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27 Really Cool Things to do This February in Los Angeles (2020)

February 1, 2020 by We Like L.A. Staff
Grand Park Fountain
The Grand Park fountain lit up at night. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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 2020 event highlights include the L.A. Art Show, Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Lovers Walk at Grand Park, Palentine’s Day at CAAM, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival, a Vanity Fair photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography, a leap day silent disco, and more.


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1. Breakup Bar Popup (Jan. 31 to Feb. 16)

Severance Wine Bar wants to celebrate your single status during their BREAKUP BAR POPUP. Taking place next door to the bar, the two-week long party will transport guest into an anti-Valentine’s Day world with break up appropriate movie screenings, a Wall of Broken Relationships, loads of champagne, cocktails and food. Running Tuesday through Saturday January 31 till February 16.

2. 121st Golden Dragon Parade (Feb. 1)

The 121st Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival returns to Los Angeles’ Chinatown with dazzling floats, marching bands, entertainers, a culinary stage, artisans and much more. -> More information

3. Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at The Huntington (Feb. 1-2)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at The Huntington during their two-day festival. Guests will enjoy cultural entertainment like lion dancers, martial arts, Chinese music and dance. There will be children’s activities, and Chinese New Year dining specials. -> More information

4. Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at FIDM (starts Feb. 4)

FIDM Museum presents their annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition from Feb. 4 to March 21. Now in its 28th year the public can see costumes created by all five Academy Award nominees. Over 100 outstanding costume designs from 29 films in the past year will also be on display. -> More information

5. L.A. Art Show (Feb. 5-9)

L.A. Art Show is our city’s largest and longest-running art fair. The show will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center starting Feb. 5 with an opening night gala and continuing till Sunday. This year will also celebrate the shows 25th anniversary. -> More informationDiscounted tickets (via Goldstar)

6. Pop-Up Magazine’s “Winter Issue” at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (Feb. 8)

Stop by Pop-Up Magazine’s Winter Issue at the Ace Hotel for a live magazine-style variety show for comedic genius and real-life storytelling. -> More information

7. Cupid’s Undie Run at The Buffalo in Santa Monica (Feb. 8)

Cupid’s Undie Run comes to The Buffalo Club in Santa Monica for a “brief” run for a great cause. The event starts at the Victorian in Santa Monica, where you party, run roughly a mile, then party some more. -> More information

8. Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling (opens Feb. 8)

Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling debuts at the Annenberg Space for Photography on Feb. 8. The exhibition features multimedia installations and photographs including more than 50 photographers who shot for the magazine including portraitists Annie Leibovitz, as well as Jonathan Becker, Harry Benson, Cass Bird, Ethan James Green, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Michael O’Neill, Herb Ritts, Collier Schorr, Firooz Zahedi, and more. The exhibition runs through Jul. 26. -> More information

9. PLAYTIME, a One-Day Pop-Up at Elective Studios (Feb. 9)

PLAYTIME is a one-day Sunday Funday for grownups to act like a kid again. The experience will include interactive art installations, a community art project, nostalgic games, live entertainment, free food & drinks, and much more. The event benefits P.S. ARTS, a non-profit providing arts education to underprivileged children in LA. -> More information

10. Pan African Film & Arts Festival (Feb. 11-23)

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 11-23. Now in its 28th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them. -> More information

11. ISC’s iambic lab 2020: Shakespearean Curios & Treasures (Feb. 6-15)

The Independent Shakespeare Co.’s iambic lab 2020: Shakespearean Curios & Treasures presents a series of staged readings and lectures as part of a festival that runs Feb. 6-15. Advance reservations (including for the free performances) are recommend, available here.

12. Lucha VaVOOM’s Pin Ups & Pin Downs at The Mayan Theater (Feb. 12-13)

Everyone’s favorite collision of Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy returns for Valentine’s Day with a two-night spectacle at Downtown Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater Feb. 12-13. -> More information

13. Palm Springs Modernism Week (Feb. 13-23)

Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 13-23 to celebrate all things mid-century modern including architecture, art, interior landscape design and vintage culture. -> More information

14. Lovers Rock at Grand Park (Feb. 14)

Lovers Rock transforms Grand Park into Valentine’s Day haven, perfect for couples who want to do the romantic holiday on a budget. The park will be adorned with mood lighting while curated music sets the ambience. -> More information

15. Palentine’s Day at CAAM (Feb. 14)

The California African American Museum celebrates Valentines’s Day Palentine’s Day with a night of performance and poetry featuring poet Danez Smith. There will be a DJ set and and libations to follow at the after-party. -> More information

16. Frieze Los Angeles (Feb. 14-16)

Frieze Los Angeles is back at Paramount Pictures Studios for a three-day presentation of art from some of the most renowned galleries in the world. In addition to the art on display, special programming includes talks, films and artists’ projects, all housed on the backlot at Paramount. -> More information

17. The Groundlings Open House (Feb. 15)

The Groundlings Open House 2020 includes three free one-hour shows (first-come, first-serve), $10 classes all day, plus giveaways, music, food trucks, and a photo booth. -> More information


18. L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5k & 10k (Feb. 15-16)

Stop by the Firecracker Festival in Los Angeles’ Chinatown for two days filled with friendly-competition, carnival games, food trucks & more. -> More information

19. 2020 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (Feb. 15-16)

Discover over 350 destinations from around the world, meet travel celebs like Rick Steves or Samantha Brown, learn how to pack well and decide where to go for your next trip at the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 15-16. -> More information – Discount tickets

20. Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVII (Feb. 15-16)

Queen Mary’s ScotsFestival & International Highland Games XXVII returns February 15-16 to celebrate 25 years of the annual event with an array of authentic Scottish activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment, drinks and cuisine. -> More information

21. Brian Posehn & Scott Ian at Amoeba Hollywood (Feb. 19)

Comedian Brian Posehn has new metal album (yes, a comedian made a metal album) called Grandpa Metal and it’s due out on Feb. 14. To celebrate the album’s release Posehn will team up with Anthrax’s Scott Ian to play songs and discuss their collaboration at Amoeba Hollywood on Feb. 19. The show is free/all-ages but if you want to attend the signing after the performance, you’ll have to purchase the album in-store. -> More information

22. KCRW Left, Right and Center Live (Feb. 20)

Just in time for the heart of primary season, KCRW brings its top political discussion show to the Broad Stage for a live edition featuring host Josh Barro, Left panelist Elizabeth Bruenig, Right panelist Tim Carney and special guests Keli Goff and Gustavo Arellano. -> More information

23. Indigenous Spoken Word: Resilience, Language and Identity (Feb. 21)

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes celebrates El día de la lengua maternal (Mother Language Day) through a unique panel highlighting the resilience of indigenous community through language and identity. Panelists will discuss the future of indigenous languages and the challenged to language revitalization. Free to attend. -> More information


24. Venice Arts’ Annual Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice (Feb. 22)

Celebrate like it’s 1928 during Venice Arts’ Speakeasy at the Townhouse in Venice on Feb. 22. This annual fundraiser takes place in the Prohibition-era Speakeasy located below the Townhouse, which dates back to 1915. The evening will include a complimentary whiskey tasting, a silent auction with works by Venice Arts’ students, a cash bar, and DJ-spun music. -> More information

25. African American Festival at The Aquarium of the Pacific (Feb. 22-23)

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual African American Festival celebrates African American and African culture through an two-day affair featuring Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers. -> More information

26. Afro-Latinx Festival at MOLAA (Feb. 23)

The Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach will host an Afro-Lantix Festival on Feb. 23 showcasing African influence in Latin America through music, dance, food, and martial arts. Festival attendees can experience art workshops, face painting, and live performances. Free admission. Parking at MOLAA is $10.

27. Leap Day Silent Disco at the Third Street Promenade (Feb. 29)

Spend 2020’s extra day in Santa Monica with a three-hour celebration featuring silent disco dancing, dueling DJs, free treats and Carlo’s Bakery cupcakes for all the leap day babies. -> More information

Be sure to check the We Like L.A. Events Calendar for updates on fun things happening around the city throughout February. You can also sign up for our daily/weekly newsletter if you want events sent straight to your inbox