Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park. Highlights from this year’s event include The Eric Andre Show Live!, an exclusive Rick and Morty screening, performances from Lil Nas X, Tierra Whack, and more. Tickets $49-$499.
Comedy and TV icons Carol Burnett, Bob Newhart, Carl Reiner, Lily Tomlin, and Norman Lear are the guests of honor during The Paley Honors dinner and gala benefitting The Paley Center for Media. Expect a night filled with laughs and heartwarming stories during the one-night-only celebration. Tickets $2,000
We’re continually inspired by the creative energy of Downtown Los Angeles. For local recommendations—and to hear from the diverse individuals who make DTLA what it is today—head to our Meet You Downtown blog.