30 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [2-12-18 to 2-16-18]

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16, features Astronomy on Tap, Getty Center’s 20th anniversary, Mardi Gras at Union Station, Valentine’s Day in L.A., The Chocolate & Art Show, NBA All-Star events and MUCH more.


Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday February 12th, 2018

1. The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) returns to Los Angeles February 8-19. Now in its 26th year, the 12-day festival will showcase over 100 new films and the talented artists who created them.

2. Join Boomtown Brewery for Monday Movie Nights, a new monthly movie screening in their private event space set up with comfy couches, craft beers, popcorn and an option to order from Purgatory Pizza. This week they will screen Startrek Into DarknessFREE

3. New York Times best-seller and cultural critic Roxane Gay will hold a reading and discussion at The Hammer this Monday. FREE

4. Astronomy on Tap at Der Wolfskopf in Pasadena brings professional astronomers to bars to give informal talks on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion with guests. And beer!

5. There are two free yoga classes on Monday. One at the Edendale Branch Library and a second at the Studio City Branch Library of the Los Angeles Public Library. FREE

Tuesday February 13th, 2018

6. The J. Paul Getty Museum will host a handful of free events to celebrate the Getty Center’s 20th anniversary, starting with a lecture by Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts this Tuesday. The series will run through May 20. FREE

7. Be a part of the Second Line Tradition by attending this free Mardi Gras concert by the Mudbug Brass Band at historic Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles. FREE

8. There’s a Karin O Pop Up Store happening at Virgil Normal this Tuesday. Enjoy live music, exclusive vinyl and customizable tees/totes during this afternoon party.

9. Fat Tuesday comes to Amoeba Hollywood with DJs and a parade with masks, beads and musicians starting at 3 p.m. Bring your own horn or percussion and join the parade!

10. Free admission at: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday February 14th, 2018

11. Lucha VaVOOM, 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 February 14-15.

12. Watch Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck fall in love in Rome during Cinespia’s screening of the 1953 classic Roman Holiday at the opulent Los Angeles Theatre in DTLA.

13. Ace Hotel in DTLA is offering several V-Day choices. Their restaurant, Best Girl, is offering a seafood feast. Upstairs is offering a DIY corsage and boutonniere station and free stand up comedy There’s also a preview screening of F*ck Yes season 2.

14. During A Romantic Evening of Dance & Music at Union Station, enjoy a kizomba dance lesson, then dance to live music by Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca at one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful attractions.

15. Watch Diana Ross swan down the runway in the camp classic Mahogany, screening free at The Hammer in Westwood. FREE

16. Grand Park makes Valentine’s Day easy, affordable, and fun with LOVERS ROCK @GRAND PARK, a nod to the romantic, American Soul-influenced reggae music subgenre. Angelenos can enjoy a relaxed evening under the stars and groove to the sounds of DJs Danny Holloway and DJ Phersone while enjoying desserts and sweets from food trucks.

17. Want more things to do on V-Day? Check out our list of 35 Things to do on Valentines Day for more ideas on how to celebrate this special day.


Thursday February 15th, 2018

18. FLAX Project presents “The Dialectic of the Stars,” a free art festival taking place at five iconic venues in Los Angeles in the month of February. The festival will feature stimulating arts events incorporating cinema, music, mobile artworks, a concert of motorcycles, dance and more. This Thursday the event continues at LACE in Hollywood. FREE

19. Palm Springs Modernism Week returns February 15-25 to celebrate all things midcentury modern including architecture, art, interior landscape design and vintage culture.

20. Greenbar Distillery presents Spirited Trivia night at L.A.’s oldest organic distillery. Enjoy craft cocktails while competing with locals. You have to be a member of the distillery to join but membership is free!

21. All My Single Friends is described as part comedy show and part live dating app taking place at the Copper Still. If you’re so over Tinder and Bumble check this show out where you’ll be in a room with some of LA’s best comedians and hottest singles.

22. Laemmle NoHo 7 and Eat|See|Hear return with Throwback Thursdays with a special theme titled “Highly Curated” a series of films with a 420 theme. This week they’ll screen The Fantastic Planet. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

23. Free admission at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday February 16th, 2018

24. The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex in DTLA on February 16-17, with chocolate fondue, the work of up-and-coming artists & more.

25. The NBA All-star extravaganza is back for another year of fan celebrations, celebrity games and all things basketball. Beginning on February 16, then continuing till February 18, Los Angeles venues including Staples Center and Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center will host a variety of All-Star events, including showcases, games and trainings.

26. Jack Daniel’s has been selling its whiskey since 1866 and this weekend they will bring a pop-up shop to Los Angeles for just three days. From February 16-18, the Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg General Store will offer Angelenos a unique assortment of goods, services and events featuring live music and Southern food from Miss Mary Bobo’s, a Lynchburg institution for over a century.


27. Celebrate the Year of The Dog during a Lunar New Year Celebration at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. The temple will host Chinese traditional cultural performances and the grounds will be decorated with dog decorations. Happening all weekend.

28. Bootie LA presents a 90’s vs 80’s mashup night at the Echoplex this Friday.

29. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlings performing this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar

30. Free admission at: Long Beach Museum of Art

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