Things To Do

Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles [2-9-2024 to 2-11-2024]

February 8, 2024 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Japanese Garden at The Huntington
Japanese Garden at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Okay, the clouds are clearing, the streets are drying up, and the sun is peaking its pretty head out. Now let’s see about finding you a few weekend to-dos.

From February 9-11 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Astronomy Night at Columbia Space Center, Jurassic Quest at Fairplex, Mardi Gras at The Original Farmers Market, a Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington, Lunar New Year at UPAM, a Valentine’s pop-up at the Typewriter Connection, a Super Bowl watch party at Grand Central Market, and more. Enjoy the weekend (and the weather!).

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Things To Do This Weekend

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

Grounded in Creative PracticeM FA > Starting Thursday, a new exhibition on Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center highlights works by local young photographers who have intimately captured older Angelenos in joyful moments of creative happiness. Grounded in Creative Practice will be on display from February 8-25. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Astronomy Night at Columbia Space Center FA TP > This Friday, the Columbia Space Center is hosting an Astronomy Event where a guest speaker will discuss recent stargazing events and happenings, and then (weather permitting) attendees can gaze at the cosmos through onsite telescopes. Runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Jurassic Quest -> This weekend at Fariplex in Pomona, it’s all about dinosaurs. From Friday to Sunday, Jurassic Quest offer a slate of dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a triceratops horn and life-size dino skull, a soft play area for kids, bounce houses, inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, a scavenger hunt, and more. General admission tickets start at $22. More info here.

Eataly’s Notte Italiana: Valentine’s Edition -> The Valentine’s edition of Eataly’s late night tasting experience pops up this Friday with 20+ all-you-can-eat Italian bites and libations, live entertainment, a photo booth and more. Tickets cost $99 a person. This event is 21+. More info here.

The Troubies Present: Cupid’s Eros -> The Getty Villa’s Valentine’s presentation, “Cupid’s Eros,” is a family-friendly musical performance that brings characters from antiquity to life. From Medusa & Perseus, Achilles & Patroclus to Pandora and her Box see the stories unfold with a live Troubadorchestra providing sounds from the 1970s and ’80s. Performances run this Friday to Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $35 per person. . More info here.

Santa Monica King Tides CelebrationFA TP > “King tides” occur when the orbits and alignment of the Earth, moon, and sun combine to produce the greatest tidal effects of the year. Climate Action Santa Monica is organizing a morning meetup at Heal The Bay Aquarium this Friday to mark the annual occurrence, discuss the relevancy of rising tides in consideration of climate change, and collect images for scientific documentation of the tides for the Coastal Commission. Starts at 7:30 a.m. and free to attend. More info here.

Mardi Gras at The Original Farmers MarketFA > Mardis Gras festivities at The Original Farmers Market kick off this Friday with a performance by Alligator Beach on the West Patio. Weekend events include the annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest on Saturday, plus a lineup of themed activities, including jester puppet-making and more live music. The slate of activities comes to a close with a Fat Tuesday celebration on February 13. All free to attend. More info here.

Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA Fireside Films Series -> Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA is set to kick off Fireside Films, a limited-run series, starting this Friday on the fourth floor of the LEVEL Hotel. The outdoor area will be transformed into a warm and inviting cinematic experience, complete with wood-burning patio heaters. Attendees can enjoy complimentary hot beverages such as hot cocoa and spiced apple cider, along with the option to purchase spirits from the on-site bar. This weekend’s featured film is “10 Things I Hate About You,” and tickets are available in the $30-$40 range. More info here

Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington -> Celebrate the Year Of The Dragon in and around The Huntington’s gorgeous Chinese Garden this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), alongside of an array of traditional entertainment. Enjoy lion dancers, mask-changing performances, martial arts demonstrations, live music, arts and craft demos, and dining specials throughout the two-day event. Tickets start at $29 for adults. More info here.

Shanghai NightsFA TP > Benny Boy Brewing hosts Shanghai Nights on Saturday, a Lunar New Year celebration, featuring a multi-lingual performance by Jessica Fichot featuring a songbook of 1940s Mandarin Chinese jazz tunes, Mandopop, iconic multilingual songs, and celebratory Chinese New Year classics. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Puppy Bowl TAILgate (& Adoption!) PartyFA > Wags & Walks Adoption and Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., will host the official Los Angeles Puppy Bowl TAILgate (& Adoption!) Party this Saturday with sports-themed activations for dogs to enjoy, stadium snacks for humans and doggos, free merch and photo opps. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will also be pouring coffee and selling merch. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Only the Young Opening Celebration with Dynamicduo and PROWDMON FA > This Saturday, the Hammer Museum’s celebrates the opneing of Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea 1960s–1970s with a special performance by Korean hip-hop group Dynamicduo and dance crew PROWDMON, presented by CJ ENM. The event include cash bars, free admission, and access to the galleries until 10:30 p.m. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Lunar New Year at UPAMM FA TP > USC Pacific Asia Museum celebrates Lunar New Year with free admission to the museum this Saturday, plus special activities including a lion dance, storytelling, calligraphy, crafts, and food trucks. Runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Lovestruck Cinema Screening at Million Dollar TheatreM > Street Food Cinema celebrates Valentine’s Day with two lovestruck themed movie screenings at the historic Million Dollar Theatre in DTLA, including a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this Saturday. Tickets start at $45 with several different types of packages for couples that go up to $130 (per couple) that include perks like sangria, snacks and reserved seating. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Love Letters – A Valentine’s Pop-Up Market & Type-InFA > The Art District’s Typewriter Connection is hosting “Love Letters” this Saturday, a special Valentine’s Day-themed pop-up market and type-in event where can guests can punch out love notes (or platonic correspondence) on classic machines, plus you can meet-and-greet with other typewriter enthusiasts. Admission is free. Runs 3 to 8 p.m. More info here.

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Galentine’s at Common SpaceFA > On Saturday, Galentine’s at Common Space Brewing features DIY Floral Arrangements, Tarot readings, DJ’d tunes, and more. Runs noon to 5 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Skate Oddity presents: Valentines and Frankensteins -> This Saturday, Skate Oddity brings a night of gothic romance and vinyl tunes to the LA Kings Burbank Sports Center. From 4 to 8 p.m., expect a curated lineup of local vendors, new wave and post punk beats provided by DJs, tarot, vegan bites for purchase. Tickets to skate start at $22. More info here.

Grand Central Market’s Super Bowl Watch PartyM FA > Grand Central Market hosts a Super Bowl Sunday watch party with vendors food specials all day long and free popcorn from Maple Block. The party takes place on the Hill street patio. More info here.

My Bloody Valentine (An Evening of Horror Burlesque) -> The Hollywood Jane Revue tackles Valentine’s Day with a send-up of horror classics from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s horror movies. The evening of burlesque comes to Pasadena’s Crown Theatre on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Erin Hammond: Live PaintingFA > The Artspace Warehouse on Beverly Blvd is hosting a live painting and dialogue event with portraitist Erin Hammond this Sunday. Guests can witness the creation of art in real time, and also check out the space’s latest exhibition Not Exactly Realism. Event runs 2 to 4 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Valentine’s Day Market pop-up at Carla’s Fresh MarketFA > Carla’s Fresh Market in Highland Park hosts a Valentine’s Day Market pop-up this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curated by owner Ariell Ilunga, the event brings together a diverse group of BIPOC founders for a distinctive shopping experience. Vendors include Nayarit-style tacos from La Cena SB, sustainable womenswear by Selva Negra, handmade jewelry from Laura Estrada Jewelry, Ikebana floral arrangements by Yoa Ikebana, Oaxacan-made candles and home goods from Oeste, flash tattoos by Brujita Tattoos, custom poems by Typaway Poetry, and more. 

The Elysian Presents: A Love Letter to Silent Film! “You’re The One”TP > As an ode to origins of the The Elysian Theater’s film screening roots, this Sunday the joint will host a matinee of romantic comedies from the silent film era, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The lineup includes Mabel Normand’s Won in a Cupboard along with Buster Keaton’s One Week and Seven Chances. Award-winning composer Michael Mortilla will play the piano accompianment live for each film. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
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Little Dom’s King Cake for Mardi Gras. Photo credit Little Dom’s Instagram.

The Annual Mardi Gras Menu at Little Dom’s -> Little Dom’s on Los Feliz hosts its annual Mardi Gras feast, spanning from Saturday, February 10 to Fat Tuesday, February 13. Guests can indulge in Chef Brandon Boudet’s Cajun and Creole creations, complemented by Mardi Gras desserts crafted by Pastry Chef Ann Kirk. The menu features delights such as Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, Jambalaya Balls, Crawfish Monica Fusilli and Smoked Roast Beef Po’ Boy. For dessert, enjoy Beignets with Raspberry Sauce, Apple Bread Pudding with Hard Sauce, or a slice of colorful King Cake. If you find a baby in your King Cake you’ll win a shot from the bar. The à la carte menu is reasonably priced, ranging from $6 to $17.

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A Lunar New Year Menu at Steep -> This Friday and Saturday, as part of Steep After Dark, Chinatown’s Steep will showcase a contemporary Lunar New Year menu featuring dishes like radish cake and geoduck crudo. The evening will also include special baijiu-based cocktails. The menu is offered à la carte, and Steep After Dark will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. More info here

Fast Food Fridays at Vintage Wine + Eats -> Every Friday throughout February, Vintage Wine + Eats in Studio City will recreate popular fast food favorites from scratch and pair them with a selection of wines curated by owner and Sommelier, Rebecca Rose Phillips. This Friday, indulge in a Crunch Wrap Super Supreme, available from 4 p.m. until closing time or until they sell out. Can’t make this one? Future schedules include Chicken Nuggz on February 16 and Animalistic French Fries on February 23. More info here

Seoulmates Grand Opening Party -> On February 10, Seoulmates will host a grand opening party for its new location at Colony Cooks in Santa Monica. The latest location features an extensive menu from bowls, to sandwiches, Korean lunch boxes, and the OG item Bulghoagie. To celebrate the opening, Seoulmates is inviting guests to join the party from noon to 4 p.m. with Korean street food, a DJ and complimentary drinks. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary Korean Spicy Pork Sando, crafted with Ginza Nishikawa shokupan with the purchase of another food item. More info here


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