The Five Best Things Going On in L.A. This Weekend

So much to do, so little time

Looking to have the best weekend ever? Look no further. Let our weekly roundup be your guide.

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair

November 17-18

All you super-organized maniacs out there can knock out some holiday shopping early at this artisan market in Pasadena’s Central Park. More than 200 artists will be on hand slinging everything from candles to jewelry to ceramics, not to mention foodstuffs and housewares. The event is free, but consider leaving a donation—proceeds go to Brighter Future Charity.


November 16-18

Collectible toys get top billing at DCon, where some 500 vendors—Giant Robot, Mighty Jaxx, Kidrobot—hawk plushies, sculptures, prints, pop art, and other goodies. Panels, DJ sets, and live painting competitions, not to mention a Jurassic Park-themed art show, round out the weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Reindeer Romp

November 16-January 6

Getting a picture with Santa is cool and all, but everyone knows Rudolph is the real celebrity. A whole herd of reindeer takes up temporary lodging in the L.A. Zoo’s Reindeer Village, where photo ops abound. While you’re there, scope out the sparkling Zoo Lights displays, also on view through January 6.

UnCabaret 25th Anniversary 

November 18

Alums like Bob Odenkirk, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, and Janeane Garofalo help the OG alt-comedy show ring in another year (there’ll also be some special appearances from the likes of Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt). UnCabaret founder Beth Lapides hosts at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Magnificent Jewels

November 19-20

Play the window-shopping game on Expert Mode at Sotheby’s Century City galleries. A selection of über-expensive baubles (Harry Winston diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels emeralds) from the private collections of Barbara Sinatra, Happy Rockefeller, and others are on display ahead of their December auctioning in New York.

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