Things To Do This President’s Day Weekend in Los Angeles [2-16-2024 to 2-19-2024]

San Gabriel Lunar New Year Fest.

So it looks like we’re not getting out of February without at least one more sizable rain storm passing through the Southland. The good news for adventure-seeking weekenders is that the heavy stuff shouldn’t hit till Monday. For now, let’s talk to-dos!

From February 16-19 in Los Angeles you’ll find the L.A. Art Show, Ivy Station Night Market, Boomtown’s 9th anniversary celebration, the Watts Culture Fest, Prosperity Market at Natural History Museum, a Broken Hearts Circus at Angel City Brewery, the Family Bird Festival at California Botanic Garden, and plenty of Lunar New Year festivals. Scope out our full rundown below!


Things To Do This Weekend

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

L.A. Art ShowM TP > This Wednesday to Sunday, the L.A. Art Show returns with 180,000 feet of exhibition space at the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring works from 120 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations from around the world. One-day admission is $35, and it’ll run you $250 to attend the opening night premiere. Get more info here.

Chaotic Singles Party: Anti-Valentine’s Day -> If Valentine’s Day goes against every fiber of your inner core, then maybe you’re down for a Chaotic Singles Party. Coming to Harlowe in West Hollywood this Friday, the anti-Valentine’s Day edition of the viral TikTok IRL event expects 200+ singles to join the fray, all centered around an Emo-night theme. Tickets start at $17. Chaos begins at 8 p.m. More info here.

Ivy Station Night MarketM FA TP > The monthly night market at Ivy Station returns this Friday, featuring handmade and artisan goods from 25+ local vendors plus food trucks, craft beer, games, and music. Plus, this month’s event will double as CicLAvia’s season launch party / fundraiser at Los Angeles Ale Works, which is located at the Ivy Station Complex. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Jo Koy at Kia Forum -> Chart-topping comedian Jo Koy brings his brands of arena-packing humor to the Kia Forum for a pair of post-Valentine’s Day shows (this Friday and Saturday) as part of his 2024 world tour. Get more info here.

It Might Get DarkM > If you’re willing to revisit some emotional traumas from your childhood through the lens of laughter, consider It Might Get Dark, a monthly affair at The Crow in Santa Monica billed as ” variety show for people whose parents don’t love them.” Yikes! Tickets are $15. Rae Ainslee and Kendall Iler produce. Starts at 8 p.m. this Friday. More info here.

Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival FA > The Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday at Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Drive, and ending at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The post-parade festival at Robinson Park includes live bands, dance performances, community booths, guest speakers, and food for purchase. Free to attend. Parade runs 10 a.m. to noon. Festival goes from noon to 4 p.m. Get more info here.

Long Beach Symphony presents Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” -> On Saturday, The Long Beach Symphony presents an evening of music and imagery featuring compositions by American composer Florence Price, as well as works by Dvořák, Mussorgsky, and Ravel. The performance will showcase the exceptional cello talents of Cécilia Tsan. Audience members can experience a relaxed, yet elegant evening amidst dancing fountains, fire pits, and a bar on the Plaza. A pre-concert talk will take place at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $32. More info here.

Lunar New Year at Santa Monica PlaceM > Santa Monica Place marks the Year of the Dragon with a free celebration this Saturday hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim. Expect traditional lion dance performances, balloon dough artists, the cherry blossom Wishing Trees. Runs 2 to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Boomtown Brewery Anniversary PartyM FA TP > Boomtown Brewery celebrates their 9th anniversary this Saturday with an afternoon shindig featuring craft beer, live entertainment, and local food vendors. Enjoy offerings from AGL Craft Meats, Correa’s Mariscos, Quarantine Pizza and Eastside Cheesecakes plus performances by Pearl and the Oysters, Al Lover DJ Set, Jonny Marfa and the Lights, You Knew Jack, and Ned Casual. Starts at noon. Free to attend. More info here.

Watts Culture FestFA TP > Watts Culture Fest brings together a vendor marketplace at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) on Saturday, featuring food, games, craft sellers, music, a skate park, and a sneaker painting workshop, all in the name of community empowerment. The festivities run from noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Volvo Lunar New Year at The BlocM > Volvo and Eastern Standard Times (EST) are teaming up for a Lunar New Year celebration at The Bloc in DTLA on Saturday. Expect a live performance by Juliet Ivy, a signing event with The CrunchBros, family portraits by Emanuel Hahn, Volvo vehicle test drives, DJ-spun tunes, plus traditional lion dance and martial arts demos. Runs 2 to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Crenshaw Dairy Mart Film Festival -> The Crenshaw Dairy Mart (CDM) will host a one-day film festival at The Miracle Theater in Inglewood on Saturday, co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The festival prioritizes LA-based filmmakers of color and films that that resonate with Black and underrepresented communities. Tickets are $15. More info here.

2024 Day of Remembrance M FA > The Japan American National Museum is organizing a special event this Saturday in commemoration of the 2024 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance. The theme for this year, “Rooted in Resistance: Fighting for Justice during World War II,” emphasizes the significance of advocating for justice during moments of profound moral crisis. The presentation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. More info here.

Salt Marsh Open House -> Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s ongoing Salt Marsh Open House program pops ups this Saturday, inviting guests to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat as guided by CMA educators. Runs 1 to 3 p.m. Free to attend.


Prosperity Market’s Black History Month EditionM FA > Prosperity Market brings together over 30 local Black-owned food producers and chefs for a diverse showcase of culinary talents, live music and family-friendly activities. This gathering will take place this Saturday at the Natural History Museum in Exposition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reserve complimentary tickets here.

San Gabriel Lunar Lantern Festival FA > The San Gabriel Lunar Lantern Festival two-day event (Saturday and Sunday) features a kids zone, live shows/performances, street food vendors, free lanterns for kids, authentic Chinese live shows and more. Starts at 10 a.m. both days. Free to attend. More info here.

Broken Hearts CircusM FA TP > On Sunday, Angel City Brewery’s annual post-Valentine’s Day carnival brings together a circus of aerialists, stilt-walkers, contortionists, jugglers, sword swallowers, and tarot card readers, along with speciality beer flights and candy pairings. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the festivities start at 1 p.m. Free to attend, and dog friendly too. More info here.

Family Bird Festival -> This Sunday, the Family Bird Festival at the California Botanic Garden in Claremont celebrates our feathered friends with a day of interactive educational activities, crafts, and info booths that will teach visitors of all ages about birding, bird habitats, birds frequently seen in Southern California, bird anatomy and adaptation, and much more. The event is included with garden admission, which starts at $10 for adults. More info here.

Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival FA > Returning on Sunday, the Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival includes a day of cultural performances, live art, cooking demonstrations, local vendors at an artisan alley, and augmented reality projections. Runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main St. Free to attend. More info here.

2024 Winter Corgi Nationals -> SoCal’s most competitive Corgis take the field at Santa Anita Park this Sunday for a day of racing action, complemented by family activities, a Corgi-centric vendor village, plus food and drink for purchase. GA tickets start at $12 per person. More info here.

Common Space Art ShowFA > Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne is hosting an art show on Sunday showcasing local painters, sculptors and photographers. The showcase will run from 1 to 6 p.m., and is free to attend. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Maine Lobster Omelette during brunch at Baltaire. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Baltaire’s Sunday DJ Brunch -> Baltaire’s Sunday brunch offers a comprehensive multi-course dining experience within the expansive indoor-outdoor setting of the Brentwood restaurant. The ambiance is elevated with a roaming Bloody Mary cart, a Champagne cart, and live DJ. Priced at $85 per person, guests are welcomed with a refreshing Paloma Slushie shot to get the party started. Brunch begins with five shared plates for the table, including a stunning gravlax platter with blinis and zucchini bread with whipped butter. Each guest will choose their own entree from a diverse menu that includes highlights such as a Maine Lobster Omelette, Prime Filet with Eggs, and King Crab Salad with green goddess dressing. For those seeking an extra indulgence, optional additions like a build-your-own seafood tower, tins of caviar, and the Secret Colossal Cinnamon Bun are available for an additional charge. The Cinnamon Bun, a hidden gem not listed on the menu, can be requested by your server and is a worthwhile treat, measuring an impressive 6 inches in width. Baltaire’s Sunday brunch is served every week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here. 

Everson Royce Bar Lunar New Year Party -> This Friday, the Arts District’s E.R.B. is set to host a festive Lunar New Year party, featuring live dragon dancers, Kikori Whiskey cocktails, snapper firecrackers, and red envelopes distributed to all attendees. Feel free to drop by anytime between 5 p.m. to midnight and join in the celebration. More info here

Sunday Social at Citizen Public Market -> On Sunday, February 18, Citizen Public Market in Culver City is set to kick off “Sunday Social,” a happy hour event spanning the entire food hall. Taking place from 6 to 9 pm, this initiative will feature specially priced food and drinks from all vendors. Notable offerings during include The Jolly Oyster presenting a 50% discount on select items, such as a tray of Santa Barbara Uni and Purple Peruvian Scallop Crudo. Additionally, Go Go Bird sweetens the deal by offering complimentary fries with every entree order. Beer enthusiasts have cause for celebration, as The WeHo Sausage, Go Go Bird, and The Press are all participating in a “buy one beer, get one for 5 cents” promotion during this time. Adding to the ambiance, Sunday evenings also brings live jazz performances starting at 5 p.m. 

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