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Downtown on Ice, Winter Wonderland Outdoor Skating Rink -- Los Angeles (Downtown - Pershing Square)
Mid Nov. - January. This outdoor ice skating program is located at Pershing Square, with holiday-themed concerts and refreshments. A 50 by 90-foot rink is set up for use during the holiday season, making it possible for people who work downtown, as well as those who just come to visit, to enjoy a traditional wintery recreational activity. Information: (818) 243-6488, (888) 527-2757

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration -- Los Angeles (Olvera Street)
Celebration of the colorful, ancient Mexican "Day of the Dead" remembrance of departed loved ones. Features beautifully decorated altars, a procession and entertainment. Information:
(213) 625-5045 (recording) or (213) 485-9769

Día de los Muertos Festival -- Canoga Park (Sherman Way between Canoga Avenue and Vassar Ave)
This street festival celebrates the dead in their journey from death to celebrate life with loved ones. It showcases an art exhibit, an altar contest, a children’s pavilion, and an assortment of cuisine, arts and crafts. It also offers entertainment and a car altar exhibit. Information: (818) 346-4892

AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival -- Various Sites in Los Angeles
The American Film Institute presents this event featuring more than 100 international films. Information: (323) 856-7707; www.AFIfest.com

Los Angeles Latino International Theater Festival -- Los Angeles (TBA)
This festival is a showcase for Latino theater in the United States and abroad, giving the opportunity for playwrights, directors and actors who represent the vast spectrum of Latino cultures to exhibit and compare their works. A series of forums and workshops exploring issues relevant to Latino theater will be presented. Information: (323) 960-5132

Catalina Island Triathlon -- Catalina Island
This triathlon is run on unpaved roads, biking on hills and swimming in the bay. Information: (714) 978-1528

Long Beach Veteran's Day Parade -- Long Beach
A parade to salute U.S. military veterans. Information: (562) 570-6137

Los Angeles Storytelling Festival -- Los Angeles (USC Davidson Conference Center)
Featuring some of the finest storytellers in Southern California. Tales range through traditional folk and fairy tales to family and personal stories. Events include workshops, story swaps, and concerts. Information: (310)457-2385

World Festival of Sacred Music -- Los Angeles (various venues)
The World Festival of Sacred Music brings together faith, arts, and civic organizations in many intercultural, multidisciplinary events in places sacred and secular, public and private. Information: (310) 825-0507

Love Ride -- Glendale (Harley-Davidson/Buell of Glendale - 3717 San Fernando Rd.) to Castaic
World's largest fund-raising motorcycle tour. Draws more than 20,000 motorcyclists and celebrities for a 50-mile caravan beginning in Glendale and ending at Castaic Lake. Includes a concert, barbeque and trade show. Information (818) 246-5618

Garifuna Settlement Day Celebration -- Los Angeles (St. Raphael's Church 946 W. 71st St.)
Celebrating Belizean culture, this festival features the Garifuna Queen Pageant, a cultural day, Thanksgiving Mass, and a Dinner/Dance. Thanksgiving Mass and Festival: Information: (323) 234-8202

Los Angeles Mariachi Festival -- East Los Angeles (Mariachi Plaza, Boyle & Pleasant Streets)
A festival celebration of Mexico’s contribution to California’s cultural and musical heritage with Mariachi music, ballet folklorico, information booths, and food. Information: (323) 466-1156

Griffith Park Light Festival -- Griffith Park (Crystal Springs Road), Los Angeles
Every year during the holiday season Crystal Springs Road in Griffith Park sparkles at night during this festival. It features a full mile of spectacularly lighted displays which can be enjoyed from your car or during a casual walk.  The Light Festival includes a drive through a tunnel of lights, lighted representations of downtown Los Angeles, the new Staples Center, the Hollywood Sign, the L.A. Zoo, and much more. Information: (213) 485-8743

"The Fabulous Holiday" Christmas Lane Parade -- Huntington Park (Pacific Boulevard)
This parade was the first live televised parade to be simulcast in both English and Spanish. The parade features celebrities along with marching bands, equestrian units and giant Macy-style balloons. Information:
(323) 585-1155

Harvest Food Festival -- Los Angeles (5730 Crenshaw Blvd)
This festival at the Harambee Farmers’ Market showcases African and African-American food, cooking, food preservation, and entertainment. Visitors can also enjoy fresh produce shopping, African clothing, and handcrafted jewelry. Information: (323)-292-5550

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade -- Pasadena
A parody of the Tournament of the Roses parade, this parade is wacky and weird. Music and other entertainment are also featured. Information: (626) 440-7379

Loscon -- Burbank (Burbank Hilton & Convention Center)
The annual regional science fiction convention held by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society. The society, founded in 1934, is the world's oldest continuously-active science-fiction and fantasy club. Information: (818) 760-9234

Glory of Christmas -- Garden Grove, Orange County (Crystal Cathedral)
The story of the birth of Christ from the journey of Mary and Joseph to the manger. Information: (714) 54-GLORY or (714) 544-5679

Three Stooges Big Screen Event -- Glendale (Alex Theatre, 216 Brand Blvd, Glendale)
The Alex Film Society presents the Three Stooges on the big screen. This event is fun for the whole family. Alex Film Society Information: (818) 754-8250

Hollywood Christmas Parade -- Hollywood
This famous event has lots of celebrities, prominent bands, impressive equestrian units, floats, and classic cars. Information: (213) 469-2337

Hanukkah Festival -- Los Angeles (Skirball Cultural Center)
Bring the whole family to enjoy this community celebration featuring live music, storytelling, gallery activities, art projects, special foods, and more. Learn the story and share the joy of Hanukkah! Information: (310) 440-4500



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