Celebrate November’s Weirdest Holidays On Melrose

Celebrate November’s Weirdest Holidays On Melrose

This is the time of year when we’re inundated with those traditional year-end holidays. While Thanksgiving and Christmas can be super-fun (and a little stressful) to deal with every year, other holidays that are just as fun (and much less stressful) deserve their due.

And you can bet there are perfect ways to enjoy these unique celebrations on Melrose Avenue!

PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S MONTH

Yum! If you’re one of the lucky who can enjoy peanut butter allergy-free, this is your month to eat ALL the peanut butter. There’s nothing simpler and more delicious than a fresh homemade PB cookie. Chef Josette lets that rich flavor come through in her classic recipe. You should not eat just one.

NORMANDIE BAKERY
707 N. Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
chefjosettebistro.com
323.939.5528

INTERNATIONAL DRUM MONTH

At the Hollywood Academy of Music and Arts, they got the beat. And so can you. Drum lessons for ages 5 and up are offered for acoustic and electric drum as well as hand drums. And what better way to avoid complaints from the neighbors than to come down to the school and make some noise!

HOLLYWOOD ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND ARTS
7469 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.651.2395
hollywoodacademyofmusicandarts.com

NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

Wordsmiths, it’s that time of year again, when the pressure to write a novel in 30 days can be yours! NaNoWriMo sandwiches I Love To Write Day (November 15), so whether you’re in it for the day, the month, or a lifetime, a classy customizable cherry wood journal from Spitfire Girl is a special way to hold your special stories.

SPITFIRE GIRL
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.424.7340
spitfiregirl.com

REAL JEWELRY MONTH

Jewelry makes for a great gift any time of the year, but November offers a way to celebrate the unique art of real body décor. Maya has an incredible and ever-changing selection of rings, pendants, earrings, and body jewelry from all over the world. Natural stone rings are a standout for any or all of your ten digits.

MAYA HOLLYWOOD
7360 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.655.2708
mayahollywood.com

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY – NOVEMBER 16

In France, this day is celebrated with festivals, food, and fireworks. Here, it’s completely acceptable to grab a bottle or two and drink with nearly anything. The fresh and fruity red from Gamay grapes is meant to be enjoyed young. So make sure to check in with the experts at Domaine LA to get on the inside track for a baby Beaujolais.

DOMAINE LA
6801 Melrose, Los Angeles 90038
323.932.0280
domainela.com

NATIONAL BUTTON DAY – NOVEMBER 16

Originally created to celebrate those things that keep our shirts closed, Button Day has expanded to include those quirky and delightful pins that super-personalize a look. Indie artists provide so many ways to rock this day with statement buttons from pop culture and music to the resistance. New Profanity has an entire wall dedicated to them!

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.420.7779
newprofanity.com

GO FOR A RIDE DAY – NOVEMBER 22

Get out of here! No, seriously, it’s time to get out of wherever you are. Go For A Ride Day encourages people to use transportation to explore new places. One of the best ways to do that is by bike. Get some fresh air, exercise, and learn about a neighborhood (like the Melrose shopping district!) with a bike rental from Spokes ‘N Stuff.

SPOKES ‘N STUFF
7777 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.653.4009
spokes-n-stuff.com

NATIONAL ESPRESSO DAY – NOVEMBER 23

Single. Double. Triple. Latte. Americano. Mocha. Cappuccino. However you take your concentrated coffee pull, this is the day to keep that sweet, sweet caffeine buzz all day long. Fratelli Café is a comfortable, friendly place to start and end the day, with a menu that highlights all the traditional espresso drinks, made impeccably.

FRATELLI CAFÉ
7200 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.919.8559
fratellicafe.com

EVOLUTION DAY – NOVEMBER 24

Our monkey-DNA is honored on this day for good reason: in 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of the Species, his research on evolutionary biology. And in 1975, the 3.2 million year old skeleton of “Lucy” was discovered. Everything in Necromance celebrates the history, science, and beauty of nature.

NECROMANCE
7220 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.934.8684
necromance.com

FRENCH TOAST DAY – NOVEMBER 28

Crunchy French Toast at Blu Jam Café is the reason French Toast Day exists – it is the very celebration of the breakfast classic. Brioche rolled in crunchy corn flakes, grilled and topped with fresh berries, powdered sugar and vanilla bean sauce = to die for! If you have room, enjoy the French Toast Churros or (and) Maui French Toast, too!

BLU JAM CAFE
7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.9191
blujamcafe.com

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the '80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.