Snow! Los Angeles
In L.A., snow is kind of like your friend’s baby: fun to play with for a short period of time, but you’re not mad when you don’t have to deal with it day after day. Which is why this temporary, nine-acre tubing park opening November 17 is pretty much the jam. Head to the Old Lodge near Elysian Park and fulfill your wintry dreams, then savor the experience of getting in your car and turning on the air conditioning. There’s one caveat—you have to buy tickets ahead of time, so plan ahead. More information (through December 23, the Old Lodge)
Pacific Opera Project: The Barber of Seville
If you think you hate opera, you’ve probably never seen a Pacific Opera Project show. The company is known for its zeitgeisty renditions of classic works—earlier this year, they staged Mozart’s Abduction From the Seraglio in the style of Star Trek, complete with Klingons. This weekend they’re taking Rossini’s The Barber of Seville to Hollywood: Figaro, the titular barber, is a celebrity stylist; Count Almaviva is your prototypical A-List heartthrob; Rosina is basically Britney Spears circa 2007 (that is to say, a pop star on the mend post-meltdown). The show will have table-and-chairs seating, and food and drinks will be served throughout. More information (November 17-19, Ebell Club)
The Rare Experience Beer Festival
There are really only two ways to spend a mid-November Saturday: weeping in the aisles of Target because you’re so overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of options when it comes to inexpensive holiday décor, or eating burgers and drinking beer. Go for the latter this weekend at Stout Burgers & Beer in Studio city, where more than a score of breweries from all over the country (Allagash, Lost Abbey, L.A.’s own Phantom Carriage) will be on hand to over serve you with unique and hard-to-find suds. Burgers will be half-off all day, son. More information (November 19, Stout Burgers & Beers Studio City)
Airbnb Open Spotlight
Discover the movie critics are falling in love with. #LALALAND, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, in select cities December 9, additional cities December 16.
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Contrary to popular belief*, this is NOT a tennis match played at an Airbnb property somewhere in L.A. It is, however, a street festival hosted by the homestay network (one part of a larger three-day seminar focused on the future of hospitality). Head downtown on Saturday for a pop-up bazaar focused on small local businesses, food curated by the folks at Smorgasburg LA, a screening of La La Land at the Theater at the Ace Hotel, and sets from the likes of Maroon 5 and Best Coast. More information (November 19, various locations)
The Great L.A. Walk
There’s no better time to burn extra calories than the weekend before Thanksgiving, because then everything you eat next week basically doesn’t count (editor’s note: false). Show up at Grand Hope Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the 11th annual Great Los Angeles Walk, where participants will stroll 14.5 miles from downtown to the beach (this year via Pico Boulevard). Not only will you get to discover the city on foot rather than from your car, but you’ll also be taking a tour of 12 murals along the way. Added bonus: it’s free. More information (November 19, Grand Hope Park)
*No one believes this.