Ah! Love is in the air and we’re not talking about your usual round of stuffy dinners or heart-shaped candy. January gave us a rather wet introduction to 2023, but February brings tons of new exciting experiences to be head over heels in love with L.A. again. From romantic wanders through an illuminated garden to a journey into the life of an icon, here are all the incredible things to fill your calendar with this month.
L.A., do you copy? L.A.’s Stranger Things: The Experience is keeping its gates open for a little longer. Venture into Hawkins where you’ll find hair-raising goodies, a neon-soaked arcade room, exclusive merch and a riveting interactive story with a real-life version of El and the gang. Just keep your eye out for Demogorgons and spies in lab coats. Enter the upside down here!
On February 4, the National Wildlife Federation and lucky guests are gathering to celebrate P-22 at the Greek Theatre. Those in attendance will hear from speakers to learn more about P-22’s impact and legacy. If you didn’t get the chance to secure tickets, not to worry. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and their #SaveLA Cougars campaign, will be live-streaming the event on the savelacougars.org website. The Los Angeles City Library system will also be hosting in person live-stream gatherings for the memorial service at select locations here.
Astra Lumina is an awe-inspiring experience full of cosmic displays that will truly transport you to another galaxy. As you make your way through the illuminated wonders, soundscapes, and interactive light displays—you’ll find all your senses stimulated and your imagination sparked to its fullest. Be sure to reserve your tickets and get ready to wander into the cosmos with this enchanting nightwalk!
Ready for a night full of belly laughs? Coming this February 10, The Setup Comedy is featuing a showcase full of the funniest comedians in the business. But of course, this isn’t your average stand up comedy show set in an old backroom. The Setup is upgrading the experience, setting their show in a speakeasy attached to one of Hollywood’s most iconic and intimate venues: The Bourbon Room. Grab your seat here!
On February 2 from 6p.m. to 9p.m., Choice Contemporary is hosting an evening full art and laughs—along with an incredible book signing with comedian and SNL Alum, Kevin Nealon. The closing reception features Nealon’s renditions of icons throughout entertainment history. All art purchases will include a signed copy of Kevin’s new book I Exaggerate. The event is free, and you can RSVP here!
If you’ve acclimatized to the sunny SoCal weather and you aren’t quite ready for winter in Europe, then this cozy après-ski pop-up at Fairmont Century Plaza is your idyllic winter escape within the city. You don’t need to be an avid skier to enjoy the tidings of the Swiss snow-capped mountains this year; The Century Bar is bringing mouthwatering winter cocktails, fondues and wooden chalets to the heart of LA this season. Book your experience here!
Candlelight’s beloved series will be setting the February nights aglow with these mesmerizing musical concerts set in some of L.A.’s most beautiful venues. Wrap yourself in the nostalgia with awe-inspiring renditions of classics across genres. Whether it’s a tribute to the iconic , jazz classics or Broadway’s finest, you’ll find something for every musical taste. In fact, you can also gift the experience to a loved one here! Check out all the romantic concerts coming to L.A. this month:
- A Tribute to Beyoncé
- Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” and More
- Jazz & The Black Experience
- The Best Of Hans Zimmer
The Bob Marley One Love Experience is an interactive journey that explores the legendary musician’s vibrant life. The exhibit comes from The Marley Family & Terrapin Station Entertainment, and in it you’ll find the world’s largest indoor vinyl record, an immersive rainforest, a silent disco, a game room, exclusive art from legendary street and mural artists, and more. This celebration of a rebel who always led with his heart will be in Los Angeles exclusively for 12 weeks, and you won’t want to miss it! Grab your tickets here!
In honor of Black History Month, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is inviting film buffs to join them from February 3 to February 5, for a weekend-long festival celebrating their newest exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971. Guests can expect interactive pop-up activations, live entertainment, intimate workshops, dynamic film screenings, and incredible panels. Get more info here!
Found in Pasadena, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is beautiful zen retreat away from the city. On the surface, you wouldn’t know that its lived a life full of devastation and triumph. Its constructed bridges, traditional cedar log house, and lush gardens are surrounded by two ponds full of koi fish. As you take in the beautiful landscape, it’s clear that this beauty did not happen overnight. Learn more about Storrier Stearns here!
Don’t miss the hyper-glamourous, nail-biting touchdowns and a star-studded Halftime show of The Super Bowl 2023 going down on February 12. There are plenty of watch parties and incredible bars to watch the action and one such place is at L.A.’s lush newcomer Grandmaster Recorders. They’ll be throwing a rooftop bash so you can soak up the action under the sun with Hollywood Sign as your backdrop. Tickets include 4 hours of beverages between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Get the full details here!
Los Angeles is where Hollywood dreams are born and stars are made. It truly is the entertainment capital, and great films have the power to transport you to magical places―and our city is actually home to many of them. Whether you’re a movie-lover or just a local explorer, from La La Land to Rush Hour we compiled the ultimate list of spots you can visit that make appearances in your favorite movies and television shows! Get the full list here.
The Los Angeles Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 15-19. From modern to contemporary, the event brings together 120 galleries, museums, and non-profit arts organizations from all around the world to celebrate and highlight art in all of its forms. Guests can also expect exclusive lectures, tours, and more. Grab your tickets here!
From February 1st through Valentine’s Day, Titanic: The Exhibition is offering a special discount for the season of love. When you buy a ticket, get a second one half-off by entering the code BMYVALTITANIC at checkout! Titanic: The Exhibition tells the emotional story of the largest, most luxurious ship of its time is one that continues to move us over 100 years later. Make your way from the boiler room to the Grand Staircase, see props from the movie, and discover real artifacts from the ship as you trace the steps of actual passengers. Tickets to this romantic voyage are available here.
The Anza-Borrego Desert is experiencing a rare mid-winter wildflower bloom. This unusual occurrence is thought to be a result of the recent storms that have soaked the land and helped the seeds germinate early. Over the last month, researchers have been capturing the colorful pockets, but no one can predict how long they will last. Find out more about this unique floral display here.
Brave it all and hit the streets to complete an invigorating #MileThatMatters on February 19. The annual Cupid’s Underwear Race is back with its crowd of undie-clad, fundraising athletes. So dig out your most ridiculous outfits and let the drinking, dancing, laughing, and “thrillanthropy” commence! Once you pay and register, you’ll join fellow runners for a round of drinks, then run it all off in your undies (or costume) and end it all with a dance party. This year’s goal is to raise $17,500 with all proceeds going towards neurofibromatosis research. Find out more here.
Opening this month, The Subterranean Forest is a tactile and colorful installation full of interactive elements that appeal to all of your senses. Through sound bowls, drums, games, and more, The Subterranean Forest will help you get away from all the noise and rejuvenate your mind. Escape the busy city and dive into a world of wonder, grab your tickets to the 333 Gallery here!
The West Coast has been eagerly awaiting the opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood. After following the progress at the park for years with our faces pressed against our mobiles when the Japan counterpart opened, we finally have not just a year, but an actual date. On February 17, the first-ever Nintendo World in the USA will make its debut, featuring one of the world’s largest interactive attractions: Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge. This will hands down be one of the most exciting things for many in the year ahead. Learn more about it here!
The Acey Deucey a nautical-themed pop-up bar that has set their anchors in Downtown and the bar’s gallant captain and their hardworking crew is ready to serve you some delicious sea-themed cocktail creations and spoil you in musical performances. During the experience, you’ll be fully immersed in underwater scenery that’ll leave you to believe you’re really submerged under the Pacific. So, grab your tickets to the Acey Deucey before they set sail somewhere else!
Calling all film buffs and cannabis fanatics: it’s time to combine the best of both worlds. You can catch iconic movies like Borat to Kill Bill, all while enjoying some flower at the historic Montalban Theater rooftop. 420 every Sunday at The Cannabis And Movies Club, and you can get the full schedule here!
If your idea of pampering yourself is hiking to a natural gem and soaking in a natural, thermal hot spring, then you’re in luck. SoCal is filled with gorgeous hot springs surrounded by stunning landscapes. Here are 5 of our favorite heated pools to catch while the weather is slightly cooler.
Grab the kiddos and time travel to the Jurassic era at the wondrous The Dinos Alive Exhibit: An Immersive Experience! With over 80 specimens of life-sized moving replicas such as T-rex, Stegosaurus and Ankylosaurus, this exhibit promises to transport you to a world with the largest animals to ever set foot on our planet, sewing a blend of virtual creatures and detailed replicas. Get your g¡tickets here.
L.A.’s community is nothing without the lovingly-made establishments that bring curated creations to people and bring people together while doing it. While landmarks and heritage sites have made a profound impact on L.A., it’s impossible to forget about the incredible Black-owned boutiques, cafes and eateries that shape the city’s culture. Find a list of ones to support this month, and beyond here.
Love is in the air this February, and it isn’t just because of Valentine’s Day. While there are plenty of cute date ideas around, nothing beats a dinner with a side of ambience. Whether you’re out to impress a date or have a penchant for lingering in lush surroundings while you dine on delicious fare, any one of these romantic restaurants will leave you more than satisfied. Get the full list of our top 9 spots here!
After all the recent rain we had in January, we get to enjoy the fruits of natures labor. Due to the much-needed soaking, Southern California is expected to witness one of nature’s most spectacular displays of color and life—a superbloom. Learn more about this floral phenomenon and where to catch them here!
Ever wanted a backyard barbecue experience with an oceanfront view? Well, no need to imagine it because Brews & Bites is bringing that experience right to you. On February 19, the Ritz-Carlton’s coastal beer festival is inviting guests to experience a Sunday afternoon full of delicious food, refreshing brews, live music, and more! You can expect unlimited beer tastings with a keepsake glass and access to global street food stations serving up wood fire Bavarian pretzels, Korean corn dogs, New Delhi fish and chips, and borracha tacos. All of these savory bites are paired perfectly with beer tastings being served up by local breweries. Grab your tickets here!
Dust off the puffers you never get to wear in sunny SoCal and head to one of these alpine havens for snow play in a gorgeous outdoor setting. While L.A. doesn’t ever turn into a powder-white wonderland in winter—except for that one freak occurrencein 2021—the city is surrounded by breathtaking mountains that do. Explore 6 of our favorite enchanting havens with snow here.
Our season of Blue Heaven is almost here. Our boys in blue are set to open on March 30 and tickets go on sale February 2! The entire Dodgers season is jam-packed with celebrations, Friday night fireworks, a new drone shows, and giveaways. check out their promo calendar and schedule here.
SoCal’s annual Free-For-All is finally happening again after covid-induced closures interrupted this regional open day for the last two years. On Sunday, February 5, there’ll be free access to over 30 major institutions within Southern California. This initiative gives the public a chance to enjoy the best of art, cultural heritage, film, natural history, and science at world-class institutions. Learn more about this mission here. If you miss out, not to worry, you can browse other free museums around L.A. here!
Change things up by heading out of the city and hit up this roadside popular gift shop is found in Littlerock, a small town an hour outside of Los Angeles. It’s loved by locals and a favorite pit stop for travelers. They’re home to vintage goodies, collectibles, exotic meats, homemade beef jerky, fair foods and desserts, oddities, and so much more. Seriously, anything you can imagine, they probably have it! Check it out here.
Speaking of roadtrips, no need to trek too far out of town for some scenic views. Whether it’s cruising down an iconic boulevard lined with towering palms, taking in the neon-soaked streets, marveling at the lowriders, on a romantic date, or letting the salty air breeze through your hair along the coast, your in-car adventure awaits. Here are 9 of the most scenic drives around the city!
Whether you’re planning a little sojourn along the coast or you’re just looking to spice up the journey between Hill Street and Grand Avenue on Bunker Hill, there are plenty of unforgettable rides across the city that will bring you closer to a different side of L.A.’s culture. Amongst them, you’ll find the uber-romantic gondola rides in Long Beach and twinkling swan boat trips to save for Valentine’s Day outing. Find the full list here.
68. Celebrate Black History Month By Paying A Visit To These Incredible African American Contributions To L.A.
Discover the unsung heroes of the past and beloved creators that have made L.A. what it is today. Black History Month is about educating yourself and celebrating the inspiring African Americans that have made invaluable contributions to the world. Find a map of L.A.s African American heritage sites here.