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50 Magical Things To Do In L.A. This February

By Ashlyn Davis

Fall in love with L.A. all over again with these exciting activities.

Ah! Love is in the air and it’s not your usual round of stuffy dinners or heart-shaped candy. After January gave us a fair share of highs and lows—a new president took office, cases soared and outdoor dining remained closed—we’ll admit that we reeled in our expectations for the year ahead. But with restrictions lifted, we have tons of new reasons to be head over heels in love with L.A. again. From romantic classics under the stars to Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, here are all the dates to add to your calendar for the month.

1. Journey Into This Neon Narnia At Santa Anita Park

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If you’ve been waiting for something to fill the stadium-sized hole in your life, then the wait is over…well, almost. The creators of Electric Daisy Carnival–the largest electronic dance music festival in North America–have brought an electrifying drive-thru eventto Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, with their signature festival energy that the whole fam will enjoy!

2. Enjoy A Theatrical Dining Experience Comes With Seasonal Cocktails And Enjoy Breathtaking Views Of Hollywood

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Fire up your dining experience with this blazing (literally) gourmet cuisine with a vintage garage twist at the ‘Torched’ dining experience! While the hospitality industry has been a little quieter than usual, Gastro Garage has been reigniting W Hollywood’s scene with a culinary spectacle that’s keeping the night skies aglow. Chefs (or “gastro mechanics”) cook your meal in front of you using industrial-sized torches in the stunning W Hotel rooftop setting! Think vintage-style garage workmen toasting upscale fare to perfection with blowtorches in a luxurious outdoor setting.

3. Go On A Mind-Bending Stranger Things Adventure Before It Vanishes From L.A. Forever

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L.A., do you copy? The wildly popular ‘Stranger Things’ drive-into experience in DTLA is reaching its Eleventh hour and it’s the one event of the year that simply cannot be missed. If you’ve already seen snippets of the event on practically every celebrity’s feed over the last few months, then you’ll know it pushes the boundaries of immersive theatre to a whole new, interdimensional level. While tickets are often sold out, there are still some available for this month. Book your thrilling journey to Hawkins here.

4-13. Visit These 10 Magical ‘La La Land’ Locations

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The 2017 Oscar Best Picture nominee La La Land is the ultimate ode to Los Angeles, immortalizing the breathtaking sunsets, swaying palms and iconic landmarks while depicting a whirlwind romance of two people pursuing their dreams in the city of stars. It’s as much a love story of two people in love as it is a love letter to L.A. Whether you’re looking for date night inspiration or you’re looking for a little reminder that you live in an actual dreamland, here are 10 of the most romantic locations to visit from the timeless movie.

14. Reflect On Chinese Heritage In L.A. With The Golden Lunar New Year Parade

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While this 122-year-old L.A. tradition may not take the form of the colorful parade around the city this year, it’s still in full swing with a virtual celebration of Chinese Americans’ history and achievements in Los Angeles.  The Golden Lunar New Year is usually one of the biggest holidays of the year for nearly 1.5 million people of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent in SoCal. Delve into the exciting traditions and festivities happening on February 13 here.

15-25. Wine And Dine Your Way Through These 11 Stunning Outdoor Dining Situations

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Whether you’re just looking to celebrate the return of outdoor dining or looking for that perfect spot to win over the heart of a special someone next month, you’ll want to book ahead at these incredible restaurants. From scenic sunset to plant-filled nooks, here are all the outdoor dining options you need to try now.

26. Complete A #MileThatMatters With Cupid’s Virtual Undie Run

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Strip away all your worries until you’re down to your undies, then hit the streets for an invigorating run that’s all for an amazing cause. The annual race is still happening, but this year you won’t have a crowd of mad athletes to hide behind; you’ll brave it all with complete creative freedom. So dig out your most ridiculous outfits and let the drinking, dancing, laughing, and “thrillanthropy” commence! You’ll have full control over how you’d like to complete your mile, with all proceeds going towards neurofibromatosis research. Then you’ll be able to kick back and can join the usual festivities from the safety of your home. Find out more here.

27. Ditch The Cliches And Join This Anti-Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Experience

This year, while couples stress out about booking reservations during one of the busiest dining nights of the year, singles (or cliche-resisting couples) can relax while sipping on a breakup cocktail instead of paying for an overpriced prix fixe menu. The BreakUp Bar is about to make you fall in love with the most dreaded holiday of the year with emotional concoctions that will remind you how great your own company really is. Indulge yourself, and head to this refreshing Anti-Valentine’s Day Pick-Up Experience on Melrose.

28. Immerse Yourself In A World Of Illusions With This Four-In-One Museum Experience

Step into the World of Illusions: a fun-filled place where the mind questions reality and the soul is filled with amazement! This peculiar museum is the place to be to create memories and let your imagination soar. Created by some of the world’s best artists, the World of Illusions features unique exhibitions such as the Museum of Illusions and the Giant’s House. Enjoy either exhibition on its own, or get an all-pass ticket to explore them all!

29. Enjoy A Magical Dinner And Concert On A Beachfront In O.C.

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The wildly popular  Candlelight concert series has taken over a beachfront location in O.C. It showcases classical music in an utterly magical setting, bathed in flickering candlelight. For the safety of our audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles. Of course, the new open-air venues will allow for an enchanting but safe and socially distant setting. Enjoy amazing views as you enjoy a magical dining experience and allow yourself to be whisked away by the beautiful, captivating sounds of classical numbers. Book your tickets here.

30. Yoga And Chill Your Way To Health In A Stunning Al Fresco Setting 

No Vacancy isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of a tranquil oasis. But alas, the outdoor space has become an unlikely healing and wellness hotspot in L.A. with this sensorial silent disco experience. From tea ceremonies to sound baths, you’re going to leave this spot feeling more whole and connected than ever before.Book your session here.

31. Awaken Your Self-Love With This Sip And Spa

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If you like your full body massage with full-bodied merlot, then look no further. Make this Valentine’s Day all about self-love and indulge in a spa day filled with treats, bottomless wine and a choice of specialty massages. Book your session of endless pours and pampering here.

31-37. Buckle Up And Ride Into The Magic With These Essential drive-ins For The Month

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Take in a classic film al fresco with the California sunset as a backdrop. Our cars have become a new vehicle for safe entertainment and it doesn’t just stop at a drive-in cinema. There are a plethora of exciting events coming to town this month, including Ru Paul’s Drag Race and several outdoor cinema pop-ups to enjoy this month.

38-39. Give In To Luxury With These Wellness Retreats In The Heart Of L.A.

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Forget about your relationship status; this year, it’s all about your Zen status. We’ve just made it through 2020, so instead of the annual ‘wining and dining’ session, the focus has shifted to unwinding and reconnecting. And it’s hard to think of anything better than whisking yourself (and your S/O) away on a retreat at a lush, private oasis in L.A. You can choose from an overnight stay or day experience below:

40. Go Night Skiing In Big Bear 

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Take an enchanting ride under the stars at Snow Summit. Southern California mountains were covered with a fresh blanket of snow last week with a trio of storms that swept through the region, adding 5 inches to the Big Bear slopes. This means the Sunny Southern California mountains have turned into an enchanting, snowy-covered dream and every skier’s dream. Find out more here.

41-50. Discover 10 Incredible Waterfalls In L.A. 

Waterfalls hold a certain kind of magic, a kind of magic that makes the grueling hike all worthwhile. While spring may be the optimum time to visit these spots, some of them flow throughout the year and after a healthy bit of rain, the rest of these cascading gems come to life any time of the year. In any case, you’re always promised incredible scenery, fresh air, and a decent workout.

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If you’re looking for more options, browse more incredible events and activities here.