29 Awesome Events In Southern California This Veterans Day Weekend

Monday is Veterans Day so a number of events — from film screenings to food specials — honor those who have served in the military. There's also a coffee festival, a lutefisk dinner, a site-specific concert at the vacant Rendon Hotel, a screening of Coco at the Hollywood Bowl and a marketplace of American Indian goods.

Calling all caffeine junkies. The Los Angeles Coffee Festival returns to The Reef this weekend. (Los Angeles Coffee Festival)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
The Los Angeles Coffee Festival 2019
Magic Box at The Reef — 1933 S Broadway, downtown L.A.
The festival returns with an array of vendors, food, cocktails, live music, art, film and, of course, coffee. Watch baristas compete in categories like cupping, brewing and latte art. Taste offerings from Bluestone Lane, Black & White Coffee Roasters, Minor Figures, Califia Farms, Rishi Tea and Truth Coffee Roasting.
COST: $27 - $125; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
The Los Angeles Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Lot 613 — 613 Imperial St., downtown L.A.
The pop-up returns with another weekend of all-you-can-eat pancakes and works from more than 200 artists. Listen to tunes from local DJs and music producers as you watch live painting and body art. This event is 21+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Coco
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The Disney/Pixar film screens at the Bowl for the first time, accompanied by a full orchestra. The Diá de los Muertos celebration features special guests such as Benjamin Bratt, Eva Longoria, Carlos Rivera, Miguel and Jaime Camil. The Mariachi Divas also perform throughout the night.
COST: Tickets start at $37.; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Annual Lutefisk Dinner: 2019
Norrona Lodge #50 - Sons of Norway — 14312 Friar St., Van Nuys
Centered around dried cod preserved in lye, the annual fall and winter Scandinavian tradition is celebrated by many Lutheran churches and Nordic lodges around the country — and one here in Los Angeles. Don't care for lutefisk? The dinner also includes homemade meatballs.
COST: $22 for adults, $11 for children; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Rhythms of the City
The Rendon — 2055 E. 7th St., downtown L.A.
The benefit event takes over the 40 rooms of the vacant Arts District hotel. More than 100 musicians, dancers perform site-specific works, all to benefit Play with Music, an L.A. nonprofit that brings music and technology education to underserved youth.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8; 12 - 10 P.M.
Friday Night Flights with Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market — 317 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Starting at noon on Friday (and happening every Fridays through the end of the year), patrons can enjoy a flight of drinks or bites plus a round trip ticket on the historic Angels Flight Railway. Participating businesses include DTLA Cheese, Golden Road, Horse Thief BBQ, Oyster Gourmet, La Tostaderia and Lucky Bird Chicken.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Tropicália Fest
Fairplex — 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona
Because of high demand, the two-day taco and music festival moves from the Pico Rivera Sports Complex to Pomona. Top-billed acts include Los Tigres del Norte, Chicano Batman, Caifanes, Kali Uchis and Coco along with dozens of undercard artists such as Fidlar, Natalie Lafourcade, Oh Sees and La Santa Cecilia. L.A. Taco curates the food lineup so expect good eats.
COST: Single-day tickets start at $150.; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29
Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent & New Works
Over The Influence — 833 E. 3rd St., downtown L.A.
The gallery opens a new Shepard Fairey exhibition featuring a series of canvas works that span the artist's 30-year career and several pieces making their debut.The opening reception takes place on Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
The Streets Are Queer
In Heroes We Trust — 127 E. 5th St., downtown L.A.
A gallery teams with an arts nonprofit to present a group exhibition of works by North American street artists who identify as queer. Encouraged to express their individual identities, the artists have been busy spray painting, wheat pasting and slap tagging the streets. The show is curated by L.A.-based artist Homo Riot. The opening reception takes place on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

The American Indian Arts Marketplace returns to The Autry this weekend with fine arts, jewelry and food vendors. (Courtesy of The Autry)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
American Indian Arts Marketplace
Autry Museum of the American West — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California returns with handmade works (including beadwork, basketry, photography and mixed media) from more than 200 artists who represent more than 40 Native nations. Coinciding with the marketplace is the Native Voices Short Play Festival: Bones, Bingo, and Blackjack! taking place on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The theater group presents 10-minute readings from playwrights who examine how gaming impacts relationships in Native Communities.
COST: Admission: $6 - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
While Time Stands Still
Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club — 1210 4th St., Santa Monica
Just in time for Veterans Day, here's a screening of a film chronicling the journey of three SoCal military spouses during the Iraq War. Directed by Elena Miliaresis, the film is intimate look of the challenges and triumphs of the wives and mothers left on the homefront.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 12 - 6 P.M.
Chemical X: CXLA
FKA Tower Records — 8801 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Anonymous British artist Chemical X makes his U.S. debut at the old Tower Records. He brings his perspective on the U.K.'s drug subculture to L.A., showcasing ecstasy-themed work.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 12 - 3 P.M.
Día de La Familia
The Music Center — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Phil and the Music Center present a free, bilingual community event with DJ and radio host Betto Arcos as emcee. Families can enjoy performances by YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) — led by the LA Phil's Associate Conductor Paolo Bortolameolli — and the interactive mariachi ensemble. The day celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between L.A. and Mexico City.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Moonlight Forest returns to the LA Arboretum through Jan. 12, 2020. (Courtesy of the LA Arboretum)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
Moonlight Forest
Los Angeles County Arboretum — 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
The lantern art festival features new and interactive displays this season. There are two new themes, Polar Dreams, which features penguins and cuddly sled dogs, and Ocean Visions, which features exotic fish, giant sharks and undersea creatures.
COST: $23 - $28; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 5 - 8 P.M.
18th Annual Tree Lighting Concert
Citadel Outlets — 100 Citadel Dr., Commerce
The outlets celebrate the lighting of the world's tallest live cut tree (115 feet) with a concert featuring performances by boy band Real Life, pop artist John Lindahl and The All-American Boys Chorus.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

A one-night pop-up art show features the works of musician Billy Morrison. (Courtesy of the artist)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9; 5 - 10 P.M.
Billy Morrison: Humanity
Ken Paves Salon — 818 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
The musician, best known as Billy Idol's guitarist, is also a painter. He's transforming the salon space with 21 of his own paintings on canvas. He'll also sign prints at the event. At 8:30 p.m., Morrison picks up his guitar to perform an acoustic set.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Toon Con 2019
Pasadena Convention Center — 300 E. Green St., Pasadena
This convention celebrates Western (American) animation from the early 20th century to the present. Fans can meet the artists, directors and voice actors behind the animation. Vendors will be onsite to see illustrations, art prints, toys, books and other collectibles. Children 12 and younger get in free with paid adult ticket.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.
Harvest Festival
Griffith Park — 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Griffith Park
The Los Angeles Parks Foundation holds its third annual Harvest Festival in the heart of the park (near the merry-go-round). The daylong event includes a screening of the film Coco at 5:15 p.m., live music, food trucks, a beer garden (for those 21+), local vendor booths and a Kids Zone. All proceeds support Los Angeles city parks.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 12 - 5 P.M.
Our Future Fest
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes — 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
The music, art and action festival includes Kid Ink and Joyner Lucas, Y La Bamba with Kendrick Sampson and Yesi Ortiz (97.1 AMP Radio) as emcees. Between performers, check out the live screen-printing, art making, voter registration, action, advocacy and wellness booths.
COST: FREE admission with RSVP; MORE INFO

Sonia De Los Santos performs a bilingual concert at The Wallis. (Quetzal Photography)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 2 - 4 P.M.
Sonia De Los Santos
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Latin children's music artist makes her Wallis debut with the family-friendly bilingual concert La Golondrina: A Musical Journey. The native of Monterrey, Mexico presents an afternoon of music that explores her experiences growing up in Mexico and moving to another country. The performance is recommended for children ages 4+.
COST: $25 - $25; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 5 - 9:30 P.M.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being with Juliette Binoche In Person
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque screens the adaptation of Milan Kundera's novel, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a Czech doctor torn between his vulnerable wife (Juliette Binoche) and his lover (Lena Olin). All three are caught in the turmoil of the 1968 Soviet invasion. The film will be introduced by Michael Pogorzelski of the Academy Film Archive, and a discussion follows with director Philip Kaufman and Binoche.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10; 8 - 11 P.M.
Baby Bushka: Kate Bush Night
The Moroccan Lounge — 901 E. 1st St., downtown L.A.
The Kate Bush cover band will wow the audience with four-part vocal harmonies and epic choreography. This event is 21+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 9 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Veterans Day LA
L.A. Memorial Coliseum — 3911 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
This inaugural event honors the sacrifice of veterans and their families. Various public officials and military reps will speak at the formal ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. Then, the Coliseum's historic torch will be lit at 11 a.m. to mark the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month," the exact moment the armistice ended World War I. Afterward, guests are welcome to check out the veterans resource fair, displays, aerial demos, performances, sneak previews of upcoming films and food trucks.
COST: FREE, but tickets required; MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Veterans Eat for Free
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar — 8500 Beverly Blvd. #112, Beverly Grove
The restaurant offers free meals (up to $75) at its Beverly Center location. This promotion does not include gratuity or alcohol. Must present a military ID to participate in the promotion.
COST: FREE for veterans ; MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Veterans Day Celebration
Forest Lawn — 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Hollywood
The 60th annual celebration at Forest Lawn's Hollywood location honors veterans with a family-friendly event that includes kids' activities, a flyover, patriotic music, historic artifacts and treats from Dunkin' Donuts.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11; 7 - 10 P.M.
The Right Stuff
Hollywood American Legion Post 43 — 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Post 43 and the American Cinematheque present a special screening of the 1983 drama about the American space program in the 1950s and '60s. Director Philip Kaufman takes part in a pre-screening conversation moderated by film historian Alan K. Rode. First opened in 1929, the newly renovated venue features a 482-seat theater with state-of-the-art film and digital projection and acoustics.
COST: $15 - $35; MORE INFO

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