Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome. Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).
This weekend in L.A. from Friday, February 7 to Sunday, February 9 features the LA Art Show, All Space Considered, Cupid’s Undie Run, a Vanity Fair photo exhibit, PLAYTIME, an Oscars viewing party, 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 weekend!
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Friday February 7th, 2020
1. 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 February 5 with an opening night gala and continuing till Sunday. This year will also celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
2. 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.
3. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE
4. The Phantasmagoria was a form of early horror theater and it’s being resurrected February 7-9 at Heritage Square Museum. Guests will experience optical illusions of ghosts and other apparitions this immersive night set in the 1830s will have you exploring life and death with fellow macabre lovers.
5. Never been to LACMA? First-time Fridays is catered to new visitors to the museum. Simply let the ticket office know you’re a newbie and you’ll receive a free poster, discounts and a welcome gift. Stop by after 3 p.m. with an ID showing L.A. County residency and get free admission too.
7. The 4th Annual Oscar Film Week returns to Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills February 1-8 with a meal and screening of all nine “Best Picture” Oscar nominated films in 2020.
8. The 53rd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, the nation’s largest exhibition and sale of rare books stops by the Pasadena Convention Center February 7-9. The bi-annual fair gives visitors a chance to observe, learn and purchase rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, fine prints, photographs and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. Get up close and personal with sharks at the Aquarium of the Pacific during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and view large sharks in an after hours setting. FREE
10. One Love Cali Reggae Festival returns to the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach on February 7-9 for its fourth annual music fest.
11. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood presents a 20-minute blindfolded horror-theatre experience titled The Bogeyman that moves the audience through a spiraling plethora of the deepest darkest of fantasies. The show runs Friday and Saturday nights from January 31 through February 15.
12. The Roadium Open Air Market hosts a Friday Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. it cost $1 for admission.
13. Skyspace Nights returns with a special night with DJ DisDudeMo and access to all three floors of the space. Your first drink is free with admission!
14. On the first Friday of the month head down to Abbott Kinney Blvd. in Venice Beach for tons of food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours. Get more information via the official event blog.
15. L.A. Arboretum hosts Yoga in the Garden the class is a gentle and soothing one in tranquil location.
16. Gay Asstrology, an LGBTQIA+ Dance Party happening on the first Friday of every month invites queer energy, community, and a love of astrology to The Satellite in Silver Lake. It’s Aquarius season so everyone under that sign gets free admission to the party.
17. It’s First Fridays at The Village in Redondo Beach. Merchants and art galleries will stay open till 8 p.m. and a live musical performance will take place next to the Aloha Bungalow.
18. Bixby Knolls Annual First Fridays Mardi Gras Celebration will include a parade, art shows, food, live entertainment and much more.
19. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.
Saturday February 8th, 2020
21. The Annenberg Space For Photography is sharing four decades of Vanity Fair’s celebrity portraits from their annual Hollywood issues as well as captures from past Oscar night parties. It’s all part of their latest exhibit Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling, opening on Feb. 8. FREE
22. For Black History Month the forthcoming Lucas Museum is teaming up with LACMA to present a morning screening of The Whiz at the Cinemark Theater in Baldwin Hills. Pop-up Melanin Market L.A. will take place outside the cinema featuring black-owned businesses and vendors along with free family art-making stations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day continues in the evening with a 6:30 p.m. screening of Do the Right Thing, followed by a post conversation with University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart and Lucas Museum film curator Ryan Linkof.
23. Get a head start on Valentine’s Day by attending Love Letters Crafts Fest to commission or make a Valentine’s card with the aid of professional poets, artists and calligraphers. There will also be vendors selling goods so you can get all your V-Day shopping done in one day.
24. DC presents Reading with Zoo-per Heroes at the L.A. Zoo, a family friendly event with superheroes, graphic novels, and up-close animal demonstrations. The all-day event will feature interactive presentations with live animals, signings, author/artist meet and greets, as well as free giveaways, photo ops with a costumed Batman, and much more. Free to attend with the purchase of zoo admission.
25. The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica invites families to Celebrating Samba. Performed by Viver Brasil, audiences will be taken on a cultural journey through dance and music followed by interactive activities like samba lessons with Viver Brazil, photo opps and a community art project. Tickets cost $5, the events starts at 11 a.m.
26. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with another show at The Virgil.
27. The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Celebration taking place in the Mission District will include a street food fair, cultural performances and a market place with unique vendors. FREE
28. Pop-Up Magazine’s winter show is a night of stories, music, art and performance on stage in-front of a live-audience. Expect some of the biggest names in pop culture, journalism, art and more to take the stage. Happening at Theatre at the Ace Hotel.
29. Spend the morning with a docent led walk in Topanga State Park. It’s free and 2-miles long. FREE
30. Cupid’s Undie Run returns to L.A. for a “brief” run for a great cause. The event starts at The Buffalo Club, where you party, run roughly a mile, then party some more.
31. Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum of Art in collaboration with Occidental College will host a Print Making Workshop. The program begins at the Norton with a tour of selected prints from “By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque,” and then students will head to Occidental College printmaking lab for a lithography workshop using pronto plates.
32. Broxton Brewery in Westwood celebrates one year of brewing this Saturday. There’s gonna be prizes, games, a bouncy house, and plenty of specials.
33. FIDM Museum presents their annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition from February 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. FREE
34. Old Pasadena Historical District offers a walking tour every first Saturday of the month.
35. USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is recognized as Southern California’s only museum devoted exclusively to art from Asia and the Pacific. For their first 2020 exhibition the museum presents Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World. On view from January 10 – April 26, 2020 guests walk into a dome that transports them inside a 360° dreamscape fantasy world. The site-specific piece was drawn with 120 Sharpie permanent markers and reveals hints of existential threats to the environment. Oiwa’s surreal paintings and a video documenting the creation of the mural dome greets guests before they embark into the dome.
36. Don’t Tell Comedy pops up in Beverly Hills and Pasadena this Saturday with some of the biggest names in comedy. Performers are kept under wraps and the location will be emailed to all ticket holders. BYOB!
37. Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Lunar New Year from January 23 to February 9 with cultural performances, special food offerings, Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop from Kung Fu Panda, a Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON, Hello Kitty and Minions adorned in Lunar New Year Attire and much more.
Sunday February 9th, 2020
38. PLAYTIME is a one-day Sunday Funday for grownups to act like a kid again. The experience includes 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.
39. Bluebird Brasserie in Sherman Oaks is hosting an Oscars viewing party featuring happy hour beer pricing, prizes for guests who correctly guess Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. If your name Oscar (with ID) and also you’ll get a free statuette!
40. Le Salon de Musiques presents a stage free chamber musical experience with champagne and high tea to follow at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
41. Metro Art presents a free tour of Union Station this Sunday. Discover the art, architecture and closed off spaces not usually accessed by the public. FREE
42. The monthly East LA Art Walk highlights independent artists, muralists, crafters and local businesses from the Eastside and its surrounding neighborhoods. This event is put on by the East LA Business Association of the 1st St corridor and is designed to be family friendly.
Food Pick for the Week
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
On the second Sunday of the month Hecho in LA takes over Smorgasburg LA giving the outdoor food market a little Latin spin. This weekend they’ll celebrate love through dozens of food vendors, an all ages I Love Micheladas beer garden, DJ tunes and a “Made in LA” Latinx vendors pop-up for those looking to buy their sweetheart something for the upcoming Valentines Day.
Smorgasburg LA is located at the ROW DTLA 777 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021