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Los Angeles events February 2020

Chinese New Year parade

February 1, 2020 (1 to 3:30 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.

Chinese New Year

February 1, 2020
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 Garfield). Free.

Photography show

February 1 - 2, 2020
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 - 9, 2020
Anaheim (28.1 miles SE)
Celebrate Lunar New Year with culturally inspired food, music, entertainment, parades, a lucky wishing wall, ornamental lanterns, and multilingual banners at Disney California Adventure Park.

Romantic movie dances

February 1 - 16, 2020
Downtown (0.3 miles NE)
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 Metropolis Los Angeles.

Oscar Preview

February 2, 2020 (11 a.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.

Art show

February 6 - 9, 2020 (preview Feb. 5)
Downtown (0.2 miles south)
L.A. Art Show fills a giant space with modern and contemporary art from 100 galleries in 18 countries at Los Angeles Convention Center.

Contemporary art fair

February 6 - 9, 2020
Downtown (1 mile south)
“Connect directly with 60 top local and international artists, collectives, and galleries” and see “performance art, cutting-edge art films, and innovative installation art” at Superfine in Magic Box at The Reef.

Cowboy show

February 7 - 8, 2020
Downtown (0 miles)
Professional Bull Riders compete to see who can last the longest atop a bucking bull at Staples Center.

Book fair

February 7 - 9, 2020
Pasadena (11.4 miles NE)
Browse thousands of rare books, maps, prints, and photos from 150 booksellers at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, which includes seminars and events at Pasadena Convention Center.

New-age expo

February 7 - 9, 2020
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.

Dance films

February 8, 2020 (5 p.m.)
Downtown (1.6 miles NE)
L.A. Dance Film Festival screens 11 U.S. and international films in which “dance is the main storytelling component” at Downtown Independent. Video (35 seconds).

Smart talks

February 8, 2020 (9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.)
Mid-Wilshire (4.2 miles NW)
A ticket to One Day University includes three classes taught by expert professors from different schools at Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
  • The Remarkable Genius of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Political Genius of Frederick Douglass
  • The Literary Genius of Shakespeare

Oscar documentaries

February 8, 2020
Beverly Hills (10.3 miles NW)
Watch the documentary films nominated for Academy Awards at DocuDay LA in the Writers Guild Theater, followed by question-and-answer sessions with many of the filmmakers.

Chinese New Year festival

February 8, 2020 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
San Gabriel (12.6 miles NE)
San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival offers plenty of 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.

Run in your underwear

February 8, 2020 (12 to 4 p.m.)
Santa Monica (13.4 miles west)
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, with a party before and after at The Buffalo Club for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day tea

February 8, 2020
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.

Model train show

February 8 - 9, 2020
Costa Mesa (42.8 miles SE)
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and a riding train for the kids at OC Fair & Event Center.

Academy Awards

February 9, 2020 (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.

Valentine’s burlesque + wrestling

February 12, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (0.7 miles east)
Lucha VaVoom Valentines Spectacular 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+.

Art walk

February 13, 2020
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.

Valentine’s Day with clay

February 13 - 14, 2020
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.]

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2020
multiple locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner for Valentine’s Day.

R&B concert

February 14, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Downtown (0.2 miles north)
R&B legend Charlie Wilson performs with special guests Stephanie Mills & Con Funk Shun at Microsoft Theater.

Valentine’s Day movie party

February 14, 2020 (doors 7:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.1 miles NE)
Dress for a 1980s date night to watch the romantic comedy The Wedding Singer, with live music, a DJ dance party, a full bar, and treats for sale in the magnificent Los Angeles Theatre.

Valentine’s Day movie

February 14, 2020
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Street Food Cinema presents the bittersweet romantic film La La Land at Million Dollar Theatre for age 21+. Cocktails and food for sale 7 p.m., DJ music 7:30 p.m., film 9 p.m. No dogs.

Lover’s lane downtown

February 14, 2020 (7 to 11 p.m.)
Downtown (1.8 miles NE)
Take a moonlit walk past the pink-lit fountain, shop from food trucks or bring your own picnic, and listen to reggae played by a DJ during Lovers Rock in the 12-acre expanse of Grand Park. Free.

Fright night at the museum

February 14, 2020
Exposition Park (2.3 miles SW)
See the exhibition “Natural History of Horror,” watch a “Phantasy Theater” performance, hear a discussion by artists and filmmakers, and watch the 1954 classic film Creature from the Black Lagoon at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Drinks and snacks for sale.

Valentine’s Day gondola ride

February 14, 2020
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.]

Party at the aquarium

February 14, 2020 (7:30 to 11 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.1 miles south)
Night Dive features live bands, DJs, cocktails for sale, a beer patio, food trucks, and artwork at Aquarium of the Pacific for age 18+. Repeats every few months.

Valentine’s Day sail

February 14 - 15, 2020
Long Beach & San Pedro
Climb aboard a square-rigged brigantine sailing ship for a Valentine’s Day Sail.
  • Feb. 14 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) - dinner (BYOB), departing from San Pedro
  • Feb. 15 (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.) - sweet & savory tea, family-friendly, departing from Long Beach

Contemporary art fair

February 14 - 16, 2020 (preview Feb. 13)
Hollywood (6.3 miles NW)
“Explore the world’s leading galleries ... alongside a curated program of talks, films, and artists’ projects” at Frieze Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios. No smoking or pets. Gallery admission $125+.

Contemporary art fair

February 14 - 16, 2020 (preview Feb. 13)
Hollywood (7.8 miles NW)
Art Los Angeles Contemporary features 40 galleries (local and international) plus on-site installations and performances at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

Boutique art fair

February 14 - 16, 2020
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 14 - 16, 2020
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 14 - 17, 2020
Palm Springs (109 miles east)
Browse fine art from galleries at Art Palm Springs in the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Valentine’s Day in a brew pub

February 15, 2020 (12 to 7 p.m.)
Downtown (2.3 miles NE)
Broken Hearts Circus is “a festival for the broken hearted,” with roaming magicians, contortionist, stilt walkers, wire walking and snake charmers, aerialists and sword swallowers, live art, pizza, tacos, and beer at Angel City Brewery on Alameda Street for age 21+.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 15, 2020 (6 & 9 p.m.)
Hollywood (8.6 miles NW)
Adults talk about their teenage crushes and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and photos) at Mortified Doomed Valentines Show at Wanderlust Hollywood.

Black History Parade and Festival

February 15, 2020 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Pasadena (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 in Pasadena for a festival with music, food vendors, and kids’ activities until 4 p.m. Free.

Adult art tour

February 15, 2020
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.

Mardi Gras festival

February 15, 2020 (1 to 5 p.m.)
Long Beach (24.6 miles south)
Join thousands of cheering revelers at the Long Beach Mardi Gras for zydeco music, dancing, costumes, art, and kids’ activities in Shoreline Village. A parade featuring a king and queen begins at 2:30 p.m. Free except parking.

Hip-hop concert

February 15, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
Anaheim (34 miles SE)
The Heart of Hip Hop features Ashanti, Ja Rule, DMX, XZIBIT, Baby Bash, Frankie J, and N2Deep at Honda Center.

Travel show

February 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Chinatown race

February 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Scottish festival

February 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Treasure-finding fair

February 15 - 16, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and vendors at the Fairplex. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Sexy poetry

February 16, 2020
Silver Lake (5.3 miles north)
Inspired by 19th-century bordellos of Paris and New Orleans, The Poetry Brothel presents poets in an immersive and lush, speakeasy-style environment with a bar and cabaret entertainment at El Cid for age 21+.

Black festival

February 16, 2020
Leimert Park (6.4 miles SW)
Black History Month Festival has live music, food vendors, art exhibits, a marketplace, workshops, and “a plethora of prominent African American guest speakers” on two blocks that include 43rd Street & Degnan Boulevard. Free.

African film festival

February 18 - 23, 2020
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. Special programs include parties, a children’s festival, a fashion show, spoken word, and comedy.

Kosher tasting

February 19, 2020 (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+.

Live TV show taping

February 19 - March 6, 2020
multiple locations
Watch the making of a TV show on weekdays. Read the rules carefully and bring age 18+ ID. Free.

Jimmy Buffet musical

February 19 - March 8, 2020
Hollywood (9.1 miles NW)
Set in an island paradise of beaches and bars, Escape to Margaritaville is a rousing production about making a fresh start away from it all, at Dolby Theatre.

Discount tickets $39

Magician

February 20 - March 26, 2020 (Thursdays 8 p.m.)
Claremont (34.5 miles east)
Expect laughs and gasps at Handcrafted Mysteries “an immersive magic and mentalism experience with Greg Van Holsbeck” at The Claremont Forum. Excellent reviews on Yelp.

Discount tickets $10

Book of Mormon

February 20 - March 29, 2020
Downtown (1.7 miles north)
The Book of Mormon is an outrageous comedy about young missionaries in the vein of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, at Ahmanson Theatre.

Discount tickets $45+

Retro rock musical

February 20 - March 29, 2020
Hollywood (7.8 miles NW)
Rock of Ages is a love story set on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and filled with 1980s songs by Journey, Poison, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Styx, Twisted Sister, and Reo Speedwagon at The Bourbon Room.

Discount tickets $53.40+

Chocolate and Art Show

February 21 - 22, 2020
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+.

The music of Billie Holiday

February 21 - 22, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Mid-City (6.2 miles west)
Recreating an extraordinary final concert, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill is “filled with some of the most inspiring and moving songs ever written and explores the turbulent but extraordinary life of the legendary jazz singer as she struggles with racism, abuse, and addiction” at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $30

All-American musical

February 21 - 22, 2020
Long Beach (28.1 miles south)
Ragtime is the story of three diverse immigrant families living in New York in 1902 whose fates unexpectedly intertwine, at Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $37.50+

Small-town festival

February 21 - 23, 2020
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.

Video-game festival

February 21 - 23, 2020
Anaheim (30 miles SE)
“Explore worlds of esports, art, music, cosplay, tabletop, arcade, indies, panels, LAN, PC, console, mobile, virtual reality, screenings, expo hall and more” during Dreamhack at Anaheim Convention Center.

O.C. home show

February 21 - 23, 2020
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. Free except parking.

Joyful musical

February 21 - March 1, 2020
Cerritos (21.7 miles SE)
Based on a true story about a shoe factory owner and a drag queen, Kinky Boots features an inspiring and joyful score by Cyndi Lauper at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $25+

Cirque du Soleil

February 21 - March 7, 2020
Elysian Park (4 miles north)
Volta is the latest show performed by the amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers, and gymnasts of Cirque du Soleil inside a heated tent at Dodger Stadium. Video (30 seconds).

Discount tickets $24+

Wine-tasting cruise

February 21 - March 29, 2020 (5:30 p.m.)
Dana Point (59.8 miles SE)
Taste four wines from The Organic Cellar with cheese, crackers, fruit, and nuts aboard the Ocean Adventures catamaran on the 90-minute Orange County Sunset Wine Cruise departing from Dana Wharf.

Discount tickets $24.50

Shakespeare play

February 21 - April 11, 2020
Pasadena (18.3 miles NE)
The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s fevered, fantastical meditation on love, jealousy, and redemption, at A Noise Within.

Discount tickets $19+

Beauty and The Beast

February 21 - April 19, 2020
East Hollywood (5 miles NW)
Beauty and The Beast is a story about transformation and tolerance, featuring a young woman (Beauty) and a prince trapped by a witch’s spell (Beast), live onstage at The Hollywood Majestic.

Discount tickets $29+

Dinner cirque show

February 21 - July 12, 2020
Buena Park (25 miles SE)
Enjoy a four-course dinner while you watch an edgy mix of cabaret, comedy, music, and cirque-style acrobatics at Teatro Martini for age 18+. Yelp reviews.

Discount tickets $39

Soccer

February 22, 2020 (3 p.m.)
Carson (14.8 miles south)
Watch LA Galaxy play Chicago Fire FC in an exciting home game at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Discount tickets $20

Mardi Gras music

February 22, 2020 (8 p.m.)
Long Beach (24 miles south)
Long Beach Symphony presents Mardi Gras Madness, “a lively, fun-filled musical evening centered around the distinct style that makes New Orleans the city of jazz” at Long Beach Arena.

Discount tickets $15+

Mardi Gras at the market

February 22 - 23, 2020
Fairfax (8.9 miles NW)
The Mardi Gras Celebration promises New Orleans and Zydeco music, strolling bands, kids’ activities, and bead-throwing at the Original Farmers Market. Free.

African-American Festival

February 22 - 23, 2020
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.

Monster trucks

February 22 - 23, 2020
Anaheim (31.2 miles SE)
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Halloween convention

February 22 - 23, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Designed for do-it-yourself haunters, HauntX offers education, prop-building workshops, games, two days of vendors, and a Saturday night costume party at the Fairplex.

Discount tickets $10+

Opera about Queen Elizabeth I

February 22 - March 14, 2020 (7:30 p.m.)
Downtown (1.7 miles NE)
Roberto Devereux is a tragic opera about the queen’s treasonous lover, performed in Italian with English subtitles at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Discount tickets $69+

People in the street

February 23, 2020
multiple locations
Walk, bike, or roller skate on 6 miles of car-free streets in South L.A. (South Central, Florence-Firestone, Watts) during CicLAvia. Cars cross the route at some intersections. No motors except wheelchairs. Minors on wheels must wear helmets. Free.

African dance

February 23, 2020 (3 p.m.)
Northridge (26.7 miles NW)
Step Afrika is energetic percussive dance using kicks, stomps, claps, and chants while integrating songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation at The Soraya.

Discount tickets $29

Tasting tour

February 23 - June 29, 2020
Downtown (1.2 miles NE)
Learn about L.A.’s history, architecture, and food scene on the entertaining three-hour guided Downtown L.A. Food Tour, with tasting stops at six local restaurants. This tour is highly rated on Yelp.

Discount tickets $49

Free game show

February 24 - 26, 2020
Fairfax (8.7 miles NW)
Join the studio audience for a chance to win cash and prizes during the taping of The Price is Right with Drew Carey in Television City. Bring age 18+ ID and your Social Security number. You can pay to park at The Grove Parking and walk to the gate on Fairfax Ave.

Free tickets

Italian wine tasting

February 28, 2020 (5 to 8 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (11 miles NW)
Sample wine from 90 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy, with DJ music at Montage Beverly Hills. Lower price for ages 21 to 28.

Italian wine tasting

February 28, 2020 (5 to 8 p.m.)
Beverly Hills (11.3 miles NW)
Sample wine from 70 top Italian vintners at the walk-around event Great Wines of Italy at Montage Beverly Hills. Lower price for ages 21 to 28.

Free: America’s Funniest Home Videos

February 29, 2020
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

Rock classics by Queen

February 29, 2020 (7 p.m.)
Glendora (28.8 miles NE)
Hear classic rock songs by Queen (We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more) performed with uncanny realism by One Night of Queen at Haugh Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $34

Ballet

February 29 - March 1, 2020
Torrance (18.4 miles south)
South Bay Ballet combines classical and contemporary styles in its show Bravo at Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

Discount tickets $13

Baking and pastry convention

February 29 - March 1, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
Taste free samples, meet celebrity chefs, watch baking demonstrations, join a class or workshop, and visit the kids’ zone during LA Cookie Con at the Fairplex.

Discount tickets $10 (child $6)

Dog show

February 29 - March 1, 2020
Pomona (31.3 miles east)
See 2,000 dogs from 207 breeds exhibited by Kennel Club of Beverly Hills at the Fairplex. Free.

Drama by Shakespeare

February 29 - March 21, 2020
Long Beach (22 miles south)
A thrilling tale of political intrigue, madness, and murder, Hamlet is the story of a prince asked to avenge his father’s murder, performed by The Long Beach Shakespeare Company.

Discount tickets $11.25

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