Need stuff to do this month in Los Angeles?
We looked ahead on our calendar to focus in on some of the best events happening in February around Los Angeles that you should probably have on your radar. After all, better to get your tickets now than wait till the last minute and find out your favorite event is sold out.
February 2017 event highlights include the First Fridays at NHM, an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Museum of Broken Relationships, Cupid’s Undie Run, the LA Cookie Con, and lots more.
Our complete rundown starts after the jump.
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1. First Fridays at Natural History Museum (Feb. 3)
First Fridays at the Natural History Museum are all about food this year, and more specifically, about the science behind food. The kickoff edition on Feb. 3 called “Your Plate is Your Gut” will feature a trio of expert panelists discussing the effects of the human diet on our body and digestion, from menus enjoyed by our paleolithic ancestors to the fast-food heavy treats prevalent in today’s culture. And of course as with all First Friday events you can count sets from resident KCRW DJs along with special museum tours throughout the evening(s).
2. Dumpling & Wonton Festival at Santa Anita Park (Feb. 4)
Ready, set, go! The Dumpling and Wonton Festival comes to Santa Anita Park on February 4th for the most scrumptious display of Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons by the trackside this winter.
3. A WordTheatre Tribute to Langston Hughes: Stories, Poems, Jazz & the Blues (Feb. 4)
Watch the words the Harlem Renaissance come to life through song, poetry, music, and more as a A WordTheatre Tribute to Langston Hughes comes to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
4. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 9-20)
This 12-day festival will showcase over 150 new films, along with special programs aimed towards students and the community.
5. The Original Vintage Fashion Expo at The Reef in DTLA (Feb. 11-12)
Collectors, aficionados and the label-obsessed rejoice! Exhibitors will showcase their vintage couture and period pieces from the late 18th century to the 20th century.
6. Camellia & Tea Festival at Descanso Gardens (Feb. 11-12)
Featuring tea samples, art activities, guided walks & interactive performances, Descanso Garden’s Camellia and Tea Festival is popular amongst locals & out-of-towners alike.
7. Cupid’s Undie Run at The Victorian in Santa Monica (Feb. 11)
Take your pants off and run around for charity. Literally. Cupid’s Undie Run comes to Santa Monica on February 11th for a “brief” sprint for a great cause. Proceeds for this fun run benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
8. 8th Annual Edwardian Ball at the Globe Theatre in DTLA (Feb. 11)
The 8th Annual Edwardian Ball comes to the Globe Theatre in the Broadway Downtown Theatre District on Saturday February 11th at 8 p.m. for a soirée of art, music, theatre, fashion, technology, circus that honors the creations of author and illustrator Edward Gorey.
9. 39th Annual L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5/10K Run/Walk & Bike Ride (Feb. 11)
Whether you’re a walker, runner or biker, participants will traverse the hills of Los Angeles while celebrating the Year of the Rooster during this epic event.
10. Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Museum of Broken Relationships (Feb. 14)
The MOBR’s Anti-V-Day-Bash will offer guests evening access to all of MOBR’s exhibits plus a fantastic assortment of entertainment that’s sure to make you forget about this whole true love thing. The festivities will include a cash bar, DJ’d tunes, a free raffle, and a ‘wall o’ break-ups’ where visitors can offer testimonials of lost love.
11. Cinespia Valentine’s Day Screening of The Notebook at the Los Angeles Theatre (Feb. 14)
We’ve got the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day, but you may need to bring a few tissues. Cinespia is screening The Notebook at the Los Angeles Theatre in Downtown L.A. on February 14th to ring in Valentine’s Day with your favorite tear-jerker.
12. Chocolate and Art Show Los Angeles (Feb. 17-18)
The Chocolate and Art Show comes to The Vortex in Downtown Los Angeles February 17-18 for two nights of fine art, tasteful music, and delicious chocolate.
13. LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show (Feb. 18-19)
After selling out for two years in a row, Cookie Con is returning as the West Coast’s largest baking and pastry expo. Guests will enjoy samples from over 275 local shops and brands, a kids’ zone, and the Decorators’ Showcase competition. Five stages and classrooms for workshops will focus on traditional baking, cake decorating, cookie decorating, and panels with celebrity guests.
14. Air + Style at Exposition Park (Feb. 18-19)
Air + Style returns to Exposition Park in LA February 18 and 19 for two days of music and big air snowboarding competitions.
15. Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show at the LA Convention Center (Feb. 18-19)
If you’re planning a big trip for 2017 or simply need some inspiration, check out the Travel & Adventure Show for a taste of cultures around the world!
16. ScotsFestival at the Queen Mary (Feb. 18-19)
This two-day Scots Festival celebrates the cultural history of this epic ship with authentic athletics, competitions, dancing, cuisine and more!
17. Long Beach Comic Expo at Long Beach Convention Center (Feb. 18-19)
The Long Beach Comic Expo celebrates comic books and pop culture with notable guest appearances, meet and greets, various panels, and even a cosplay competition!
18. 2nd Annual Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off (Feb. 18)
Chili tastings, craft beer, wine and world-class live racing! Come taste samples from some of the best chili recipes in SoCal while enjoy the races.
19. The 5th Annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Feb. 23-26)
Come browse books, art catalogs, zines and more by local and national artists for over three and a half days. Admission is free and open to the public!
20. Bob Baker Days Returns to the Marionette Theater (Feb. 25-26)
The historic puppet theater will honor their late founder with a two-day festival filled with puppet shows, art, crafts, music, comedy, films and more.
21. The San Pedro Craft Beer Festival (Feb. 25)
Snag your tickets for the Craft Beer Festival in San Pedro, featuring local and regional breweries, unlimited tastings, food trucks and giant Jenga.
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