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Thanksgiving Weekend Guide: Champagne Buffet, Tamale Festival, Black Friday Pop-Up & More ~ GTFO LA!

12:04 AM PST on November 22, 2018

    It’s Thursday, Thanksgiving. It's raining as I write this. The freeways are emptying. And here is your weekend guide, Los Angeles. So ... get the f**k out of the house!

    Thursday, November 22

    Champagne Buffet at Knott's

    [dropcap size=big]B[/dropcap]uena Park's best known theme park Knott's Berry Farm is hosting a Thanksgiving champagne buffet that includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and even home-style fried chicken. Knott's season passholders get a discount. All other prices below. More here

    Adults - $49.99
    Seniors - $30.99
    Kids (3-11) - $18.99

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22; 9 am to 6 pm
    Where: Knott's, Buena Park

    Brunch on the Queen Mary

    [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ong Beach's favorite haunted queen is hosting its annual Queen Mary brunch, which features more than "50 unique dishes from around the globe." Tickets here

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22; 10 am to 7 pm
    Where: Queen Mary, Long Beach

    Vegan Thanksgiving at Beelman's

    [dropcap size=big]P[/dropcap]lant-based pub Beelman's will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special menu by Chef Caroline Concha. The meal is $25 per person and includes one main, one side, and one dessert. More info here.

    Thanksgiving Menu:

    Field roast stuffed celebration roast – gravy, peaches & apricots compote
    Chickpea Loaf with maple glaze
    Chicken Drumstick – tossed with bechamel sauce and served with a side of cranberry sauce

    Slaw – napa & green cabbage, cranberries, raisins & almonds
    Brussels sprouts – flash fried brussels sprouts, sriracha, agave & mustard
    Spiced cranberry sauce – cardamom, cloves, nutmeg & ginger
    Mashed Potatoes with gravy
    Curried Sweet Potato Tots with a mango chutney aioli
    Yam Bisque – coconut, crispy sage & garlic chips

    Pumpkin pie with ginger & brulee with bourbon
    Mint chocolate ice cream & deep fried oreos

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22; 5 pm to 10 pm
    Where: Beelman's, DTLA

    Taco at Don Goyo

    [dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]f you don't like Turkey or want to pregame with some incredible Tijuana and DF style tacos, hit up Don Goyo's in Downey this turkey day. The little taco window just added some picnic tables to keep up  with demand. But you could always just eat standing, as is custom on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Los Angeles, or any other Mexican city. More info here.

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22; 10 am to 5 pm
    Where: Tacos Don Goyo, Downey

    Friday, November 23

    Shop Local with Mercado Downey at El Cielito

    [dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]onthly pop-up Mercado Downey is bringing its eclectic collection of vendors to El Cielito in South Gate for Viernes de Ventas. If you want to avoid the Black Friday revolcadero but need to get your shopping fix in, this might be your best bet. More info here

    When: Friday, Nov. 23; 5 pm to 9 pm
    Where: El Cielito, South Gate

    Spend Black Friday Not Shopping in the Great Outdoors

    [dropcap size=big]M[/dropcap]aybe you want to avoid Black Friday altogether. Latino Outdoors is hosting #OptOutside, a hike to Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point in the lower San Gabriel Mountains. But it's an early bird, work off the turkey tacos kind of thing. So don't go hungover maybe? More info here

    When: Friday, Nov. 23; 6:45 am
    Where: Cobb Estate Entrance, Altadena

    Saturday, November 24

    Bike to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes with Land Dwellers

    [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]and Dwellers is hosting a bike ride from Highland Park to DTLA with a stop planned at Audubon Center at Debs Park, where Director Marcos Trinidad will play an Audubon Center tour guide of sorts. More info here

    When: Saturday, Nov. 24; 10 am
    Where: Highland Park Station, Highland Park

    Do DANKsgiving at La Cita

    [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]a Cita and The Dank are hosting DANKSgiving, a cover-free night of live music, art, and even free food – for merch patrons – from Ensalada Bar. Music will be provided by aforementioned Dank and Lillyflor y Los Compas. And there will be an erotic art show by Tijuana-based artist Sabina Espinoza. More info here.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 24; 6 pm to 9 pm
    Where: La Cita Bar, DTLA 

    Smell the Rave at Lash

    [dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]lfactory aficionado Maxwell Williams, aka DJ Okamax, tells L.A. Taco that he's been experimenting with scented raves. Williams is on the board of directors at the Institute for Art and Olfaction, where he's been cooking scents for the past five years. This Saturday is Scent Rave II, the second such experimental smell rave.

    "Each [rave] features the dissemination of perfumes I've made, and I'm trying to make a new one for each edition of the party. This week, I'm releasing Sparkle Princess #6 (Dark Castle)," Williams explained via email. "I'm currently using a 'cured-scent-bead-in-pantyhose-and-fan' contraption I'm developing as a way to 'scent DJ' throughout the nights. When there's a guest DJ, I will be making a scent to match their set's mood."

    Saturday's event features DJs Mai, Okamax, Joanna Swan, and special guests. More info here.

    When: Saturday, Nov. 24; doors open at 9 pm
    Where: The Lash, DTLA

    Sunday, November 25

    Eat the Tamale Festival in La Habra

    [dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]n some homes, tamales for Thanksgiving are as common as Turkey. But if that ain't you or you want more, check out La Habra's Tamale Festival featuring more than 40 food stands, 80 vendors, an artwalk, tamal making lessons, a cantina, live entertainment, and a tree lighting ceremony. Admission is free and there's even a special event shuttle. More info here.

    When: Sunday, Nov. 25; 9 am to 6 pm
    Where: City Hall, La Habra

    Catch the Oaxaca Basketball Tourney at ELAC

    [dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]axaca Basketball is having their quarterly tournament featuring players that are descendants of the Oaxaca community. The event starts Sunday at East L.A. College. The tourney will feature food stands, vendors, live music, and el basket. More info here.

    When: Sunday, Nov. 25; 9 am to 6 pm
    Where: ELAC, Monterey Park

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