Thanksgiving & Black Friday Weekend


Turkey Trot 5K & 10K
Burn some calories before you feast on Thanksgiving at the annual Turkey Trot in DTLA! Compete in scenic 5K or 10K races along Spring St. by the historic Disney Hall and MOCA. There’s even the Widdle Wobble fro ages 2-12. Plus, there will be a 20 ft. tall turkey! Turkey Trot LA benefits the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Use code SPINTTLA for 15% off your registration. Thursday, 7 am; Registration: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street Los Angeles, Ca 90021

Hornblower Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise
Join Hornblower for a traditional Thanksgiving buffet, a boarding glass of champagne, live entertainment and exceptional service. Thursday, 4:30- 7:30 pm; 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey; 310.301.9900

Tofurky Trot 2014
The Tofurky Company invites the entire family to join in Tofurky Trot 2014, taking place on Thanksgiving Day at the landmark Rose Bowl Stadium. The 5K (3.1 miles) race is a run, trot, or walk that’s open to all levels of physical fitness. Prizes and coupons will be awarded to the top male, female and children finishers, as well as for best costumes and random prize drawings. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan food and other donations for the homeless and their animal companions. Proceeds benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS). $25/online pre-registration, $30/on-site registration; Thursday, 9 am; 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.577.3100

Thanksgiving Day Feast at Laugh Factory
On Thanksgiving Day, the world-famous Laugh Factory is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Day Feast, welcoming the underprivileged, the homeless and anyone who is alone for the holiday to a day of free food, fun and comedy. Top comedians will greet and help serve guests, as well as perform live shows following each of four meals. Thursday, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm; 8001 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.656.1336

2014 Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive
Taking place at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge, the event is a major fundraiser for the Community Center and proceeds are used to support its year-round programs. The 5K run/walk has had as many as 2,000 participants run along Foothill Boulevard. The Kids’ Mile is ideal for children age 12 and under. Parents are encouraged to run alongside registered children at no additional cost. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. $35/preregistration, $40/on-site; Thursday, 8:30 am, Kids mile, 9:30 am; 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

35th Annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day Fun Run
The City of Torrance Community Services Department invites the entire family to participate in this three-mile fun run. After the fun run, there will be a prize drawing for mountain bikes, dinner vouchers, gym memberships and many more fantastic prizes. All registered participants receive a commemorative Turkey Trot sweatshirt. $30; Thursday, 8:30 am; 2601 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA 90505

The Springs
The Springs will be offering two donation based yoga classes on Thanksgving and all proceeds go to Farm Sanctuary. The Springs has new menu items that reflect the holiday season like herbed mushroom, pecan stuffing, truffle mash, maple-miso Brussel sprouts, swiss chard & cranberry sauce. Thursday, 10 am-3 pm; 608 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021; 213.223.6226

Feed the Souls
Head to the House of Blues and give back! Get those helping hands ready to serve meals to 1K people who need some good grub too during The House Of Blues “Feed The Souls” offering. Thursday, 9 am; House of Blues, 8430 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069

L.A. Zoo Lights
The all-new holiday light experience that combines spectacular sets and lighting design with the unique environment of the L.A. Zoo. Stroll through areas of the Zoo that are transformed into a wonderland populated by glowing animals. View real reindeer, visit with Santa (on select dates), and enjoy holiday treats and goodies, all under the stars. Friday through January 4; 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA; 323.644.4200

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS)
Beer lovers, you will want to line up in the early morning hours on Black Friday to experience the magic of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout (BCBS), rated among the top 20 beers in the world. This year’s release event will feature partnerships with local artisans Donut Friend and Klatch Coffee, in addition to custom Goose Island gifts to the first 200 beer fans in line. Friday, 6:45 am; 736 S. Soto St., Los Angeles, CA 90023

Black Friday: #IDGSelfie
All Innovative Dining Group restaurants: Sushi Roku, BOA Steakhouse, Katana in West Hollywood, Robata Bar in Santa Monica, Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar in DTLA, RivaBella in West Hollywood, and Delphine at the W Hollywood, Station Hollywood and the Living Room, will offer a special Black Friday Promotion. Enter the chance to win a complimentary lunch by snapping a selfie at your favorite IDG restaurant, and uploading it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag “#IDGSelfie.” Friday

All-Day Happy Hour at The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge
The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove will be hosting their annual All-Day Happy Hour. Enjoy $5 beers, $7 select wines and well drinks, $9 martinis, $8 bloody marys, $5 truffle or jalapeño parmesan popcorn, $5 Whisper fries with truffle ranch, blue cheese aioli, house made ketchup; $7 Caruso style flatbread with spicy peppers, fontina, chicken sausage; $7 bacon & cheddar twists; $9 filet mignon skewers;  and $9 Supper club sliders with bbq bacon jam, house made american, avocado, and pickles…just to name a few. Friday, 11:30 am-6 pm; 189 The Grove Dr., F90b, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.931.0202

exhale’s Holiday Glam Series
exhale will kick-off with holiday detoxing, glam sessions and fashionable fitness shopping. where you will detox through their award-winning Core Fusion classes followed by blow outs, braids and styling by Glam Squad. Holiday Glam attendees will also be able to shop from their favorite fashionable fitness and beauty brands. Plus, the wellness brand is having a boutique blowout at each of their 21 locations, including skincare and apparel. The Black Friday deals will be offered on Friday only: 40% off between 8 – 9 am; 30% off between 9 – 10am, 20% off between 10 – 11am; and 15% off between 11 am – close. Then, enjoy 10% off all 10-pack purchases on Cyber Monday with the promo code: cyber10. Fridays event: $25, $10/exhale members; Friday, 11 am-3 pm; exhale Venice, 245 S Main St., Venice, CA 90291; 310.450.7676

One Colorado’s Holiday Kick-Off Party
Enjoy music from the Leftover Cuties, cookies & cocoa, a photo booth with Santa photo bombing, and Jacqueline Suskin’s Poem Store will be scribing in Smith Alley. They’ll also be kicking-off the One Colorado Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys collection drive, which provides a Merry Christmas to disadvantaged children in the Pasadena area. Unwrapped toys are collected in Patagonia (47 N Fair Oaks) and distributed Christmas Eve by the Pasadena Jaycees’s Operation Santa. Free; Friday, 6–8 pm; One Colorado Old Pasadena, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103; 626.564.1066

Aunt Sally’s Marketplace at Golden Road Pub
First annual Aunt Sally’s Marketplace means you can drink local and shop local. Join Golden Road Brewing Company this weekend for a little holiday cheer. Saturday, 12-4 pm; The Pub @ Golden Road, 5410 W. San Fernando, CA 90039

Bizarre Bazaar
The first annual Otherwild Bizarre Bazaar featuring ceramics by II, accessories by Gold Coast Goods, printed goods by Modern Women, textiles by Nap Club, and jewelry and vintage by Sword+Fern. Activities include indigo dyeing with Nap Club and tarot readings by Modern Women and you can munch on food by Clara Cakes, Pure Luck Vegan Pop-up, and SOS Pops. Entertainment includes live music by brave accepter as well as DJ sets by Beyondadoubt and Kerby Ferris. Saturday; 12-9 pm; Otherwild, Echo Park, CA

Arts District Flea and Small Business WeekendHoliday Marketplace Along Mircale Mile
Jump on your holiday shopping with CAFAM’s annual holiday shopping event along Miracle Mile. There will also be sips, live music and international artists. Saturday, 12- 5 pm; Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

In addition to Small Business Saturday, Arts District Flea has joined the forces to support small businesses and local artists this weekend with Etsy. There will be food trucks, live art, DIY crafts, live music and a full bar. FridaySunday, 11 am; Arts District, 453 Colyton St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

We Heart Eagle Rock Block Party
As Small Business Saturday takes over Los Angeles, Eagle Rock throws a party for the whole family. Clothing vendors like Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and Owl Talk Clothing goods. Free wine tasting by Milk Farm and 10% off wine purchases, along with Rony’s Photo Booth. Proceeds will benefit Home Dog LA. Saturday, 11 am- 6 pm; Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, CA 90041

Melrose Ave & Small Business Saturday
Support independent businesses along Melrose Avenue and celebrate the small businesses that help support your neighborhood. Melrose Avenue will take part in Small Business Saturday by offering special deals and promotions. Participating retailers will be offering the following: Bauhausu will be offering a sales with complimentary gift wrapping; Bliss has a $20 sale rack; BYN offering 60% off selected items; For The Stars selected items 15% off; Golden Apple Comics has 30% off comics, graphic novels, statues, toys, etc. and 50-75% off select items; Joyrich is offering 40-60% off certain items; Melrose Hair Studio has 20% off services; and more! Saturday, noon-8 pm; Melrose Avenue from Fairfax to Highland

Giftcrafting For The Holidays at Institute of Domestic Technology
Skip hours of unsuccessful online shopping, and opt for some amazing handmade gifts this year instead. Come on, you know it means more. Learn how to make a range of delicious treats, plus how to package them perfectly in chic, personalized jars. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; Greystone Mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Connected Fest
The Well sponsors another Connected Fest, the largest shopping event in DTLA that offers wholesale sale pricing to you. Connected Fest brings a special curation of clothing, accessories, shoes and gifts, plus food, drinks and DJs. This year’s exhibitors include: Drifter, The Squad, Oak NYC, Beach Riot, Again, Wolf & Man and more. Partners include the Weekly, Agenda WMNS, Radical Nights, Love+Made. Free with a canned good donation; Sunday, 11 am- 6 pm; Lot 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Firefly‘s Brunch
Head to their large patio that has a wood burning fireplace for brunch, where Chef Paul Shoemaker has created entrées ranging from savory to sweet.The menu features Shrimp & Creamy Polenta with a poached egg, applewood smoked bacon, and jerk sauce; Scrambled Eggs with Burgundy truffles and parmesan cheese; Maine Lobster Benedict served on ciabatta with poached egg, lobster, American caviar, and béarnaise; Honey Boo Boo Breakfast Burger with sunny side egg, bacon, cheddar, whipped honey butter, and hand-cut Kennebec fries; and Texas Style Brioche French Toast with banana bourbon caramel, and whipped cream. Sundays, 11 am-3 pm; 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604; 818.762.1833

86th annual Hollywood Christmas parade
For the first time, the team at Hollywood Hotel is inviting you to walk with them along the world’s longest 3.5 mile  long red carpet along Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd. and Vine. This year, Hollywood Hotel team will be “wrangling” a giant The Elf on the Shelf balloon character and accompanied by the beloved books’ co-creator Carole Aebersold. Sunday, 5 pm; starting on Hollywood Blvd at Orange and will travel east to Vine, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange.

South Bay to a Pop Up Dinner Series
The owners of Doma Kitchen and Two Guns Espresso are introducing the South Bay to a Pop Up Dinner Series which will be weekly during November. You can expect a 3-course rotating menu including customer favorites like the Russian Pelmeni dumplings filled with lamb and wrapped in a thin, unleavened dough; Several House made Smoked Sausages with pickled vegetables; and a selection of desserts paired with Two Guns Espresso. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and guests are also welcome to BYO with a corkage fee of $10/wine and $5/beer. $35; Friday & Saturday; 350 N Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 310.372.7298

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