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20 Cool L.A. Events in February Every Angeleno Should Keep on Their Radar (2016)

January 30, 2016 by Brian Champlin

Need stuff to do this February in Los Angeles? Got you covered.

We looked ahead on our calendar to spotlight some of the best events happening in February 2016 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 highlights include an after-hours dance party at the Music Center, the LA Cookie Con, the LA Marathon, the Long Beach Comic Expo, a floating library in Echo Park, a chili cook-off, and plenty of other fun events to experience.

Complete rundown starts after the jump. Enjoy!

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Photo Credit: Natural History Museum

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1. A Free Pizza Giveaway in Pasadena (Feb. 4)

Start your month off with a day of free pizza to celebrate the grand opening of the new Pizza Press location in Pasadena. Sign-up for a voucher, print it out, and get yourself a free 10-inch pie.

2. Natural History Museum’s First Friday’s (Feb. 5)

Party at The Natural History Museum after-hours, go on guided tours, enjoy scientist led discussions, mingle at the DJ Lounge and rock out to your favorite bands at NHM’s First Fridays, returning for the 2016 season on February 5.

3. Sleepless After-Hours Party at the Music Center (Feb. 5)

On Friday, February 5 come to the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as the after-hours party series Sleepless returns for its third installment promising an extravaganza of sonic wonders that’ll delight guests until the wee hours of the morning (well, 3:00am at least).

4. Museum of Neon Art Grand Opening (Feb. 6)

Head to Glendale on February 6 to celebrate the grand opening of the new digs for the Museum of Neon Art. The ticketed event will include desserts, an open bar and performances by Neon Hunter Collective, Lightening String Quartet and Lou Mannick.

5. LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show (Feb. 6-7)

The LA Cookie Con returns for its second annual installment, moving to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 2016 show and promising to be even bigger than last year. Sample hundreds of cookie and sweets options, plus experience special guest talks, panels, demos, and more.

6. The LA Art Book Fair (Feb. 11-14)

Come experience an incredible variety of books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, and more at the 2016 LA Art Book Fair, taking place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from February 11-14. In conjunction with the book fair, you might also want to check out the floating library installation that’ll be on display at Echo Park Lake over the same 4-day period.

7. Night Dive at The Aquarium of The Pacific (Feb. 12)

Night Dive is an adults-only party at the Aquarium of The Pacific in Long Beach featuring local bands, DJs, art works, cocktails, and plenty of tasty grub from an assortment of food trucks.

8. Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival (Feb. 13)

One of the longest running traditions in the entire city of Los Angeles is the Golden Dragon Parade, which returns to Chinatown for its 117th annual installment to celebrate to the mark of the Lunar New Year.

9. Street Food Cinema Comes to Grand Central Market (Feb. 13)

A special edition of Street Food Cinema is coming to Grand Central Market and the Million Dollar Theater on February 13 with a 25th anniversary screening of Silence of The Lambs. Grab your food from some of the incredible vendors at GCM and then bring it in for the show at the theater next door.

10. Los Angeles Marathon (Feb. 14)

Running 26+ miles to celebrate Valentines Day? It may not sound like the most romantic idea, but even if you don’t participate you can still come out and cheer on your fellow Angelenos as they test their endurance at the 31st Los Angeles marathon.

11. Free Admission at LACMA on President’s Day (Feb. 15)

Thanks to the folks at Target, LACMA will be offering free admission all day on President’s Day. Can’t make it for holiday? Be sure to check our rundown of ALL the free museum days taking place in February.


12. The LA Magazine Whiskey Festival

The first-ever Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival is set to pop-up on February 18 at The La Brea Tarpits. Guests will meet master distillers, sip samples, learn cocktail recipes and enjoy a selection of fine foods and live music.

13. The Chocolate & Art Show (Feb. 19-21)

The Chocolate & Art Show is landing in East Chinatown for two nights of artsy shenanigans with a boat-load of entertainment including body painting, DJs, live musical performance, face-painting, free nail art, henna tattoos, live portraits and, most importantly, lots of free chocolate!

14. The Long Beach Comic Expo (Feb. 20-21)

The Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event celebrating all things comic book and pop-culture. Attendees can expect a diverse crowd of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators exhibiting their work in addition to the usual array of celebrity appearances, signings, and panels. Be sure to check Goldstar for discount tickets to the expo saving you up to $25 for a weekend pass (while supplies last).

15. 38th Annual Chinatown Firecracker Run & Festival (Feb. 20-21)

Come out for a Chinatown community celebration on  the third weekend of February at the 2016 LA Chinatown Firecracker Celebration. The weekend includes plenty of traditional music and dance performances highlighting a range of different cutlures, plus a group bike ride (Saturday) and a 5k/10k run and walk (Sunday), both available for ticketed registration. The Firecracker Festival itself is free to the public and takes place in Chinatown’s Central Plaza.

16. Air + Style Festival 2016 (Feb. 20-21)

Think of Air + Style sort of like X-Games but with live bands providing the soundtrack. The two-day event takes place at the L.A. Coliseum and headliners include J. Cole, Incubus and HAIM.

17. Free City of Gold Screening at The Hammer (Feb. 24)

No one knows L.A. food quite like Jonathan Gold, and on February 24 he’ll be appearing at the Hammer Museum for a special Q&A following a free screening of his 2015 film City of Gold.


18. Santa Anita Chili Cookoff (Feb. 27)

Need to bring some heat into your February event schedule? Come enjoy the Santa Anita Chili Cook-Off, set for Saturday, February 27. A ticket to the cook-off gets you 8 chili tastings, a 12oz craft beer or glass of wine, plus clubhouse admission to the races. Be sure to get discount tickets to the cook-off saving you $11 (while supplies last) via our friends at Goldstar.

19. The Edwardian Ball Los Angeles 2016 (Feb. 27)

It’s hard to describe exactly what you might expect to find at The Edwardian Ball, sufficed to say the evening includes a intriguing mix of ballroom dancing, live music, stage shows, DJs, dancing, and a vendor bazaar, all inspired by the late illustrator Edward Gorey.

20. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (Feb. 27-28)

If travel is your thing, you won’t want to miss the 11th annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show, coming to the Long Beach Convention Center starting on February 27. Keep in mind our friends at Goldstar have discount ticketing options for the expo saving you around $5 (while supplies last).

What are your looking forward to in February? Let us know about any L.A. events that should be on our radar by commenting below! You can also email us at [email protected]