Rather like Christmas and
• Tanzore's sixth annual Diwali celebration, Nov. 9-13, offers the chef's special three-course festival menus,
• Chakra restaurants of Irvine and Beverly Hills host a special Diwali evening Champagne buffet of multi-regional and modern Indian dishes. Live tabla and traditional music at both venues. On Nov. 13 at 151 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 246-3999, http://www.chakracuisine.com. On Nov. 17 at 4143 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-0009.
• Naya restaurant presents its annual L.A.-Mumbai Sister City Affiliation Diwali celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Multi-course chef's feast, wines from Raymond Vineyards in Napa, Bollywood dancers, tarot readings, henna painting, gift bags and more. 3705 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 663-8268, http://www.nayasunset.com
• The Diwali Utsav dinner and gala musical and dance show takes place Oct. 27 at Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Dinner at 5 p.m. Show is 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, or with preferred seating for $50. 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, http://www.hindutemplevc.com.