Los Angeles events February 2019. Things to do in LA.

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Los Angeles events February 2019

Photography show

February 1 - 3, 2019 (gala Jan. 31)
Santa Monica (12.9 miles west)
Billed as the longest running art fair west of New York, Photo L.A. offers exhibits, installations, lectures, discussions, and tours at Barker Hangar.

Chinese New Year at Disney

February 1 - 17, 2019
Anaheim (28.1 miles SE)
Celebrate Lunar New Year with culturally inspired food, music (Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese), entertainment, a lucky wishing wall, ornamental lanterns, and multilingual banners at Disney California Adventure Park.

Japanese food festival

February 2, 2019
Universal City (10.2 miles NW)
Japanese Food Expo features food, sake, beer, exhibitors, entertainment, and chef demonstrations at Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City.

Chinese New Year

February 2, 2019 (3 to 7 p.m.)
San Pedro (24 miles south)
The Lunar New Year Festival includes a crafts market, a petting zoo, food trucks, lion dancers, martial arts, traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean dancers, and closing fireworks at the Port of Los Angeles. Free.

Free museum day

February 2 - 3, 2019
multiple cities
Visit dozens of museums from A to Z (Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to Zimmer Children’s Museum) during Museums Free-for-All. Free.

Baking and pastry convention

February 2 - 3, 2019
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
Taste free samples, meet celebrity chefs, watch baking demonstrations, join a class or workshop, and visit the kids’ zone during L.A. Cookie Convention & Sweets Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Romantic movie dances

February 2 - 17, 2019
Downtown (0.9 miles east)
Watch “the most romantic moments in American cinema come to life” with short comic dialogue followed by recreations of dances from four iconic films during Astaire Dances at Cooper Design Space. You are encouraged to wear elegant attire.

Chinese New Year - classical concert

February 7, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (1.5 miles NE)
Los Angeles Philharmonic performs works by Chinese and European composers to celebrate Chinese New Year, with “electrifying performances by violinist Ray Chen” at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Complimentary drinks and Chinese activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

African film festival

February 7 - 18, 2019
Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw (6.1 miles SW)
Pan African Film & Arts Festival screens a variety of black creative work that reinforces positive images and helps destroy negative stereotypes at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, and it holds workshops, panel discussions, and a comedy night.

Vietnamese New Year

February 8 - 10, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Tet Festival is a feast for your senses with traditional dance, karaoke, a pageant, carnival rides, a food court, and exhibitors at OC Fair & Event Center.

Party into the night

February 9, 2019 (11:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Celebrate disco with pulsating beats, mirror balls, DJs, roller-skating dancers, and cocktails & small bites for sale at Sleepless in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Chinese New Year parade

February 9, 2019 (1 p.m.)
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
The Golden Dragon Parade includes colorful floats, marching bands, and costumed performers followed by entertainment at Chinatown Central Plaza. Free unless you buy a grandstand seat. Parade map.

Victorian/steampunk ball

February 9, 2019
Hollywood (7.6 miles NW)
Costumed partygoers attend The Edwardian Ball & World’s Faire, “an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theater, fashion, technology, circus” with vendors and cocktails in The Fonda Theatre. Video.

Chinese New Year

February 9, 2019
Alhambra (10.7 miles east)
Eat authentic Asian food, shop at 250 booths, watch lion dancers and colorful traditional dancers, and see kung fu demonstrations at Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival on Valley Boulevard (Almansor to Vega). Free.

Run in your underwear

February 9, 2019
Santa Monica (13.4 miles west)
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, which includes a party before and after at The Buffalo Club for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day tea

February 9, 2019
Wilmington (19.8 miles south)
Don your hats, gloves, and finery for Valentine’s Tea & Tunes Luncheon, “an enchanting afternoon of specially selected teas, an elegant light luncheon, and live music” at Banning Museum Stagecoach Barn.

Pet convention in San Bernardino

February 9 - 10, 2019
San Bernardino (60 miles east)
It’s OK to bring your pet (on a leash with proof of vaccinations) to SoCal Pet Con, which offers vendors, entertainment, agility demonstrations, microchip services, and adoptions at National Orange Show Event Center.

Blacksmith festival

February 10, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
Montecito Heights (5.9 miles NE)
Watch live forging, throw a tomahawk, browse a metal and craft marketplace, hear musicians, and shop from food trucks during Forge Festival at Audubon Center at Debs Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Valentine’s Day sail

February 10 & 14, 2019
San Pedro (22.8 miles south)
Climb aboard a square-rigged brigantine sailing ship for a Valentine’s Day Sail, departing from Downtown Harbor in San Pedro.
  • Feb. 10 (2 to 4 p.m.) - sweet & savory
  • Feb. 14 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) - dinner

Kosher tasting

February 13, 2019 (6 to 9:30 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.3 miles NW)
Sample 300 kosher wines and kosher cuisine at the Kosher Food & Wine Experience at Hollywood Palladium for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day kink

February 13 - 14, 2019
Downtown (0.7 miles east)
Lucha VaVoom Amor Prohibidos is an over-the-top spectacle of American burlesque and Mexican wrestling, with colorful masked wrestlers in the ring and barely dressed acrobats in the air above at The Mayan for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2019
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s movie + cocktails

February 14, 2019
Downtown (1.1 miles NE)
Street Food Cinema presents the romantic musical film La La Land with DJ music and specialty cocktails for sale in the glorious, historic Palace Theater for age 21+.

Art walk

February 14, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
Downtown (1.3 miles NW)
Take a self-guided walking tour of art galleries that stay open late on the second Thursday of each month for Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, beginning at the Art Walk Lounge (6 to 10 p.m.). Free except optional guided tour.

Free dance at Union Station

February 14, 2019 (8 to 10 p.m.)
Downtown (3 miles NE)
Union Station Kind of Love features a “1960s Supremes-style dance follow-along led by popular trio the Velettes” plus live music by the St. Jukes. You’re welcome to dance and dress for the 1950s & 1960s. Free.

Dinner at the aquarium

February 14, 2019 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Enjoy Valentine’s Day Dinner and dessert in “a romantic setting surrounded by marine life” at the Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+. The cash bar opens at 6:30 for age 21+.

Contemporary art fair

February 14 - 17, 2019 (preview Feb. 13)
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Art Los Angeles Contemporary features 80 galleries (local and international) plus on-site installations and performances in the soaring space of Barker Hangar. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Valentine’s Day gondola ride

February 14 - 17, 2019
multiple locations
What could be more romantic than sitting together in a gondola as you cruise a scenic waterway? [If it says “1 reservation left” that does include 2 people.]

Contemporary art fair

February 15 - 17, 2019 (preview Feb. 14)
Downtown (1 mile south)
Superfine promises artwork by “250 artists, including an outsized LGBTQ and female representation” in Magic Box at The Reef, with a political exhibition, educational panels, and an ice cream social (Feb. 15).

Boutique art fair

February 15 - 17, 2019
Venice (14.9 miles west)
Startup Art Fair showcases contemporary art by independent artists in hotel rooms at The Kinney Venice Beach.

Fishing expo

February 15 - 17, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
Browse fishing tackle, learn about travel destinations, see boats, and attend seminars at the Pacific Coast Sportfishing Festival [website has sound] at OC Fair & Event Center.

Art in the desert

February 15 - 18, 2019 (preview Feb. 14)
Palm Springs (109 miles east)
Browse fine art from 80 galleries on display at Art Palm Springs in the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Chinatown race

February 16, 2019
Chinatown (3 miles NE)
Los Angeles Chinatown Firecracker includes bike rides and a dog walk (Saturday), a kiddie run and 5K/10K runs/walks (Sunday), firecrackers at both opening ceremonies, and a weekend festival with lion dancing, live bands, and food trucks in Chinatown Central Plaza.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 16, 2019 (6 & 9 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.6 miles NW)
Adults tell stories about their lives and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentines Show at Wanderlust Hollywood.

Chinese New Year festival

February 16, 2019
San Gabriel (12.6 miles NE)
San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival offers nonstop entertainment (traditional lion dance, acrobats, martial arts, and young Asian-American musicians), plus a craft village, beer and wine garden, and food trucks at S. Mission Drive & S. Santa Anita Street. Free.

Black History Parade and Festival

February 16, 2019
Altadena (14.2 miles NE)
Black History Parade and Festival begins 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Altadena and goes south on Fair Oaks Avenue to Robinson Park Recreation Center for a festival with music, food vendors, and kids’ activities until 4 p.m. Free.

Adult art tour

February 16, 2019
Brentwood (14.9 miles NW)
Take an unblushing look at nudity in art on the The Naked at the Getty Scavenger Hunt at The Getty Center. No knowledge of art is required.

Valentine’s Day with clay

February 16, 2019 (1 p.m.)
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Couples work as a team on the wheel to recreate the famous pottery love scene from the classic film Ghost at Toast to Ghost Valentine’s Day Class, which includes all materials, instruction, beer, wine, snacks, and romantic music at Clay Pottery Studio. [Buy 1 ticket per couple.]

Romantic concert

February 16, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
Anaheim (34 miles SE)
Valentine’s Super Love Jam features an epic roster of soul and R&B bands at Honda Center of Anaheim.

Travel show

February 16 - 17, 2019
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
Hear talks by travel experts (including Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, and Pauline Frommer) and shop from travel industry vendors at the Travel & Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Comic expo

February 16 - 17, 2019
Long Beach (24.2 miles south)
Celebrating comic books and pop culture, Long Beach Comic Expo has panel discussions, movie screenings, celebrity signings, an artist alley, and a vendor marketplace at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Scottish festival

February 16 - 17, 2019
Long Beach (24.4 miles south)
Experience the culture and history of Scotland at the ScotsFestival & International Highland Games, which includes bagpipes, drumming, dancing, farm animals, games, athletic competitions, whisky & beer tasting, and food and craft vendors at The Queen Mary. Expect heavy traffic and scarce parking.

Oscar Preview

February 17, 2019 (1 p.m.)
Downtown (0.9 miles east)
Join the audience watching a live discussion and debate by film critics about the contenders for this year’s major Oscar categories at the Oscar Preview hosted by 89.3 KPCC FM at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.


February 21 - 22, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Long Beach (28.1 miles south)
Oliver is a popular musical about a London orphan, based on the classic book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, at Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Ticket deal $30

Quilt & craft show

February 21 - 23, 2019
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival offers workshops, seminars, and vendors of fabrics and supplies at the Fairplex. Free.


February 21 - March 28, 2019 (Thurs. 8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect gasps and laughs at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Reviews.

Ticket deal $10

Immersive art experience

February 21 - March 31, 2019
Downtown (2.2 miles east)
Visit five massive domes with colorful shows projected on the ceilings, walk through an art gallery, and experience virtual reality at Samskara at 1147 Palmetto Street. Open Thursday to Sunday. Reviews.

Ticket deal $25

Funny classic play

February 21 - March 31, 2019
North Hollywood (12.3 miles NW)
The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s humorous satire of Victorian society’s strict moral codes, full of one-liners and double entendres, at Crown City Theatre.

Ticket deal $5 to $10

Free comedy

February 21 - April 25, 2019 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
East Hollywood (4.2 miles NW)
Barely Making It is a weekly stand up-show with beer, wine, and pizza available at Skiptown Playhouse. Free.

Cowboy show

February 22 - 23, 2019
Downtown (0 miles)
Professional Bull Riders compete to see who can last the longest atop a bucking bull at Staples Center.

Chocolate and Art Show

February 22 - 23, 2019
Downtown (2.7 miles SE)
The Chocolate and Art Show features artists, live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate at The Vortex on E. Olympic Boulevard for age 21+.

Small-town festival

February 22 - 24, 2019
Temple City (16.7 miles NE)
Temple City Camellia Festival begins at 4 p.m. Friday and includes a carnival with food and games, a beer & wine garden, entertainment, and a parade (10 a.m. Saturday). Free.

Home show

February 22 - 24, 2019
Costa Mesa (42.2 miles SE)
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the Orange County Home & Garden Show, which also has landscaping and gardening exhibitors at OC Fair & Event Center.

Ticket deal $3.50

New-age expo

February 22 - 25, 2019
Westchester (15.5 miles SW)
Conscious Life Expo promises “speakers, exhibitors, musicians, filmmakers, authors, artists, researchers, and visionaries” to help you “explore paradigm-shifting advancements in health, science, spirituality and vitality” at Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Abba musical

February 22 - March 3, 2019
North Hollywood (13.6 miles NW)
Mamma Mia! is a rousing dance musical and story of love and friendship set in Greece, featuring popular Abba songs at Cupcake Theater.

Ticket deal $20 to $59

All-American musical

February 22 - March 9, 2019
Pasadena (11.9 miles NE)
Ragtime is the story of three diverse immigrant families living in New York in 1902, whose fates unexpectedly intertwine at Pasadena Playhouse.

Ticket deal $39 to $129

Cinderella in war-torn London

February 22 - March 10, 2019
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
Matthew Bourne reimagines Cinderella as a dazzling war-time romance set in London during World War II, with a dashing young pilot, sumptuous designs, and a magnificent score by Prokofiev at Ahmanson Theatre.

Ticket deal $59

Fun basketball show

February 23, 2019
multiple locations
Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in their entertaining show.

Academy Award costumes

February 23, 2019 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Downtown (0.7 miles NE)
The Oscar Pre-Party includes contests, raffles, popcorn, and movie-related fun at FIDM Museum & Galleries, where you can see a free exhibition of Oscar-nominated costumes in the Best Costume Design category. Free.

BBQ festival

February 23, 2019 (11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Chinatown (3.1 miles NE)
The admission price to Los Angeles Beer and World BBQ Festival includes one drink ticket and three food tickets for your choice of barbecue (Texas, Filipino, Chinese, Mexican, vegan), with DJ music outdoors at Mandarin Plaza Courtyard for age 21+.

Fashion show & party

February 23, 2019 (7 p.m.)
Hollywood (7.7 miles NW)
Raging Runways promises festival fashion, DJ music, a fire-filled half time show, aerial silk performers, and clothing vendors on the rooftop of W Hollywood for age 21+.

Documentary marathon

February 23, 2019
Beverly Hills (10.3 miles NW)
See all of the documentary films nominated for Academy Awards at DocuDay LA in the Writers Guild Theater, with a question-and-answer session after each film.

Free: America’s Funniest Home Videos

February 23, 2019
Manhattan Beach (16.5 miles SW)
Join the studio audience watching hysterical videos and funny commentary by host Afonso Ribeiro during the filming of America’s Funniest Home Videos at Manhattan Beach Studios for age 16+ with ID. Read the dress code and free parking instructions.

Free tickets

Coffee & doughnuts

February 23, 2019 (9 a.m., VIP 8 a.m.)
San Bernardino (64 miles east)
Coffee and Donut Festival SoCal has doughnut-eating contests, a kids’ zone, a rockabilly band, and vendors at National Orange Show Event Center, where “fried, sugary dough perfections meet smooth-roasted brews.”

Wine tasting

February 23 - 24, 2019
Santa Monica (12.5 miles west)
Santa Monica Wine Fest has three hours of unlimited wine tasting, wine seminars, music, and food for sale at Barker Hangar for age 21+.

Ticket deal $55 ot $100

African-American Festival

February 23 - 24, 2019
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
The African-American Festival features performances (Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers) plus cultural displays, handmade crafts, and ethnic food at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Coupon saves $10

Monster trucks

February 23 - 24, 2019
Anaheim (31.2 miles SE)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Academy Awards

February 24, 2019 (5 p.m.)
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the best films of last year and the people who created them at the Academy Awards, viewed by invitation-only at Dolby Theatre and live on television.

Art outdoors

February 27 - March 3, 2019
Arcadia (19 miles NE)
Watch “amazing video and sound installations” (some interactive) as you walk along a one-mile path at Digital Nature at Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Free parking. Food & drinks for sale.

Ticket deal $7 to $13

Racy movies

February 28 - March 9, 2019
Downtown & Long Beach
Hump! screens 21 explicit short films (under 5 minutes long) made by amateurs of all persuasions.
  • Feb. 28 to March 9 - Downtown
  • March 6 - Long Beach

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