November is here and that means the Holidays are coming in at full force! How about saving some serious moolah and hitting one of these awesome, yet totally FREE, events? (Remember Kidsguiders: While admission is always free, some events may have minimal costs for food, games, parking etc.)
Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles
November 2: Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s free annual block party, with music, dance, homemade tamales, face painting, crafts booths and a graveyard where families can make their own altars for their departed loved ones. Bring a flashlight for the 5 p.m. procession! Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Free. 24th Street Theatre.
15th Annual Country Fair at Stratford School
November 3: Stratford School Mission Viejo invites the community to come and enjoy an evening of good old-fashioned family fun at its annual Country Fair. A wide variety of activities for the whole family will also be available, including a bungee trampoline, giant slide, line dancing, face painting, town jail and a variety of carnival games. This year’s event will be held in Stratford’s Pioneer Park, the school’s three-acre riparian habitat and play area, where lights among the trees will create a magical and enchanting setting. Live Country music provided by “Smith” Country Band will set the tone for the evening. Free. Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach
November 4: Kids can drop in for an afternoon of fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging rancho-themed activities. Today’s theme is Brilliant Brown (Thanksgiving). Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
Festival of Flight at Long Beach Airport Airfield
November 4: Join Long Beach Airport’s Fly-In, a free event featuring static displays of aircraft, food trucks, static aircraft and vehicle displays. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Noche de Altares Celebration in Santa Ana
November 4: During the 15th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, community members construct dozens of beautiful altars for display. The family festival also includes cultural performances and live music, face painting, craft and food booths, and free art workshops. Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Free to attend.
Day of the Dead and Teen Festival in Fullerton
November 5: The Muckenthaler presents Latino arts and crafts, altars, art workshops, food vendors and live music! Plus performers, regional dance groups, and festive activities. Stroll the Muckenthaler Cultural Center grounds and celebrate this special event! Sunday, noon -4 p.m. Free admission.
Coding for Kids in Newport Beach
November 7: Would you like to learn computer coding? Kids (6-12) can join a special hands on workshop introducing simple coding techniques. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Tuesday, 4-5 p.m. Free.
Veterans Day Ceremonial Walk in Buena Park
November 8: Join the City of Buena Park to honor the men and women for have served and gave their lives for our country. Wednesday, 5-6 p.m. Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center.
Free National Park Entrance in Commemoration of Veterans Day
November 11-12: All 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees in commemoration of Veterans Day. Saturday-Sunday. Visit their website for park locations and more free-entrance days for the rest of the year.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
November 11: Kids (3+) make a Patriotic Spinner . Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.
Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Fullerton
November 11: The Veterans’ Day parade will begin at the Downtown Plaza, located on Wilshire Ave., to North on Harbor, to East on Chapman, to North onto the Fullerton College campus. Once at Fullerton College Quad, a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. The ceremony will also include the placement of wreaths, and the playing of Taps. Saturday, parade starts at 10:20 a.m. and the ceremony at 11 a.m. at Fullerton College Quad. Free to attend.
Forest Friends Crafts in Balboa
November 15: Drop by the Balboa Branch for adorable fall crafting, for kids pre-k – 2nd grade! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free.
Christmas Tree Lighting at Fashion Island
November 17-18: Fashion Island returns to its classic tree lighting tradition with the annual ceremony in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard complete with celebrity host Mario Lopez and KOST 103.5 FM’s Ellen K, a 25-minute live musical show by The Young American’s, Santa and of course “snowfall.” Friday and Saturday, 6-6:30 p.m. Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdales Courtyard.
Remembrance Day at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum
November 18: For the seventh year, the Drum Barracks Museum joins in the national remembrance and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address given at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The event is sponsored by the Gen. W. S. Rosecrans Camp No. 2, Department of the Pacific, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and their Auxiliary, the ASUVCW. Saturday, 2 p.m. Free admission.
Tree Lighting and Snow Fall at Outlets at San Clemente
November 18: Celebrate the holiday season with a Tree Lighting Celebration at Outlets at San Clemente. Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, a photo booth, crafts, face-painting, balloon animals and the Grand Finale the lighting of a fresh-cut 40-foot tall White Fir tree from Mt. Shasta covered in more than 6,000 twinkling, multi-colored lights as “snow” falls over San Clemente. Saturday, 4-6:30 p.m. Free to attend.
Autumn Sea Fair at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
November 19: Families enjoy ocean-related activities throughout the day, including face-painting, origami lessons and gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing. Plus, join in the search for a buried treasure, learn how to cast a fishing rod, and use recycled materials to compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest. Dozens of local marine-related organizations share their information and activities. Enjoy live music including the unique jazz stylings of Harold Greene on the Chapman Stick, the Japanese Drum troop Kokoro Taiko and the smooth sounds of Stucco Rainbow. Watch for “Eagle-eye” Greg, birder extraordinaire, the spectacular display by the Los Angeles City Fireboat and “Scuba Mike” demonstrating equipment used by scuba divers. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena
November 19: The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade celebrates 40 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. Americas favorite other parade, known for its colorful, satirical spoof on the New Years Day Rose Parade. Wacky fun for the entire family. On Doo Dah day, the street swelsl with a cast of local eccentrics, dissenters, pundits, mutant art cars, lone wolfs, steam punks, makers and merrymakers among others. Sunday, 11 a.m. Arrive early for best locations, lawn chairs encouraged. Free. Colorado Blvd. (between Altadena and San Gabriel Blvds.)
Tree Lighting in Seal Beach
November 25: Watch the annual tree lighting with holiday activities. Saturday, 4-7 p.m. Eisenhower Park.
Messiah Sing Along at Nixon Library
November 26: Tune up your voices for the annual Handel’s Messiah sing along. Sunday, 10 a.m. and noon. Free.
Tamale Festival of La Habra
November 26: Join the City of La Habra’s Tamale Festial with churro-eating contests, as well as best tamale, best dessert tamale, best salsa and hottest salsa contests. As in past years, dance performances by local studios, tamale and other food vendors, craft and other vendors, and finally the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find a schedule of events and entertainment on their website. Free to attend.
Tree Lighting in La Habra
November 26: Join the city’s tree lighting ceremony that takes place during the city Tamale Festival. Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
Aliso Viejo Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 30: Kick off the holiday season for Aliso Viejo’s All is Bright Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Bring the family out for a little holiday cheer, photo opportunities, ornament making, old-fashioned Christmas Caroling, real snow fall, and a visit from Jolly St. Nick, as they light the 20-feet tall Christmas Tree. Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m.